Sunday, March 13, 2011

What do you look for in a handbag?

As I continue to build my Etsy business of hand painted accessories, I am always on the lookout for new handbags to up-cycle. I often wonder if I am on the right track when making my selections and then I thought, what do women want in a handbag? What matters most to them and what makes the difference between making a purchase or not?

So I decided to ask my friends here in blogland...

"Ladies, what do you look for in a handbag?"

what size?

I just listed my latest up-cycled Coach handbag in my Etsy shop. This is one of the larger bags I've done rather than the usual wristlet or demi-purse. It has five different portraits of my signature ladies on all sides.

Now, I have quite a few new bags to paint and I'm not sure yet what I will be painting on them just yet, but I think I am going to try something a little different.

So, what do you look for when purchasing a handbag?


  1. Diane you are incredibly talented! Thanks for letting me take a peek at your beautiful work. Now, your question? In a handbag I want it to be big, but fairly lightweight. Lots of pockets inside. Easy to clean is a perk too!

  2. Easy to clean! Now that is something we don't normally think about because we are usually fixated on style. Thanks for that tip, Tina!


  3. I am stopping by from Brave Girls Club. Your purses are true works of art!! So creative. I never would have thought to do that!!!

    I am now a follower, too!

  4. I love your handbags. I look for lightweight and original. Yours definitely fit what I would look for. Now I am heading over to your Etsy shop! Diane, you are so talented!

  5. Something big, lightweight with a truly beautiful unique artwork to enjoy all the time. You're a very talented artist..

  6. Since I'm short, where it hits me on the hip is huge. If I can't reach in and touch the bottom to find keys, etc. with it on my shoulder I won't buy it. I tend to not buy clutches or anything I have to hold, I need my hands to grab my kid that runs off! I am also a pack mule, so easy to reach pockets and big size that is lightweight is thought of. Now days, I have to be able to put my cell in a spot where I can get to it before it stops ringing! I am always missing calls b/c of that!

  7. I love finding original bags with art work on them, so I was happy to see yours. Very well done!
    I like a medium sized bag. The one pictured is a great size for me. Otherwise I must always have a zipper closure, pockets including some with zippers on the inside and an adjustable strap is always a huge plus!


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