Allee Willis’ Kitsch O’ The Day – Vintage Plastic Peanut Purse

Submitted by Allee Willis August 10th, 2010
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For someone like me who likes to have the right purse for any possible theme this 13″ long plastic peanut seemed like it was perfect. Excellent as a summer BBQ fashion, it would also appear to be the perfect vessel to house the plethora of electronic gadgets I carry around with me which includes two cell phones, two digital recorders, two cameras and multiple batteries for all. I’m a firm believer in ‘two’ for any vital electronic gadget. Whether it’s dead batteries or service providers not working in certain areas, I learned long ago that dependence on a single electronic gadget is not the life for me. So I was elated to find a purse as cute as the peanut that could house all my paraphernalia and lined up in an orderly fashion no less. But a dead battery would have been a lot better than the dead phone, camera and recorder I experienced when I opened my peanut for the first time on a subway platform only to watch a train crush all three after they spilled out of easily the stupidest purse I ever carried. Though I suppose it was me who was really stupid. Anyone who wasn’t so carried away with the aesthetics would have realized that the way the two sides of the peanut were attached wasn’t really going to serve anyone well as a purse.


In my past, I oftentimes overlooked functionality for style. I was very taken with my peanut because I loved rubbing my fingers over all the little indented peanut textures. This is not how a normal person would judge a purse.


One also might’ve thought that aging would curb my propensity for walking around with a purse in the shape of another object. But that would be said by someone who didn’t know me very well.


These days, as my electronics arsenal grows, I carry a more practical purse and the peanut stays very close to home where it’s got lots of other peanut friends to keep it company.


7 Responses to “Allee Willis’ Kitsch O’ The Day – Vintage Plastic Peanut Purse”

  1. k2dtw

    Love the Peanut bag…OMG….who would of thought “deep” sides.. I need to find one to fill with Peanuts and take to a Detroit Tigers Game…smile..
    I love all the bags…the leather jacket is to kill for…so cool..
    I’ve got the little Bustier…I LOVE it… I bought it in Miami South Beach a couple of years ago…we were stopped at a light, and I spotted it in a store window… “Stop the Car”…. I jumped out of the car, ran in the store, bought it and was back before the light changed…kidding …but it was very quick..

    • Allee Willis

      What color is your bustier bag? I have one in deep red, the one in the photo, but also have it in shocking pink and a floral pattern. I wore this red one to the regional opening of my show, The Color Purple, when it opened in Atlanta. I thought it was appropriate to take to a musical that focused primarily on women.

    • Allee Willis

      I bought the S-O-U-L rings as a present/reward for myself the day after The Color Purple opened on Broadway in 2005. I saw them at a store the week before and swore if I thought I had a hit on my hands once it opened I was going to come back for them. After being awake for almost the entire night before at the most star-studded opening I’ve ever been at, hosted by Oprah, I was up at 9 AM and heading downtown to get them. They’re without question my most favorite rings I’ve ever had.

  2. k2dtw

    The Bag and Rings are perfect…
    My little bustier is black…it was the last one they had left in the store!!!..
    Tried in vain to find a “purple” heather field to photograph Up-North, but we ran out of time…