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I never thought to be writing a post about handbags, but I just need to say how awesome the Handbag of Holding is - although at 15 X 11 X 4 inches, I'd hardly call it a handbag. I wanted it to carry books and lunches to work. I've previously had several nice fabric bags, with a long strap to wear cross-body, but they got grubby and worn out over time, and they also were limp and floppy when only lightly loaded. I then had one with more structure to it, but absolutely no capacity. It struggled with just one book and a tin of soup.

But this handbag of holding is awesome. It's made of sensible grey canvas, which won't show much dirt. (Other versions are available, though. You can even get it in bright orange dragonscale.) It has structural integrity and stays upright even when empty. It has lovely broad carrying handles, allowing you to carry it by hand without the handles digging into your palms. It has a nice broad (detachable) shoulder strap, long enough to be carried cross-body. It has loads and loads of pockets and compartments of many different sizes, allowing you to play the fun game called, "I know it's in here somewhere, but where on earth did I put it?" The zip tag is made of a metal d20. And it really is a Bag of Holding. It eagerly accepts anything you give it. Today I fed it with 5 books, 3 tins of soup and 4 yogurts, and it was still eager and hungry for my 6 apples, although I kept them away from its grabby hands, lest the soup tins bruised them.

Should anyone feel inspired to buy one - and it's one sale at the moment - I should add the warning that it's quite a heavy bag (2lbs even when empty) - but I still think it's awesome.

Date: 2017-01-10 08:20 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sally_maria
Every time I'm reminded of it, I'm tempted by the Bag of Holding - Con-Survival Edition, because there are plenty of times when I think I'd find a portrait format bag useful, but I've never got round to getting one.

I hope you continue to enjoy your bag. :-)

Date: 2017-01-10 09:47 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] leesa-perrie.livejournal.com
It does look like a very useful bag!! Though perhaps not for me, seeing as I already play the 'I know it's in here somewhere' game with my smallish handbag that has two separate compartments, with three zipped pockets outside and one inside!! :D :D

Date: 2017-01-11 06:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladyofastolat.livejournal.com
I haven't used any of the small compartments, and doubt I will, to be honest. I already have a handbag for money, keys, phone and the like. This one I'm only using for its main compartments, so hopefully I won't lose anything for ever.

I am suddenly truck with the urge to write a story in which the hero is captured by the evil overlord, who cackles, "The Sceptre of Power! I know you have it! It is now mine!" and rummages in the hero's bag, only to look a little crestfallen. "I have it!" he says, trying another compartment. 27 compartments later, he is getting a little fed up. (The hero is also getting a bit worried, too. He's sure he put the sceptre in the bag, but if the evil one can't find it, perhaps it fell out somewhere? Perhaps he accidentally dropped it while rummaging for his Nectar card in the supermarket?) After 35 compartments, the evil one is so annoyed that he stomps off in a huff, gives up evil forever, and goes off to some bag-free paradise to herd goats.

3 and a half weeks later, the hero finally finds the sceptre, and the world is saved.

Um... so it seems as if I've just written it. Oh well. :-D

Date: 2017-01-11 10:19 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] leesa-perrie.livejournal.com
LOLOLOL!! That is awesome!! :D :D

So why am I imaging the hero as John Sheppard?! Though Rodney seems more the sort to carry a Bag of Important Things... :D

Date: 2017-01-10 10:52 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] ylla.livejournal.com
I once had a perfect bag - it was made of thick fabric stuff, and was generously large book sized while being deep enough front to back to also hold lots of other things, and also deep and flexible enough that A4 things would fit in it by stretching it a bit flatter. But eventually it kind of fell to bits, and since it came from the gift shop of (I think) the war tunnels on Jersey and had no logo on it I had no idea who made it.

Since then I have had A4 bags that were large and floppy and pathetic, and small bags with solid corners so nothing fits in, but never again one that was right. Although neither that nor the fact that these days I only ever carry fabric shopping bag things (because knitting fits in them) stops me from going and looking longingly at Jack Wolfskin bags that I know would be no use to me!

Date: 2017-01-11 09:14 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] bunn.livejournal.com
I am a little worried by the idea of losing one of the 4 yoghurts into a pocket, and having one re-surface in six months, green, foaming and ready to take over the worrrrrrrrrld :-D

Date: 2017-01-11 06:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladyofastolat.livejournal.com
:-D

I'm sure the magic of the bag of holding can cope with the megalomaniacal desires of a blackcurrant yogurt and will zap it into oblivion the moment it starts showing signs of menace. But, just to be on the safe side, I have only used the main compartments so far. Another, smaller, handbag satisfies all my multiple tiny compartment needs, and the Bag of Holding is being employed purely for its magical never-filling main section.

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