Pursing the 60 Blog

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Purses are like friends.  You can never have too many. 

Happy National Handbag Day!  How are you celebrating?  I’m honoring the day looking at sale-priced Hobo International purses online and considering which purse I will change to tomorrow.

My name is Caryn and I’m a purse addict.  Oh, I’ve been able to keep it under control over the past few years.  But I can’t resist a stop at the Coach outlet on the way to Las Vegas (next month!) or an online sale on Hobo brand purses on Rue La La.  There was a Hobo sale today and I salivated at the pretty colors and shapes.  The prices were really good, but I quickly clicked out of the page when I finished looking at everything.  The devil on one shoulder tells me “wait till the Coach outlet!” and the angel on the other shoulder screams “you don’t need another purse!” and, even louder, “you’re unemployed!”

My first boss out of college was the president of an insurance company and for Christmas one year, I remember he gave me a $100 gift certificate to Saks Fifth Avenue.  Right before this job, I worked part-time as a cashier at a department store (we actually had to count change!) and with my employee discount, I was fond of buying a Liz Claiborne purse or three.  But with this Saks gift certificate, I could get what I really wanted:  a Louis Vuitton satchel!  Keep in mind, this was 1978 and $100 went a really long way…although I still l had to add about $20.  The purse is now called the Speedy 30 and currently retails for about $650. I still have the Louis Vuitton!  I look at it once in a while, but don’t use it.  How can one use a purse with no cellphone pocket, zippered inside pocket, or even a pen hook?

Over the years, I’ve covered myself in Brighton, Coach, Hobo and Dooney & Bourke.  As I approach the eve of my 60th year, it might be time to go through my treasures and recycle, or sell, or gift, or donate.  Who wants to help me?

Oh, who am I kidding?  I love them all!



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