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Random Things Found in My Purse (and Yours)

By Mira Jacob |

Mira "At Least I Know Whose These Are" Jacob

You know that thing where you reach into your purse for lip-gloss and pull out a pair of little boy’s underwear? Okay, fine, maybe you don’t, but this is a thing that happens to the rest of us. Or some of the rest of us. Or like, me. And then I spend an afternoon at the crossroads of pervy and well-prepared, and then I tell my husband I might need to go back to therapy, and then I write a bunch of other parents to see if this kind of things happens to them. And then I make that information public. Today, for your viewing pleasure: Random Sh*t Parents Found in Their Purses/ Man Bags/ Pockets. Because sometimes, therapy is best done in a group.

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In previous lives, former Babble Deputy Editor Mira Jacob was the parenting editor at Yahoo! Shine, a writer for VH1's Pop-Up Video, the author of Kenneth Cole's Footnotes and Dan Savage's research monkey. These days, she runs Pete's Reading Series in Brooklyn, gets way too competitive in Scrabble, and likes fiction to the point where she doesn't mind being lied to, as long as it's entertaining. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband (a filmmaker), and their toddler son (a tyrant).

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29 thoughts on “Random Things Found in My Purse (and Yours)

  1. Mommyfriend says:

    I couldn’t love the title of my slide more!

  2. Christina L. says:

    It is funny that you posted this because I recently went on a much deserved girls night out. It was chili out so I put my hands in my jacket pocket and what do I discover? Two small wooden spoons. lol

  3. Ashley says:

    I found a party favor sized play-doh and a hankee i’m trying to teach my toddler to use instead of his sleeve!

  4. Robyn says:

    How about a fork shaped like an elephant?

  5. Mira Jacob says:

    See? I feel so much better already!

  6. teaandsnippets says:

    I did an entire grocery run with a pair of Dora The Explorer underwear in the bottom of a 5 galon water jug. The girl at the check-out fished them out with a wooden stick and handed them to me. It was tough to pretend they weren’t mine but I happened to be shopping alone so I didn’t have a kid to laugh about it with. I think I’m on the “Person of Interest” board at Zehrs.

  7. chrissy says:

    a single glove. I have no clue were the other one is……

  8. Kimberly says:

    After a shopping trip to the Dollar tree with my daughter, who was about 14 months old at the time, I get home, only to find about 15 random items that she had thrown into the diaper bag….I had to drive all the way back to the store and explain to the manager what had happened. She was very understanding and thanked me for bringing the stuff back.

  9. Samira says:

    I once found a bean bag puppy in my purse which is amazing considering the size of my purse (TINY) my purse is about the size of a WIC check and you really have to shove one of them in there unless you fold em in half and even then its tough so how the puppy got in there no idea

  10. Ana says:

    I reached in my purse today to pull out lip gloss and came up with a piece of the mast from my son’s Pirates of the Caribbean Lego ship. Oops!

  11. Glenease says:

    I usually find candy wrappers, crayons, restaurant kid menues, rocks, mushed flowers and kid jewlry stuck in my purse. But the worse offender is my husband. I keep telling him that I feel like I carry a purse mostly for his convinence instead of mine. I had to move to a smaller purse just to prevent him and our daughter from putting all their things into it.

  12. Shantel says:

    I very recently pulled my 4 year old’s sock out of my purse… a dirty sock I might add. Maybe my son was trying to tell me that laundry needed to get done…

  13. Jana says:

    after reading this, I looked into my bag, which is a fairly small Animal from the Muppets head to begin with.Yeah, I’m THAT kind of mom. :) I found one of my 3 year old’s sock with a baby carrot in it. Then thankfully under that, my zebra striped flask of vodka.

  14. Trish Lacy says:

    What is a purse?? Lol!! In my diaper bag the other day I found an old jar of babyfood that had evidently already been opened and thrown back in there, and was BLACK!! Also have found random toys, and a cell phone I thought I lost! Lol!!

  15. katherine says:

    HILARIOUS!!!! My purse spilled out at Target the other day and in addition to the”normal” items one might carry, out came my rather large prescription bottle, a few random heart shaped rocks,, a C3PO pen and bubble blowing pipe made of pink and blue plastic…classic! “No thank you, I don’t need any help picking up all these seemingly un-related and bizarre objects that have just fallen out of my purse!” Thanks for sharing everyone!!

  16. Melinda says:

    This post made me laugh because I just was looking for a pen in my purse and found crayons, a lego man flashlight, a binder clip and a half package of Reese Pieces. Other than the candy, which I recall was left over from bribing my son during his recent haircut, I don’t know where the rest came from.

  17. Mira Jacob says:

    Amazing! All of these!

  18. looloosmommy says:

    This post made me curious, and cleaning out my purse is something I dread! Under the mound of used snotty tissues I found; 1 Rapunzel shoe, a half eaten lolly we couldn’t part with, what appears to be petals from various fake flowers, pipe cleaners, a slew of hair clips, and what looks like a head to a dinosaur or dragon.

  19. Keri says:

    The inspiration book one was my favorite. Sooo cute. I have a newnborn so nothing really random yet!

  20. Hillary says:

    Mira- I Actually had the exact same pair of little boy undies in my purse the other day. Extra underwear for my son have saved me many times.

  21. Carolyn A says:

    My purse is also a diaper bag… But i try to clean it out when i go somewhere myself… Funny when your sitting in a room of adults when you pull out 3 binkys ( i have a 5 mth old and a 2 1/2 yr old so differnt sizes) 2 diapers, a pair of clothes that are too small for both girls, 8 lollipops and 10 crayons….. Plus a stuffed frog and rattle ball….. Guess i didnt do to well cleaning it out. Lol gotta love ypur kids tho. The best is to find a used diaper that wasnt just peed…. Yea that has also happened lol

  22. Briana says:

    I got together with my daughter and her father after he had her overnight and we went to a friends house together. In her diaper bag was a paper towel full of fried plantains, black nino bananas, and five or more dirty diapers. My friend laughed so hard at me, but she has an almost two year old so she understood.

  23. Kristy H says:

    I was at work looking for my name badge and found cookies in my purse. I guess my 20 month old thinks it was hungry.

  24. MaLee says:

    One time I was a work and went to put my hoodie on when I got chilly. I had just washed it and one of the arms was all wrinkled up and turned in on itself. Imagine my suprise when I put my arm through it and a pair of Bob the Builder underwear fell out. My co-workers loved it :)

  25. HeatherRK says:

    Tampons in multiple places (I dunno- always be prepared I guess!) And a bag of loose-leaf chai tea I bought a couple months ago. No wonder my purse smelled so good!

  26. Kim says:

    When my sin Hayden was 3 I was hurrying along thru the grocery store when my he kept repeating ” hey momma ” over and over. I was trying to get the things on my list, so hastily I said what is it son? He pointed to the lady next to me and sound in a loud voice, ” I want to touch her boobs” I never ignored my son again.

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  28. kaelee says:

    i always find the most random things when i get around to cleaning out my giant purse.. Today? I found: 3 different (dirty) socks, a plastic spoon, several crayons, a mini dinosaur, pokemon cards, legos, a toothbrush, my daughter’s report card, a glue stick, and a bottle of vanilla extract.. And trust me, those aren’t the weirdest things i’ve found in there!

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