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We’re Thankful for You! Purse Perfector Thanks-Giveaway

It’s been just about two years since I started shipping Purse Perfectors from my sewing room in Cincinnati, Ohio, to people all over the world. Thousands of you in every state and 42 countries around the world now carry these made-in-the-USA purse organizers in your purses, handbags, briefcases, suitcases, diaper bags–you name it!

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I’m truly grateful to every person who’s supported Purse Perfector from the very first pattern sketches to the successful, award-winning line of purse organizers it’s become today.

To celebrate and thank you, I’m giving away Purse Perfectors to three lucky fans.

Each of the three winners may select the Purse Perfector size and color of your choice. You can enter right here (be sure to get your name in the hat by Thanksgiving!):

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Official Rules

  1. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
  2. Entrants must be at least 18 years of age and be U.S. residents to be eligible.
  3. Giveaway begins on 11/11/2011 and ends on 11/24/2011 at 12 p.m. (noon) ET.
  4. All entries must be received by 12 p.m. (noon) ET on 11/24/2011.
  5. A valid name, email address, and acceptance of Official Rules are required for entry. Only one entry per person will be accepted.
  6. Three prizes will be awarded; one Purse Perfector purse organizer to three winners, selected at random. Approximate retail prize value is $54-59 each, based on winner’s choice of Purse Perfector size (Medium or Large).
  7. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.
  8. Winners will be selected and notified no later than 11/28/2011, via email address provided. Winners have 48 hours after notification is sent to claim their prize; otherwise, a new winner will be selected.
  9. Prizes will be shipped to U.S. addresses only via USPS Priority Mail.
  10. We reserve the right to obtain winners’ names via contest entry and the right to use their names and photos for promotional purposes.
  11. Giveaway Sponsor is Purse Perfector (Steller Accessories LLC), contact@purseperfector.com, 3458 Observatory Place, Cincinnati, Ohio 45208, 513-871-8680.
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Our Top Picks for Fun, Unique Wallets

We all need something to put our money, change, and credit cards in, but your wallet doesn’t have to be boring. We wanted to share some different kinds of fun, functional, and unique wallets we found.

If you’re a couponing type of gal, then this wallet might be just up you aisle. Savvycents ($28) markets to the fashionably frugal. This is a very nicely styled and good looking patent leather wallet. Savvycents was created by a woman who wanted her wallet to do things she couldn’t find in other wallets, so she made her own. (Hmmm….this sounds familiar!)

The wallet has an accordion-style file system with five sections inside that can be used to separate money, coupons, receipts, or anything else you’d like to carry but want organized. You even get file cards to label the different sections. The wallet also has a coin pocket on the back, a place for credit cards, your license, and your checkbook. This wallet does it all — a place for everything and everything in its place.

Unique or vegan might be more your style. But you don’t want to sacrifice quality or beauty in the process. Well,  you’re in luck. We found this little gem of a shop on Etsy. Cotton Purr makes some wonderful looking wallets which are also perfectly functional. The compartments and sections you’d expect in a wallet can all be found here.

All of the wallets are made from cotton and are made to order. In fact, you can build your own wallet by choosing which fabrics you’d like to have used. JoJo, who owns Cotton Purr, has received excellent feedback from her customers who rave about their new wallets. Price varies depending on what you choose – the style shown here is $48.

If you gravitate toward true works of art and want a leather wallet, look no further than Anuschka. This family-run business takes unemployed and economically challenged young adults and teaches them to paint the works of art found on Anuschka items.

This clutch wallet has four full-length slit pockets, two full-length zip pockets, 12 card slots, an ID window, a gusset compartment, and a zippered and slit outer pocket combo.

This wallet will surely last you for many years to come and complimented with every use. The one shown here retails for $114.

Our final two selections are a bit more on the fun side……

Milkmuny makes not only a fun and unique wallet, but boy-oh-boy is it creative. Milkmuny takes used milk and juice cartons and repurposes them into these clever little wallets.

The wallets are 3″ x 4″, have four card-sized accordion pockets; have a tough Velcro closure; are made in the USA; have a 45-day warranty; and are nearly waterproof. You get to have something fun and assuredly something unique for just $10. (Think ahead to the holiday season and buy in bulk — what a cute stocking stuffer.)

 

If you’re a crafty person and like to throw a fun party for your girlfriends, then do we have an idea for you. Chill a few bottles of wine, stop by your local craft store, and stock up on Duck Tape®. Yes, that’s right, Duck Tape; and get ready to have some fun! Don’t let this image we used sway you against this, you can make cheetah print, tie dye, checkered, and on and on — the possibilities are just about endless.

