A survey has found that women do really carry almost everything but the kitchen sink in their handbags.
The survey found that a vampire voodoo doll, screwdrivers, sex toys and a piano tuning fork were among the less everyday items extricated after a good rummage.
According to the study by Kellogg’s Special K Mini Breaks, handbags’ hidden depths also revealed tarot cards, a baby tooth, dog biscuits, porn DVDs, partners’ medication and spare knickers.
Most women always carry a “comforting item” such as their child’s first shoe, a lock of a grandchild’s hair or their father’s watch.
They regularly tuck inside romantic mementoes of champagne corks, beach pebbles or confetti from their wedding day, while the most organised find space for a passport, driving licence and marriage and birth certificates.
A fifth of women confessed to hiding behind their oversize handbags when they didn’t feel confident or had a “fat day”, while for 21 percent being complimented on their bag was the ultimate flattery.
A third admitted always noticing other women’s handbags, with fashion designer Victoria Beckham named as the celebrity with the most coveted collection.
“Safety pins, painkillers, snacks…a woman can always be prepared, as long as she has her handbag,” as quoted by Kathryn Eisman, author of ‘How To Tell A Woman By Her Handbag’.