Earlier this month, I asked you all a question. A question that some of you have inevitably asked yourself at one point or another, and the post was insightful, helpful, and thought-provoking.
I wanted to know if you guys thought it was ok, under certain circumstances, to dip into your savings account to purchase a handbag. The results were highly mixed, with some of you saying you’ve done it or are thinking about it and some you offering up a cold, hard no. Truthfully, the more thought I gave it, the more I didn’t like the idea of it, especially not the entire cost of a bag.
Instead, I started thinking about things in my closet that I don’t use and could potentially sell. I started off small, clearing out some accessories and a pair of designer sneakers I wore only 5 times, but that had begun to hurt my sensitive feet. I listed a few items on my Poshmark, but unfortunately, the items won’t yield a profit of more than a couple hundred dollars, which, when you’re talking about bags, is like talking about pennies!
I then started looking at my bag collection, which I have streamlined over the last few years for the most part. There are only two bags that I would think about selling. One is a Louis Vuitton Damier Azur Speedy 30, which is a bit too large for me now. It has my initials hot stamped in gold, which would severely cut down on any profits (if your initials are KS, hit me up!). The second has potential and I’m contemplating selling through Poshmark or Fashionphile. It is my Louis Vuitton Monogram Neverfull GM.
The Question at Hand
I purchased the bag before my senior year of college to use as a school bag (quite a fancy one at that). I saved up to make the purchase after interning full-time all summer long. It was a little treat to myself after working hard all summer when the rest of my friends were enjoying their last summer before graduating and entering the real world. I used the bag for my last two semesters, and then it promptly made its way into storage at the top of my closet, only coming out for road trips or to be used as a carry-on for air travel.
These days, we as a society are traveling less and less, myself included, and I honestly can’t remember the last time I used my Neverfull. It’s not really large enough for a long-weekend road trip, and air travel has been non-existent in my life. Besides, for the number of times I travel a year, is it *really* necessary to have a $1,000+ tote? Sure the bag is a classic, and it’s incredibly functional, no doubt about that (it really is neverfull), and if my funds were unlimited, maybe, but at this time, it might make more sense to put the cash towards a more everyday bag I’ll use and love.
What would you do?