for those in need of cigar boxes - just go to a local tobacco shop. we have one called smoker friendly and i went in to ask for one and they just gave it to me. the lady there did say that she usually took them home, but if i came in and asked and she had some she'd gladly give them to me. i know other places charge a couple bucks each.
i've never heard of the purse thing, gonna go check that out. i like using them to store old papers and stuff. i found an old box in my bf's stuff (carted from his old room at his parents house finally) that was filled with collector's coins, OLD newspaper clippings, a prayer rock (we're not christian, but i know i was forced to make one as a child, so it's probably his story too), old postcards, a letter to grannie from someone named jim, his mother's graduation pic, and some pictures of his ex-wife.
it also contained the sweetest note ever written. it was written on a small scrap of paper in all capitals and it almost looks like a child wrote it. it says
"when the golden sun is sinking and your mind from troubles free, when of others you are thinking, won't you sometimes think of me"
on the back is written (by the boy) "this is a note from papaw. it is one of the things he gave me before he died."
i almost cried when i found it.
if you're not into scrap booking, they're good for holding the kinds of things i mentioned before, as well as little trinkets, souveniers, corsages, shells from the beach, notes from ex-boyfriends (i should have saved mine!), stickers, ticket stubs, smaller menus from special restaurants, programs from events, etc...
sorry that was so godawful long.