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I've been an avid fan of Betty Boop for the past five years; during which time I've amassed a huge collection of figurines. Whilst I had no intention of collecting any of the Boop related accessories, I've received many as gifts for birthdays and Christmas, such as bath towels, tea towels, mugs, handbags and pens. When browsing around the store of my local stockist a couple of years ago, a selection of purses caught my eye and whilst I didn't really need a new one I made a purchase, as it was just too difficult to resist!
The purse is identical to the image as shown above and measures 10½ cm x 9 cm and has been manufactured from a sturdy black canvas type material. The vivid coloured transfer of Betty Boop displays her in one of her classic poses, which is identical to a couple of the resin figurines that I own, which are named Betty Boop With Leg Up and are available with Betty either wearing a red or black glittered dress. Located directly under Betty's cerise coloured stiletto is the official marking of the owners of the Betty Boop trademark, KFS, which stands for King Fleischer Syndicate.
The reverse of the purse displays the words "Betty Boop" with three images of lips together with the trademark logo; all of which have been created from cerise coloured transfers, which are firmly attached to the purse. The purse is intended for coins, particularly as there are no compartments contained inside for notes although I would have favoured a small zip section on the underside so that I can discretely hide a few notes if need be. However, this is not really an issue for me, as my sole use of this purse is to place coppers when I'm out shopping, which are transferred to my savings jar when I arrive home.
The upper section of the purse is edged with shiny silver coloured edging together with a good size clasp, which enables the purse to be opened and closed with ease. Whilst I've owned and continuously used the purse since my purchase two years ago, there are no real signs of wear and tear other than for a few tiny scratches and the transfers remain fully intact. However, unlike other purses I've owned where the clasp becomes a little worn with regular use and subsequently, fails to secure, I have experienced no problems. The inside of the purse displays vivid cerise coloured lining, which is firmly attached around the upper edges and sides.
Unfortunately, on the one side of the purse adjacent to the opening, the lining has started to slightly fray. The texture of the lining gives me the impression that it can be easily wiped down with a damp cloth, but as there is no sign of any grubbiness I have never had the need to do this. I must admit that I'm really surprised that there is no sign of any dirt, particularly after continuously placing coins inside. In addition, there is no sign of any grime on the white coloured label, which is attached inside and displays the familiar Betty Boop trademark logo.
The only slight negative with the purse is that a few areas on the outer section have started to display a slightly used appearance, similar to that of an old jumper, which displays bobbles. However, I cannot really grumble, particularly as I've owned it for two years. As well as it being a gorgeous purse for any fans of Betty Boop it is affordable at £5.99, which is reasonable especially when making a comparison with other Betty Boop accessories.
I've seen this purse on Amazon a few times and whilst they have a wide choice of purses, at the time of writing I cannot see this design listed. However, it can be purchased from any good Betty Boop stockist and as far as I'm concerned it is well worth the price.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading
I'm a fan of Betty Boop, while I don't have the huge collections of figurines that other people have (and that I secretly covet) I like to buy myself little 'bits' when I see them to brighten up my day to day life. The most recent Betty Boop item I bought was this sweet little coin purse; originally I bought it with the express intention of keeping it in the glove box of the car with a few pound coins in for car parking and the like, but after handling it for a few minutes I decided I'd keep it in my handbag as it's much too good to spend it's life languishing in the dark recesses of my car!
Please note, my purse is slightly different to the one you can see above. The basic purse shape is the same and so is the front design, but the back of my purse features lots of tiny little Betty Boop figures in the same sexy pose. I prefer it to the one pictured actually as it looks much more fun than the simple Betty Boop logo, although that design may suit people who are looking for a less 'in your face' purse.
This is a clasp purse and doesn't feature a zip or any other fastening; I think it's great, I've not used this style of purse for years but really like it. The clasp is very secure so won't come undone in your bag, the only problem being that it's so secure that it's quite stiff to open and close so some of the silvering has flaked off where the two metal pieces are constantly bashing one another. This hasn't had a bad impact on the appearance of the purse as you can only see the flaking if you look closely at the inner section of the clasp, but I know it's there and find it quite annoying every time I notice it!
The interior of the purse is lined with a silky hot pink and black patterned material; this has been stitched down on all sides (including to the bottom seam of the purse) so it won't billow out each time I tip my purse upside down, or on the occasions when I snag my nail in the lining it means I don't inadvertently pull the whole lining upwards as I extract my finger. The lining is of lovely quality, far better than I was expecting actually when I bought it. It feels soft and silky but hasn't bobbled or snagged at all - the fabric is taut to the sides of the purse so when there are coins inside I don't have to hunt among folds of loose material each time.
The purse isn't huge, I know it looks quite bulky in the piccie but from the bottom to the top it only measures around 4" - obviously you don't need it to be bigger than that considering it's mainly going to be loose coins you're carrying around in it, if you have cards that need to be transported it'll be no good as they simply won't fit properly and will pull the purse out of shape if you can manage to get it closed. I use it for what it's intended for, coins and the occasional note which has to be folded to within an inch of its life to get it comfortably inside. It'll hold a reasonable amount of coinage, obviously it's impossible for me to give you an exact amount here but I've never felt the need to upgrade it to a larger coin purse anyway - my five year old used it recently when she had a fete at school and needed change for the various stalls, we got together £10 worth of mixed silver and the purse coped admirably with that even if it did get very heavy!
The Betty Boop design on the exterior of the purse is a print rather than being embroidered on, this is a shame as when I bought it it looked stitched. The print is a quality one with bright vibrant colours and it hasn't peeled or lost any of it's colour so far, I'd have still preferred it to be embroidered on but I suppose that would have sent the cost of the purse spiraling to such a degree that I probably wouldn't have bought it in that case. I only paid £5.99 for it which in my opinion is a reasonable price for a purse that isn't a necessity as such, I obviously have a full sized purse for my notes and cards but don't mind paying this small price for something to chuck in my bag with coins in it to ensure I always have change for parking and the like.
I love Betty Boop things and like to collect small items with her on them to use as often as possible.
I bought this dainty purse for £3.49 (not including postage and packaging which was more than that lol) on Amazon a few weeks back just to carry about loose bits of change in really and I wanted a small purse for that purpose and thats when I purchased this!
The Purse Itself:
The main of the purse is black and with a silver rim and clasp around the top of it. The whole thing weighs 50g, it feels soft on the outside and has a soft sheen to it and on one side of the purse you have Betty, posing with one leg up and on the other side in bright pink writing we are told that it is Betty Boop and there are a three kisses on there. Inside it has what appears like a thin black silk lining and the purse is wipe clean (in my opinion).
The picture on the front and writing are like transfers. Very colourful and robust, I haven't found any of it to crack or peel at all, even when stuffed full of money or rubbing against other items, like in your bag or anything.
You can't put much in this at all but it really is a coin purse so you don't get compartments in here and you can't put any kind of shop or credits cards within it or anything like that. The clasp when done up is really secure and all in all I think this is a great sized, dainty coin purse of good quality. It's bright and fun and people do make remarks about it as it has a cartoon style picture and probably a bit young for me......but I love it and I lurve Betty!
I have seen these in gift shop style places and online!