Private Handbag Collections
We all had a handbag collection at some point, whether it’s a few of them or enough to fill an entire room. They could be anything that we are attracted to or fond of. They can be old bags accumulated over the years, new ones or a mix of both. Purses and handbag collections are common, we might use them all at some point or have a few that just lay around or are in storage.
I used to have quite the collection but went through them all and the bags I hadn’t used within the year or that I didn’t want anymore, I brought to Goodwill.
A Private Handbag Collection
The handbag collection I am featuring belongs to Taetske. She resides in the beautiful South of Spain. I asked Taetske if she could take pictures of her collection to share in this article. I also asked her a few questions about her collection. The first picture is the Summer collection, the second is Winter and the last one is Taetske with her evening bags.
1. How long have you been collecting purses and handbags?
I think I started buying handbags and purses when I had earned my own money. I must have been some 20 years old.
2. Between the three collections how many do you have?
My 3 collections together have 38 handbags/purses.
3. Which is your favorite one? or do you have several.
I have a couple of favorites, sometimes it is a color or a texture and sometimes it might be something sentimental. My Mother and I went shopping in 1991 or 92 and I made her buy a handbag which I found lovely. She did not use it a lot, perhaps she thought it a bit too much. She passed away in 1997 and I still have that handbag. I do not only consider buying a handbag because of its looks.
4. Do you have a favorite style?
As I carry half my house with me, I need a big one for everyday use. I prefer if it has a couple of pockets inside. If not it gets difficult finding your keys, mobile etc. I like it to have handles so I carry it in my hand, but can also wear it over my shoulder.
5. Do you have a favorite color or more than one?
It is difficult to say what my favorite color is. As I live in the south of Spain with even sunny days in the winter and mild temperatures it is not only black or brown. I think it is more how does this bag combine with the clothes I wear. Therefore the handbag can be white, light blue, orange or have flowers.
6. Do you mix your handbags with other seasons, or do you keep the seasons as they are specifically?
When I came to live on the Costa del Sol in 1979, one really had seasons here. That has kind of disappeared over the years. From summer one falls straight into the winter and vice versa. I notice it with my clothes. There are certain, I call them in between clothes, pieces you do not get to wear, year after year. In general, I keep the handbags and use them during their season.
7. What size do you prefer?
As I said previously I need a biggish handbag to have space for all the things I think I might need being away from home. This is probably something from the time I worked as a tourist guide. There were days I was out of the house early morning to come back at midnight. I would have plasters, needle, and thread in case a button would fall off the uniform. All this adding to the many other items I would take with me.
8. How often do you you buy?
I do not often buy a new one as I really do not have the excuse of not having any. Then of course if I buy it has to be a different shape/color/texture, not so easy to find. I love to go to the sales and if I find a special one I will buy it for sure but it really has to be different from the ones I already have.
9. Would you go anywhere without one?
No way I would not leave the house without a handbag.
10. Describe each season handbag collection.
The winter collection has black, dark brown and light brown ones. Also a dark blue one with a pretty pattern in the leather. I have what we call a crocodile print on leather on 3 handbags. Some are suede leather to match the winter boots I have.
The summer bags are more lively in color, even animal print, flowers and different types of material instead of leather or a combination of both.
The evening handbags and purses go from medium size to small and from gold, glitter and mixed colors. There is one I especially like. It is black suede with real snakeskin on the front, it looks chic I must say.
11. How do you store the bags you are not using?
It is very important to take good care of your handbags, like that they last many years. When needed I use some shoe polish and I keep a lot of them in big cloth bags. These bags are often provided by the shop where you buy the handbag.
12. Do you think you will ever cut back on your collection and not have as many?
I do not know what will happen when I am a really old lady, but for the moment I like to keep my collection and now and then even add a few new ones.
I’d like to thank Taetske for allowing me to do this interview. She had modelled for one of my other articles called Matching Handbags Footwear and Outfits where she uses her own handbags, footwear and outfits!
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