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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

My Once Perfect Purse

 This is for you women- men just cruise on by cause I doubt you'll want to read this.

There is no way to put this delicately:  I love my purse the way I love my favorite bra. They both fit me perfectly, they hold my junque just right, they aren't too big or too small, they are never cumbersome or obtrusive and they are fashionably black without being flashy. It has always been my luck, just as it was Peg Bundy's luck in "Married with Children", that when it comes time to replace one, I find it has been discontinued.

Arguably, 15 years or so is probably too much work for a bra, but my purse has reached maximum perfection and the coveted status of extension. It has ME written all over it. Yes, the rips and worn out spots are a reflection of me and of the times we've had together. But, the important stuff still works. The zippers have NEVER failed me. The zipper pulls are as reliable today as they were when new. The one lone, overworked pocket has no holes. The lining is in tact and the straps- though repaired and rusty- are still there. However, I have come to the decision, after long and careful deliberation (and research on how to mend suede) that it is time to get a new purse.

I am no slave to fashion. Never have been. I know that as a good woman I should have lots of shoes and purses to go with each, but dang it, I just want what works and is comfortable. If it will suffice for 90% of the time, then that's good enough for me. I don't want a purse for every season, I want my trusty purse that I can hang on my shoulder or hold by the handle. It doesn't have to hold a lot, just slightly more than my pants pockets will do. Hell, I don't even carry a big wallet. I have an old change purse from the dollar store. It has 2 dividers- one for money, one for cards. (The little snaps still work, too.) My purse has my change purse, my gum, assorted paper scraps, a pen, a few business cards and whatever else might be essential for any given day. So yeah, it has to be relatively small, but not too small. It has to be just right.

My purse is hopelessly out of fashion. Therefore, I haven't had any luck finding a replacement. I've tried. Though I loath shopping and dread malls like a zombie plague, I have tried. I even had a soul searching moment where I asked myself if I were deliberately avoiding picking a new one. It took a long moment for me to decide that NO I really was trying hard to be satisfied. I can't keep lugging this old bag around. There I am with my nice new purple print skirt with my really cute purple gradient tee with lavender camp shirt over it, and hanging from the ensemble is a ratty old black suede bag. Not cool. Let's not even mention how it makes my jewelry look. But, I love it so! I am almost in tears thinking of getting rid of it, though I know it must go where all good purses end up- in the trash.

So, here is my bag. Please- and I mean this from the bottom of my heart, if you have ever enjoyed my blog, please do me the favor and tell me if you have seen one like this somewhere - preferably a chain store that I can locate locally or online. I will be forever grateful. Seriously. :)




    

I hope I didn't torture you with my plea. If you made it this far, here's a new piece to look at. This was inspired by Art Nouveau rather than Art Deco. It is an angelite cab, aptly named I think. :)




Aren't you glad I didn't bring up how my favorite sandals need replacing?



12 comments:

  1. Those snaps of purse and jewelry are nice to watch. I really like the resources shared here. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you, Alicia and thanks for reading :)

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  2. Tela, I REALLY hate shopping, too. I also hang onto things for years because 1) the things I hang onto suit me to a 'T', and 2) I REALLY hate shopping. This also applies to husbands -- we just celebrated our 36th year of bliss!!

    So I have discovered -- ta da -- QVC. Yes, the shopping channel everyone who doesn't shop there makes fun of. But, you don't have to 'go shopping' to shop, their return policy is outstanding, and their prices are pretty darned good. I don't park myself in front of the TV to shop, I just go to their website and search specifically for what it is I need.... they usually have a little video for each item demonstrating the ins and outs of the thing. I'd give them a try!

    ~ Robin

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    1. Hey Robin :) Congratulations!!!! Really, I am happy for you.

      I have despised shopping all my life. When I have to go to a store, I know what I need, I get it and get out. I have been spending a lot of time shopping lately, though. I've been looking for a purse and buying clothes for the kids. It always puts me in a bad mood. Not sure what that says about me.... :)

      Yes, I looked at Qvc, too. I have never shopped from the tv, but I have been to the website.

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  3. Oh how I love Art Nouveau. Your angelite cab is wrapped beautifully. Everything from the silver, to the twist at the bottom to the delicate pearl just screams, "I am a lady!!" This is my new favorite piece of yours.

    Hey, how about taking your purse to a shoe repair shoppe to have them spiffy it up by sewing what needs to be sewed and cleaning everything up. I Googled soft suede doctor's bag and got some similar results, but nothing exact. Tela, what is the brand and name of the bag? Like a well worn pair of jeans a favorite purse is golden.

    ~Susan

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    1. Susan, I went back to jMf and found the thread where I was challenged to do something Nouveau-- It was you who challenged me! It took awhile, but I did it. :) This piece kind of took on a life of it's own. It didn't really begin as Nouveau, but grew that way.

      I don't know the name of the brand of the purse. I'm sure it wasn't expensive or anything. I think that's a good idea about the shoe shop. It may come to that, but in the meantime, I'm still looking. :)

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  4. Oh how well I understand you, Tela ... re the black bras ;-)B ) and the purse. It's small backpacks for me that I wear as a purse, and I still mourn the last but one which had 11 (eleven) small pockets. So useful!

    Could you give a size reference ot your bag, like your hand or something?

    Renate

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    1. Hi Renate :) I know the packs you are talking about. I have a large one, myself, for hiking and it has a million pockets, very convenient- you don't have to rummage in the bottom of a big bag to find something.

      I gave the measurements at the thread you mentioned below this. I think it was like 9x6x4 inches. It's rather small.

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  5. Now you have started something, Tela. ;-)
    I have left some links on the JMF (Jewelry Makers Forum):
    http://jewelrymakers.proboards.com/index.cgi?action=display&board=beadsouplounge&thread=212&page=1

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    1. Awesome bags!! I like the one that LAS linked to, too. Thanks, Renate :)

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  6. Tela, why don't you consider wire wrapping your fav purse??

    It would be a major project, I know, but you could chain maille or net the major portions & viking knit the straps - accentuate the positive & decorate the negative - look it as a beautiful cabochon with a couple of minor defects.

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  7. Hmmm..... No, I haven't thought of it, at all. What an interesting idea :) I don't think I could manage the maille, but netting sounds intriguing. What a project THAT would be! I'll to give this a lot of thought. :)

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