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Standing in line at a hardware store today, there was a
lady carrying a handbag that had a little tag on it saying
"Ask me about my bag" --and a second lady came up and
did exactly that. Apparently this bag was getting
advertised on TV (I haven't seen any of the ads yet), and
its gimmick is
that you buy a basic bag, and a variety of
"shells". Each outer shell attaches with magnets, and
the more shells you buy, the more "different" bags you
seem to have.
Well, the logical extreme extension of that notion is to
sell a bunch of PARTS of handbags, that you then
assemble however-you-please. You could then surround
it with an appropriate shell, of course. Not to mention
attach any of a wide variety of straps (different
One part of this Build-A-Bag might be a coin pouch.
Another could be a thing to hold a checkbook and cash.
Another could be to hold (organized, too!) tubes of
lipstick. Another could be just a generic holder-for-
stuff. And so on.
It seems to me that most of those parts will be
significantly thinner in one dimension than the others.
This means that each part could be seen as having 3
"edges") that need a way of being attached to the edges
of other parts of a Build-A-Bag (the fourth edge is the
one that opens into the interior of the part).
We want an attachment device that is reasonably sturdy
(won't accidently come apart) but also can be
disassembled fairly easily when you want to redesign
your bag. I think that a system of lacings can look nice
enough and otherwise fit the bill. The parts don't need
to be as thoroughly laced together as, say, 10 eyelets on
each edge --3 or 4 should be fine. A knot that comes
apart by accident won't automatically mean the bag falls
I guess that's all.
the old Vernon
[po, Jun 04 2011]
Jablonsky Exploding Handbag
One more feature you might consider... [Grogster, Jun 05 2011]
||This is a reasonable idea, though I don't see the advantage over just having a bag, and putting things in it. However I am bemused by the idea of buying a bag, that is so ashamed to be seen naked that you have to get a second slightly larger magnetic bag to put it in.
||you've got married - haven't you Vernon?
||Somebody should mention Velcro at this point.
||[pocmloc], the bag-shell that I saw only wrapped around 3 sides of the bag (the two large sides and the bottom).
||[po], no, I'm still single. And when I first joined the HalfBakery, I had a LONG list of ideas to post. Which have mostly been posted by now. When just one might take years to be developed as thoroughly as I've previously done, it logically follows that the big complicated postings won't/can't happen as often as in my early days here. But dinky ideas can happen any old time, without needing a lot of development-thought.
||[MaxwellBuchanan], I had given some thought about Velcro, but decided against it because it seemed to me, especially if the bag looked good enough that an outer shell was not needed, then some of the parts would have exposed Velcro strips that weren't attached to anything. I think the lacings idea does a better job of preventing unsightly UNconnections.
||Velcro, in a handbag, might collect schmutz.
[Vernon] have more respect for your "dinky" ideas:
some of your audience like the simplicity. [+]
||// Velcro, in a handbag, might collect schmutz //
||Since the whole raison d'etre of handbags seems to be to collect
schmutz, dreck, fluff-covered boiled sweets, hairgrips, used bus
tickets, furry lipsticks with the top missing, biros that won't write,
biros that leak ink, expired store coupons, scraps of paper with
numbers scribbled on them, broken sunglasses, leaky face-
popwder compacts, nailfiles, combs, hairbrushes clogged with
hair, chocolate wrappers and dual-drainer kitchen sinks with
monobloc taps and waste disposer, a bit of velcro can hardly
make things any worse.
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||Saw an interesting bag this morning, called appropriately enough the "Paper Bag". Passed as a woman's handbag, or a generic tote or poke, but apparently constructed of woven paper and plants and, expandable.
||Oh, [8th of 7]! For a moment there, I thought it was Lady Bracknell.