It sounds so childish to say that I have an “addiction” to bags. But I really do. At the very least a severe obsession, definitely a neurotic one. I am constantly spending time online looking at bags. I also spend time in person, looking at bags. Sometimes I take my lunch hour just to visit one of my regular stores to look at bags. This obsession is also coupled with another obsession of mine, which is searching for deals. Which is why I spend so much time searching, because I refuse to pay full price for expensive bags, and so I must constantly keep on the lookout for the best deal. Which leads me at times to purchase bags and then return them, which I did three times in March alone when I purchased a Banana Republic Bag, a Cole Hann, and a Brahmin, all of which I returned in a matter of days.
There was a time when I truly believed that I would find the perfect bag, and that it would make my life somehow different. Every outfit I owned would magically be enhanced by this bag, and people would be able to tell just by looking at me that I have it together. Women would be envious and men would wish their women looked like me. It sounds so silly, downright stupid to put all this down in writing, but these are the thoughts that run through my head as I search through bags.
I recently realized after purchasing three of my most coveted bags, that even the bags that I spent so long wanting, did not make me happy. What should have been a revelation merely led to disappointment and keeps me searching for ways to relive this disappointment. I have been trying to come to terms that this obsession is the sign of something else. I find that when I am particularly stressed in home or life, is when I have an intense need to go shopping for bags. This need clouds my rational thinking and leads me spend money that I really can’t afford on things that I really don’t need.
Right now I probably have over 20 purses. I have several black ones, in different shapes and sizes, all leather. I do not like to purchase bags that are not brand name or leather. That means that most of my bags will last me a very long time. Which is also a reason that I should not need to purchase more, because I have so many and they are all so durable. I have Coache, Dooney and Burke, Cynthia Rowley, Micheal Kors, Perlina, Fossil, The Sak, Tignanello, Brahmin, Cole Hann, Guess and Calvin Klein. Granted these are not the $1,000+ bags that most fashion bloggers and magazine covet or promote, but they are still costly especially when my income level and bills are taken into consideration. These bags, while all of them have been purchased at discounts, represent hundreds of dollars that could have been spent enriching my families lives, on education, or on bills. Or even just put into savings.
So what’s a girl to do? Knowing is half the battle, right? I’m taking a major step in fighting the good fight, and I have given myself a goal to not purchase another bag until at least August, which is my birthday month. That will be my fall bag, and I have been looking for another bag that will keep my things more organized.
See ya soon!- Jenny
- Harpers Bazaar:To Have and To Hold: Shop 50 Show-Stopping Spring Bags (harpersbazaar.com)
- day 8 (50favbags.wordpress.com)
- Ode to my bags (nakitaaudrey.com)