In today’s installment of closet Confessionals we meet a handbag lover by way of BC, Canada whose love for bags began with her very first B-Bag back in high school. It was then that she was gifted a chic City bag for her 18th birthday, and from there her love for bags only intensified. Enviably, this confessor has yet to resell a bag from her collection, as she still gets use out of them all to this day, rotating her collection from time to time. though she has yet to resell a bag, this confessor is no stranger to the secondary market, often purchasing pre-loved pretties once or twice a year while methodically building out her collection based on what she loves and knows she will use. though she’s not typically influenced by influencers her husband does in some cases lend an opinion on her bag purchasing as he often contributes to the purchases. get a candid look into the bag-buying practices of this early-thirties caregiver now and don’t forget to submit your own to see your CC published next!
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Gender Identity: Female
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Industry: early childhood Education
Household Income: $375,000
Are you a PurseForum member? Ne
How numerous bags do you own? 14
What bags are in your collection?
Balenciaga small City
Balenciaga City with huge hardware
Balenciaga Papier City A4
Balenciaga cushion Square crossbody
Balenciaga Papier Ledger tote python
Valentino Rockstud small
Louis Vuitton small palm Springs reverse monogram
Louis Vuitton large Kirigami pochette pastel
Louis Vuitton Keepall 55
Proenza Schouler PS1 tiny
YSL college medium
YSL Camouflage Pouch
Goyard St Louis PM
Chloé Faye small backpack
How much is your collection worth? $15,000-ish
What is your many expensive bag? The bag I personally paid the most for was the Balenciaga small City. I purchased it brand new on a girls’ trip to Arizona when the Canadian dollar wasn’t doing very well. I would assume the one worth the most brand new would be the python Balenciaga tote, but I purchased it secondhand for much less.
What are the most essential brands or pieces in your collection? I’ve loved Balenciaga because I was in high school and the motorcycle bags were in all the tabloid magazines. My parents purchased me the City with huge hardware for my 18th birthday. The Goyard bag is also very special to me. I am a huge Oakland Athletics baseball fan. My husband (boyfriend at the time) purchased me that bag on our first trip to the Bay area together to view the A’s play.
What age did you get your first designer bag, and what was it? My parents (really my mom, my father would have never went along with it if he knew the price) purchased me a red Balenciaga City with huge gold hardware for my 18th birthday. I cried because I was so thrilled and grateful.
Is there a particular bag you are wanting to purchase next? I’m not searching for anything specific, but really want a denim bag. maybe a YSL purse on a chain. Or if I find the ideal neon bag because I have been searching for one for a long time. I don’t quite know what that ideal neon bag looks like yet!
Any particular bag that holds a special sentimental value? The white Balenciaga small City. I was on a girls’ trip to view spring training baseball in Arizona. It was after my first major breakup (even though we ended up back together, and gettting married). It was also my first “big” purchase for myself for a want, not a need. I love that bag much more each time I wear it. The goat leather is just so smushy and squishy. It also reigns supreme in the closet by having the best and many visible spot.
Do you feel like your bags change people’s perceptions of you or how you’re treated? I think it depends on the bag. I use one of my small backpacks many of the time while working. leaves extra hands to wrangle the kids. I know I have for sure gone to school pickup/drop off and had assumptions bags were fake. I don’t really bring my bag out of the car anymore at places like that. I’m a jeans and tshirt kind of girl, so I’m sure that doesn’t help with the narrative people like to spin in their own heads about my bags/shoes/clothes. The older I get though, the less I care about what other people think. On the opposite end of that spectrum, when I carry lesser known bags in my area around, like Balenciaga or Proenza Schouler, I in some cases get a knowing look or double take by people who know. I live in an area where lots of athletes spend their summers, and a place well known for wine. There are always a few good bags around that I tend to notice, and the people carrying them tend to notice too.
How often do you purchase new bags? I would say around 2-4 a year.
Which stores do you frequent the most? There are no stores that sell bags for me where I live, but Vancouver is about 4 hours away. They have Holt Refrew, Neiman Marcus, and all the boutique stores. My husband is working in the Bay area best now, so I always browse when I am there going to him
Do you ever purchase second-hand bags? Where do you purchase used? I purchase second-hand bags at least once or twice a year. I have only purchased from Fashionphile so far. I’ve had great luck and quick shipping with them. I have purchased shoes from TheRealReal, but haven’t pulled the pin on a bag from them yet.
Do you sell old bags to pay for new purchases? I haven’t had to sell any bags yet. I do rotate through my collection on a semi-regular basis, so I haven’t felt the need to sell anything yet.
Do you ever feel societal pressure to purchase much more bags? No I don’t. My friends and husband all think I’m crazy for purchasing expensive bags. I’m not really a person to follow trends either. I purchase what I like and what I know I will use.
Do you consider your bag purchases investments? I don’t consider my purchases to be financial investments. I do consider them to be investments in my happiness. I love hanging out in my closet with a glass of red wine playing with my bags. I reorganize my purse area frequently. It also makes me pleased carrying my bags or having them sit beside me in the car.
Who influences your purchasing decisions? I really only purchase bags I’m interested in. I don’t have social media, so I don’t really pay attention to influencers. My husband does have a say though, because he is paying for the majority of my purchases! He hates when I get bags that “look like a bag I already have”.
Are sales associate relationships instrumental to your shopping? I don’t have relationships with any SAs. I wouldn’t be against it, but I just don’t frequent the stores enough.
Why do you delight in shopping, beyond just acquiring something new? I delight in the thrill of the hunt. When I’m searching for something particular that is second hand, I delight in perusing sites and trying to find the best deal. I also like waiting to see if the price will drop, and if I will click purchase for anybody else.
Have you ever felt like you received inferior service at a store or boutique due to your appearance, ethnicity or gender? No, actually the opposite. I am white, and there have been times where I see people who are seriously shopping with different ethnicities ignored while I browse. It has frustrated me to the point I have left a certain store because I was continuously being provided help, while other where left to their own devices.
Who pays for your bags? My husband pays for my bags 90% of the time.
Do you set aside a budget for your bag purchases? We have a general budget for fun purchases that we follow. I know that if I want to purchase a bag for a brand new cost of over $3,000 that it is going to count as my birthday, anniversary and Christmas present for the year. fortunately all three of those events are in the fourth quarter, so I can get a few extra secondhand purchases in the first 3/4 of the year.
The Taboo Topics
Have you ever purchased a counterfeit because you couldn’t afford a designer item? No I have never purchased a counterfeit item
Do you ever hide purchases from your significant other? I hide some purchases. nothing crazy expensive. maybe not so much hide, much more not point out the fact that I purchased a new pair of jeans or case of red wine or whatever. My husband is very budget conscious to the point where even he admits he needs to loosen up a bit about the small things.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve done to afford a bag? I’ve never really done anything too crazy. Jsem nudný.
Do you think your shopping is ever a problem? have you ever felt like you were struggling with a shopping addiction? I have a bit of a book purchasing problem. I love purchasing and reading books. I’ve found a really good outlet site now though, so the cost has gone way down to about $75-100 a month.
The rest Of It
Any other expensive hobbies or passions? I love purchasing shoes. I don’t really get the chance to wear heels often. I purchase a lot of flat espadrilles and YSL makes a rubber soled flat skater style shoe. I am obsessed with purchasing those in as numerous patterns as I can. They are so comfortable.