June 28, 2010

Bag or bargain?

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This past Saturday was a great day for junkin' in my small southern city. My faithful yard sale buddy and I turned up lots of treasures in just a few short (HOT!) hours. At one particular sale, the guy in charge of the goods tried to convince me to buy a "real" Coach purse for the low, low price of $30. I knew from a quick glance that it was, in fact, a fake Coach and a poor fake at that. But this got me to thinking about the idea of real vs. fake.
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I would rather buy a cute purse that doesn't break the bank even if it's not a well-known brand. I have a couple of faux designer bags (bought out of cardboard boxes on Canal St. while I was in my early 20s...when that sort of thing seemed to matter a lot  more). At this stage in the game, I just don't care as much to have the status bag. Maybe I'm just fooling myself because the truth is I can't really afford to drop a few hundred or even a thousand bucks on a purse. But even if I could, I'm not sure that I would.

I love luxurious beautiful things and I certainly don't begrudge anybody who has them. I'm just curious about what y'all think on the matter.


  1. Oh my, the great bag debate. I go back and forth. I love them, but my children like to eat. (I kid, I kid).

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  2. Hey! Thanks for the comment! I'm glad to find a new great blog to read!

    As far as purses go, I'm all over the place, but I don't carry fake bags. I'd rather get a cute canvas bag for a good price, or save for the real thing. For a while the purse parties were really popular in my area and I'd see some great fakes. I was sure no one could ever tell the difference, but I'd know. Plus, a great fake might still cost over $100! For that price, I'd rather buy a real Coach or save over a few months and get something else. This Summer, I'm trying to save for first (and only) Louis Vuitton. We'll see if I can make it! :)

  3. I can't even vote on your poll cause I don't know! I have a fake coach that I bought in Belize for $50 and less than a year later the strap broke. All of my Target el-cheapos are still in one piece! But I sure do love that fake coach!

    p.s. I would NEVER spend hundreds on a purse, ridiculous

  4. I could never buy a fake purse or fake anything designer. I would rather not own a designer purse then ever fake. I just think it's super tacky. My FH now judges people when they have fake purses

  5. This made me giggle b/c my friend Cassie and I call fake Coach bags "Assitant Coaches" and real Coach bags "Head Coaches" - way to not be swindled for an Assistant Coach! As most young people are, I was WAY into labels as a teen, but the older I get the less it matters.

  6. I am laughing so hard over calling the fakes "Assistant Coaches"...that cracks me up. I get tons of compliments on my $3 yard sale purse so I guess you just never know!

  7. oh i would love both! i never buy expensive purses though. i can't afford 'em!

  8. Hi Kate! Thanks for visiting That Old House, and I'm glad you invited me to visit you. :-)

    I have friends who will spend 4-thousand dollars on an Hermes bag, that they have to WAIT months to get -- and frankly, I just don't "get" it. I do prefer leather bags to vinyl; vinyl kinds creeps me out to touch it, but I love straw and canvas bags in the summer, and buy what I like, regardless of "brand."

    I do think it's mighty silly to choose a bag because it has someone's name on it - - unless of course that name is your own. I prefer unmarked bags, clothes, etc. I don't see the point in parading around as someone else's free advertising. Cute poll! I'll be back!

  9. Your blog is great! So glad I found it. I am torn on the real vs. fake. I think for a bag, I'd go real, but for a watch, I say fake.

    xo Marcie

  10. i agree with you - i'd rather own bags i love, regardless of their label. and if the bag i love happens to be a designer label, i'd rather save and buy it than buy a fake - i feel like to buy a fake is clearly saying that you only want it because it's a label. and that's just tacky.

  11. I always crack up when I'm eating at the local diner (like Steak and Shake or Waffle House) and in walks someone with their Louis Vuitton bag and sets it on the floor.

    I'm sorry, but that is a dead give away that it is a fake. Believe you me, if I pay that kind of cash for a handbag, it's gonna be sitting right next to me on the seat rather than on that nasty floor!

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