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I'm a huge cath kidston fan and am forever browsing her website looking dreamingly at the gorgeous-but-overpriced products. I recently (2/3 weeks ago) discovered this little purse, which wasn't too badly priced at £4; £4 for a cath kidston purse is an absoloute steal! The purse is aimed at kids - presumabley little girls as i can't imagine a little boy walking around with this particular product in tow! I don't particulary think it's obvious that it's a child product (apart from the ridiculously tiny size.) Is the time i purchased it, it was available in 2 colours; red with white spots or white with pink roses. I chose the red. The purse has a silver coloured metal (or plastic, i'm not sure) clasp ontop of it. The purse is oil cloth so is easy to wipe if it gets dirty and it overall has a nice feel to it. The size of this purse is actually tiny! It's 6 by 6 centermeters and can fit around 4 or 5 2p/pound coins in and around 8/9 5p coins if you try extremely hard to get them all in as neatly as possible. In the end i gave up trying to use this as a coin purse as it simply wasn't big enough and was extremely fiddly. I ended up giving it to my niece, who's 6. She loved it and puts a bit of her pocket money in when going out with her mum and she really enjoys it as she thinks it looks girly etc, so i'm glad she got use out of it. The only downside is that although i could open the metal clasp with ease, it did confuse my niece a bit as she's used to zips and buttons, but she's now used to it. Although she's only six, even she finds it small and has commented that it's 'not big enough' for all of her coins. It's definetly not ideal for an easily frustrated child. Overall, if this is a present for a child i'd reccomend it, however i'd be wary that the child may get upset if they can't fit as much as they'd like into it. For £4 it does seem like a good buy, but for the size of the product i don't think it's worth it overall - you're paying for the brand name, not the actual product. As a coin purse for an adult this is out of the question unless you only store £3/£4 in it at a time. It could also be used to store bus tickets.
When I heard Cath Kidston was having a sale on their website I went for a browse, just to see what they had, because I love Cath Kidston products but find they are just too pricey. Anyway, I found these little purses and seeing as though we had a holiday coming up I thought I would get a couple for the kids to keep their holiday spending money in. They were £3 each reduced from £4 and I thought this seemed like a reasonable price for a purse. When they arrived, to say I was shocked is a slight understatement - they are TINY! I have just measured the width and height and the outer edges are 6 x 6 cm, and that's the outside, so you can imagine the inside is quite a bit smaller than this. They do not hold many coins, you could probably get 4 or 5 £1 coins in there and that is it. They are too small for notes, unless you fold them up completely. I don't know about you, but my kids usually get money from their Grandparents to go away with, and these purses were not big enough to contain what they had been given, and in the event we actually left them at home because they were pointless (for more reasons than one). The clasp is very easy for an adult to open and close, but it is impossible for my children to use, admittedly they are only 3 years old and 22 months but I did think the 3 year old might cope! I would have thought it would be better to have had a zip or a press stud on a purse designed for children. Despite my disappointment with the size of the purses, they are really well made. The fabric is good quality oil cloth and the purse is really well put together, it's not something which might fall apart within a couple of months. I think rather than these being a purse for a child, they would make a pretty little storage place for something tiny, something which I am racking my brains to think of at the moment! Maybe it could be used to keep earrings safe, or spare buttons, or memory cards for your camera, or anything else which is quite tiny. Other than that they are quite useless! They are currently sat on my bookshelf waiting for a purpose. I can't give them to my kids, even to play with because they can't open and close them, and I haven't got any earrings, and I already have a spare button storage, so they are just gathering dust at the moment. I wouldn't advise buying this purse, perhaps if you like the design you could go for the larger version which are available on the Cath Kidston website for £12 each. However, if you feel you'd like to try these kid's purses then you can find them for £4 at: www.cathkidston.co.uk They come in 5 different designs - including flowery, spotty and starry.