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Am I making a mistake in refusing to pay $50 or more for a handbag?  Is it necessary to have an expensive bag to be dressed for success?




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      Anonymous wrote Jan 29, 2010
    • Tamra, I would guess it depends on your budget.  I USED to buy expensive bags from Brighton, etc.  I still use them but for summer buy straw bags or something much lighter.  I say go ahead and splurge, your worth it!




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      Frannie1964 wrote Jan 29, 2010
    • I love handbags, I think 50 dollars would be my limit to pay for a handbag, anything passed that I won’t buy. Now If someone had bought me an expensive one, of course I would use It estatic




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      Linni wrote Jan 29, 2010
    • i guess for me personally, $50 is just too much for a handbag.. lol  i can not see spending that much one..




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      Ladisheets wrote Jan 29, 2010
    • i dont spend over 50. The only way i would is it would have to really be something unique  and something i thought i just couldnt live without!

      Havent seen that one yet.




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      Angelcart wrote Jan 29, 2010
    • Mamapan - I was just thinking about resale shops.  I saw one advertised on The Today Show that’s here in Houston.  I want to find it and go there because it’s clothing from how “the half lives” that they resale.  No way could I afford Chanel bags, Fendi, etc.  They might have some pretty good deals.




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      Tamra wrote Jan 29, 2010
    • Thanks friends!  I am feeling much better about my “cheapskate” attitude now!  Recently when I shopped in a department store for a bag, I was shocked at the price tags.  I had no idea they could be so expensive.  I really hate to spend more on the bag than my shoes!  lol!

      It’s not really about the money because I could manage to cover the cost if I just couldn’t live without one I really liked.  It’s just that I don’t feel comfortable spending a small fortune on a purse.  I’m glad you guys have informed me that such a mindset is acceptable.

      The resale shop idea is a great point!  I’ll keep looking!




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      Tamra wrote Jan 29, 2010
    • You're right, Annie.  After all, we are worth it!  And I place a lot of importance on how I feel about how I look.  If I feel I meet the "standard," then I feel much more confident and relaxed throughout the day.

      I’m just not sure if a pricey handbag is a requirement for a polished, professional look these days and I knew you guys could tell me.  As I’m sure you know from your professional life,  sometimes it’s necessary to buy something to support an image we are trying to portray, even though it might not be our favorite thing to wear/use.  So if seen as a “required” part of a polished look, I’d invest in one, and an expensive one if necessary.

      But I’m drawing the conclusion that it’s more about the look than about the cost/label, based on the comments posted.  And I suppose, that’s the way it ought to be!




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      Carine Nadel wrote Jan 29, 2010
    • you know, I’ve never paid over $20 for a purse and I only have 2!  one for everyday and one for dress.
      both black.  that’s it




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      Tamra wrote Jan 29, 2010
    • I am like you, Carine.  I carry a black hobo bag every day, everywhere.  It was my MIL’s and I inherited it when she died in 2002.  8 years is a very long time to carry the same bag!  I believe she paid $90 for it, and it has stood the test of time very well.  Still in good shape.

      8 years, the same bag....I suppose that sounds pretty bad to some.




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      Trudy S wrote Jan 29, 2010
    • I am totally utilitarian when it comes to handbags.  I would rather not carry one at all - and for many years survived without one.  Now I carry one I got at “Ross - Dress for Less” and it is in bad need for replacement.

      Hmmmmm  maybe it is time to find a new one!

      estatic




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      Rose Nino wrote Jan 29, 2010
    • I used to spend too much money on designer bags. But once I realized that I wanted to have one for every outfit (and I don’t do a good job at taking care of them anyway), I realized it was money not being spent well. Now I won’t spend more than $50 for a handbag. I’d rather spend my money to help those in need.  

      My Motivation: Debt-Free Living and Charity Giving!




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      Kyah wrote Jan 29, 2010
    • I have paid $50 and more, my limit is $75. I’m a woman who needs a large bag, tote size for everything. Now for a regular handbag I wouldn’t pay any more than 30 bucks. But for a decent well-crafted tote that holds all my stuff, I will pay $75. I can’t afford some of those $125+ beauties in leather or suede. I bought a cheap bag (less than $50) online and it started to fall apart in less than a week. I emailed the company I ordered it from, got something else that was not as ‘pretty’ but looked sturdy in exchange, along with 20% off that new bag. It has held up through my daily commutes, tons of junk, rain and snow. I will pay more for a bag that’s durable.




