In the Bag!

R-3Cara/Andrea here,
With holiday shopping in full swing, shop windows are overflowing with all sorts of fancy merchandise designed to capture our fancy. I passed a well-known purveyor of designerhandbags, and as I stopped to stare at one of the sinfully expensive leather  creations, it got me to thinking about reticules.

Abdbf1307cfd0f9468bca582c89ff29fNow, I’m one of those people who need a handbag the size of a suitcase to make it through the day. Somehow, I always end up collecting stuff as I zip from place to place . . . gym t-shirts, golf balls, pens, several chocolate bars (a lady can't live without chocolate!) a bottle of Perrier . . . I swear things sort-of grow on their own, because how else does a bag go from weighing 5 pounds to 25 pounds in one afternoon? But I find those dainty, delicate silk reticules from the Regency exquisite, no matter that I’d destroy one in about 45 seconds.

Reticule+1800-1824It’s interesting that in Europe the word “purse” traditionally referred to a a bag designed to carry coins (and still does in Britain.) In early days, men wore purses just as often as women—the Scottish sporran is a leftover from this style. But men began to have pockets added to their trousers and coats, and the need for purses petered out.

R-1 9403ec780f07515b64bf3e0a227a785eIn the 17th and 18th century, women had pockets too—they were usually a separate item of clothing that was worn under the skirts and atop the petticoats (to thwart thieves) But Regency gowns and fabrics didn’t lend themselves to pockets—they ruined the lines of a sleeker styles. And so  the reticule became a fashionable accessory. Many young ladies used their sewing and embroidery skills to add personal style to their bags . . . we’re not so lucky. We need to pay and arm and a leg for a stylish bag. I'm always amazed at how fragile they are. But then, a young lady carried perhaps a hankerchielf and a few ribbons—and maybe a billet doux! No car keys, no cellphone, no make-up bag to weigh her down!)

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8a9e918a629546f997aaff7d4a4616b7So, what about you? Are you one of those people who are handbag-obsesssed? Are you willing to spend a fortune on a stylish bag? (After all, we carry it every day!) I confess, I’m not a fashionista. I just can't see spending gobs of money on one. A sturdy, serviceable sack does just fine. But I do enjoy looking!

120 thoughts on “In the Bag!”

  1. I’m another of the tote bag bearers, Andrea. In addition to the other items you mentioned, I require a handbag to be large enough to carry a hardcover book if necessary, and have sufficient zippered compartments to separate and secure different Categories of Stuff. (No golf balls, though. *G*)
    But the reticules are exquisite, to be sure! Just large enough to carry the card key to the duke’s suite. *G*

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  2. I’m another of the tote bag bearers, Andrea. In addition to the other items you mentioned, I require a handbag to be large enough to carry a hardcover book if necessary, and have sufficient zippered compartments to separate and secure different Categories of Stuff. (No golf balls, though. *G*)
    But the reticules are exquisite, to be sure! Just large enough to carry the card key to the duke’s suite. *G*

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  3. I’m another of the tote bag bearers, Andrea. In addition to the other items you mentioned, I require a handbag to be large enough to carry a hardcover book if necessary, and have sufficient zippered compartments to separate and secure different Categories of Stuff. (No golf balls, though. *G*)
    But the reticules are exquisite, to be sure! Just large enough to carry the card key to the duke’s suite. *G*

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  4. I’m another of the tote bag bearers, Andrea. In addition to the other items you mentioned, I require a handbag to be large enough to carry a hardcover book if necessary, and have sufficient zippered compartments to separate and secure different Categories of Stuff. (No golf balls, though. *G*)
    But the reticules are exquisite, to be sure! Just large enough to carry the card key to the duke’s suite. *G*

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  5. I’m another of the tote bag bearers, Andrea. In addition to the other items you mentioned, I require a handbag to be large enough to carry a hardcover book if necessary, and have sufficient zippered compartments to separate and secure different Categories of Stuff. (No golf balls, though. *G*)
    But the reticules are exquisite, to be sure! Just large enough to carry the card key to the duke’s suite. *G*

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  6. I always had a tough time imagining a reticule. Thanks so much for the pictures.
    I have two sizes of purse–one that’s tiny (a wallet on a string) and another that’s medium sized. I use the tiny purse when I travel because I can tuck it into my two pieces of luggage, either my carry-on or my computer case. I try to avoid a big bag and lots of stuff. Totes can become a pain to carry long distances and a nuisance during time-consuming during building inspections.

