I get into relationships with my purses. I mean, serious, long-term relationships. It starts with speed dating, which involves trolling the stores, comparing online sites, looking at fashion spreads...
Like real speed dating, there are some duds, and some you want to get to know more. Once I've identified the potentials, I spend some time getting to know the creme of the crop. You're going to potentially spend a lot of time with a purse, you need to bond with it. Get to know it inside and out.
Like human dates, every purse candidate will come with strengths and flaws. You have to decide which ones are deal-breakers. For me, deal-breakers are vinyl construction, lacking a zipper closure, icky straps, not enough pockets, and generally being ugly. Oh, and ladies, back me up on this one--size matters. There is a fine line between laughably too small, and painfully too large. Like I said, it's a lot like dating.
Another thing that is a lot like dating? If you snooze, you lose. It is possible to find the perfect purse, and miss your opportunity because you hesitated too long. Nothing, and I mean nothing, is as frustrating as showing up at a store, credit card in hand, to find out your potential soul-mate purse has been snatched up by some other purse-nabbing hussy.
So, you might ask, what did I end up with? Red leather, (matches my red leather briefcase) big enough to hold my stash of stuff for my upcoming trip to Los Angeles, nice straps and pretty hardware. The print material inside was a bonus. I love you my new shiny purse... at least for now.