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possum
post Jun 8 2006, 11:37 PM
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My name is Possum, and I have a bag problem.

I am 33 and I have spent about 20 years looking for the perfect purse. I've tried them all. Expensive ones. Cheap ones. Messenger. Shoulder. Backpack. Handheld. Big. Small. Tote. Compartments. No compartments. Black. Colorful. Plain. Ornate. Even some custom made ones have turned around to bite me in the ass. I have yet to find what I want.

My ideal bag should have one or two outside pockets, a bit of stashing room but not huge or bulky. Preferably not leather. Not a bunch of hanging crap, fringe or dangling junk. No useless buckles. Must be lightweight. Must be durable. Not trendy, no dumbass logos all over it. Must have a shoulder strap of some kind. Must be a bit unusual, something not everyone on earth would have. Is this too much to ask?

Here's what I haul on a daily basis:
Cell phone (black RAZR named Poe)
iPod (named iNgrid)
Wallet
Pons/Pads
Pens
Moleskine daily planner, size of a book
Small can of cop-grade pepper spray, aka Krypto
Albuterol (asthma rescue inhaler)
Digital Camera
Glasses
Lip balm, concealer, small hairbrush
.. and sometimes whatever junk I run across.

What bag do you carry?

WHERE THE HELL CAN I FIND A BAG I LIKE?!

Thank you. Please drive through.


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humanist77
post Oct 4 2006, 07:35 PM
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Halleluliah! It's a revival!

I'm driving myself absolutely crazy trying to find a new bag. I have searched about a million sites trying to find what I'm looking for, to no avail.

I've been carrying this bag (the dark brown one) for about 6 months now. It's taken quite a beating and starting to get a little shabby.

I'm looking for something smaller than that one-small enough so that I don't carry around needless crap which makes it too heavy, but big enough to fit the basic stuff. I also want it to be a backpack, because my right shoulder is messed up, and now my left shoulder is starting to hurt too from always carrying it on that side. I know that's because I carry too much stuff, but that's because the large size encourages me to fill it up. I pride myself on being a pretty rational person, but for some reason I just cannot minimize the amount of things I carry, if I can fit it in the bag. So I hope if I have a smaller one, I will have no choice but to carry less.

So..basically I'm looking for a mini backpack, but I am so extremely picky about..everything. The color, the material, the details on it. There really are a lot of mini backpacks, but not quite what I am looking for. I know, I'm making this so much harder by being so picky, but I generally use the same bag daily for a long time-like at least a year, usually longer, and so I want something that I will still like a year from now, and meets my needs. This current one is just starting to cause me problems. And I'm sick to death of the color brown.

I would love something handmade, or at least looks like it. I've looked through a lot of crafty-bag websites, but not many of them make backpacks for some reason. I've looked on Ebay, Amazon, Overstock, Ebags, Zappos, and many other random sites that sell bags. All of the major sites generally only sell boring, trendy bags. Ebay is kind of a hit or miss-I'll find something that is sort of what I am looking for, but not quite, and at this point, it's the most promising lead, because people can sell whatever they want, I'm hoping someone will have what I'm looking for.

To be honest-and to make things harder, I can't really put together in my own mind what I want it to look like. I have lots of ideas, but nothing solid. Just the small backpack so far. But most of what I've found is too boring and/or too trendy. I want it to have structure, so things inside stay somewhat in the same spot, but I'm not sure about leather. Leather-like would be okay. No sporty-nylon either.

I have to say though, that I love Matt & Nat bags-they are stylish and interesting, but not too boring and trendy, and they are made of PVC, which feels and looks a lot like leather but is not. Some of them are a little pricey, but they are well made. And the names of their bags are usually amusing and film-related. They just don't make any backpacks sad.gif

Oh, and I don't want to spend more than $75 or so-and that's if I REALLY like it.

God I know I am my own pain in my ass. And I know, I feel so materialistic, but I really don't go through that many bags. I think I've had 4 in the last 6 years, and 3 of those were handmade. My current one was the first one I've ever bought. But I'm afraid I am not talented enough to make what I'm looking for this time.

