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My three year old daughter is fast asleep and as I was tidying the remaining bits and bobs of her toys up when I came across this small purse..my daughter's first designer purse in fact ... she has had for some 2 years now.
My friend had given this to her when she was around 18 months old as she had started showing loads of interest in our handbags by then , but my friend hadn't noticed that it was actually the zipper that she was interested in and not the bag itself.
The little purse is about 4 "X2"X3" I would say and is made of soft, hardy , pink, washable velor/fleece fabric and has a nice purple border and a blue handle . Like I have said the flap doesn't zip up...well nobody would make a first purse with a zip that could pinch a fnger would they ?... but it has a velcro patch. Embroidered on the flap is 'My first Purse'. My daughter quickly lost interest in the purse once the novelty of hearing the 'crunching' sound from opening the velcro bit wore off and I had to put away yet another forgotten toy.
The little purse came with a miniscule blue powder/compact case that produced a crinkling sound on squeezing , a small purple coin purse (again with a velcro tab) and a small mobile phone with a tinkley ringing sound. Now these were some of the things that greatly attracted her.. she used the compact case to chew on as a theether (glad it was washable), the mobile made her laugh and she would chatter endlessly on it and thus not disturb me when I was on the phone, as for the little money bag ..well she used it as her toy monkeys arm band.
So all in all they served whatever they were meant to for a year and a half old, in my opinion she was already past the gae to play with it.
However, last week they had a fair in their nursery (she is now 3+) and the bag has at last has served its purpose. I put her six 20p coins in the little coin bag and into the purse and when she came home it was stuffed with small toys and uneaten sweets. The handle had just room enough to be carried worn over her arm and it did look girly and cute without being too young.
The price of this purse is around £10-£13 in most of the places .. just researced and found it being sold on Amazon and ebay and lots of online shops, not sure which stores stock them . I don't think I would personally buy this as a toy for any child if I had to pay over £10 as its size is a bit of a disappointment , though quality-wise it is fabulous and fun too.
I think it would be ideal for a child below a year old as it has all those basic sound producing toys in it , but then a child wouldn't really undestand what a hand bag is.. the hand bag itself is ideal for girls around 2-4 years in my opinion. If a little girl below a year is obsessed by purses and mobile phones and you want your child to have a designer bag then I would say this is the toy to go for , but otherwise just wait till the child is older and choose something a bit more older.
4 Piece Playset. Mirror compact that squeaks. Coin Purse with velcro closure.