1) Socializing. You know how people start talking to a dog and then realize they should talk to the human holding the leash? Strangers also talk to stroke survivors who have pretty canes. I have stopped counting the number of times strangers have said to me "That's a pretty cane." This gives me a chance to smile and say "Thank you, I like it too." Little girls cannot keep their eyes off my cane with purple flowers as I walk past. Their too young to realize it is an ambulatory device instead of a toy or a fashion accessory.
2) Transporting. It is hard to transport small objects when my sound hand is busy handling the cane. At first I put objects in a small paper gift bag. I held my cane and the bag's string handles in my sound hand. The bag would swing and repeatedly hit my cane so I did not feel safe when I was walking. Paper gift bags also fall apart with repeated use.
I found an attractive small nylon bag at Barnes and Nobles bookstore. To keep it from swinging I attached self-stick Velcro to my cane and the bag (see the white line in the photo). The Velcro on the bag eventually comes lose so I use a stapler to attach it more firmly.