What we do here is…specific. While it may seem odd to some that we love handbags enough to found a holiday in their honor, we know that you guys are right there with us. When someone dares to ask you why you’ve got your party hat on for National Handbag Day today, we’ve put together a handy guide for explaining that not only is your obsession justified, but you’re far from alone.

1. Few Other Things in Fashion Inspire Waitlists

Even if waitlists are, in and of themselves, kind of insane, their existence speaks to the sheer number of people who are right there with you when it comes to deciding that you just have to have something that won’t actually be in your hands for another six months. You are, by definition, not alone when you’re on a waitlist.

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2. Purchasing Handbags is an Excellent Source of Credit Card Points

It is the weak justification to end all weak justifications, but also, it is true. If your new Chloé bag can contribute toward your Christmas trip to Barbados, all the better.

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3. Dogs Love Bags, Too

A dog has never loved anything that wasn’t objectively great. They like treats, naps and tummy rubs. Dogs themselves are objectively great.

4. Bags Don’t Need to Fit

Lose weight, gain weight, get pregnant, get old, whatever. Your bags are loyal. Preferring them to the other parts of your wardrobe is totally rational.

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5. Nearly Half a Million People Can’t Be Wrong

Our PurseForum boasts over 450,000 members, which means that nearly half a million people are obsessed enough with bags to register at a website at which the only available activity is talking about bags. Your friends may think you’re weird, but we don’t.

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6. Your Bag is Where You Hide Your Snacks

Who wouldn’t love anything that enables you to bring a bag of Doritos to the movies undetected? What is a shoe ever going to help you smuggle treats?

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7. It’s Way Less Pretentious Than Being a Watch Person

I’ve never heard a woman self-seriously explain to other women about the tanning process that went into the creation of her Fendi bag, and that is a credit to bag-loving women everywhere.

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8. A T-Shirt and a Pair of Sweatpants Never Looked So Good

Handbags, more so than any other article of clothing, have a way of elevating everything around them. Those Zara sweats? Pair them with a Chanel bag and suddenly they look like Rag & Bone. Your bags add value to the rest of your wardrobe.

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9. There’s a Reason Bags are Always Prominently Displayed in Stores

Walk into any high-end store in New York City and chances are that the first thing you’ll encounter is a wall, if not an entire room or floor, of handbags. That’s not an accident; retailers and designers know that bags are the biggest crowd-pleasers they carry and their entire in-store strategies are carefully constructed to make you happy.

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10. You Guys Make Our Jobs Super Fun

On a more personal note, you guys make it possible for us to come to work every day, obsess over bags, look at bags, shop for bags and write about bags. Without you, our lives would probably be a lot less fun. So thanks for being bag-obsessed. We appreciate it mightily.

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Cara M
Cara M
7 years ago

Yes, yes, yes to #8! I am a very much a jeans and t-shirt girl, but know that a great bag will dress up anything I wear.

Rashmi
Rashmi
7 years ago

Great REASONS Amanda! On this National Handbag day I want to acknowledge that you are really the superstar of Purseblog team! I am sure Megs values your contribution as much as we the readers do! Keep up the great job!! Happy Handbag day to everyone in Purseblog!

Amanda Mull
7 years ago
Reply to  Rashmi

Aww, thank you! You made my day.

Megs Mahoney Dusil
7 years ago
Reply to  Rashmi

She’s an amazing member of our team, we’re lucky to have her!

AustinBlythefca
AustinBlythefca
7 years ago

my Aunty Quinn recently got a fantastic red Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe just by some part-time working online at home. visit the website……>> -> START BY CLICKING HERE!!! <-

kindled
kindled
7 years ago

I approve of all of these. And for what it’s worth, my cats 100% know how to identify the most expensive and precious of handbags. They will target those for sitting on the moment they are left unattended.

Barbie
Barbie
7 years ago
Reply to  kindled

My kitties, too!

LaPetiteMadame
LaPetiteMadame
7 years ago
Reply to  kindled

My cat does this too! lol

missarewa
missarewa
7 years ago

Keep the great posts coming! I agree with #8, while I’m not really a casual dresser, I know how much the right handbag can change the ‘tone’ of your outfit.

Sonia
Sonia
7 years ago

Reasons #4 and #5 are all the reasons I need to obsess over bags. My husband doesn’t understand and never will, but my fellow Purse Forum girls always care and share my obsession. And, Amanda and Megs, you both keep my obsession fresh and up front.

ElainePG
ElainePG
7 years ago

Terrific post, Amanda. I definitely use justifications (rationalizations?) #2 and #4 all the time! As for #10… just remember that YOU guys make OUR day super fun, too!

Lisa
Lisa
7 years ago

Reason #3 made me laugh. I will have to remember to try that one on my husband the next time I want a new purse!

lisa
lisa
7 years ago
Reply to  Lisa

Oh and I really like the purse in reason #9. Does anyone by any chance have information on it?

Firdaus Hilmy
Firdaus Hilmy
7 years ago
Reply to  lisa

It’s Dolce & Gabbana Rattan Dolce Bag
Available here http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/399323

Renee
Renee
7 years ago
Reply to  lisa

The purse in #9 is Dolce and Gabbana.

Lynne
Lynne
7 years ago

This is my favorite group on all the www!!! That’s me in the sweats with my Artsy bag carefully draped over my arm. That’s one classy lady I say whenever I sneak a peek at my reflection!! My husband got me started by saying why spend all the money in mid level bags when u can have one really good one a year!! So, if u can’t beat him join him!!! Here’s to the next annual Handbag Day??

Jon D.
Jon D.
7 years ago

Love reason #2 and especially #8, since I’m usually wearing yoga clothes when I’m on the way to a class. 😀

However, the moment I started reading your blog AND joined purseforum.com, I knew that I was fine and normal! LOL. I’ve said this repeatedly, but I’ll say it again: the Purseblog team is AMAZING. You guys end each day in a super fun way. 🙂

Do you plan to do a “The Many Bags of the Purseblog team”? That would be fun to read!

as
as
7 years ago

hmm i disagree with the watches. I think watches are much less pretentious because even in gold and diamonds, they are small and on our wrists. Not large, hanging from our arms, and emblazoned with logos.

rose
rose
7 years ago
Reply to  as

i feel like a man wrote this..hmm..

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