I am a purse girl. I can't help it. I've been like this since birth. I do have a set of rules that I try to follow when purchasing a bag. There are most definitely cost rules...which I seem to be making lower and lower. This creates a wonderful challenge for me to find the single best deal on the bag that I want. The even bigger challenge is having money available to purchase when I actually find this deal. I usually don't therefore the whole purse obsession becomes a form of free entertainment that challenges my research and social networking skills. It's all about the chase. Sigh.
There is the authenticy rule. No fakes. No knockoffs. No purse party bags. I am cheap but I draw the line on stealing from a designer or the slave labor issues involved in the making of some of these bags.
There are also material rules. In the past I've stayed away from any type of leather that is embossed to look like snake skin. We had a pet Python and I made a promise to her never to carry anything that looked like one of her friends.
I don't like to carry the same bag that the rest of the world has. For example I love Coach leather but it seems like the majority of women in the Detroit area carry some type of Coach bag or a knockoff of one and frankly I don't like to be like everyone else, cool bag or not.
I also try to avoid any bags that are easily recognized. Especially those that are easily faked. I don't care how much I saved on the price of a bag...if it is something that most people can associate with the normal retail price...I stay away from it. I don't want to be a target for someone to steal the bag thinking they will find something equally impressive as the price they think it cost. Thank you, I'll pass because you will be disappointed and shoot me anyway. Might as well not target me at all. Right? Since I can't control that aspect I try not to make myself a target at all. I've got kids to take care of. I can't be shot over a bag.
Now, although I love leather, I'm trying to be more socially responsible and go green. I just can't do leather lookalikes though.
I was introduced to Passchal through another blog. They make their handbags out of recycled innertubes, vegetable dyed byproduct leathers and store sign banners.
Of course they aren't in any stores and I wanted to check them out (smell them) before I saved for the style I liked the best. I bought a cosmetic case that was made out of a store sign banner and recycled innertube. It is so cool!! It's unique. Mine is in warm earth tones. I love the smoothness of the innertube and it didn't smell particularly nasty to me. It's made well. Great stitching and the material is durable.
I will be stalking the bag that I want and waiting for it to be lowered into my desired price range. And then hope that I have the money to buy it once it gets to that price before the bag sells out and I have to find another style to obsess over.
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Dominique W (dgwithrow062405)
I ammarried and the mother of 3 boys. I own my own businessas an Independent Team Beachbody Coach. I'm also a blogger. Shoppingis a process for me. I enjoy it. I loveresearching … more
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