dollar sign While I am a lover of handbags, I do not have an endless pocket book, which means my collection is by no means the largest or greatest out there. I have a collection that I absolutely love though, with my bags ranging in price from $200 to $9000. But how much is too much for a handbag? The Hermes Diamond Crocodile Birkin will cost you the same price as a condo, about $140,000. A ‘Regular’ leather Birkin may cost one year of in-state college tuition. What is the price point that you will never go over?

My monumental purchase was my Hermes Blue Jean Birkin that I got last October. The first feeling that came over me was immense joy. I had yearned for this bag since high school and never thought it would be in my closet. I left the Hermes store with a smile from ear to ear. But when I got to the hotel room a feeling of extreme worry came over me. How could I spend so much on a handbag? Leather? Am I sane? This is ridiculous I thought. It took me 3 days to then take the bag out of the box and love it. Kid you not. Ok begin to laugh. But it got me thinking; everyone must have his or her stopping point. I have not *quite* found mine yet, but I did realize that one Birkin purchase had my heart palpitating like I just ran a marathon. Let’s have a debate, how much is too much for you?

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Lara (LAIR-A)
Lara (LAIR-A)
8 years ago

Yep, this is an old blog post, but it’s an interesting topic and totally relevant to me at the moment so, dang it, I’m gonna comment! LOL

For years I’ve longed to own just one LV and Chanel handbag but never could afford them. In the past I’ve owned a couple of Dooney & Bourkes, and my current bag is a Coach I got from the Coach outlet on eBay during one of their sales last year. The most I’ve ever spent for a handbag was $280 about 10 years ago for a D&B that I carried every day till it fell apart. I couldn’t believe I spent that much for a bag but I definitely got my money’s worth.

Recent circumstances have caused me to come into a decent chunk of money, so I started really researching the two brands and finally online shopping at several highly-rated online consignment stores to see what I could find. Honestly I didn’t hold out much hope as my highest price point remained $300 for a bag in great or excellent condition. (Even then I was still skittish about plonking down that much).

If that didn’t seem impossible enough, I wanted a style rarely spotted in each brand that wasn’t in-your-face flashy LOOK AT ME, I’M A LV OR CHANEL. I love designer stuff, but I also prefer not to be a walking billboard for high-end goodies. I like knowing I have the real thing, but I don’t want people looking at me and immediately thinking, “She’s carrying a Chanel/LV.” I’m understated that way.

Anyhoo, after days online and lots of patience scrolling through pages and pages of handbags, I found exactly what I was looking for … one LV and one Chanel! The LV (Josephine PM Mini Lin) was made in 2003 and the Chanel (Etoupe Calfskin Tassel Hobo) in 2004 but I don’t care. They’re MINE now. And I’ll carry them lovingly and with pride. One will be my spring/summer bag and the other my fall/winter bag.

I’m 46 and a recent Stage 3C breast cancer survivor and currently fighting State 4 kidney disease. Yes, others may tell me I’m wasting my money (I’m sure my mom will be the first to chime in). But life is short and precious. My cancer could come back anytime. Yes, I could save my money and keep pining the rest of my life. But I’ve had a hellish past few years, so I’m taking the chance to treat myself while I can.

Azure5
Azure5
11 months ago
Reply to  Lara (LAIR-A)

Good for you!
But I’d also try giving to charity, it makes you feel so good!

tumbling
tumbling
2 years ago
Reply to  Lara (LAIR-A)

Fantastic! I hope that you are still doing well and still loving your handbags.

joe fresh
joe fresh
6 years ago
Reply to  Lara (LAIR-A)

why are you even on here

Lisa
Lisa
14 years ago

More than $1000. is insane for a bag, there are people in this world who dont even have running water or food to eat.

Darlene
Darlene
14 years ago
Reply to  Lisa

Lisa,
If you are so concerned about people who do not have running water or food to eat, why is the cutoff point $1000? Why not $100? Or $10? I’m just curious.

Jazmine
Jazmine
10 years ago
Reply to  Darlene

yeah exactlly my family is on the go like all the time aome times we stop to look at handbags but not 4 $1,ooo

CK
CK
14 years ago

I bought my first Hermes Birkin in March 2008, and like you did not take it out of the box for a few days. I have always admired the classic look for handbags, and my justification to purchase this bag, it will never go out of style, and holds its value.

michelle
michelle
14 years ago

I’m no where near a point where I could justify more than $500 for a bag. I couldn’t even justify that. I have a small baby, her needs come way before my wants.

