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January 21, 2013

Louisiana woman shops the Stock Show

Janelle Hennigan wouldn't admit she came to the Fort Worth Stock Show for any other reason than to see her granddaughter, Carmen Latiolais, show goats.

But there was an ulterior motive for the Coushatta, La., residents, who at 9:55 a.m. Monday were wating for Amon G. Carter Jr. Exhibits Hall's doors to open onto a bazaar that offers treasures from tractors to tiaras.

"We always come shopping," Hennigan said. "That's the fun part."

Hennigan was looking for a leather purse for herself and a "blinged-out" western shirt for a friend. This retail labyrinth was her best shot.

"You can't find things like that in Coushatta," she said. "It's a podunk town that doesn't have even one western wear store."

A booth selling leather handgun holsters didn't get Hannigan's second glance.

"I already have gun leathers for my .38 [caliber], 9 millimeter and .44 [caliber]," she said.

But the bags hanging in the nearby M.P. & K.D. Horn & Leather Shop caught her eye, and a 50 percent off sign drew her in.

Sherri Wilson pulled down bag after bag for Hennigan's inspection, who narrowed it down to a mostly mustard purse with dark-brown accents and a black one with bright metal ornamentation. Both purses were big enough to handle anything Hennigan carries, and had straps she could slip onto her shoulder.

"Well, you're giving me 50 percent off, I'll take both of them," she told Watson.

In photo: Janelle Hennigan, foreground, picks through purses as M.P. & K.D. Horn & Leather Shop employees Michael Williams and Sherri Watson find more for her to look at. Star-Telegram/Terry Evans Purses 1

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