3rd Anniversary on Hubpages - Means a Designer Handbag

Attractive Colorful Purses

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Designer Handbag

Today is my 3rd anniversary at Hubpages. I received an email from Hubpages informing me of the anniversary and suggesting that the appropriate 3rd anniversary gift is made of leather. A new designer handbag or briefcase would be in order.

I don’t have any need for a new briefcase but how could a woman have too many purses? They can’t! Most women carry a large number of necessary items that they just might need at any given moment. We realize most men do not understand our reasoning and that is okay. Of course, a designer handbag is a great choice and also a fashion statement,

Jimmy Choo Handbag

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1920 Reticule Draw String Purse

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Brief History of Purses

Back in the fourteenth century men and woman both carried small pouches, usually made of crude leather. They used the pouches for seeds, religious items and medicines. In the fifteenth century a purse was a gift to the bride from the groom and they had ornate embroidery with jewels quite often. In the seventeenth and eighteenth century women often used pockets that were separate from their dress but hung on their waistband underneath their skirt.

In the early nineteen century women the reticule became poplar. It is a small, decorated bag similar to today’s evening bags. Women typically carried some smelling salts, a needle with thread in care of a tear, possibly a scent bottle. In the early 1920’s, the first handbags that are similar to those used today appeared on the scene.

How To Make a Handbag Out of a Recycled Book

Fun Facts about Women and Purses

Statistics show the number of women willing to spend $150 or more on a handbag is 1 in 10, but if they could only splurge on one designer item only 9% would choose shoes.

A Hermes Birkin handbag sold on Ebay for $24,500! This shows that there is certainly a segment of the population that can afford and will spend a large amount of money on that special purse.

The Man Purse does have some negative connotations; however, back in the 1800’s purses were small and only carried by men for coins. Man bags are certainly more popular now.

The average woman has 6 handbags (guess I’m not average because I have more).

The average amount most women spent on their last handbag is $42, and the average weight is 3 pounds, (of course that is empty). When you add all the necessities most women tend to carry in their purses, the weight at least doubles.

Make a Statement with Unusual Handbags

Some women like to carry a very unique handbag, and there are some very unusual ones to be found.They shop for the type of handbag that will provoke comments from other, usually all in fun.

These Little Dog Purses are so Cute

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For the Woman Who Wants to be Prepared

Football Fan Purse

What Women Carry in Handbags

What things does a woman carry in her purse? Certainly a wallet or some purses that has enough slots to carry all the cards that are necessary in today’s life. That would include a driver’s license, insurance cards for health and auto, ATM card and certainly at least one major credit card, such as a visa. Many women have several credit cards for stores as there are those award points to consider.

The cards do not end there either. What about a library card? A Costco or Sam’s Club card? Business cards? Many grocery stores now issue cards, and then there is Petsmart if you happen to have a pet. Do not forget your cell phone as that is a must.

In addition, other common items are your keys,a date calendar, your check book, a brush or comb, pens, sunglasses, reading glasses, nail file or emery board, compact, lipstick, lip gloss, breath mints, gum, medications, tissues, ear piece for the cell phone and of course there should be some money.

According to a survey in Britain, 43% of woman carry sexy panties in their purse in case they think the date is going well, but 40% of the men said the underwear didn't matter to them.If you have small children there are often more things to carry when leaving the house. Some women carry cameras and emergency rations, such as chocolate!

People will Look Twice at this One

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DKNY New Vintage Leather Classic Large North/South Satchel

Summary

Woman have carried purses for well over a century and the trend will certainly continue. There are many styles for everyone's taste. Tote bags, shoulder bags and leather backpacks are popular with college students. Black leather bags or brown leather bags are the most common as they match more outfits.

I plan on shopping for my new handbag soon. After three years on Hubpages and writing hundreds of articles. I think a celebration is in order!

© 2012 Pamela Oglesby

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Millionaire Tips profile image

Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

Happy HubPages anniversary. You've provided lots of informational tidbits about the handbag.


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

Wow, I had no idea so many women were walking around with a spare pair of panties in their purse. I sometimes carry a spare pair of socks just in case the opportunity to go bowling on at date should arise. I guess we all have different ideas of a fun date. :-)

Interesting hub and voted up!


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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

LOL Enjoy your new purse. As for me, I'm an oddity. I detest purses and the need to carry them. For many years I traveled like a guy--if it didn't fit in my pockets, it stayed home.

Since I don't "do" dresses, and I'm a jeans-kind-of-gal, I always have pockets. I had a purse stolen in 2007, so now, those few things I must carry go in a hiker's fanny pack that stays attached around my waist. Hands free all the way for me, baby!

(Do you think I'm in danger of having my 'woman card' revoked?)


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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Pamela,

Congratulations on your three years! Awesome!

I like the football purse, the things people come up with these days! LOL


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada

Interesting! That face purse was truly creepy and I loved the puppy bags. Perfect for carrying an "accessory dog?" Congratulations on reaching your three years on Hubpages. That is a great achievement!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

Happy 3 year HubPages anniversary. Hope you do treat yourself to a new handbag.

