On TV, characters tend to enjoy endlessly-refreshing wardrobes — even ones who don’t seem remotely able to afford such fashion luxuries. But Penny from the The Big Bang Theory is an exception. The waitress/actress/eventual pharmaceutical rep is JUST LIKE US, at least when it comes to her purse, which has been the same for SEASONS.
Here it is in its first appearance, in Season 1, episode 2.
She took it shopping with Sheldon.
See! Here it is getting screen time with Jim Parsons.
She carried it when she hung out with Raj’s sister, Priya.
This purse is probably permanently cheesecake scented after all of Penny’s shifts at the Cheesecake Factory.
When Sheldon needed a gift for Amy, the purse was there.
She takes it to hang with Bernadette.
It was there when she had to take care of Sheldon when he got sick.
This purse has witnessed a lot of Leonard’s flirting attempts.
Like, a lot.
And speaking of wardrobe repeats, Penny also wears this jacket a lot.
Penny sees no need to constantly invest in new purses (or jackets).
Which makes sense, because it’s a great purse.
It’s a Lucky Brand Slouch Hobo bag, which retailed for a fairly-reasonable $149.00, especially when you consider how long Penny’s used it.
You can still find the bag on eBay, with a little digging.
Of course, eventually, all bags must be retired and these days, Penny has been carrying a new purse.
It’s still big, brown, and slouchy, because she knows what she likes.
And there’s nothing wrong with knowing what you like.
The new bag goes with anything, including formal wear.
The Take lists some similar bags, if you want to snag Penny’s new purse for yourself.