Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Kind of about handbags, kind of about the difficulties inherent in replacing things that are perfectly functional when you are a terrible cheapskate

I like handbags. This is becoming a blog about things I like! I do like handbags, but I don't tend to buy handbags. I look at handbags, I think seriously about purchasing handbags (when they are sufficiently on sale) and I admire the handbags of stylish people. When asked what I did in a given day, often, "I looked at a handbag and then didn't buy it" is part of my answer. ("long story about my cats" and "made juice and/or chili" are also popular answers)

The problem ("problem") is that I like very expensive handbags, but I can't ever justify paying a great deal of money for a bag. Even when a nice bag is on sale, it's still ridiculously expensive. Compare this to, say, socks. I can understand why you'd want nice socks. Socks are very, very useful. You need multiples of them! They come in handy for hiking and really anything you'd want to do outside that involves feet. When they go on sale, they can be very reasonable. I could get a whole new sock-robe (ward-sock?) for far less than the cost of one nice, on-sale bag.

Of the bags I like, I'm most conflicted about Gwen Stefani's L.A.M.B. line. They veer from "that is the best bag I have ever seen" to "that is the worst bag I have ever seen." Sometimes I need a second opinion to make sure I'm not accidentally filing one of the latter items into the former category because I have been blinded by the label. Just because Gwen Stefani can pull it off, doesn't mean that I should make the attempt.

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I think the post I originally intended to write was really just about how I'm weirdly fascinated by handbags while simultaneously mentally unable to justify purchasing them. But another blog I wanted to write was about how it's really hard to justify purchasing nicer versions of things I already have. When you set up a household initially, you get things that are functional and you think "I will replace these later when I have the money to get what I really want." Easier said than done, younger self! This is very difficult for me to do. I am pretty sure that I will eat off of the stoneware my mom got me from a church sale in 2003 for the rest of my life. I will look at new, elegant china sets, and I will think "but I have a perfectly functional stoneware set at home which is both microwave and oven safe!" Similarly, "I would like to get a nice new down comforter for the nautical room, but instead, I'll just put four blankets on this bed!" Works great!

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  1. I find the only way I can get myself to "upgrade" anything is by asking for it for gifts when my family or whoever ask what I want for Christmas or my birthday. Try it! It feels kind of lame and grown up to ask for new towels for your birthday... but new towels are amazing!

  2. That doesn't work for me, because I still have the totally functional things and I feel guilty.