Anyone know where I can maybe find what I'm looking for? I would love any suggestions. I can't guarantee I will find it there, but anything will help. Thanks for reading this!


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possum   Hauling Ass On My Hip: The Purse/Bag Thread   Jun 8 2006, 11:37 PM
possum   Hauling Ass On My Hip: The Purse/Bag Thread   Jun 8 2006, 11:39 PM
auralpoison   Hauling Ass On My Hip: The Purse/Bag Thread   Jun 8 2006, 11:57 PM
mornington   Hauling Ass On My Hip: The Purse/Bag Thread   Jun 9 2006, 03:42 AM
pollystyrene   Hauling Ass On My Hip: The Purse/Bag Thread   Jun 9 2006, 07:04 AM
hellotampon   Hauling Ass On My Hip: The Purse/Bag Thread   Jun 9 2006, 08:05 AM
ladylibrary   Hauling Ass On My Hip: The Purse/Bag Thread   Jun 9 2006, 08:55 AM
possum   Hauling Ass On My Hip: The Purse/Bag Thread   Jun 9 2006, 10:49 AM
divalla   Hauling Ass On My Hip: The Purse/Bag Thread   Jun 9 2006, 10:59 AM
possum   Hauling Ass On My Hip: The Purse/Bag Thread   Jun 9 2006, 11:25 AM
girlbomb_redux   Hauling Ass On My Hip: The Purse/Bag Thread   Jun 9 2006, 03:43 PM
possum   Hauling Ass On My Hip: The Purse/Bag Thread   Jun 15 2006, 10:26 PM
altargrrrl   Hauling Ass On My Hip: The Purse/Bag Thread   Jun 16 2006, 11:06 AM
atarrill   Hauling Ass On My Hip: The Purse/Bag Thread   Jun 16 2006, 01:18 PM
taligator   Hauling Ass On My Hip: The Purse/Bag Thread   Jun 16 2006, 11:04 PM
possum   Hauling Ass On My Hip: The Purse/Bag Thread   Jun 16 2006, 11:06 PM
possum   Hauling Ass On My Hip: The Purse/Bag Thread   Jun 16 2006, 11:10 PM
missladyj   Hauling Ass On My Hip: The Purse/Bag Thread   Jun 17 2006, 03:59 PM
sassygrrl   Hauling Ass On My Hip: The Purse/Bag Thread   Jun 18 2006, 06:52 PM
island_girl   Hauling Ass On My Hip: The Purse/Bag Thread   Jun 19 2006, 08:09 PM
pepper   Hauling Ass On My Hip: The Purse/Bag Thread   Jun 19 2006, 09:34 PM
humanist77   sorry- editing...   Oct 4 2006, 06:41 PM
humanist77   Whoa! I found it! j/k... :P Seriously t...   Oct 4 2006, 08:33 PM
humanist77   still searching : (   Oct 8 2006, 11:17 AM
brett   How would one go about finding a handbag cleaner? ...   Oct 17 2006, 06:19 AM
raisingirl   Bump. Still on the eternal quest for the perfect ...   Sep 28 2007, 08:42 PM
kittenb   bump   Jul 14 2008, 08:03 AM
kittenb   LMP mentioned that she wanted to have a purse thre...   Jul 14 2008, 08:11 AM
LoveMyPugs   kittenb - i too got a new purse yesterday. First,...   Jul 14 2008, 08:52 AM
kittenb   I am having vicious purse lust for that Annalisa.   Jul 14 2008, 10:15 AM
LoveMyPugs   I seriously just catwalked with it the whole time ...   Jul 14 2008, 10:20 AM
shinyx3   LMP - i just sold my d&b purse and matching w...   Jul 14 2008, 02:13 PM
Divala   I just got a couple new Coach purses at the outlet...   Jul 14 2008, 03:03 PM
auralpoison   This is my current baby. I lurve her. Never been...   Jul 14 2008, 03:06 PM
shinyx3   *gasp sputter sigh* AP i heart that bag!   Jul 14 2008, 03:13 PM
auralpoison   You wouldn't believe the shit I can fit into t...   Jul 14 2008, 03:35 PM
