One of my first introductions to accessories, bags in particular, were coin purses. I believe my first one was the quintessential 80s kiddie coin purse made of vinyl with colorful picture of Rainbow Brite and here sidekick/horse Starbrite on the front. Despite the super kid vibes of this plastic coin purse, I felt like a full fledged grown-up when I received it. I also believed that I could buy anything I want with it and all the pennies and nickels I would cram in there, of course. Oh, to feel that invincible and naive.
However, the older I got, the more I felt compelled to own larger and longer wallets that could not only hold my spare change, but dollars, credit cards, checkbook (when they were still useful), and receipts. Pretty much my entire life in paper form, because I am one of those people that carries a copy of my birth certificate and social security card in my wallet. Hmm…I think I need to stop doing that.
Anyway, about a year ago, I realized that my days of thick, borderline clutch size wallets were no longer a need or convenient. Other than the fact that it took up major room in purse, it stayed pretty empty. I rarely carry cash (I know. That’s not good, but I’m working on it.) nor my checkbook considering I haven’t written a check in years. Seriously, who still regularly writes checks?
I decided to put my chunky, chic MCM wallet on eBay (scored $125 for it) and buy me a coin purse. Awesome decision for many reasons and I’m going to share them with you.
For me, when I began looking for a coin purse, I needed more than a zippered pouch. Since I was pretty much trying to streamline not just my wallet, but my life, I wanted something that served more than just a place to toss coins. I wanted a coin purse that was roomy enough to hold my ID, debit card/cash, access key card for my office building, and my actual keys. So, a keychain wallet was what I needed and I found it in Rebecca Minkoff’s Molly Metro Wallet. It almost felt like it was made for me, because it has a zipper compartment for loose change, a card holder, and clear slot in the back and snap closure to prevent anything from falling out. Hands down, one of my best purchases of 2015. FYI – I chose blue, because black felt too basic for me at the time. Now….I want the black one!
If you are into finding new ways and things to streamline to make your life even the slightest more convenient, you might appreciate the ease of a keychain coin purse. I found some really cute ones that are a mix of cute and classic.
Anya Hindmarch ‘Wink’ coin purse – Rebecca Minkoff ‘Mini MAC’ coin purse – West 57th Zipper Leather coin purse – MICHAEL Michael Kors Jet Set coin purse – Ban.do zip zip keychain pouch