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  7. I always had a tough time imagining a reticule. Thanks so much for the pictures.
    I have two sizes of purse–one that’s tiny (a wallet on a string) and another that’s medium sized. I use the tiny purse when I travel because I can tuck it into my two pieces of luggage, either my carry-on or my computer case. I try to avoid a big bag and lots of stuff. Totes can become a pain to carry long distances and a nuisance during time-consuming during building inspections.

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  8. I always had a tough time imagining a reticule. Thanks so much for the pictures.
    I have two sizes of purse–one that’s tiny (a wallet on a string) and another that’s medium sized. I use the tiny purse when I travel because I can tuck it into my two pieces of luggage, either my carry-on or my computer case. I try to avoid a big bag and lots of stuff. Totes can become a pain to carry long distances and a nuisance during time-consuming during building inspections.

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  9. I always had a tough time imagining a reticule. Thanks so much for the pictures.
    I have two sizes of purse–one that’s tiny (a wallet on a string) and another that’s medium sized. I use the tiny purse when I travel because I can tuck it into my two pieces of luggage, either my carry-on or my computer case. I try to avoid a big bag and lots of stuff. Totes can become a pain to carry long distances and a nuisance during time-consuming during building inspections.

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  10. I always had a tough time imagining a reticule. Thanks so much for the pictures.
    I have two sizes of purse–one that’s tiny (a wallet on a string) and another that’s medium sized. I use the tiny purse when I travel because I can tuck it into my two pieces of luggage, either my carry-on or my computer case. I try to avoid a big bag and lots of stuff. Totes can become a pain to carry long distances and a nuisance during time-consuming during building inspections.

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  11. They are pretty, aren’t they, Shannon! I wish I could downsize because I sometimes know the weight is not helping my back. But I just can’t seem to do it. I start loading up, and suddenly a midsize bag just runs out of space before I even leave the house. I’m one of those people who just seem to need space in which to cram stuff as I do my errands.

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  12. They are pretty, aren’t they, Shannon! I wish I could downsize because I sometimes know the weight is not helping my back. But I just can’t seem to do it. I start loading up, and suddenly a midsize bag just runs out of space before I even leave the house. I’m one of those people who just seem to need space in which to cram stuff as I do my errands.

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  13. They are pretty, aren’t they, Shannon! I wish I could downsize because I sometimes know the weight is not helping my back. But I just can’t seem to do it. I start loading up, and suddenly a midsize bag just runs out of space before I even leave the house. I’m one of those people who just seem to need space in which to cram stuff as I do my errands.

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  14. They are pretty, aren’t they, Shannon! I wish I could downsize because I sometimes know the weight is not helping my back. But I just can’t seem to do it. I start loading up, and suddenly a midsize bag just runs out of space before I even leave the house. I’m one of those people who just seem to need space in which to cram stuff as I do my errands.

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  15. They are pretty, aren’t they, Shannon! I wish I could downsize because I sometimes know the weight is not helping my back. But I just can’t seem to do it. I start loading up, and suddenly a midsize bag just runs out of space before I even leave the house. I’m one of those people who just seem to need space in which to cram stuff as I do my errands.

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  16. I admire the purses that other people carry, and have a couple of cute evening bags that get used once in a blue moon. But my day to day purse is a very sturdy contraption made out of recycled car seat belts. Bought at a craft show as a gift to myself last Christmas, I think I will get tired of looking at it way before it wears out on me, which is exactly what I needed!

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  17. I admire the purses that other people carry, and have a couple of cute evening bags that get used once in a blue moon. But my day to day purse is a very sturdy contraption made out of recycled car seat belts. Bought at a craft show as a gift to myself last Christmas, I think I will get tired of looking at it way before it wears out on me, which is exactly what I needed!

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  18. I admire the purses that other people carry, and have a couple of cute evening bags that get used once in a blue moon. But my day to day purse is a very sturdy contraption made out of recycled car seat belts. Bought at a craft show as a gift to myself last Christmas, I think I will get tired of looking at it way before it wears out on me, which is exactly what I needed!