missladyj   I have a huge collection of purses, mostly vintage...   Jul 21 2008, 03:22 PM
candycane_girl   AP, I want your bag soooo bad! Sadly I can...   Jul 21 2008, 05:24 PM
hellotampon   found this at salvation army: http://img.photobuck...   Jul 21 2008, 06:24 PM
missladyj   nice work hellotampon!! I love big bags. ...   Jul 21 2008, 09:22 PM
thirtiesgirl   I'm not a big designer bag buyer, mostly becau...   Jul 22 2008, 12:06 AM
LustfullyPink   Thirtiesgirl, I have the grey snakeskin purse you...   Jul 29 2008, 02:41 PM
thirtiesgirl   Thirtiesgirl, I have the grey snakeskin purse you...   Jul 30 2008, 09:23 AM
auralpoison   My soon to be new weekender. The shoes I want to ...   Aug 5 2008, 03:18 PM
.eilleen.   My new travel duffel is a work of art and beauty: ...   Aug 6 2008, 12:40 PM
llamas   Alas, I found through that link that the only Vera...   Aug 6 2008, 04:52 PM
treehugger   Yesterday I met a woman who had one of these. I c...   Aug 16 2008, 11:31 AM
raisingirl   Can any of you recommend an everyday knock-around-...   Dec 17 2008, 08:22 PM
missladyj   This is the first new purse I have bought in like ...   Dec 19 2008, 10:12 AM
dayglowpink   raisingirl- I have the same problem. I use a Timb...   Dec 31 2008, 08:26 PM
kittenb   *sigh* purses. I wish we could post pictures here ...   Jan 1 2009, 11:59 AM
raisingirl   I still haven't found what I'm looking for...   Jan 5 2009, 11:11 PM
bunnyb   raisingirl, what about a crumpler bag? or is that ...   Jan 6 2009, 06:20 AM
raisingirl   Yeah, too messenger-like, Bunny (I don't like ...   Jan 6 2009, 03:52 PM
SUPERLUVER   where in ohio, kittenb??   Jan 6 2009, 05:42 PM
kittenb   Jennaclaire is in The Greens in Beavercreek (or is...   Jan 6 2009, 09:07 PM
SUPERLUVER   cool. always nice to see something like that in oh...   Jan 7 2009, 06:09 PM
rubberdollz   Oh yeah... AP thanks for the looksy at the purse y...   Jan 7 2009, 09:50 PM
raisingirl   Hmmmm! Getting warmer. Maybe. Oilcloth bags...   Jan 8 2009, 08:01 PM
auralpoison   Anyway, I'm basically trying to find a smart l...   Sep 16 2010, 07:30 AM
Persiflager   THANK YOU AP! You are indeed the bomb! W...   Sep 16 2010, 08:06 AM
auralpoison   OMG! {guffaws} Y'know, if I used one of ...   Sep 16 2010, 08:19 AM
Persiflager   I like the warnings at the bottom: 'Not approp...   Sep 16 2010, 08:22 AM
Persiflager   Quick question: is this Nancy Drew wallet awesome ...   Oct 4 2010, 04:21 AM
Divala   I think it's pretty awesome, not childish at a...   Oct 4 2010, 11:49 AM
Persiflager   Thanks Divala! I'm trying to resist buying...   Oct 5 2010, 02:11 AM
sybarite   Persi, I only now saw your earlier question about ...   Nov 20 2010, 12:52 PM
Persiflager   Oooh, thanks syb, that looks really good! I c...   Nov 23 2010, 03:26 AM
Persiflager   New handbag! I tried a couple of super-cheap ...   Apr 19 2011, 06:30 AM
miniskirtordeath   I ride my bike a lot. I've been on the prowl f...   May 10 2011, 11:42 AM


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