A purse is usually small and made of leather. A woman keeps it in her handbag. It contains valuables such as coins, credit cards, a driving licence, paper money and postage stamps.
We noticed a woman looking at a lovely leather purse in the War on Want charity shop in Ballynahinch, Co. Down the other day. She took it to the counter, took her purse from her handbag, took out some money and handed it to the assistant. The voluntary assistant said "Thank You", put the purse into a plastic bag and handed it to the woman.
by Three Blondes in Black Skirts January 07, 2006