Review: Mermaid Sequin Purse, K-Mart

A squarish-rectangular mermaid sequin chain handbag/purse, comprising a green-on-black sequin fabric with a black and silver zipper opening and two silver-coloured D-rings attached to the bag at either end of the zipper. A silver-coloured chain with rounded links attaches to each D-ring with a miniature dog-clip. The bag sits on top of a blue microfibre electric blanket.

Price: $3 AUD.

Dimensions: 25 x 20.5 cm.

I found this on clearance sale at my local store–marked down to $3 AUD from $9 AUD! I don’t know how many are still left or how many stores have them, but I think it’s worth a look for this price!

I love this bag because the clip-fastening chain gives it so much utility. It can be a fancy feminine-ish dressy handbag with the chain attached; it can be a simple mermaid sequin pouch or case without it. You can hang it from a wall with the chain attached or slide it onto a bookshelf without it. You can even make your own strap from cord or ribbon if you don’t like the chain–and if you have a pair of needle-nosed pliers, you can adjust the chain to whatever length you prefer. Mum and I had a five-minute conversation on adding jump rings and charms to the chain to turn it into a belt…

Unfortunately, the bag isn’t quite big enough to hold my iPad or a 7 inch tablet, but it does hold my old Sony Reader and 5th Gen Kindle (screen size for both approximately 6 inches). It’s much deeper than most mermaid sequin pencil cases, too, so if you’re wanting a bigger pencil case for markers or stim toys, I recommend this–as someone with a fairly diverse stim kit, I don’t find that the smaller K-Mart mermaid sequin pouches fit all the toys I wish to travel with. This does, easily.

(Aside from my own use, I tend to find myself in situations where I’m pulling stim toys out to demonstrate or educate, especially with mental health professionals, so I need more toys with me than a Tangle in my pocket.)

Inside the bag, there’s a small zip pouch and a small fold-out pocket for a phone, useful both for use as a purse and for organising smaller stim toys.

I wish it were a bit more colourful (imagine this bag in rainbow sequins, right?) but other than that, I think this bag is absolutely brilliant in terms of size and varied utility.

Originally posted on @stimtoybox on October 15, 2018.

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Review: Mermaid Sequin Journal, K-Mart

A mermaid sequin notebook sitting on a dappled blue and white quilt cover. The notebook is perfect bound with a cover of silver sequins reversed with black, save for a circular emoji-style smiley face in the centre, which is black sequins reversed with silver. The smiley face has two oval eyes and a thin upwards-curving line for a smile. A stripe has been pushed down the front of the cover, showing both sections of sequins with their reverse colours.

Price: $3 AUD.

Dimensions: 14.7 x 20.7 x 1.5 cm.

No online link is available.

K-Mart has these older mermaid sequin journals/notebooks on clearance sale at the moment–$3 AUD down from $5 AUD.

I can’t use these kind of perfect bound books because of my hand pain (I can’t handwrite for long periods of time and when I do I prefer spiral-bound books I don’t need to hold open) so I bought this as a gift for a friend. The pages are white with black lines and a cute pink scalloped trim at the bottom, simple but pretty, although the paper is fairly thin.

(Not quite bible paper but noticeably thinner than your standard 80 GSM copy paper.)

The sequins, I find, are easier to turn on a hard surface, like a book or slap band, over a soft surface like a zip pouch or pillow. I do find the sequins bulk up the cover a bit and I suspect for this reason it won’t be the most comfortable book to write in, but it’s absolutely an option if you want stim-friendly stationery.

Originally posted on @stimtoybox on October 30, 2018.