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  19. I admire the purses that other people carry, and have a couple of cute evening bags that get used once in a blue moon. But my day to day purse is a very sturdy contraption made out of recycled car seat belts. Bought at a craft show as a gift to myself last Christmas, I think I will get tired of looking at it way before it wears out on me, which is exactly what I needed!

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  20. I admire the purses that other people carry, and have a couple of cute evening bags that get used once in a blue moon. But my day to day purse is a very sturdy contraption made out of recycled car seat belts. Bought at a craft show as a gift to myself last Christmas, I think I will get tired of looking at it way before it wears out on me, which is exactly what I needed!

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  21. LeSportSac Everyday Bag. More zippers than a kangaroo with triplets. Good sturdy adjustable strap like a seat belt. Extended fully can go diagonal over the chest leaving both hands free and secure in the grocery store. Buy one, wear it to death, buy another one. If lucky, find one half price at Marshall’s etc. Fashion smashion.

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  22. LeSportSac Everyday Bag. More zippers than a kangaroo with triplets. Good sturdy adjustable strap like a seat belt. Extended fully can go diagonal over the chest leaving both hands free and secure in the grocery store. Buy one, wear it to death, buy another one. If lucky, find one half price at Marshall’s etc. Fashion smashion.

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  23. LeSportSac Everyday Bag. More zippers than a kangaroo with triplets. Good sturdy adjustable strap like a seat belt. Extended fully can go diagonal over the chest leaving both hands free and secure in the grocery store. Buy one, wear it to death, buy another one. If lucky, find one half price at Marshall’s etc. Fashion smashion.

    Reply
  24. LeSportSac Everyday Bag. More zippers than a kangaroo with triplets. Good sturdy adjustable strap like a seat belt. Extended fully can go diagonal over the chest leaving both hands free and secure in the grocery store. Buy one, wear it to death, buy another one. If lucky, find one half price at Marshall’s etc. Fashion smashion.

    Reply
  25. LeSportSac Everyday Bag. More zippers than a kangaroo with triplets. Good sturdy adjustable strap like a seat belt. Extended fully can go diagonal over the chest leaving both hands free and secure in the grocery store. Buy one, wear it to death, buy another one. If lucky, find one half price at Marshall’s etc. Fashion smashion.

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  26. Sounds very kicky, Lynne. Love the recycled seat belt idea. Boy, I could use one of those—I bet it’s REALLY sturdy.I have two or three cute evening bags too—and always swear at them because I can’t even fit a wallet and a hairbrush in them!

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  27. Sounds very kicky, Lynne. Love the recycled seat belt idea. Boy, I could use one of those—I bet it’s REALLY sturdy.I have two or three cute evening bags too—and always swear at them because I can’t even fit a wallet and a hairbrush in them!

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  28. Sounds very kicky, Lynne. Love the recycled seat belt idea. Boy, I could use one of those—I bet it’s REALLY sturdy.I have two or three cute evening bags too—and always swear at them because I can’t even fit a wallet and a hairbrush in them!

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  29. Sounds very kicky, Lynne. Love the recycled seat belt idea. Boy, I could use one of those—I bet it’s REALLY sturdy.I have two or three cute evening bags too—and always swear at them because I can’t even fit a wallet and a hairbrush in them!

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  30. Sounds very kicky, Lynne. Love the recycled seat belt idea. Boy, I could use one of those—I bet it’s REALLY sturdy.I have two or three cute evening bags too—and always swear at them because I can’t even fit a wallet and a hairbrush in them!

