Under normal circumstances, asking a woman to take a peek inside her handbag is considered beyond the realms of common courtesy. That was until a couple of weeks ago, when UK department store John Lewis put out a report revealing average contents of a woman’s handbag was worth over $2500.
My initial response was to laugh at the idea – they must be talking about the likes of Victoria Beckham and Alexa Chung. But when I started to think about it, whilst I might not be getting requests from Karl Lagerfeld to feature as his muse for the latest Chanel collection, my handbag contents are up there.
I totalled up all the bits of bobs in my satchel - iPhone, purse, various bits of makeup, perfume, glasses, iPad and notebook and had to take a bit of a gulp. It was worth over $2600 – and that was not even including my handbag.
It got me thinking about what might be inside other people’s bags – my friends, family, the ‘Average Jo’ on the street. One look inside their handbag or manbag tells a story about whom they are, where they are from, what they are interested in and what is going on in their life. I was wondering how I was going to hold back from asking them the golden question.
I came across a blog to end all blogs – ‘What’s inside your bag?’ Described as ‘a tribute to the big, squishy, bulky, salty, furry things we carry and simply cannot live without’. I was in heaven.
Here is one of my favourite posts - a mercury biogeochemists handbag who can’t leave the house without her nail clippers.
What’s inside your bag?