This post was actually planned and started before Christmas, but fits in well with everyone who has resolved to organise their wardrobe better for the new year – I know there were quite a few people who did Friend Friday on planning outfits last week who planned to do that! So:
These are all my handbags, totes and purses! Photographed and classified!
As I alluded to in my wardrobe organisation post from a year ago, all my bags are stored in a big, deep drawer. They were kind of a mess, and the drawer was getting full to overflowing. Which was why I embarked on on this little categorisation project!
I took these photos for myself, so that I would know what I’ve got, which is why they are mobile phone snaps taken in artifical lighting rather than properly lit photos. I was sort of planning on printing out a copy of all the pictures and get it laminated, so that instead of rummaging around in the drawer, I could look at that and select a bag. I haven’t done that so far, but it’s definitely been a useful exercise, because I had completely forgotten about some of my bags!
Here’s what I discovered I do have:
- 1 and 2. My main leather bags, black and brown. These are basically the only handbags I use during the week.
- 3 and 4. These I used to take to work before I bought the first two.
- 5 to 11. decent sized over the shoulder bags. I do like a good long strap, so that I have me hands free
- 12 to 15. Totes that fold up small. I don’t use these for food shopping (we have a stash of canvas bags for that), but for things like gym clothes, spare pair of shoes for work, lunch etc.
- 16 to 23. Medium sized short handle bags of various levels of smartness
- 24 to 33. Small going out bags
- 34 and 35 Purses
What about everyone else? How do you store your bags and how many do you have? What kinds? Do you think 35 is a lot? If you have a lot, do you rotate them so that they all get used regurlarly, or do you have ‘regulars’ like me?
After taking my little inventory, I folded up and flattened down everything properly, which created some space in the drawer, which is nice. But I still think that there is too much there! I know some people have a lot more than this, but this is one part of my wardrobe I feel could do with some slimming down. Why do I have so many bags when I basically use 2 of them day to day?
Which brings me to the point of this post, other than showing all the bags that I have:
I am getting rid of some of these bags and I thought I’d offer them to my lovely blog friends! Like a bloggy yard sale!
$5/£3 a bag, plus whatever postage ends up costing (likely to be in the region of £2-3?), just a little something to make the trip to the post office worth my while. I’d also be open for trades. Here’s the ones I am letting go:
Little Miffy bag. Here’s a picture where I’m carrying it for scale.
Navy and vintage. If this was in better condition, I’d stick it on etsy for proper money, but the material (fake leather) is splitting quite a bit. It’s still lovely though! Worn picture here.
If you are interested, leave a comment and I’ll email you, or email me at franca(dot)likes(dot)apples(at)gmail(dot)com.
I also got rid of the grey army bag, but it was cheap to start off with, and heavy to ship, so I just gave this straight to the charity shop. Which is where the others will go if there are no takers, but I really hope someone will give these a good home! You never quite know what happens with things you donate to charity shops, do you, they might languish there for months and years!
And if this goes well, then I might do it again, and make some space for these two babies I’ve been lusting after!
I am trying to resist!