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  31. Hi Cara/Andrea, I have all size of purses or handbags but as much as I love the little ones (and my back loves them too), they just aren’t practical. A Kindle doesn’t fit in them, let alone a hardback!! The straps on my current bag are giving way, so I’ll have to buy a new one soon, It won’t be too expensive though as I prefer to spend my money on books. Laura

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  32. Hi Cara/Andrea, I have all size of purses or handbags but as much as I love the little ones (and my back loves them too), they just aren’t practical. A Kindle doesn’t fit in them, let alone a hardback!! The straps on my current bag are giving way, so I’ll have to buy a new one soon, It won’t be too expensive though as I prefer to spend my money on books. Laura

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  33. Hi Cara/Andrea, I have all size of purses or handbags but as much as I love the little ones (and my back loves them too), they just aren’t practical. A Kindle doesn’t fit in them, let alone a hardback!! The straps on my current bag are giving way, so I’ll have to buy a new one soon, It won’t be too expensive though as I prefer to spend my money on books. Laura

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  34. Hi Cara/Andrea, I have all size of purses or handbags but as much as I love the little ones (and my back loves them too), they just aren’t practical. A Kindle doesn’t fit in them, let alone a hardback!! The straps on my current bag are giving way, so I’ll have to buy a new one soon, It won’t be too expensive though as I prefer to spend my money on books. Laura

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  35. Hi Cara/Andrea, I have all size of purses or handbags but as much as I love the little ones (and my back loves them too), they just aren’t practical. A Kindle doesn’t fit in them, let alone a hardback!! The straps on my current bag are giving way, so I’ll have to buy a new one soon, It won’t be too expensive though as I prefer to spend my money on books. Laura

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  36. I’m a small bag person. Purse here in England, as you say. I find it perfect for everyday, but if I’m off for the day I’ll use a backpack. Fashion is not me!
    I believe that pockets continued into the Regency for very everyday, because those gowns were still very full. Consider the drawing of Jane Austen from the back. She could be packing a load under there, but of course even pockets weren’t used to hold much. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reception_history_of_Jane_Austen#mediaviewer/File:JaneAustenCassandraWatercolour.jpg
    But definitely no pockets for high fashion and evening, and those reticules became part of the look. 🙂 Lovely examples.

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  37. I’m a small bag person. Purse here in England, as you say. I find it perfect for everyday, but if I’m off for the day I’ll use a backpack. Fashion is not me!
    I believe that pockets continued into the Regency for very everyday, because those gowns were still very full. Consider the drawing of Jane Austen from the back. She could be packing a load under there, but of course even pockets weren’t used to hold much. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reception_history_of_Jane_Austen#mediaviewer/File:JaneAustenCassandraWatercolour.jpg
    But definitely no pockets for high fashion and evening, and those reticules became part of the look. 🙂 Lovely examples.

    Reply
  38. I’m a small bag person. Purse here in England, as you say. I find it perfect for everyday, but if I’m off for the day I’ll use a backpack. Fashion is not me!
    I believe that pockets continued into the Regency for very everyday, because those gowns were still very full. Consider the drawing of Jane Austen from the back. She could be packing a load under there, but of course even pockets weren’t used to hold much. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reception_history_of_Jane_Austen#mediaviewer/File:JaneAustenCassandraWatercolour.jpg
    But definitely no pockets for high fashion and evening, and those reticules became part of the look. 🙂 Lovely examples.

    Reply
  39. I’m a small bag person. Purse here in England, as you say. I find it perfect for everyday, but if I’m off for the day I’ll use a backpack. Fashion is not me!
    I believe that pockets continued into the Regency for very everyday, because those gowns were still very full. Consider the drawing of Jane Austen from the back. She could be packing a load under there, but of course even pockets weren’t used to hold much. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reception_history_of_Jane_Austen#mediaviewer/File:JaneAustenCassandraWatercolour.jpg
    But definitely no pockets for high fashion and evening, and those reticules became part of the look. 🙂 Lovely examples.

    Reply
  40. I’m a small bag person. Purse here in England, as you say. I find it perfect for everyday, but if I’m off for the day I’ll use a backpack. Fashion is not me!
    I believe that pockets continued into the Regency for very everyday, because those gowns were still very full. Consider the drawing of Jane Austen from the back. She could be packing a load under there, but of course even pockets weren’t used to hold much. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reception_history_of_Jane_Austen#mediaviewer/File:JaneAustenCassandraWatercolour.jpg
    But definitely no pockets for high fashion and evening, and those reticules became part of the look. 🙂 Lovely examples.

    Reply
  41. Ha, buying books instead of bags! Me, too! I tend to strain the straps as well, Plus, I’m just hard on bags, To me, spending thousands a an accessory like that just goes against the grain. Would much rather buy something lasting and meaningful. Like books!

