I don’t carry much in my purse, and that’s good. I never have to dig for my keys, shuffle through faded receipts to find a tissue, or anything like that. Even when I was more of a stuff-collector, I always carried a light purse. I admit that, at the time, I was a sleep deprived, young mom, and packing light was just a way to make my life easier and not have to stand in the rain to find my car keys!
This is my purse. It’s an older style from Brighton. I bought it second hand in 2006 or 2007 for 70-ish bucks, so it’s maybe a 2004 or 2005 model. It’s made from black, pebble-grained leather with a detachable, silver-plated charm bracelet. I don’t wear jewelry that often, so I just let the purse wear it.
I was aiming for a purse I could carry in the crook of my elbow because those that have shoulder straps slip off my shoulder and end up banging around my shins as I walk to the car holding 4 bags of groceries. My sister-in-law said it looked like a “granny purse.” Surely she meant it looked like a timeless classic that never goes out of style.:-)
And is it “purse” or “handbag”?
Leopard print was trendy then.
Inside, I have a Brighton wallet and a coin purse in the same pebbled leather. And the coin purse even has the same lining.
I’m not married to the Brighton brand, but I do like the hearts on all their products. Even the little coin purse has a tiny, appliqued heart, and the wallet’s inside zipper pull is a heart.
The coin purse doesn’t hold coins. It used to hold emergency feminine products, but now it just holds an emergency tissue.:-) I have insurance cards, a family photo, my ATM card, my driver’s license, 2 credit cards, and one whole dollar in my wallet.
The purse has one of those hooks for keys. I attached a house key, a flashlight (yep, has batteries, thanks for askin’), and Dear Husband’s military dog tag.
I don’t need a purse this big except that I always carry an errand book. What’s an errand book? It’s a book to read in spurts when waiting in line at the DMV, in a carpool lane, at the bank, on the side of the road when the car breaks down (been there!), at the hairdresser. . . . It takes about 6 months for me to finish an errand book, but it makes my waiting times rather enjoyable.
And all my stuff together: the coin purse, the wallet, chapstick (always), a retractable pen, a house key and flashlight, DH’s dog tag, an errand book, and my car key. The only thing that’s missing is my cell phone, but I’m using it to take the photo!
Along with DH’s dog tag, the other sentimental item I’m currently carrying is a bookmark my daughter wove in Kindergarten art class.
Make this day even better. Consider:
- How’s your little black book or Rolodex? In preparation for the upcoming Christmas card season, I cleaned out my address box. Good heavens, I had several address cards for people who have long since passed. The oldest died in the early 80s!