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Do you love handbags as much as I do?

What are your must haves in your handbag? Do you like an organized bag? Do you need a cell phone holder? A PDA/camera holder? A zippered pocket? How about an exterior pocket? Is the lining important to you? Do you care what the interior looks like of could you care less?

I have a lot of specs when it comes to my bags. I need all of the above. Add to that a comfortable handle. It must be easy to hold, and sturdy, well attached but also pretty. This is an important accessory. Everyone sees your bag and your bag can say a lot about you. It must be structured but also soft and pliable. I don’t want a hard material brushing up against the rest of my clothes. And in best case scenarios, I get so excited when I find a bag that I love and it has metal feet on a flat bottom.

I know that sounds like a lot. But, I also know that I am not the only person who puts that much thought into buying a bag? I know something else too; my customers are very happy I do. They don’t realize they want those things until they have or don’t have them, respectively.

The one thing I couldn’t care less about.......the labels. Don’t get me wrong, I love designer bags. I love the shapes, the colors, the materials, the amenities and most importantly the attention to detail. What I do not like is the price tag that goes with it. I was looking at an article on designer bags today and it actually listed one at over $140,000. Please.......unless it’s Platinum plated and comes with someone that is going to carry it for me, there is no way on God’s green earth I would spend that much money on a bag. Even if I could afford it.

I love a quality bag. Does that mean I will pay whatever the price to get one? No, I won’t, because I don’t have to. I sell handbags as well as other accessories. I shop all over to find the bags that meet my qualifications with an amazing price tag to go with it. There is no reason to carry a bag that doesn’t make you look your best or more importantly feel your best without the guilt that can sometimes go along with it when we spend money on ourselves.

One of the reasons I started my business is because I knew there was a better way to look like the stars and the ladies on Madison Avenue without having to go broke to do it. It’s all about choices and who you are trying to impress. I dress for me. I have to confess, it’s all about me and how I feel. If the shoes are wrong or the bag doesn’t work, my night starts off on a bad note. But, when I feel put together, life is good. Does that have anything to do with a designer label? NO WAY. It has to do with me making good choices that make me feel great.

I am a shopper. If you ask my husband he will say “she’s a professional shopper“. I love the chase for the perfect item at the perfect price. I know many people do not have that kind of time and end up paying way too much for things. That’s where I come in. At least in my small portion of the internet I have done that for you. I don’t mark high and come down to bargain prices. I believe in giving you the bargain out of the gate. I also believe all retail should be like that. But, that is another discussion.

So let me ask you, does that metal plate on your bag make you feel better at the end of the day? Does the designer zipper pull increase your self worth? If it’s all about the label, I can’t help you. If it’s about the look, then sit down grab a glass of wine and let’s talk.  www.girlfriendgeneration.com



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      Darla5 wrote Nov 10, 2008
    • Cindy,

      I am a bargin shopper. For me the higher end clothes have lasted for years. I have blazers that I have had for 10 years. You should see them , the cut, the buttons, still in style. Awesome shape.

      I will always go to the sell rack first. It is amazing what you can find. I found a tweed blazer that was over $400.00 dollars for $29.95. Even the girl checking me out said what? She ran over and grabbed her one.

      I have my Levis and I have my David Kahn. I am telling you the truth. I have always had comments on the Kahn jeans. By men and women. No, the men were not hitting on me just my guy friends who said they fit you better. How they fit, the detail, they just fit me better.  

      Purses- I buy one great one each year when I am in New York. I do find they last longer. A great quality bag shows.

      Oh yeah, Robinesque will chime in here. She is the purse Diva..... She is banned from buying anymore this year. She has her eye on one right now.

      Robinesque, where are you?????



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      Cindy Stewart Penkoff wrote Nov 10, 2008
    • I am a huge bargain shopper myself.  I some classic fabulous stuff, but, I found that I can have the same styles in my accessories for less and great quality too.  Trust me they were not easy to find.

      I love being able to wear the same out fit over and over and with lots of great accessories no one even notices.  My bag is my best illussion.



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      Bobbi Bacha wrote Nov 10, 2008
    • I do both, bargan shop but if its something amazing Ill pay the tag.



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      AnneMarie Kimberling wrote Nov 10, 2008
    • I got rather hooked on Brighton purses.... and since I’m unemployed at the moment, I haven’t been able to get a new one this season...  darnit!



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      Cindy Stewart Penkoff wrote Nov 10, 2008
    • amk924,

      The nice thing about that is there will be more next year.  Never fear, the market will provide....lol



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      Theresa1021 wrote Nov 10, 2008
    • I love handbags! I have a couple of Prada, a burberry, Marc Jacobs and a Louis Vuittton.  However, I would gladly try to get my money back for them all right now just because of the economic mess. And not to mention I got myself in some major credit card debt! I’m discovering the world of clearance sales and bargain hunting!



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      Cindy Stewart Penkoff wrote Nov 10, 2008
    • You shoudl definately check out my site.  All the specs for a bag you listed, are in my bags.  I know, because they are mine too.  www.girlfriendgeneration.com  let me know what you think.



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      Michelle Rowe wrote Nov 10, 2008
    • Bargain shopper-tags don’t matter one bit to me. As long as it can hold everything I need, I’m happy. A separate zippered compartment for my blackberry is optimal!



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      Cindylouwho1966 wrote Nov 10, 2008
    • Some of the cutest purses I’ve found were at TJ Maxx. I don’t care about a label, I care if it’s a sharp, unusual purse. I bought an XOXO purse off ebay a few years ago, black satchel with bright outline hearts. I get sooooo many comments on it. Even when I carry a different purse but have the heart wallet, I get comments on it.



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      Robinesque wrote Nov 11, 2008
    • I’m here, Darla!

      I will be going straight to girlfriendgeneration right afterwards, Cindy.  I don’t know exactly when my purse obsess,- er, COLLECTION - began, but I know once I passed the $100 mark price tag, there was NO turning back.  The difference in quality is blatant and appreciated, not necessarily the price tags, though, but, there IS a reason for it.  (TELL ME!)  Now, WHEN did the price of handbags become so outrageous?  It seems to have crept up on unsuspecting aficionados over night?  The industry seems to have noticed the attention being given purses and decided to “up” the prices just like THAT!  By that time, we were already hooked.  

      AAAANYWAY...I could go on and on (DARLA!), but, yes, I have been “banned” from adding to my collection (for my daughters) for the rest of the year, by the hubby, (can you imagine?!!!) It’s killing me, but I have been behaving AND leaving my wishlists all over the net.  So, as soon as this “cruel and unusual punishment” is over, I’m clicking “BUY.”



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