HoneyPie
HoneyPie
5 years ago
Reply to  michelle

Right, but I guess if someone has the cash to spend why not? I however won’t ever be spending over $200 on any bag.

Andrea
Andrea
14 years ago

For me, bags are completely an emotional purchase. If I end up spending a lot of money on a bag, the reasons for doing so go beyond just the bag. Most likely, I would buy the bag because I accomplished a long standing goal. The more expensive the bag, the less likely I am to view the bag as just a material possession and more likely I am to view it as a symbol of something bigger and more personal.

Chiffre
Chiffre
14 years ago
Reply to  Andrea

Andrea, I absolutely agree with what you say.
If I do spend a large quantity of money on a bag or similar accessory, it’s because of some emotional attachment to that particular item. Also, like ’emememem’ said, most of the items I purchase feel like an investment to me – something to be cherished and shared with others around me. Furthermore, I don’t spend my money on frivolous “It” bags, but more so on items that, no matter the time, will hold true and resonate with class and atmosphere. Like fine jewelry, a classic vehicle or a vintage bottle of bordeaux wine, items of great caliber, worksmanship and taste will usually only appreciate with age. Of course, each individual has their own set of priorities and, of course, spending large sums of money on fine things is certainly not mine (a hobby, perhaps, but not a priority) however, I pride myself with recognizing that with each piece of handbaggery I purchase, I am purchasing not only a work of craft, but a piece of art crafted by someone who, obviously, loves what they do and does it uncompromisingly.

ms p
ms p
14 years ago

I’ve learnt to never say never. Once upon a time I never bought any handbags that exceed $30. Currently the most expensive handbag I own cost $800 😳 . Everyone have their piorities. I feel that as long as we can afford the material things it’s okay to spend on bags too. There are always cheaper alternatives even for neccesities like a house.

katkooty
katkooty
14 years ago

i think with handbags, your next purchase just keeps getting more expensive and you end up paying what you thought ud never pay.. like for instance, 2 years ago, i never spent more than $2000 on a bag.. and i swore i wouldnt, then i bought bags in the 2500-3000 range.. and then i swore that was my new limit, and then i reached 4800 … and now i see 2000 bags as cheap..and i hate myself for this cause im losing track of my spendings and perception!

plus its not helping that the euro is getting stronger and that price increases are so frequent now!

Suki
Suki
14 years ago

Thanks for being so honest about the spending guilts! Everyone always acts like they don’t exist!!! I recently got a weekend bag – a LV Carryall which fits TONS, is sturdy and well structured, and is incredibly glam on trips. It cost 770 Euro and I was in a total guilty daze for 3 days afterwards at the price, even though it’s a luggage piece and I travel a heck of a lot. Everyone keeps asking me what it cost and I’m too shy to tell them. I know I could have gotten a Samsonite for half the price. But it wouldn’t have made my heart sing every time I saw it!

I have no kids, enough savings, and a good job, so I guess I’d be the typical person who could buy lots of bags. But…I just can’t justify having a lot of pricey bags in my wardrobe that I only use once a month! It’s the Catholic guilt kicking in, and it’s no harm as it keeps me sane. I’m willing to spend a few hundred Euro on a day bag – up to $1000 I guess – but I have a rule that I will only ever have one black day bag at a time (ditto brown and white) and will immediately give the last to Oxfam once I replace it – it definately makes you stop dead in your tracks in the store and think about what bag you REALLY want to carry every day. You don’t make expensive impulse purchases any more.

I’m 33 now and I’ve decided that for my 40th birthday I’m going to buy myself a classic Chanel 2.55. I’m going to buy a moneybox to save up! I’m hoping that I’ll have so much time to save up gradually that I won’t feel “the guilts” when I do buy it.

court
court
14 years ago

this is such a good topic, seeing as i just spent the most i ever have this week on a handbag. i go back and forth. i am not wealthy, but i don’t have a family or any other major financial obligations. i don’t spend money on jewelry, either. however, i do start feel immense guilt at the amount of money that i put down on this bag. once i get it delivered, hopefully today, my doubts will be diminished. 🙂

eris
eris
14 years ago

An addition to my previous comment:

This society has been highly influence by the media, that praises being rich and famous (i.e. Paris Hilton and Sex and the City). This subliminal message in our TV programme triggers girls to crave, to buy, to compare, to become materialistic – we are turning into slaves of ourselves and each other.

Be happy with ourselves is more important than anything that we can ask for.

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