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Don't make me hit you with my purse! [Apr. 18th, 2010|12:29 pm]
Zoethe
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Like catvalente, I am currently in search of a new handbag. My needs, however, are very different from hers. I require a bag that can be worn "across the body," because I am constitutionally incapable of keeping track of a bag that requires me to hold onto it - I have to have both hands free. It used to be that I carried what amounted to a wallet with a long strap, the smallest bag I could find that would accommodate my cell phone. But in the last few years I have had to add a pair of reading glasses to the "items I can't leave home without," so a larger bag became necessary. And now I'd like a bag big enough to carry a book or a beading project, but I do not want to go all the way up to the bulk of a messenger bag, particularly since I sometimes have to carry a briefcase as well.

Needless to say, this is a pretty exacting set of demands, and I have been many times in stores frustrated by the bag that was almost, but not quite, right. Then the other day I stumbled across this bag:


Pretty sweet: compartments for glasses, pens, wallet, and a larger compartment for a book, beading project, or its intended purpose:


That's right, this tidy little bag is designed by a company called Gun Tote'n Mamas and it's here for you when you need to stop by that Starbucks in a dicey part of town. Your grocery list can read "milk, eggs, bread, Ruger."

Now, I don't have a handgun, or even want one, but part of me is still tempted by this bag. Remove the holster, and you do have a spot large enough for book or project - maybe even both! And it folds down so flat that it could make a decent work surface for beads, even:


My biggest philosophical problem with it? I've never paid anywhere near $85 for a handbag. So for now I will keep looking. But if you're ever reading over my shoulder and notice that I have Gun Tote'n Mamas bookmarked, you will know why.
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[User Picture]From: fabricdragon
2010-04-18 04:42 pm (UTC)
my favorite purses are waaaaaaaaay expensive. they are by my friend Rita, the company is called Mylinka. the specific purse i buy a lot of is "skyrockets".
i have three of them
yea

she makes some of hers with gun holsters, too... so its not so odd for me.
and yes, they can be removed easily or just left there but you stuff a book in place.

mind you, for women who DO carry a hand gun, its nice to have options. i considered getting a permit, since i am a jeweler and at higher risk.... but since i am now not working in gold anymore i shelved that plan.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-04-18 04:44 pm (UTC)
It just surprised me when I came across it. And made me laugh.
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[User Picture]From: infowidget
2010-04-18 04:43 pm (UTC)
Oddly enough, you might want to look at Bible purses too. Some have slots for pens/highlighters to mark certain passages.
I'll see if I can find my one from my old Mormon days. :P

Here's what I mean by Bible purses/scripture totes:
http://deseretbook.com/store/browse/1045
You may want to choose to purchase elsewhere. Note that these little buggers can be rather stylish, if I do say so.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-04-18 04:46 pm (UTC)
But lacking in across the body styles. And that is requirement one.
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[User Picture]From: moiracoon
2010-04-18 04:47 pm (UTC)

Just a suggestion...

Have you considered going the Etsy Alchemy route?

My reward to myself after I'm gainfully employed (and can justify it) is to post an Alchemy request describing EXACTLY what I want in a messenger bag. I'll even include dimensions and a diagram. If I can get precisely what I want (including reinforcements at the points that always wear out first), I'll pay more than I usually would because I plan for it to last for a while.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-04-18 04:51 pm (UTC)

Re: Just a suggestion...

I'm really not willing to spend that much on a bag and I am HARD on my things, try though I might. But I will look into that as a possibility - thanks!
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[User Picture]From: fabricdragon
2010-04-18 04:56 pm (UTC)

cross body bags

may i point out...
if the bag you like is just lacking in "cross body" ability...... its EASY to replace a strap.

very easy
just get a swivel dog clip at each end of a long strap, and clip it on if the purse has d rings.. otherwise cut the old strap..... fold the ends over a pair of D rings or O rings..... sew down.. then clip on the cross body strap
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-04-18 06:40 pm (UTC)

