What were you carrying when you finally decided you needed a purse? This question occurred to me during a discussion on another thread about little girls (some as young as four) with designer bags. I wondered what someone so young could possibly have to carry around that they wouldn't put in a backpack or that wouldn't already be in moms purse or dads pocket. I remember when I coaxed my Mom into letting me have a purse, which she saw as ridiculous because I could carry my backpack to class and didn't go out without adults yet. I won, but looking back I was such a dork. Tell us your first purse, and then for fun how about what you went with next as a "step up", and what you had in it. Here goes - 7th Grade, 1995 First Purse: No-name mini backpack. Hunter green canvas with a brown faux suede flap w/buckle to close it. The canvas part had a drawstring, of course. We (we being every girl in my entire junior high) thought we were cool because you slung both straps over one shoulder. What Was Inside: Pens, black eyeliner stolen from my mom (wasnt allowed to wear makeup), "pencil case" designed to look like a pencil case but actually had assorted lipgloss inside, Mintaburst gum, and of course - a scrunchie. Second Purse: Sadly my step-up was the same bag but in maroon with a pebbled "leather" flap, and the straps could zip together to make one strap. The horror.