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  42. Ha, buying books instead of bags! Me, too! I tend to strain the straps as well, Plus, I’m just hard on bags, To me, spending thousands a an accessory like that just goes against the grain. Would much rather buy something lasting and meaningful. Like books!

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  43. Ha, buying books instead of bags! Me, too! I tend to strain the straps as well, Plus, I’m just hard on bags, To me, spending thousands a an accessory like that just goes against the grain. Would much rather buy something lasting and meaningful. Like books!

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  44. Ha, buying books instead of bags! Me, too! I tend to strain the straps as well, Plus, I’m just hard on bags, To me, spending thousands a an accessory like that just goes against the grain. Would much rather buy something lasting and meaningful. Like books!

    Reply
  45. Ha, buying books instead of bags! Me, too! I tend to strain the straps as well, Plus, I’m just hard on bags, To me, spending thousands a an accessory like that just goes against the grain. Would much rather buy something lasting and meaningful. Like books!

    Reply
  46. Thanks for this, Jo. I keep getting conflicting info about pockets for women during the Regency. It does seem odd that they wouldn’t be used in everyday gowns, as we all know the frustration of not having them! Women were practical! I’ve sometimes put them into my stories with the explanation that the heroine’s lady’s maid is clever with her needle and added a special pocket.

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  47. Thanks for this, Jo. I keep getting conflicting info about pockets for women during the Regency. It does seem odd that they wouldn’t be used in everyday gowns, as we all know the frustration of not having them! Women were practical! I’ve sometimes put them into my stories with the explanation that the heroine’s lady’s maid is clever with her needle and added a special pocket.

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  48. Thanks for this, Jo. I keep getting conflicting info about pockets for women during the Regency. It does seem odd that they wouldn’t be used in everyday gowns, as we all know the frustration of not having them! Women were practical! I’ve sometimes put them into my stories with the explanation that the heroine’s lady’s maid is clever with her needle and added a special pocket.

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  49. Thanks for this, Jo. I keep getting conflicting info about pockets for women during the Regency. It does seem odd that they wouldn’t be used in everyday gowns, as we all know the frustration of not having them! Women were practical! I’ve sometimes put them into my stories with the explanation that the heroine’s lady’s maid is clever with her needle and added a special pocket.

    Reply
  50. Thanks for this, Jo. I keep getting conflicting info about pockets for women during the Regency. It does seem odd that they wouldn’t be used in everyday gowns, as we all know the frustration of not having them! Women were practical! I’ve sometimes put them into my stories with the explanation that the heroine’s lady’s maid is clever with her needle and added a special pocket.

    Reply
  51. My last few pocketbooks (and where, I wonder, did that word for handbag come from?) have been purchased from the Magellan’s catalog–lots of safety features for travel and a special pocket for the iPad. I used to love leather bags, but one of our cats has a bad habit of chewing the straps (he chews on shoes, too). I don’t carry huge amounts of stuff but I’d never manage with a reticule. Medium-size bag plus pockets for tissues and keys is about right. Speaking of which, in the 16th century women had plackets in their kirtles and could reach through those to get to the pocket suspended from their waists.
    Kathy/Kaitlyn

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  52. My last few pocketbooks (and where, I wonder, did that word for handbag come from?) have been purchased from the Magellan’s catalog–lots of safety features for travel and a special pocket for the iPad. I used to love leather bags, but one of our cats has a bad habit of chewing the straps (he chews on shoes, too). I don’t carry huge amounts of stuff but I’d never manage with a reticule. Medium-size bag plus pockets for tissues and keys is about right. Speaking of which, in the 16th century women had plackets in their kirtles and could reach through those to get to the pocket suspended from their waists.
    Kathy/Kaitlyn

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  53. My last few pocketbooks (and where, I wonder, did that word for handbag come from?) have been purchased from the Magellan’s catalog–lots of safety features for travel and a special pocket for the iPad. I used to love leather bags, but one of our cats has a bad habit of chewing the straps (he chews on shoes, too). I don’t carry huge amounts of stuff but I’d never manage with a reticule. Medium-size bag plus pockets for tissues and keys is about right. Speaking of which, in the 16th century women had plackets in their kirtles and could reach through those to get to the pocket suspended from their waists.
    Kathy/Kaitlyn

