We were recently looking at some fabulous bags that we have for sale on Set That.It made me start thinking about the changes that occur over time to the items that a woman wants/needs to carry in her handbag and the types of bags we choose to carry.
Does anyone remember carrying your first handbag with a cast-off lipstick from your Mum, a comb and maybe a small sticker book to play with if the family stopped for a coffee break? The joys of an eight year old’s first foray into dressing up for a trip to the city or to visit a relative!
During my teenage and university years the handbag was more of a carry all backpack that had everything from an extra sweater, headphones, book to read, extra shoes and wallet. We were cruising from one friend’s house to another and needed to be carrying things for all eventualities. Friends called on one another to produce something, and the person that had anything edible was often the most popular.
After graduating and starting paid employment, the years were kind with the opportunity to indulge in a few great looking handbags of various varieties – the clutch, the purse, the bucket, the minaudiere, the shoulder bag, the tote – you name it, I had it!
With marriage came motherhood and the biggest handbags I could carry became de rigeur. Nappies, changes of clothes, a change mat, a blanket, dummies, bottles, fruit packs, jumpers, medicines – you name it, we had to carry it! Small hands were forever foraging for something hidden in the bag and many an embarassment was averted by a sharp eye for a hand coming out of the bag with something private!
As the children grew, the bag became smaller. They started carrying their own handbags and then backpacks! The cycle was starting again. Now that they are all at university, it seems that the only things I need to have in my handbag are a lipstick, my credit card and phone – and my family really only ever ask to borrow one of those!