Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Anatomy Of A Hoarder . . .

For Mother's Day, my family gave me a beautiful brand new handbag with a matching wallet.

It's big, roomy and sturdy because I never leave the house without at least 2 books I'm trying to read, ibuprofen, hand lotion, Febreze, Cortaid spray, hand sanitizer, a deck of playing cards (who knows when you may end up out somewhere and bored to tears?) and other miscellaneous odds and ends. It smells like brand spanking new leather. Take a look for yourself, what's not to like?

Now for my confession, I'm kind of missing my $10 Tinkerbell bag that I've been carrying around for the past two years, every since we went to Disney World.

It is raggedy and the seams are busted; one of the straps is held on with a safety pin; all of Tinkerbell's fairy dust is dull and cracked and her sequins have been gone so long I don't remember what they used to look like. This bag has seen better days, but I just can't trash it.

I think I'm going to gently lay her in a box, wrap her in tissue paper and save her in the back of my closet. Every now and then, when I'm feeling a little nostalgic, I can pull her out and give her a brief hug when no one else is looking, because they've already labeled me certifiably insane and I can't afford to give them any more ammunition.

Rest in Peace, Tinkerbell purse. I'll miss you.

Tinkerbell Novelty Handbag, 2006 - 2008, Beloved Souvenir


Until next time . . .


Holly said...

That new bag is a beautiful bag.

My DH is a hoarder. Since it's not at my house, I'll let you hoard in peace. There's so many tips at my fingertips, dying to come out. But, you know, it's your bag, at your house, so enjoy it. :-)

Only Child.™ said...

Nice purse--good job family! I found your blog from CoffeeHeidi's and I'm glad I did!

Hoard away...it's not hurting anyone until you find yourself on some cable show where a complete stranger wearing a large flower in her hair is belittling you & forcing you to have a yard sale. HA HA. :)

Michelle said...


You sound just like me!
I have several purses that I will never use again...but I keep them just because:
-I used it for prom,
-I got it on my honeymoon in Mexico,
-It was the last Christmas gift my mom gave me before she passed away

They all have special memories, don't they? ;-)
Thanks for your prayers for my DD. They really mean a lot!


SabrinaT said...

AH, but just think of all the new memories you and the leather purse get to make!

Wendy Hawksley said...

Could Tinkerbell be made into a quilt or something? So you preserve the image? I can't blame you for wanting to save it as a cherished memento.

Heather said...

I have this pair of shoes I bought to wear to a wedding once. Because I'm already taller than my husband and I HATE heels anyway, I went looking for flat-soled dress shoes.. but I found these. Three inch heel (that makes me 6 foot tall, baby!), suede, strappy. They're so CUTE, I had to have them. After the wedding, I wanted to kill myself for buying them, my feet hurt so bad.

But I didn't get rid of them. And what's worse? I throw out everything I have no use for, so I will wear these shoes out for drinks or something a few times a year - torturing myself in the process and paying for it for days afterward - JUST so I won't feel like I should get rid of them. They're so cute, I just can't throw them out. That's some kind of sickness right there.

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