I read an article today in the Wall Street Journal that caused me to shake my head. Apparently, with the “recession lifting” (good to know – I don’t think everyone has gotten the memo), some women’s retailers – mall staples such as Talbots, Abercrombie & Fitch Co.’s and Ann Taylor are now carrying handbags that range in the $300-$450 range.
Is it just me or does anyone else consider this an exorbitant amount of money to spend on a purse?
I know I am not the type of consumer something like this is being marketed to. I am sure there are many middle class women who do spend this much on a handbag, but I am just not one of them.
Now, I have eyed an expensive leather handbag a time or two and spent a moment caressing the softness and admiring the craftsmanship, but that is as far as it has gone between the two of us! I can easily think of ten ways to spend $300 and none of them involve buying a new purse. I am certainly not a cheapskate — I have my hair colored in a salon (could do it at home) and favor department store make-up over the drugstore. There is just something about spending triple digits on a purse, however, that seems ridiculous to me. The logical part of me says skipping the salon visits for six months would pay for a nice purse, but I am sooo not willing to do that!
I think we often bargain (ha!) with ourselves as to what is an acceptable expenditure and what is not. Handbags aren’t my thing – maybe they are yours. How much do you typically spend on a purse? Do you have many or do you have one or two dependable ones in black or gray?
By the way, I got a great new purse today at Marshall’s – black (goes with everything) and a great deal – $20 bucks! 😉