Enjoyed this hub and the many unique purses in it.

It was also fun learning about the history of purses and handbags.

Voted up across the board.


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Just stopped by to congratulate you. But your purses sucked me in. :)) sorry about that.


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Anamika S 4 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

Congrats on your 3rd Hubpage Anniversary! Wishing you many more milestones ahead. Personally, I don't buy stuff because it is a Birthday or Anniversary. I buy things whenever I am in the mood. And as a Shopaholic, I am always in the mood of buying. Good Hub, voted up!


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Congratulations!!! It sure does, in fact, I think you should get three! It is always so hard to narrow it down to just one. Ha. Love this hub. Very interesting. You deserve the pick of the litter. Wow, three years. You are awesome, Pamela! God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

Millionaire Tips, Thank you for your comments.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

Jeranieinabottle, The panties were a surprise to me also. Socks seem like a good idea in that case. I appreciate your comments.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

DzyMsLizzy, I see nothing wrong in not carrying a purse. I end up with too much junk in mine and clean in out frequently. I have used a hikers back if I am traveling and maybe getting out and walking a lot. Thanks for your comments.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

Josh, I think the football purse is cute for the football season. Thanks for your comments.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

praireprincess, Thanks for the Congrats. I thought the puppy purses were cute also. The face purse was creepy and I can't imagine anyone I know carrying anything like that. Thanks for your comments.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

Gail, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and I appreciate your comments.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

Mhatter, Many of the purses were not the norm, that's for sure. Thanks for your comments.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

Anamika, I buy more often when I see sales. They really attract my attention. Thanks for your comments.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

Faith Reaper, It's hard to think I have been writing here for 3 years. Time does seem to fly by. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and I appreciate your comments.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Congratulations Pamela!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

Congrats on three years very nice and you have been doing a good job.

I was just thinking yesterday how women never forget their purses. They carry them no matter what is going on. I love purses but I have gotten to a point where I can't carry big sizes anymore. I always carry toothpicks and hand sanitizer in my purse. Voted up.


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akirchner 4 years ago from Central Oregon

Congratulations, Pamela~ What a great milestone...I love the puppy purses too but afraid my brats would eat them...although I have been looking into designing a backpack myself for them and hoping I can get them to leave that alone. I definitely wouldn't call that a puppy PURSE but if it helps on hikes to keep them focused or 'working'- better for all!

I've about given up on purses as mine tend to turn into suitcases since I have to bring my latest hardback book, my netbook, dog leashes, treats, pinch collars, etc., etc., etc. I found that they were killing my shoulder (gosh I have no idea why~~)--I even tried the backpack kind and that hurt my back. So now I usually bring my big all purpose bag with all the above-mentioned "tools of the trade" and just opt to carry my wallet into places with me along with keys. It has saved my back and my shoulder--and probably loads of money~

Again--congrats and good to see you are still writing!


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

Happy Anniversary Pamela. In your honor, I think I will buy myself a Louis Vuitton!


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Frieda Babbley 4 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

Fun hub for your third anniversary here! Great info and totally adore the book handbag video. Congratulations.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica

I have so many handbags. Of all the clothing and accessories that women have I think that panties and handbags are what I can't resist. They top shoes and I do love shoes. I love my handbags big as well since I want to be able to carry my 'emergency' items in there...lol

Happy third anniversary. Sorry I haven't been visiting much, it's just a rough time for me right now. But I hope that soon I will be able to get beck to my usual reading and catching up.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

moonlake, I think a lot of people carry hand sanitizer and toothpicks. I didn't think to put them in the list. Thanks for your comments.


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Whidbeywriter 4 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

Way to go Pamela, congrats!!!!!!


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

Dear Pamela,

I must be losing my mind. I definitely commented on your hub earlier today, but my comment is gone. I will repeat it. Congratulations on your 3rd anniversary. In celebration, I will buy myself a Louis Vuitton!


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

Audry, It is good to hear from you and I see your dogs are still keeping you busy. I have trouble with my shoulders because of arthritis when I carry too much in a shoulder bag also I carry less now. Thanks so much for your comments.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

POP, I think you should buy that lovely purse. Thanks for the comments.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

Frieda Babbley, I thought that video was so clever also. Thanks for your comments.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

Cardisa, I know its been a rough time, although not why but my thoughts are with you. I appreciate all of your comments. Hang in there - this too will pass (a motto that helps me).


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

Whidberywriter, Thank you so much for the congrats.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

Patti, I was gone most of the day and then came home to a kitchen sink that suddenly started leaking water all over the place. Needless to say I was not pleased. Thanks for congrats X2!


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

You go Girl! I love the Jimmy Choo Handbag. I bet it is very expensive? Congratulations. I always enjoy your articles..


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

Ruby, I'm glad you enjoyed the article and I always appreciate your comments.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Congrats on the three years, Pamela. That's how long I've been here, too.

