sirisa clark

the things I do and the words I choose

Ebay Sunday: the last hurrah


I have been waiting very patiently for the last of my frenzied ebay purchases to arrive. Technically, it arrived well over a week ago, but I’ve been too busy to go and pick it up from the post office (I can understand that the Royal Mail has to deliver during the day because the majority of their clients are probably businesses. But hey, the collection office is used almost exclusively by people who miss deliveries because they are at work. So here’s an idea: why not be open in the evenings?? Closing at 4:30pm is helping nobody).

I digress. The last ebay obsession I fixated on before going cold turkey was buying a new everyday bag. Not because I don’t love my current bag, but as a back up should it ever give up the ghost.

My current bag is almost everything I could ever want in a bag:

1) It is a neutral colour and style that goes with just about everything (well, I think so. I may look at photos in 10 years and wail at my younger self’s total lack of style. That has happened before and will happen again.)

2) It has an adjustable strap, allowing me to wear it either on the shoulder or across my body.

3) It zips shut at the top, meaning I can open it with one hand when I need to, but it’s sufficiently difficult to get into that nobody is going to just reach in and lift my purse. As a Londoner, this is one of my greatest paranoid fears.

4) It seems to be modelled on Mary Poppins’ bag. This bag will hold almost everything I throw at it. Most days that’s phone, ipod, keys, mirror, assorted lipstick, balm, gloss and stain, kindle, wallet, glasses, sunglasses, pens, bottle of water. Sometimes I will throw in a cardigan, my tablet, some tupperware boxes or my bulky camera for good measure. Bag never complains. Bag eats it all up. The only one who complains is my shoulder, which is where the cross body option really comes into play.

So, now you’ve had that little ode to my current bag, here is his new understudy, a mustard yellow leather bag from Fossil, which I think was £25 including postage:

So what is the verdict on New Bag? How does he measure up to Current Bag?


  • He’s made of real leather, which probably means a longer life
  • He’s mustard coloured, and I am big-time into mustard
  • He has a pretty embossed flower pattern, which I am also digging
  • He’s smaller than Current Bag, potentially forcing me to carry less stuff, and have less back ache…


  • He’s smaller than Current Bag, which makes him less versatile
  • He has a shorter strap, also less versatile
  • His zip is on the side, partway up – which means it’s difficult to make full use of his size

All in all, Current Bag is still close to my heart. But as society doesn’t frown upon bag polyamory the way it does with husbands, it’s fun to have options!


2 thoughts on “Ebay Sunday: the last hurrah

  1. Siri, I love the bag, but I thought you are vegetarian not just for not-willing-to-eat-dead-animals or health reasons but because of how animals are killed before they become food, or bags…

    • Hi Kristina – that is a very fair point, and I feel like a very bad person now.

      I’m pescatarian, meaning that I eat fish and seafood, and a lot of people find this hypocritical as well. My reasons for not eating meat are quite complex – partly health reasons, partly environmental reasons, partly the fact of killing animals and partly the way they are raised and killed for food.

      I admit that my behaviour is not perfect and not always consistent, but my view is that choosing not to eat meat is a contribution towards lessening the reliance on meat and its environmental impact. Some people draw a line at eating dogs and cats; I draw a line at eating mammals generally. To me that’s a more logical place to draw the line.

      My biggest problem is with factory farming – the way that animals are raised and treated poorly on an industrial scale, to make meat that is cheap and low quality. In an ideal world I think people would be vegetarian, but at the least I would like to see a return to a time when meat was a luxury not an every day food, and livestock was raised with some respect for the animal’s wellbeing.

      I’m reading The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins at the moment, and he points out that it’s biologically arbitrary to draw a line that says killing another human and eating it is our biggest social taboo, but doing the same to other animals who are closely related to us is seen as fine. A lot of people see humans as special in this regard, but I tend to agree with Dawkins.

      So, that is my long rambling answer! I don’t feel as bad about leather as I do about meat, for reasons I can’t really explain.

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