I just got my Handbag of Holding from ThinkGeek. It wasn't a review copy, so I did pay the full purchase price. I've been oggling the regular Bag of Holding for nigh on a year now, was impressed with what I saw when a friend showed up sporting one in the flesh, and went online to finally buckle down and buy one for myself.... when I saw they had a HANDbag of Holding just for the ladies and my fate was sealed.
Now, I suppose it might be old age setting in, midlife or WhateverTF-- but as I'm getting up there, I suppose I've developed a sort of handbag fetish. I suppose I may be making up for my formative years having at best one handbag for whole stretches of space time. The floodgates opened maybe 3 years ago, and when I started seeing handbags that are sort of Geek Chic, I was in fetish mode. And the Handbag of Holding is my latest acquisition.
But, just so you know, I am NOT a typical girlie girl who wants designer brands and that sort of schlock. I'm attracted to the ever elusive concept of the “perfect” bag. Something that's functional, comfortable, and attractive to me. I don't give a dragon's turd for fashion. When I buy a handbag, I expect to be using it a decade from now. And, at this point, I've amassed a small collection, much to my husband's chagrin. Why? It's not just that I find a bag attractive. Because I cannot find the Holy Grail of handbags, that evasive handbag that has all 3 of my requirements: functionality, comfort, and meets my own brand of style. I have bags that may have 2 out of 3, and those are by far my favorites. Unfortunately, I'm not certain the Handbag of Holding meets even 1 of my 3 criteria-- and for that reason I think it's an Epic Fail.