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  54. My last few pocketbooks (and where, I wonder, did that word for handbag come from?) have been purchased from the Magellan’s catalog–lots of safety features for travel and a special pocket for the iPad. I used to love leather bags, but one of our cats has a bad habit of chewing the straps (he chews on shoes, too). I don’t carry huge amounts of stuff but I’d never manage with a reticule. Medium-size bag plus pockets for tissues and keys is about right. Speaking of which, in the 16th century women had plackets in their kirtles and could reach through those to get to the pocket suspended from their waists.
    Kathy/Kaitlyn

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  55. My last few pocketbooks (and where, I wonder, did that word for handbag come from?) have been purchased from the Magellan’s catalog–lots of safety features for travel and a special pocket for the iPad. I used to love leather bags, but one of our cats has a bad habit of chewing the straps (he chews on shoes, too). I don’t carry huge amounts of stuff but I’d never manage with a reticule. Medium-size bag plus pockets for tissues and keys is about right. Speaking of which, in the 16th century women had plackets in their kirtles and could reach through those to get to the pocket suspended from their waists.
    Kathy/Kaitlyn

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  56. Thanks for the info on the plackets, Kathy! Women do tend to be practical!
    The Magellan handbags are great, though too many compartment don’t work well for me. I need one large main area where I can stuff bigger items. Though places for keys and phone are handy.
    Nice leather also tends to get ruined by bad weather, as well as cats So ballistic nylon works well for me.

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  57. Thanks for the info on the plackets, Kathy! Women do tend to be practical!
    The Magellan handbags are great, though too many compartment don’t work well for me. I need one large main area where I can stuff bigger items. Though places for keys and phone are handy.
    Nice leather also tends to get ruined by bad weather, as well as cats So ballistic nylon works well for me.

    Reply
  58. Thanks for the info on the plackets, Kathy! Women do tend to be practical!
    The Magellan handbags are great, though too many compartment don’t work well for me. I need one large main area where I can stuff bigger items. Though places for keys and phone are handy.
    Nice leather also tends to get ruined by bad weather, as well as cats So ballistic nylon works well for me.

    Reply
  59. Thanks for the info on the plackets, Kathy! Women do tend to be practical!
    The Magellan handbags are great, though too many compartment don’t work well for me. I need one large main area where I can stuff bigger items. Though places for keys and phone are handy.
    Nice leather also tends to get ruined by bad weather, as well as cats So ballistic nylon works well for me.

    Reply
  60. Thanks for the info on the plackets, Kathy! Women do tend to be practical!
    The Magellan handbags are great, though too many compartment don’t work well for me. I need one large main area where I can stuff bigger items. Though places for keys and phone are handy.
    Nice leather also tends to get ruined by bad weather, as well as cats So ballistic nylon works well for me.

    Reply
  61. I kind of do this combination thing. I have a small purse/handbag that is a cross body purse. That way I can carry all the “I don’t want it stolen” things on my body.
    But then I have lots of other bags that I use to carry my water bottle, snack, reusable shopping bags, shopping list, book lists, sunglasses, book, phone, etc. Whatever strikes my fancy that I need for that shopping trip.
    In cold weather it has to be big enough to hold the accumulation of hats, gloves, scarves, etc. as they come off in the store or as the day warms up. And of course it has to be big enough to hold the small purse when I make the walk out to the vehicle from the house.
    Having one small bag that fits inside a multitude of other bags means I don’t forget essential items moving from bag to bag.

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  62. I kind of do this combination thing. I have a small purse/handbag that is a cross body purse. That way I can carry all the “I don’t want it stolen” things on my body.
    But then I have lots of other bags that I use to carry my water bottle, snack, reusable shopping bags, shopping list, book lists, sunglasses, book, phone, etc. Whatever strikes my fancy that I need for that shopping trip.
    In cold weather it has to be big enough to hold the accumulation of hats, gloves, scarves, etc. as they come off in the store or as the day warms up. And of course it has to be big enough to hold the small purse when I make the walk out to the vehicle from the house.
    Having one small bag that fits inside a multitude of other bags means I don’t forget essential items moving from bag to bag.

