I've got this totally cool straw tote bag that was given to me as a gift from a good friend. Not to drop names or anything, but it's from Brighton. It's my only bag from Brighton. My others are from Target, Walmart, Ross, etc. I'm not a purse-shopper. In fact, I hate purses because not one of them meets my needs perfectly. This straw tote bag is big & roomy, leopard-print-lined, and has sturdy leather handles.
The problem with the bag is that everything gets lost in it. Everything. My keys. My wallet. My pens. My spare change. My lipstick. Everything. Well, one day, I was super-busy at work, gathering things to take downstairs, talking on my phone, drinking a big cup of cold water, making copies, you know, all the essential multi-tasks. My hands were full, my arms were full, my cup of water was now almost empty and clenched in my teeth. I somehow slurped down the water then I tossed the cup in my straw tote bag which was hanging on my arm. I headed down the stairs, down the hall and started searching for my keys to the auditorium. Found 'em. Opened the door. Tossed my keys back in my purse. I was totally surprised when I heard the keys hit the bottom of the empty cup. I stopped dead in my tracks. The solution to my messy, unmanageable purse might have just occurred accidentally...I put my stuff down on a table. Unloaded my purse. Started dropping all sorts of treasures from the bottom of my purse into the 16 oz red plastic cup. From that point on, searching for things in my purse was a pleasure, not a pain. I carried that purse and that cup for at least 2 years. Every so often the cup would crack or split open and I'd replace it with another one. This worked for me and if I were to carry this purse again, first thing I'd do is stick a red cup in it!