Lovin’ the Purses!
Other than shoes, there may be no bigger magnet for the girl who loves to shop than purses. Like shoes, of course, the dilemma is that the more you want that adorable purse the less able you are to afford it. Unless of coarse you are blessed with an abundance of cash, which most of us are not.
For me, I sometimes see purses even at Walmart that tax my budget and retail prices only go up from there. The most I’ve ever spent on one is under $30. However, for most serious purse shoppers the very bottom of the range they expect to pay is higher than that. And I admit freely that the things that really make my eyes light up and my desire build are certainly up in that neighborhood. I recall an occasion when a nearby Salvation Army thrift store had a purse that they kept in a locked cabinet, tagged at $200. I had to ask what was so special about the seemingly ordinary purse that justified the price. I was told that it was a designer purse (by someone whose name I’ve forgotten) and it retails for over $800. By this you know two things about me: first, I don’t really keep up with the designer names, and second it would never cross my mind to pay $200, to say nothing of $800, for a purse no matter how much money I had.
It’s not just a direct consideration of cost, it seems like there are many more options in terms of style as you go up the price scale. It goes without saying that certain nicer styles justify more spending if you can afford it, and my previous grumbles about price had more to do with their being (in many cases) little visible distinction between say a $50 purse and the $500 purse, with the only real difference being the designer name. It is surely true that pretty much every time I see a woman with a purse I admire and asked her about it she gave more for it than I could afford on my budget, but that alone does not mean that it was objectively too expensive for what she got in the deal. On the contrary my general reaction is “I would love to be able to afford $50 for that purse” rather than “what crazy fool would give $50 for a purse?”
But getting away from grumbling about money, I find that it can be challenging to find one you really like and one that complements you in the same purchase. For example I love a cross body style purse. But at my size, most of the cross body types that I find don’t hang in the proper position. Likewise, a hobo bag style tends to sit too far up under my arm to be comfortable or look right. I am surely not the only one who has these difficulties, right?
I can’t bring the subject up, though, without admitting that I like eye-catching styles, whether it be purses or jewelry or whatever. No Browns or blacks or grays for me. So, what is your style? Do you struggle with finding something that suits you, either physically or in the pocketbook?
Photo by: Mags Bonham