Re: cross body bags

Hmm, good point!
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[User Picture]From: merle_
2010-04-18 04:57 pm (UTC)
I've been looking for a variant of a geek shoulder holster for a while, but have not found any with nearly enough pockets. Besides, the nice leather ones sell for around $200.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-04-18 06:41 pm (UTC)
And besides part 2, I seldom wear a jacket and certainly won't in Florida this summer!
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[User Picture]From: kudilu
2010-04-18 05:02 pm (UTC)
i recommend the Ameribag Healthy Back Bag. (ameribag.com)
The Baglett is perfect if all you want to carry is wallet, keys, phone, and glasses (and possibly a tiny notebook and pen as well). the baglett will hang inside any of the larger size bags (except the Large Baglett. I personally LOVE my Large Baglett, and it's my daily bag, but it's only availible in one format). While they are a touch expensive by themselves (especially if you want it in leather), they are super-easy to find on Ebay for reasonable prices. the Extra-Small and Small both come in widebody (or used to - i can't find it on the website anymore, but you should be able to find them on ebay) so they have a bit more space if you like.
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[User Picture]From: zayja
2010-04-18 05:08 pm (UTC)
I second the recommendation for these bags. I love mine - a pocket for every small thing, plus a large compartment that will hold a large book, a water bottle or a rain jacket depending on the situation. And it's super comfortable cross-wise carry
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-04-18 06:44 pm (UTC)
I live to serve!
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[User Picture]From: nex0s
2010-04-18 05:44 pm (UTC)
A really good bag is going to cost $85 or more. I have one that I've had for 15 years (microfiber) by Hobo International, that is a brilliant purse, and I still use it for certain things. It was $85. I used it daily for about 5 years, until my needs changed. I still use it though, at least a few times a month.

My favorite bags are by Timbuk2 and HoboInternational.

My husband designs bags and we have been getting a lot of the samples. We have a really nice Marc Jacobs one that we are prob going to sell on Ebay that might fit your needs. It retails for about $350 and is gorgeous leather. S said he'd take $100 for it, if you want me to send you a pic.

I occassionally think about keeping it, but S says I have enough bags (KILL JOY)! He's right. My daily bags are all from Timbuk2 and they last FOREVER, are tough as nails, etc.

N.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-04-18 06:45 pm (UTC)
Send a picture; I am, at least, curious.

BTW, did you get the cookbook???
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[User Picture]From: ebonypearl
2010-04-18 06:16 pm (UTC)
That's the purse I gave my daughter - she adores it.

My boss gave me a purse 7 years ago, and I wish I knew where she got it. She picked it up when traveling - somewhere - and it doesn't have a brand or maker's tag in it. It's an across the body purse so small it's practically invisible, yet I swear it's a Bag of Holding because it holds everything I used to carry in a messenger bag (except my lunch). It has pockets and clippies everywhere and holds all my needs and Itzl's. When it wears out, I'll deconstruct it and make more.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-04-18 06:46 pm (UTC)
Wow, that bag sounds awesome.
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[User Picture]From: letoile82
2010-04-18 06:18 pm (UTC)
I absolutely LOVE cross-body style bags. But I love cute bags, and it's so hard for me to find in that style. And I love practical bags as well. That are also cute. And now, I want one that will also carry my DSLR camera. I'm having one hell of a time trying to find this! (especially since I also don't want to spend crazy amounts of money on it, after finally getting over my Coach addiction).
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-04-18 06:47 pm (UTC)
We were at the Coach store when I was in California, and I have to say that I Just Don't Get It. But I am not much of a purse person.
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From: dsgood
2010-04-18 06:35 pm (UTC)
Try camping/outdoor stores, which sell various-sized manbags.
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[User Picture]From: kellirose1313
2010-04-18 06:38 pm (UTC)
I have the same problem. I require across the body cause my medical issues do not let me use others without pain.
My problem is finding one with pockets. I've got serious nerd purse and have to have organizing pockets for all my techtoys so I can find them easily. It's hard enough to find over the shoulder ones nowadays but finding ones that aren't just one big section seems impossible.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-04-18 06:59 pm (UTC)
Well, the Gun Tote'n Mamas may just be able to help you!
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[User Picture]From: cubes
2010-04-18 06:44 pm (UTC)
Check out diaper bags. This is actually what I expected to find under your cut. They are becoming quite fashionable and practical -- obviously lots of moms like to have both hands free, and there are always a ton of organizing pockets inside.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-04-18 07:00 pm (UTC)
But WAY too big. I don't want to go up to Messenger Bag size, and the diaper bags are definitely there.

No one found it sort of startlingly amusing that it was a gun???
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[User Picture]From: candiedheart
2010-04-18 06:48 pm (UTC)
I don't spend a lot of money on bags, either, but I'm pretty sure I would spend the money for that bag.
That is awesome! (And I don't own a gun, either.)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-04-18 07:02 pm (UTC)
I'm still thinking about it.
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[User Picture]From: phillipalden
2010-04-18 07:17 pm (UTC)
You might take a look at Timbuk2.

You can make a custom bag on the site or buy one of their pre-made ones. Erik and I have both used them and they are very high quality.

Although the bag you're looking at is quite interesting. I like the gun compartment, and would probably use it as such if I ever get my Sig Sauer Pistol. (I'm not holding my breath. My Erik is a typical anti-gun liberal.)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-04-18 07:30 pm (UTC)
Again, either too large, too expensive, or too gaping. I am getting more and more ready to buy the bag here, since it really is everything I want.
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