    Reply
  63. I kind of do this combination thing. I have a small purse/handbag that is a cross body purse. That way I can carry all the “I don’t want it stolen” things on my body.
    But then I have lots of other bags that I use to carry my water bottle, snack, reusable shopping bags, shopping list, book lists, sunglasses, book, phone, etc. Whatever strikes my fancy that I need for that shopping trip.
    In cold weather it has to be big enough to hold the accumulation of hats, gloves, scarves, etc. as they come off in the store or as the day warms up. And of course it has to be big enough to hold the small purse when I make the walk out to the vehicle from the house.
    Having one small bag that fits inside a multitude of other bags means I don’t forget essential items moving from bag to bag.

    Reply
  64. I kind of do this combination thing. I have a small purse/handbag that is a cross body purse. That way I can carry all the “I don’t want it stolen” things on my body.
    But then I have lots of other bags that I use to carry my water bottle, snack, reusable shopping bags, shopping list, book lists, sunglasses, book, phone, etc. Whatever strikes my fancy that I need for that shopping trip.
    In cold weather it has to be big enough to hold the accumulation of hats, gloves, scarves, etc. as they come off in the store or as the day warms up. And of course it has to be big enough to hold the small purse when I make the walk out to the vehicle from the house.
    Having one small bag that fits inside a multitude of other bags means I don’t forget essential items moving from bag to bag.

    Reply
  65. I kind of do this combination thing. I have a small purse/handbag that is a cross body purse. That way I can carry all the “I don’t want it stolen” things on my body.
    But then I have lots of other bags that I use to carry my water bottle, snack, reusable shopping bags, shopping list, book lists, sunglasses, book, phone, etc. Whatever strikes my fancy that I need for that shopping trip.
    In cold weather it has to be big enough to hold the accumulation of hats, gloves, scarves, etc. as they come off in the store or as the day warms up. And of course it has to be big enough to hold the small purse when I make the walk out to the vehicle from the house.
    Having one small bag that fits inside a multitude of other bags means I don’t forget essential items moving from bag to bag.

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  66. One of the problems with a large bag—for me at least—is that things tend to get lost in them. I once had a forgotten bag of cough drops in mine, and winter turned to spring, turned to summer, the weather got really hot—in short, the cough drops melted and created an uncurable mess.
    On the other hand, a small bag doesn’t hold everything I need.
    Maybe the solution if to carry several at once. One of each of those you have illustrated. I could live with that.

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  67. One of the problems with a large bag—for me at least—is that things tend to get lost in them. I once had a forgotten bag of cough drops in mine, and winter turned to spring, turned to summer, the weather got really hot—in short, the cough drops melted and created an uncurable mess.
    On the other hand, a small bag doesn’t hold everything I need.
    Maybe the solution if to carry several at once. One of each of those you have illustrated. I could live with that.

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  68. One of the problems with a large bag—for me at least—is that things tend to get lost in them. I once had a forgotten bag of cough drops in mine, and winter turned to spring, turned to summer, the weather got really hot—in short, the cough drops melted and created an uncurable mess.
    On the other hand, a small bag doesn’t hold everything I need.
    Maybe the solution if to carry several at once. One of each of those you have illustrated. I could live with that.

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  69. One of the problems with a large bag—for me at least—is that things tend to get lost in them. I once had a forgotten bag of cough drops in mine, and winter turned to spring, turned to summer, the weather got really hot—in short, the cough drops melted and created an uncurable mess.
    On the other hand, a small bag doesn’t hold everything I need.
    Maybe the solution if to carry several at once. One of each of those you have illustrated. I could live with that.

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  70. One of the problems with a large bag—for me at least—is that things tend to get lost in them. I once had a forgotten bag of cough drops in mine, and winter turned to spring, turned to summer, the weather got really hot—in short, the cough drops melted and created an uncurable mess.
    On the other hand, a small bag doesn’t hold everything I need.
    Maybe the solution if to carry several at once. One of each of those you have illustrated. I could live with that.

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  71. That would work, because she’d only need the slit so she could get at the pockets underneath. Like you, I think they’d use them beneath everyday clothes.