Duck Tape wallets are an absolute blast to make, and so simple, too! Watch this video to learn how. Maybe you wouldn’t want to use this for yourself, but you probably know of a child or even a teenager who would be thrilled and delighted with this super cool and definitely unique wallet.

You pull your wallet out of your handbag at least once a day and sometimes ten times in a day. Knowing you have to look at it, why not make it fun and get the job done at the same time? We hope you’ve enjoyed our choices of wallets.  If you have the perfect wallet, be sure to share with us in the comments section.

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More Blogger Love for Purse Perfector

We’re always interested to hear what our customers think once they’ve taken their Purse Perfectors for a spin. In the case of bloggers, they happen to be a lot more public–and vocal–about their experience.

Most recently, two bloggers talked about how the Purse Perfector worked for them. Here’s what they said:

Stacey Nerdin: Tree, Root, and Twig

I have absolutely loved my Purse Perfector and use it in my purse every day. I love how it keeps things so organized, but doesn’t take up too much room in my purse. I still have plenty of space around the product to store books, sippy cups, snacks, or whatever needs to be thrown into a busy mom’s purse! And even though I have the smaller of the two available sizes, I still have plenty of room for more items if needed.

Read more of Stacey’s review of her Purse Perfector at Tree, Root, and Twig.

Shell: Things I Can’t Say

I’ve actually been able to keep my purse organized in the month that I have been using the Purse Perfector. Something else I love about it is that I can take it out, put it into a different purse, and have everything I need.

 

I have a spot for my driver’s license, credit cards, gift cards, checkbook, coupons, insurance cards, business cards, receipts, pens, and lip gloss. There’s even room for my phone and my small point and shoot camera.

Our thanks to Stacey and Shell for trying out the Purse Perfector and sharing their thoughts with their blog readers.
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Women of Invention

It’s always fun to see the delighted reactions of women when they discover that the Purse Perfector was invented by a woman–not some corporate behemoth’s R&D department. Two weeks ago when we were at the Type-A Parent Conference in Asheville, NC, the bloggers who came up to our expo booth seemed genuinely excited to meet Lyn Marsteller, inventor of the Purse Perfector. Lots of them stopped to talk with her about how she came up with the original idea 10 years ago in her sewing room.

We thought it might be interesting to discover other handy products we know and love that were invented by women, and came across a great little site called Famous Women Inventors. The site features a few of the many women whose ingenuity helped to shape the world as we know it over the last couple of centuries.

Here are some of our favorite things invented by women:

Scotchgard™: This versatile fabric stain repellent and material protector came from the mind of 3M research chemist Patsy Sherman during the 1950s, whose original inspiration came from a lab mishap. “Keep your eyes and mind open, and don’t ignore something that doesn’t come out the way you expect it to,” Sherman said. “Just keep looking at the world with inventor’s eyes!”

Snugli® Carrier: Any parent who’s carried a baby in one of these adjustable baby carriers can thank Ann Moore. As a Peace Corps nurse stationed in Togo, West Africa, during the 1960s, Moore observed mothers walking around with their babies in fabric slings tied securely on their backs. When she came back to the US and had a child of her own, Moore adapted a simple backpack to carry her child close to her like the West African women. Eventually, she and her mother refined the pack and created the original soft baby carrier, the Snugli®, as well as other kinds of specialized carrying cases.

Waterproof diapers: Modern parents may take disposable diapers for granted. But Marion Donovan is the reason our babies can enjoy relatively dry diapers and remain rash-free–and we don’t have to launder endless loads of cloth diapers. In the 1950s, this housewife and mother of two came up with a fully disposable diaper prototype, for which she had to fashion a special type of paper that was not only strong and absorbent, but also conveyed liquid away from the baby’s skin. Incredibly, manufacturers didn’t buy her brilliant invention–and it wasn’t until 1961 that Victor Mills drew upon Donovan’s vision to create Pampers®.

Windshield wipers: The automobile may have been invented by men, but it took a woman to come up with the oh-so-practical windshield wipers. Mary Anderson‘s invention came about during a trip to New York City when the Alabama-born inventor noticed that streetcar drivers had to open the windows of their cars when it rained in order to see. As a solution, in 1903 Anderson patented a swinging arm device with a rubber blade that was operated by the driver from within the vehicle using a lever. It was also a woman inventor who first patented the automatic windshield wiper in 1917 (Charlotte Bridgwood’s “Storm Windshield Cleaner”).

