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Only One Handbag

  • July 21, 2017
  • By Sabine
Only One Handbag

I recently had a conversation with co-worker who has a passion for handbags. She has lost count of the number of bags she’s collected over the years. She stores them in a big trunk and says she could open a shop.

Needless to say, my co-worker was shocked to learn that I only own one handbag. Yep, only ONE. I like to keep things to a minimal. Same goes for handbags. My mom was the same way. She used to own just one decent handbag at a time and wear it until it fell apart. I do the same. I wear the purses into the ground until they fall of my body and then get a new one.  Not every woman owns a closet’s (or trunk) worth of handbags.

Some would argue that two handbags are necessary. One for regular use, and one small clutch for “special” events like weddings, funerals, etc.  True, but I don’t go anywhere dressy enough for an “evening bag”.

Not only do I own just one handbag, but I like mine plain. I’m not a fan of buckles, chains, and other decor on my bag. Some of my earlier bags came from thrift stores. I carried them for years as they had plenty of life left in them.

Three months ago, my old purse fell apart ( I wore it for three years) and I replaced it with a simple brown handbag. Originally for Target ($40), I found it at Bargain Hunt for just $4.80. No, it’s not a designer bag, but it’s sturdy and practical, and I know I’ll be able to use it for several years. It’s large enough to hold my essentials, a water bottle, and my camera.

I know a lot of women love handbags and may even get addicted to buying them. I firmly believe  the prices of these handbags are often inflated because of the brand, but anyone willing to spend a few hundred or thousand dollars on a bag should be willing to make it worth its money. That said, I still don’t understand the obsession with expensive bags.  It’s a name you’re paying for! Same goes for shoes, dresses, or perhaps worst of all blue jeans.

Anyway, one bag is enough for me, much less complicated.

What about you? Could you or do you wear one bag until it dies?

By Sabine, July 21, 2017
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  • Stephen
    July 21, 2017

    Hi Sabine. Interesting read. I always wondered why women needed more than one bag. My wife for instance has multiple most of which are stored in our closet.

    • sabines
      July 21, 2017

      Women don’t really need more than one bag. I guess some women just love them so much so they can never have enough. I once read the average American woman buys 3 handbags a year. At this rate, she can fill up a closet in no time. Thanks for reading, Stephen.

  • Em Smith
    July 21, 2017

    You have a pretty bag! Most of my bags are from thrift store so I have few bags. I think I can live with only one bag, maybe when the kids get old.

    • sabines
      July 21, 2017

      I’ve had plenty of thrift store bags. I’ve gotten so much use out of them and bought them at a great price.

  • jean
    July 22, 2017

    I will buy a bag if I love it and I will use it until its no longer useable.Im glad I’m not alone.

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