There was a bag check at the concert I attended last week. When the guy looked into my purse he said, “Wow, that’s the easiest bag I’ve ever checked,” and ushered me through. I looked at my husband with a grin and said, “The beauty in simple.” It gave me the idea to dump my purse contents out for you all to see. There’s absolutely nothing interesting about what I hold in my purse. What might be interesting (to some) is what I don’t carry.
I carry my tiny wallet, a tube of homemade lip balm, a compact pen, my phone, and keys. If I’m meeting a client or going out with friends I might throw in my lipstick. (I have one color in my possession that also serves as cheek color.) Grocery lists and receipts also make an appearance, but they get recycled as soon as I get home. Any coins that spill into the bottom of my purse are transferred to a bowl that my husband and I jokingly refer to as “our retirement fund.”
My wallet contains my driver’s license, an office key card, a personal credit card, a business credit card, my library card, a Denver Botanic Gardens membership card, insurance cards, and cash. If I wanted I could whittle that down to my driver’s license, office key card, personal credit card, and library card. The rest are there “just in case.”
My purse and wallet are both from Saddleback Leather. I can’t speak to the company’s ethical practices, other than their products have a 100 year warranty. Last year I sent the purse strap back for repair, which they happily fixed for free. I think my purse is five or six years old and I expect it’ll be my purse for life. Imagine that? I suppose you’re wondering if I’ll get tired or bored of my purse. Perhaps, but who cares?! I’m in favor of once and done shopping. I like the idea of a patina etched into the leather that tells a lifetime of stories.
How about you? What do you carry in your pocket or purse?