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  72. That would work, because she’d only need the slit so she could get at the pockets underneath. Like you, I think they’d use them beneath everyday clothes.

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  73. That would work, because she’d only need the slit so she could get at the pockets underneath. Like you, I think they’d use them beneath everyday clothes.

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  74. That would work, because she’d only need the slit so she could get at the pockets underneath. Like you, I think they’d use them beneath everyday clothes.

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  75. That would work, because she’d only need the slit so she could get at the pockets underneath. Like you, I think they’d use them beneath everyday clothes.

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  76. Ha, ha! Yes, very fashionable, but as I said to Vicki, I’d lose extra ones quickly. I am used to one bag, but two is a challenge.
    I do agre with you on the large bag and things getting lost. It’s e inevitable that when you are in a hurry, the one thing you need, like car keys, is burrowed in some unfathomable place . . .and the oddest stuff surfaces when rummaging around. (Oh, Halloween candy? Hmm, it’s Christmas now!)

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  77. Ha, ha! Yes, very fashionable, but as I said to Vicki, I’d lose extra ones quickly. I am used to one bag, but two is a challenge.
    I do agre with you on the large bag and things getting lost. It’s e inevitable that when you are in a hurry, the one thing you need, like car keys, is burrowed in some unfathomable place . . .and the oddest stuff surfaces when rummaging around. (Oh, Halloween candy? Hmm, it’s Christmas now!)

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  78. Ha, ha! Yes, very fashionable, but as I said to Vicki, I’d lose extra ones quickly. I am used to one bag, but two is a challenge.
    I do agre with you on the large bag and things getting lost. It’s e inevitable that when you are in a hurry, the one thing you need, like car keys, is burrowed in some unfathomable place . . .and the oddest stuff surfaces when rummaging around. (Oh, Halloween candy? Hmm, it’s Christmas now!)

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  79. Ha, ha! Yes, very fashionable, but as I said to Vicki, I’d lose extra ones quickly. I am used to one bag, but two is a challenge.
    I do agre with you on the large bag and things getting lost. It’s e inevitable that when you are in a hurry, the one thing you need, like car keys, is burrowed in some unfathomable place . . .and the oddest stuff surfaces when rummaging around. (Oh, Halloween candy? Hmm, it’s Christmas now!)

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  80. Ha, ha! Yes, very fashionable, but as I said to Vicki, I’d lose extra ones quickly. I am used to one bag, but two is a challenge.
    I do agre with you on the large bag and things getting lost. It’s e inevitable that when you are in a hurry, the one thing you need, like car keys, is burrowed in some unfathomable place . . .and the oddest stuff surfaces when rummaging around. (Oh, Halloween candy? Hmm, it’s Christmas now!)

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  81. It actually isn’t too hard to keep up with two bags. I walk out of the house with one bag (little cross body purse having been put in the bigger bag When I get to the store the cross body goes on me. The other in the cart/buggy. Then I only have to keep up with the one not on me.
    At least this system works for me and it does reduce the amount of ooey gooies…

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  82. It actually isn’t too hard to keep up with two bags. I walk out of the house with one bag (little cross body purse having been put in the bigger bag When I get to the store the cross body goes on me. The other in the cart/buggy. Then I only have to keep up with the one not on me.
    At least this system works for me and it does reduce the amount of ooey gooies…

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  83. It actually isn’t too hard to keep up with two bags. I walk out of the house with one bag (little cross body purse having been put in the bigger bag When I get to the store the cross body goes on me. The other in the cart/buggy. Then I only have to keep up with the one not on me.
    At least this system works for me and it does reduce the amount of ooey gooies…

    Reply
  84. It actually isn’t too hard to keep up with two bags. I walk out of the house with one bag (little cross body purse having been put in the bigger bag When I get to the store the cross body goes on me. The other in the cart/buggy. Then I only have to keep up with the one not on me.
    At least this system works for me and it does reduce the amount of ooey gooies…

    Reply
  85. It actually isn’t too hard to keep up with two bags. I walk out of the house with one bag (little cross body purse having been put in the bigger bag When I get to the store the cross body goes on me. The other in the cart/buggy. Then I only have to keep up with the one not on me.
    At least this system works for me and it does reduce the amount of ooey gooies…

    Reply

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