By all means, reward yourself. You deserve the Jimmy Choo! :)


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

drbj, Thanks for the congrats and your comments.


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girishpuri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

congratulations on completion of three yrs, God bless.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

girishpuri, Thank your so much for your congrats and God bless you also.


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farmloft 4 years ago from Michigan

Way to go - fun article! Congrats on your three years -- you could have considered leather boots :) My bucket list includes red shoes, now I might need to add a red purse to go with them...


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

farmloft, Red shoes certainly require a red purse. I appreciate your comments.


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

This was thoroughly awesome. Love that little history and the average woman with 6 purses/handbags. Congrats on your 3rd aniversary Pam! You have been a considerate follower and we love your hubs as well. Still checking those heads of a bag! Thanks for sharing and cheers!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Congrats Pam and Happy Third Hub Anniversary.

I like large purses and that DKNY satchel looks pretty nice to me.


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heavenleigh707 4 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

Three years! That's wonderful! Big Congratulations to you! I'm a "Mary Poppins" carpet-bag-type. Hee hee I carry my life around in my purse! Great Hub! I wish you many more Happy years of Hubbing!


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Congrats on your three years. I have about two dozen purses of varying sizes. I got my mom's collection to add to mine. My daughter's teenage friends call hers a 'mall in a bag'. She has everything in there.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

Lord, Those heads made more of a statement than I would be comfortable carrying. Thanks for the congrats and for you thoughtful remarks.

Susan, That one is nice. Thank you for your comments.

heavenleigh, Thanks you for the Congrats. I like your description of your habits with purses. I appreciate your comments.

Becky, I like that cut expression. I have a lot of purses also and don't bother to use many of them unless I am going somewhere special. I appreciate your comments.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

I use the same ones over and over. They go with everything. One tan straw and the other is black leather.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

Congratulations, Pamela. Three years are good achievement for kind person like you. My love and my pray always for you. I hope you always healthy and continue beautiful writing on HubPages...amen. Take care and have a nice weekend.

Best wishes, Prasetio


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

prasetio, That you so much for your thoughtful words and encouragement. It is always nice to hear from a friend. I hope you have a nice weekend also.


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Faybe Bay 4 years ago from Florida

Three years is a great accomplishment! Congratulations! You have chosen some beautiful handbags here, really caught my eye! I hope the next year and each coming year, is greater and happier than the last. Happy Hubbirthday!


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

Faybe, Thank you for the happy hubbirthday wish. I had not thought about it in those terms. Leather was for a 3rd anniversary but I wonder what the 4th will bring? I appreciate your comments.


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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

Congratulations on your 3rd anniversary on HP! Quite a milestone! You are right - we women can never have too many purses and a new leather designer bag is just the present you need for yourself at this junction! Loved the hub and loved the purses you show! Beautiful!


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

Suzette, I agree! Thanks for your comments.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Congrats on three years here! I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate than with a great new purse.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

teaches, I agree. I appreciate your comments.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Congrats on being here three years! I think I must not be far behind! lol! oh yes handbags! I have so many I have forgotten which ones I have got! I never realised that the handbag as we have it today was only invented in the last century, I did realise about the bags tied around the waist under the clothes in the old days, but thank goodness we have the ones we can use today!


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

Nell Rose, I agree. I love buying new ones. Thanks for your comments.


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Margaret Skipper 4 years ago from Baton Rouge, LA

Awww! Congrats!! I think i may have jumped the gun because i just bought a new bag...hehe! Hmm so, what sort of bag are you thinking about? Also, those little doggie bags are too cute...but i can already see my real dog getting jealous! lol


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

Margaret, Some of the purses I put up just for fun. I really like the Jimmy Choo purse but it might be a bit pricey. I think the dog purses are so cute.


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Congratulations on your anniversary! You've highlighted some great bags here and though they wouldn't all be my style for use, they are all very cool. Hope that when you make up your mind on which bag to buy you'll feature your new purse in a new hub :) but don't rush it. Shopping for it is as much fun as buying it!


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

RTalloni, Shopping is half the fun. Some purses were displayed just for fun, and there are so many great styles out there. Thanks so much for your comments.


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Found the stuff that ladies carry in their purses funny and intriguing. I found the purse with a man's profile very disturbing...seriously such purses exist :)

Fun hub and congrats on 3 years and many more, Pam.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

Ruchira, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and thank you so much for your comments and well wishes.


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Frederick Green 20 months ago from Bangkok, Thailand

$30,000 for a Hermes Birkin is not a lot. I spent $70,000 on the Croc Skin Hermes Birkin which is a lot higher-status than the one you mentioned. It's not absurd at all, if you've got that much money; there's not many things you can't afford so you can do what you want....


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Pamela99 20 months ago from United States Author

Frederick, I wrote this in fun for that anniversary. Yo are right about the money. Some can afford their choices, and some cannot. Thanks for your comment.

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