Thursday, July 24, 2008

The Never-Ending Quest

I don't do nearly as much shopping these days as I did back in my pre-Wendy, two-income days. I do spend a lot of time thinking and considering and looking for certain things. Sometimes it's the right pair of shoes. Sometimes it's a versatile skirt. Sometimes it's a pair of everyday earrings. And sometimes, like recently, it's a bag.

We've graduated from the point where I need to lug the gigantic diaper bag around everywhere we go, but we do still need to take a few things with us. On most of our outings, Wendy needs a sippy cup, a couple of diapers, and a small bag of Goldfish - not enough for a diaper bag but too much for a purse.

The perfect bag for me would be between the size of a purse and a typical diaper bag. It would be casual and neutral, so that I can use it 99.9% of the time without worrying about it matching. It should definitely have a zipper top, and a couple of extra pockets would come in handy. It must be under $25, because my eyebrow does weird twitchy things when I spend more than that on a bag.

Target is my store of choice for oh-so-many things, and this was no exception. I perused the clearance rack and found several almost-right options. Then I found this bag.
It's not perfect; it's a bit slouchy and blah for my usual taste, but everything else about it is good: price, size, zipper top, two big outside pockets & one little outside zippy for my phone. And it was $16.99, so no strange eyebrow twitchiness resulted from the purchase.

I'm not wholly committed to this bag; I'll use it until I find one that's just right, but that may take awhile.

Do you have a favorite bag?

4 comments:

Nichole said...

My brother and his fiancee gave me a seatbelt bag as a baby shower gift last year. It's spacious enough for a bottle, a travel pack of wipes and a diaper, which is all we need for a quick jaunt to the store or elsewhere. It might be the cutest thing I own.

Amy said...

I have lots of favorite bags. I have two small Rubbermaid containers that slide under the bed and I like to mix and match. But I'm not one of those people who change their purse every day to match their outfit (who has time for that?) but I do like to switch for special ocassions or just when I get tired of one I'll go back to another. Love your new bag!

Allie said...

Ooh! That is a nice bag. Is it machine washable? My next bag will be. I recently thought of all the times I put my bag down on dirty floors when it won't hang over the back of a chair, and and starting to think that a bag that I can wash every week or so would make me happy. Although, I'm also in love with Rachel's bags and hope she starts making them again soon. http://madebyrachel.com/vintage_bags.php

Jeni said...

I'm going to assume my bag is machine washable; I don't see anything on it that would make me nervous about washing. There's no laundry tag, but it's fine-wale cotton corduroy with a cotton/poly trim.

I'm a fairly neurotic launderer, though - if it'll fit in the washer, it's getting washed, regardless of what the tag says.

It's a shame the couch won't fit in the washer.