I Hate My Purse: My Reusable Shopping Bag Purse Addiction

Reusable Shopping Bags. Love ’em.

Reusable Shopping Bags
Omnisax Wanderlust Reusable Shopping Bags 5-pack

Some ladies with deeper wallets may covet a Kate Spade hand bag, a Birkin Bag like Martha Stewart favors, a Louis Vuitton or Coach purse. But for pure, practicality, you gotta love reusable shopping bags. As practically every store jumps onto the eco bandwagon, the designs seem to get even better with many different materials now being used to manufacture them.

Why Use Reusable Shopping Bags

Reusable Shopping Bags Fashion Forward Cheap Chic

Since the cost of plastic and paper bags is cost prohibitive, many stores are selling these environmentally friendly recyclable shopping bags at practically cost. So aside from a husband who’s miffed with closets overrun with my reusable shopping bag addiction, he should consider himself lucky that I’m not addicted to Coach. Most of the time it only costs a couple of bucks to feed my addiction and such a small indulgence brings me great glee.

Reusable Shopping Bags Are a Worry-Free Indulgence

Plus most of the bags get quite the bashing lasting only a few months or so as I stretch the intended grocery weight capacity beyond mere bananas and bread by hauling a laptop and books. But their impermanence means I do not have to be extra careful or reign in my careless accident-prone character nor greatly mourn their loss if a strap should break or the fabric tear on any corner. Their eventual inevitable premature demise though bad for landfills overall still reduces my plastic consumption. But I do not mourn their loss when something breaks because it means I have a built-in excuse to buy another.

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 “I Hate My Purse” Essay by Nora Ephron – Included in “I Feel Back About My Neck”
From one of the writers of “When Harry Met Sally”, essayist Nora Ephron proclaims “I hate my bag. I absolutely hate it. If you’re one of those women who think there’s something great about handbags, don’t even bother reading this because there will be nothing here for you.”

“This is for women whose bags are a morass of loose Tic Tacs, lipsticks without tops, Chap-Sticks of unknown vintage, little bits of tobacco even though there has been no smoking going on for at least ten years, tampons that have come loose from their wrappings, foreign coins from the last trip abroad, boarding passes from long-forgotten airplane trips, leaky ballpoint pens, Kleenexes that either have or have not been used but there’s no way to be sure one way or another, scratched spectacles, an old tea bag, several crumpled personal cheques that have come loose from the cheque book and are covered with smudge marks, and an unprotected toothbrush that looks as if it has been used to polish silver.”

Excerpt “I Hate My Purse”
I share Ephron’s delight in the joyful simplicity of finding a functional bag that’s just the right size, that’s light, relatively low maintenace, cheap and just plain practical.

“You Could Flee the Cossacks With Your Bag”

In Nora Ephron’s hilarious essay “I Hate My Purse” she laments purses being too small or so massive that it accumulates the “debris of a lifetime.” She goes on to say the two bag solution doesn’t work for her either. She pokes fun at America’s obsession with expensive purses recounting a shopping expedition to Paris with a friend who wanted an attractive but impractical Hermes “Kelly” bag like Grace Kelly.

The Best Bag Ever

Finally Ephron goes back to New York and obtains the best bag she’s ever owned – a New York City MetroCard bag “it’s yellow (taxicab yellow, to be exact) and blue (the most horrible blue of all, royal blue) so it matches nothing at all and therefore, on a deep level, matches everything. It’s made of plastic and is therefore completely waterproof.”

“A Bag Equally Unattractive All Seasons”

It cost next to nothing and I will never have to replace it because it seems to be completely indestructible. What’s more, never having been in style, it can never go out of style.

my reusable shopping bag
Nora Ephron’s MetroCard Tote Bag

Where to Buy Nora Ephron’s Metrocard Bag

“Mostly I go everywhere with my MetroCard bag. And wherever I go, people say to me, I love that bag. Where did you get that bag? And I tell them I bought it at the Transit Museum in Grand Central Station, and that all proceeds from it go towards making the New York City subway system even better than it is already. For all I know, they’ve all gone off and bought one. Or else they haven’t. It doesn’t matter. I’m very happy.”

Nora Ephron’s MetroCard Tote Bag is available from the New York Transit Museum Store

We’re Here to Support Each Other’s Addiction

Go ahead & indulge in this fun as well as practical fashion accessory. Feel free to send me a picture, link or story of your all-time favorite reusable shopping bag. Tell me about your addiction and what you love about these new eco-chic bags.

Share What You Find

Please tip us off to stores offering cool new editions, well-made reusable bags with interesting features, excellent stiching or beautiful design. I’m especially interested in bags from regional or local stores as well as those found in other countries including foreign and overseas stores. Look forward to sharing our mutual addiction to reusable shopping bags.


So here’s my latest acquisition, yes it’s geeky, but who doesn’t LOVE My Little Pony?!  


My little Pony Reusable shopping bag
My Little Pony, Halloween Boo Bags


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