Many women purchase at least one new handbag or purse a year. Unless you decide this is the year that you are going to go all out and invest in a very expensive handbag, a year of use usually dictates that it is time to buy a new one. Instead of immediately throwing it out on garbage day, use your ingenuity and practicality to give that handbag a new lease on life. This article will offer several ways in which you can recycle and reuse that worn out handbag this year.
Use Last Year’s Handbag To Hold Small Accessories And Special Occasion Jewelery.
The size and depth of an average handbag makes it the perfect storage container to hold bracelets, earrings, cocktail rings, scarves, thin belts and pins or brooches. Use the inner and outer pockets and also small plastic bags or jewelery boxes to keep the smallest items neat and organized. The handbag can then get hung up in the closet to keep the items safely stored away until you are ready to use them again.
Hang That Open Handbag On A Hook Or The Back Of Your Office Door To Hold Bills And Mail.
Need to remember to write out the utility bill or want to hold on to that flier from the local pizza place, but don’t want these enveloped and papers cluttering up your desk or drawers? Hang that purse from the back of your office door or on a kitchen or entry wall to hold these items until you want to use them. Leave the purse open so that you can easily get it and out of the bag. Make it a habit to check the bag each and every day so that you don’t miss an important due date or savings.
Donate That Handbag To Your Child Or Mate For A Halloween Costume.
If your daughter is going Trick or Treating dressed up as a Mommy or your husband is attending a friend’s Halloween party dressed as an old lady, offer the services of your old purse or handbag to add some flair to the costume. If you have very small children who still love to play dress up, add the purse to their wardrobe and accessories in the toy box.
Use That Old Handbag For Activities That May Result In Getting Wet Or Dirty.
If you are going camping, picnicking or to an amusement park, you may not want to take a chance on getting your new handbag wet or muddy. Taking along that old purse will free your mind of worry that your brand new bag will get ruined before you even get a chance to enjoy it.
Give Your Old Handbag To Your Teenage Daughter.
Teenagers are notorious for being a bit careless and hard on their things. If last year’s purse is still in pretty good shape and your teen likes the color and style, offer her the use of it instead of putting out money for a new one for her. You will spend less time cringing when she throws her purse in the back of the car or plunks it down on the floor of the kitchen every day.
Donate Your Handbag To The Local Thrift Or Consignment Store.
Times are still very hard for many people. If last year’s purse is still clean, functional and in relatively good condition, donate it to the local thrift store. Another woman will appreciate the opportunity to purchase it for a few dollars, instead of spending the money on a brand new one at a department store.