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      Venus 7000 wrote Jan 29, 2010
    • If I really like it.  I will buy it.  If not today then tomorrow or next week.  But it will haunt me until its in my closet.  My limit for a handbag is $150.00.  Luckily, I am not a bag fanatic.  My sister is though.  She has a showcase just stacked with bags.  But if it makes her happy, then why not.




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      Doreen XoXo wrote Jan 29, 2010
    • Guilty!!!  I just got a really beautiful Michael Kors bag on sale for $278.00.  Being that it was originally selling for $448.00, I consider that a bargain.  I never treat myself to an expensive handbag so I thought now was the time!!
      PS  It was on my bucket listhappy

      xoxo




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      Kyah wrote Jan 29, 2010
    • After reading the posts to this thread, I checked one of my favorite sites, eBags and saw a gorgeous tote bag but it was $99. Then I got an idea, why not check Overstock.com? I went in, looked around and came out of there with a simple leather tote for $39 down from $79. It’s hard to get leather bags no matter what size in a tote form. It looks perfect for my usual junk and a couple of magazines.

      Right on Doreen! It’s good to treat yourself on occasion!




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      Coralee Flug wrote Jan 29, 2010
    • You are all going to think I am nuts - I dont carry a purse, just a wallet.




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      Doreen XoXo wrote Jan 29, 2010
    • Your shoulders probably thank you!!  If I carried just a wallet, I would surely lose it.

      xoxo




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      Melwill10 wrote Jan 29, 2010
    • I LOVE PURSES....but I do not like to shop. When my daughter insists on going to the mall, I pass my time by looking for purse bargins. My limit is $50 per purse. Just the other day I bought a gorgeous red clutch for $25(75% off), went to another store and found a large bag, grey-brown in color for $35(60% off). 2 for $50, I consider to be a bargain. Yes my closet is full of purses, not one was bought at retail price. I say always be on the look out for a bargain no matter what it is.




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      Marie66 wrote Jan 29, 2010
    • I love purses.. If it’s $50 or less then yes, I would buy it for myself.. This pass Christmas my son bought me a Dooney and Bourke purse something that I thought I would NEVER own, my son told me to be patient that he would get me the wallet later.. OMG!! I’m so in love with it!!
      Then my BIL girlfriend got me a Harley Davidison black leather purse for Christmas too, so yes, I’ve been on cloud 9 estaticestaticestatic




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      Lisaregenia wrote Jan 29, 2010
    • I can not remember the last time I spent LESS than $100 dollars for a handbag, usually more.  I like butter soft leather.  I have a handbag for each season and a few clutches for nights/occasions out AND I only replace them every few years.  I thing it is time for a new spring bag :)

      Everyone has to do what they feel comfortable with.




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      Vikki Hall wrote Jan 30, 2010
    • Tamra in answer to your 2nd question..... No you don’t have to buy expensive to be dressed for success. However I think that an investment into a piece that is a classic is smart. I love Coach bags and I do have a few of them. The part I like best about them is that you can send them back to Coach to be refurbished for about $20. I have done this and they look brand new.

      I did draw the line at the $2800 Dolce Gabbana bag..... I still have dreams about it!




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      Mylady wrote Jan 31, 2010
    • I am a handbag addicted, I have got so many , I can’t help but buying new ones. My husband is so kind he gives me one ( brand!!) on every occasion. On my last Birthday ( Monday, Jan 25) I got a Prada beautiful handbag, last year he gave me a Louis Vuitton one...I love him!!!
      Louis Vuitton are the best!




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      Zena Coleman wrote Jan 31, 2010
    • now see I’m a handbag addict and would gladly pay over 50 dollars for one if I could afford it, My current bag was 53 dollars,I looked it up online after I bought it and it retailed for 118 dollars.I find a lot of nice bags at Ross and TJ Maxx,  they are good bags for half of the price, that one would pay retail for,some are namebrand too.




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      Karyn Olson wrote Jan 31, 2010
    • For me 50 dollars would be the most and has been the most I will pay for a bag...at least for my budget...I think it all depends on ones income...if you can afford it or not...and also how bad you want it...happy




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      Kmarie wrote Feb 2, 2010
    • I think it is more of an enviromental issue. Depending on the area, the life that you live, your work enviroment can impact your needs. I am more like lisaregina when it comes to purses. I tend to spend more becuase they usually have better repair policys and i do not want to constantly buy more purses. I have purses in different styles, sizes, colors etc.. but I look for designers with good return policy quality leather or other quality materials. Spring and Summer straw bags i deal with differently.




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      Nita P wrote Jan 25, 2012
    • no, one can buy beautiful bags on special. i have some handbags i love to bits, and they are second hand.




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