What ARE These Things?

Wow, I’m getting this Whatever Wednesday series down!

Everyone knows how I love to use everyday items in unusual ways.  When I found these at the local thrift store where I volunteer … well, I wondered “What the heck are these things”? But I didn’t really care what they were supposed to be for.  I just knew exactly what I was going to do with them.

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It’s doubtful I’ve ever mentioned it, but among my other collectibles, I have tons of purses.

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Lately Hubs and I have been on this “down-sizing” campaign, trying to rid our little abode of all things not regularly used … i.e. we’ve been clearing out a lot of stuff. I hesitate to use the word “junk”, because most of it was loved and valued at one time or another.

Anyhoo, this week I attacked all those purses.  For many moons now, I’ve wanted to give my little walk-in closet a new look, so figured this was a great way to start.  For you ladies out there, I don’t know how this number will hit you, but my purses numbered twenty.  In all fairness, that does include a leather fanny pack and a tiny black evening purse, so technically only eighteen.

I use an easy method when “cleaning out” and I’ll share that in a later post  But after pairing down the purses …

I got back to those brass thing-ies.

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Each piece was dismantled …

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removing the hooks from their mountings …

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and then working them through the wire shelving in my closet.

You’re seeing double here because I have a full length mirror on the back wall of the closet.

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And now, I put my original idea into motion.

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I don’t mind that these hang down over the mirror because we have another one in the adjacent hallway.  The closet mirror is mostly to get more light in there.

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I’m really happy with this project, because I love having the purses in easy view and access.  More importantly, I gained a ton of shelf space where these had been stuffed in.

SUMMING UP

1.  The four brass hook deals were $1 for all.  I saved the brackets … I’m sure I’ll use those somewhere!

QUESTIONS

So, how many purses are okay? Is twenty too many, is five not enough?
You know how curious I am, so tell me what you think.
And … how many do YOU have?

Later – Cheryl

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10 thoughts on “What ARE These Things?

  1. I’m one of those weird ladies who only uses one purse – well, one and a half, since I have a very large wallet-type mini-purse that goes inside my big one but which I occasionally carry by itself. I do own an evening bag, Chinese green embroidered silk, that I’ve carried maybe three times in forty years. Your storage idea is clever, and I may adapt something similar for my collection of scarves. I have quite a variety that I use to tie back my hair, now that it is again long in back.

    • I had no idea I had that many! At the little thrift store where I volunteer, purses are only $1 – $2 each, or just included in our Bag Sales (everything you can get in a brown grocery bag, all for $6). We only put out very clean and/or new purses and … they’re so cute! I actually managed to donate several though so that helped. Your scarf idea is a good thought. (I’ve got a lot of those too!)

  2. Wow, that worked great. I wonder what they really were? Curtain hooks? I added a long curtain rod on one side of my closet and have all my scarves looped on that.
    Here’s my crazy idea for how I finally got my clothes under control. Once a year I turn all the hangers backwards. As I wear and wash them I put them back right. At the end of the year everything still backwards goes..no excuses. After 3 years of doing that I had a good amount.

      • I have several scarves, including some heavy ones for winter. I got a hanging “shoe rack” – the kind with soft mesh pouches. It’s double sided, but since it’s soft that’s not a problem. I put a hook on the inside of my closet door and hung it there. I roll my scarves neatly put them in the pouches. 20 scarves hanging on the back (inside) of the closet door out of the way.

    • I was surprised that I could actually let some of the purses go, but someone else will hopefully have as much fun with them as I did 🙂 Great to hear from you Charlotte. You’ve been so busy of late. I always enjoy your music videos! The shot of you in Paris was marvelous … and that outfit, very chic!

  3. I haven’t counted mine, but am sure I have over 20 purses. Purses have always been my passion. Love matching them with my shoes, and oh so many shoes also. I may only carry certain purses once or twice a year, but is nice to have them to match. But am going to try to pare them down. There are lots of organizations that I could donate them too. Thanks for the nudge.

    • I think there are quite a few of us “purse people” around, Shirley. First of all I chose two absolute favorites and one that specifically went with a favorite jacket. Then I sorted by colors and thinned those down. Next everything went into winter or summer groups and those were attacked. The remaining number works well, but I do have a couple small ones tucked inside the hanging purses. Have to confess 😦 Glad you stopped by..

      • I’m a handbag junkie. Every 3 or 4 months I buy a new purse in TJ Maxx. Cute, lovely colors, and affordable prices. I like LARGE purses, so space is a problem. In my closet system is a large corner with shelves. Two sections hold my handbags, except the 3 tiny evening clutches in a drawer. Every few months, when I need space or tire of a bag, I select ones I’m ready to give up…either sell them at a consignment store or donate them. But first I take an armload in and offer them to my book club. They know I treat my bags well and some I don’t carry often, so they don’t mind choosing a hand-me-down. Space empty?– go purse shopping!!

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