You can learn more about these women and many other female inventors at Famous Women Inventors. Now it’s your turn: What is your favorite product or invention created by a woman?

All products and company names mentioned in this post are trademarks of their respective companies.

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Changing Seasons with Purse Perfector

It’s the time of year when we shift our storage areas, clothes, coat closets and shoe racks from summer to fall and fall to winter.  At Purse Perfector, we thought we’d ask a professional organizer, Wendy Taddeucci of La Porte, Indiana, how she would alter the contents of her Purse Perfector as the seasons change.

Simply Organized, LLC was launched in October of 2005 and provides Wendy the opportunity to work with clients to control their clutter and establish systems that save time and money.  Wendy says that her goal is to have them, “know what they have and where to find it.”

Wendy agreed to share some of her Purse Perfector usage secrets with our blog when thinking about changing seasons.  She stated that, “this summer I kept my Purse Perfector loaded with a small tube of sunscreen, which I have swapped out in favor of a tube of hand cream for the fall and winter.  I don’t have to worry about the tube opening up or getting squished.  It’s secure in the Purse Perfector.”

Wendy also says that she most enjoys her Purse Perfector because of “the ease of use!  I loaded it up once and now I can swap out purses whenever I want.  I just remove the Purse Perfector from my current purse and place it into my new purse.  It’s so simple!”

Some more information about Wendy: She is an active member of NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers); she is a trained provider for NAPO in the Schools; she is a member of the NSGCD (National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization); and she has earned her Level II CD Specialist Certificate as well as her Certificate of Study in Chronic Disorganization.

Wendy has been featured on A & E’s Hoarders, WNDU Channel 16 News, as well as in print.

To learn more visit www.putclutterinitsplace.com to find out how YOU can put clutter in its place!

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Purse Perfector profile in Cincinnati Business Courier

As my recent blog entry described, the last year has been a great education for me in getting the Purse Perfector out of my sewing room and into your purses and handbags. But a recent interview with Lucy May of the Cincinnati Business Courier, helped expand on those thoughts.

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What I’ve learned in the past year

It’s been a fast, full year.

It started when my sewing teacher Sandra Betzina, introduced me to Seymour Jaron in San Francisco in March 2009. Seymour showed me that he could hand-tailor the Purse Perfector in America, my dream since 2001. I thought that my path would be clear, but I had so much to learn.

As a life-long sewer (and fabricaholic), I knew the type of durable, washable fabric I needed for the Purse Perfectors. Seymour helped me find a good manufacturer. Then came decisions on zippers and embroidery colors. How many units, which colors, what’s the best delivery system?

But learning how to build an online web-store was the most daunting task. What is SEO? Where do you get an SSL and why? That was just the beginning. And it doesn’t end once you go live. It’s been about 370 days since the website went up. There have been so many changes that it would be impossible to count them. But now I know what to ask for and perhaps how to shorten the learning curve. If only there was a comic book primer for entrepreneurs whose skills lie elsewhere.

Last year I didn’t know what NAPO was. Now I’m a huge fan and an associate member. Janine Sarna-Jones, a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), referred one of her NYC clients to my website. That sale led me to joining NAPO and attending their annual conference in Columbus, Ohio – only 2 hours away!

Working with NAPO members across the country has been a terrific experience. They have enthusiastically shared Purse Perfectors with their clients nationwide. I’ll be attending the NAPO San Francisco Bay area One Day conference in October and look forward to being with the thoughtful and energetic members in that great city.

The greatest education and joy I’ve had in the last year is how helpful people have been to get my sewing room creation out of my house and into your purse. Friends and mentors over the years have introduced me to others to get me to the next connection and the next. I am very blessed with the many people have led me to this day.

The power of women’s friendship is also part of what I’ve been able to witness this year. One example: a neighbor bought Purse Perfectors as gifts for her sisters. Her sister in Cary, North Carolina then had lunch with her friends and over 2 days, I received 5 orders from Cary. Women share the things we love and I’ve seen the power of that from Cincinnati to Cary, Billings to Annapolis, to NYC, Toronto and Milwaukee.

I’ve also updated my my geography skills: Purse Perfectors are in every state but Alaska, in many parts of Canada and in 16 other countries.

Transforming women’s lives, one purse at a time.

I don’t know what the next year will bring, but if it’s anything like the last year, I’ll welcome it with open arms. I just may try to sleep, exercise and sew a little more.