At last, an organized and attractive bag

6 February 2009

I love having an organized purse. For some time I used the Baggallini City Bag, which I liked because it held what I needed and I could find things fairly easily. But it was a little more casual than I wanted when I was dressed to impress.

Then I switched over to a suede Coach bucket bag I had. It was nice, but hard to keep organized.

Ah, but last week I got a Butler Bag. I’d been aware of these bags for a little while, but not convinced they’d be great for me. Then my friend Aby Garvey got one and she allowed me to paw through hers. That was enough. I needed one. (Maybe it was that touch thing I blogged about earlier this week.)

I actually purchased the shiny espresso vinyl version at Kmart after my fashion adviser, Geralin Thomas, informed me that vinyl is in. (Who knew?) So I spent only $25 on this bag that I’m so thrilled about. I’m thinking I’ll probably upgrade to leather at some point, though.

What’s so great about the Butler Bag? The interior bottom of the bag has an insert with structured compartments that allow the bag’s contents to stand up on end. Once you assign a place for everything, it’s so easy to find what you need. And the bag holds a surprising amount. I have the classic size, which isn’t very big. And it holds everything I like to tote around, including my camera, iPod Touch, GPS, wallet, sunglasses, lipstick, lip gloss, Kleenex, pen, mints, business card case and a notebook. And there’s room for more.

Here are some pictures of my bag. The only thing that’s missing from the photos of the contents is my camera, because I was using it to take the photos.

Here it is all zipped up (and full).

This is what's inside my Butler Bag. I store my camera in it too.

Here's my bag with everything in place.

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you got a deal! I love the bags I saw on their site, but they are really expensive! I’ll have to check Walmart now!

Kris Van Allen 02/06/2009 08:55 AM

Beautiful, love the price!!

Org Junkie 02/06/2009 10:11 AM

Coach should take a clue. Look at the sales they are losing!

Marita Perlak 02/06/2009 10:54 AM

Thanks for your comments! Kris, look at Kmart, not Walmart for the vinyl bag. I truly am tickled by this bag. But, as I wrote, a leather version is probably in my future!

Janine Adams 02/06/2009 03:48 PM

I have a butler bag as well, and I will never go back, I like your color better than mine, oh I might have to get another!

maureen wielansky 02/08/2009 07:28 AM

Maureen, I want to see your bag and how you’ve organized it! Maybe at the next NAPO chapter meeting.

Janine Adams 02/08/2009 10:44 AM

I want the smaller one! I need to blog about mine, too…it’s more like a suitcase than a purse, but at least it’s organized.


Aby Garvey 02/09/2009 12:15 PM

Yes, Aby, show the world yours! I admit that the smaller one works better for me—but you’re a lot taller than me so at least it doesn’t overpower you visually.

Janine Adams 02/09/2009 12:36 PM

We can just compare bags, I can’t wait. I have the bigger on and I think I may need a small one too!

maureen wielansky 02/09/2009 06:22 PM

I finally made it to K-Mart today in O’fallon MO and bought 4 small Butler bags (I’m sending 2 to my daughter) and then discovered they have summer ones – light colored straw with black or white vinyl trim——so cute and I bought one of those also!!! They are all 30% off this week so they are the same price as online. What a deal! Thanks for letting us know about these great bags.

Vickie Sheridan 02/18/2009 01:59 PM

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