|BRAGG: Bag addiction has no cure
|Posted: Sunday, July 1, 2012 5:56 am
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|I have a fetish for bags. All bags. Any kind of bag. I like things that contain things.
I’m sure thereʼs a Freudian reason for this, but it is one I do not intend to pursue through therapy or other sources.
My husband, Tommy, has a fetish for bags, too, although the bags he prefers are primarily the “suitcase” kind. His interest in those helped us find a duffle-type Columbia bag with wheels, which holds tons of stuff and fits in the overhead bin of an airplane. We’ve had those more than two years and they have served us well.
My interests range from purses to wallets to travel cosmetic holders, and I’m really digging the inexpensive plastic or canvas market bags you can buy at most retailers these days.
I bought one at a HomeGoods store in another city that was brightly colored and huge.
It carried home olive oil, gauzy-type baby blankets, coffee and gourmet popcorn. It would have taken several plastic bags to carry that much stuff but this 99 cent one did the trick.
The only problem with buying those reusable bags at retail stores is that I never remember to take them out of my car when I go into a store and end up needing a few plastic ones anyway.
I tend to leave my recyclable ones in my car, resulting in a messy pile, or hanging on the key hook that holds my keys in the garage. Turns out, I do not like seeing them lying around in my carʼs cargo area.
Despite my efforts, I am not the tidiest person on the block, but I do like keeping the back of my car pretty clean.
That’s because I have given up on the driver and passenger seats. They are always strewn with library books, coupon holders, grocery lists and mail. I try to put all of that in one market bag every day, but if I do that, I can’t remember where I need to go next – even with a list.
And then there’s the pursuit of the perfect handbag.
I am on the search again.
For the past two months, I have tried to use a wristlet that contains only my thin wallet, my thin phone and one lipstick, but I’ve realized this hasn’t served me well, either.
Small just isn’t big enough.
The oversized ones that do, in fact, hold everything I need are too big for daily use and get heavy.
When I take my smaller “portable” one inside the store, I realize I’ve left my coupons, proper ID, frequent shopper card, or something else I need in the car.
So, for the past few months I have carried a supplemental lightweight bag, along with my wristlet, which includes any and all coupons, lists, frequent shopper’s cards and all things local. And that has worked, on most occasions, when I remember to take it with me.
What’s a girl to do?
Until I find the perfect tote, I’ll continue to be disorganized with my wristlet bag stuffed inside my big purse stuffed inside my 99 cent plastic gizmo combined with the coupon bag stuffed with all the other things one needs while errand running.
And maybe, after a couple of months routine, I’ll find the combination that makes it work for me.
I’ll keep you posted.
‘Til next week.
* FYI, my daughter Anne’s choice of baby blankets are those from Aden and Anais. They come in a large, fabric square and the fabric resembles an old-fashioned cloth diaper. They can be used to swaddle babies and are especially good for babies born in the summer months. Target sometimes carries Aden and Anais, but I found some knock-offs recently and highly recommend them as a gift for a newborn.