I once said to my friend PS “I’d love a bag for every day of the year!” He hung his head in shame. Small, large, tote, backpack, evening, smart, casual, smart casual- I have a few to say the least. Vinyl and vintage, leather and wicker, black, red, blue and brown.
But this is not about what bags I have, but what is put in them. I’ll attempt to answer the question what is in a handbag and WHY? (okay that’s two questions…)
I was talking to my friend T on the train yesterday about handbags. We have a few things in common; we’re both librarians working in Melbourne, and living in Ballarat, and we love books and bags. Sometimes it’s the same books we like, but I’ll never understand her Twilight obsession. She also loves putting things into her bags. Lots of things. So many things that she has to travel with two bags to avoid breaking the first bag.
So I asked her what was in her bag that made it so heavy. This was the edited version (I’m fairly certain it was the edited version, as a)it looked a lot heavier, and b) Mr BG, who knows T quite well, said so)
- Keys-2 sets house and car
- Deodorant (‘it’s useful!’)
- iPod (‘so if I run out of music on my iPhone…’)
- Address book (my response was ‘but you have an iPhone!’)
- Notebook(‘so I can write down book titles’)
- A pencil case full of pens (‘I have a pen fetish’) but you also have
- 3 pens!
I was a tad presumptuous and said, ‘Well you could declutter that bag!’
Then I went home and looked at mine…I spoke too soon.
(this is the unedited version of my bag, so look away if you find it offensive)
- keys- work and home/car
- phone Nokia E51 (my next phone will be a smartphone, I promise)
- 2 pencils (2b and hb) for drawing
- pencil sharpener- for the pencils
- kneadable rubber, for the pencils
- mascara, black and
- Hemp body butter- both purchased from The Body Shop
- shopping bag(NLA branded, simply the best!)
- panadol (niggly headache)
- 3 pencils (they breed- that’s all I can say!)
- circular knitting needles- purchased at lincraft
- wool needles for sewing- purchased at lincraft
- Notebook for writing
- Recipe for Pumpkin scones (One pumpkin to use up)
- Receipt for CAE course, Body Shop, Coles for panadol, Lincraft
- Food Diary sheet (I bite, I write)
- lipstick bag, contents 6 lipsticks (okay I have a lipstick fetish)
In my defence, I had been shopping at lunchtime, but it’s still a lot to carry. T once weighed her bag with her stuff in it and it came to 8 kilos. Her husband’s new bike frame weighs 2 kilos.
Why so much stuff? The pencils and drawing stuff I could get rid of, but the notebook comes in handy for jotting stuff down on the train. You never know when you need an umbrella in Melbourne. Also now if you go shopping now you feel obligated to provide your own shopping bag. I would have taken my bag out when shopping, but I couldnt find it without rummaging and it was easier to pop the stuff into the bag.
And as for the lipsticks, they’re all different shades of red and go with how I’m feeling. Today I am wearing Russian Red and feeling decidedly flirty…(Yes I know I’m making excuses, they’re more of a security blanket)
Do you carry stuff in your handbag out of need, or as security?