it's my next bag, baby!

I'm one of those people who doesn't put a lot of thought into what kind of purse I carry. Usually it's black. Usually it's medium-ish in size.  Always it has a super long strap. It's important to me to be able to swing my purse like a riata.  As long as it fits my stuff I don't care much one way or the other. Well, I've been carrying a bedamned messenger bag.  I hate it. HATE! IT!  If I didn't need it still, I would chuck it into the gully behind my house. (That is where I threaten to throw all bad things whilst I yell "into the gully!")

I think because I have been quite vociferous about this particular awful messenger bag I mentioned shopping for one on Etsy and naturally the NoOb saw this as an opportunity to escape Valentine shopping. O.o   That'll teach me to open my big mouth!

So, I spent about 2 hours bouncing around on Etsy looking for a bag. I was completely lost with the lingo after the first ten minutes.  There's clutches, slings, hobos, belt bags, convertibles, diaper bags, laptop bags, hipsters, market bags, tote bags,  kindle sleeves, wristlets, frame pouches, yadda yadda and so on.  GUH! Too many choices.  Oh my, I believe my testosterone is showing.

I thought it would be fun to share some of what I've found...some lovely, some quirky, and some just "wha?".

Borsa Bella has this bag, which I would like to eat with a spoon. I have no idea why I think of ice cream when I see it, but I do.

It's reversible and was in the running to be my next bag until I realized reversible meant there were no pockets inside.  I might could bite the bullet on that though and get several of the frame and/or zippered pouches I saw.

This next bag is from Yahee's Place.

Wow, quite a departure from the girly girl style above, but seriously.. I fell in love with this bag.  It would be mine now if it weren't $90.00.  It's totally vintage and recycled; or upcycled, or whatever we're calling it these days.  Used is what comes to mind to me, but I realize the connotation that puts forth and this bag doesn't deserve it.  I would be ultra cool with this bag!

I have been looking at this next bag, from Ika Bags,  for a very long time.

I love the fabric. I've seen other bags using this same pattern but it just isn't the same.  Feyza has a lot of really neat bags but this one is my fav and is definitely in the running.  Tres chic to have my bag come from Paris, non? :o)

I am also in love with this frame pouch from Oktak.

Admittedly it's one of many that I love there.  This is sadly not in the running as it's too small to be my bag.  But if the NoOb perchance should read this, I wouldn't mind being surprised! ;)

Bag 655 over at Coton Candy Boutique is marvelous! Look..

The colors are gorgeous. I probably like them so much because they match my furniture.  This bag is also in the running.  There are several bags actually that I like over there, but this one I feel is really the best size for me. Bag 690 is right up there as well.  These gals also offer customization. You can hop over to flickr and see their fabric or you can peruse their sales for bags other people have created. Neat!    Affordable at $39.99 too!

I be-bopped over to J Pat Purses and found these adorable little gems..

There are so many cute little zipper pouches in her store I don't think I could possibly choose just one. Or even two.  And! They're a steal at $7-$8 a piece!  I can think of a gazillion this to use these for. And, they will work well if I wind up with a pocketless bag.  

This next bag from Truly Sanctuary has the "Wha?" factor.

It's a gorilla.  On a bicycle.  Oh, and a balloon. !!! Seriously? But, I haven't been able to stop thinking about it since I saw it. What does that say about me? I'm afraid to know quite frankly.  Not in the running because I don't really need another tote bag. But, if I did you can bet your bippy it would be this one. Seriously.

So what have I learned about bags after all this shopping?   Melissa at Borsa Bella was kind enough to explain the hobo bag to me thus: "it has to be smaller at the waist and opened bellied :) that is what makes a purse a hobo bag...."   Also, the terms 'market', 'tote', 'grocery' really all mean 'byob to the store".   Slings cross your body and are longer in the strap so they can get across the boobage.  Wristlets hang from your wrist. That one was actually quite intuitive. ;)   I could go on, but you probably know your purse terminology.

After all that shopping I still haven't chosen a bag and I am still wanting to chuck that damn messenger bag out the door.


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