Friday, May 27, 2005

Some People Have Too Much Money And I'm Not One Of Them

So I am at the mall yesterday buying a birthday gift for a friend's daughter. I always park at Bloomingdale's, because its closest to Gymboree and because Bloomingdale's does have some awesome sales. Example: I got a pair of Ralph Lauren pants for Princess there, originally $47, I got them for $5. Anyway. I got the gift I needed, did a little more shopping, and then went browsing through Bloomingdales looking for sales.

I am looking through the purse department. Now, you have to understand that purses are a serious weakness for me. I love them. In the olden days, which is to say before Princess when I was working and had money, I used to buy a new purse ever other week or so. And not just random purses, but NICE ones, like Coach and Fendi and Kate Spade and whatnot. But now, I have to carry a diaper bag, so I have a great Kate Spade bag that I bought a few years ago that I use as my diaper bag AND purse in one:
Kate Spade Bag

That's pretty much the only bag I carry. I love it. So anyway. I am looking at the purses in Bloomingdales and I see a 50% off rack. Ah, its the mothership calling me home. And what do I see on the rack? Oh my, its a Fendi bag. And oh my, its leopard print (my signature color). It is probably too small to use as a diaper bag, but its a decent size. Hm, and its 50% off! I may just have to splurge on myself, I am thinking. Everything I buy nowadays is for Princess, so don't I deserve something?! Don't I deserve well-made leather products in my signature color imported from Italy?! YES! YES I DO! Especially if its half off!

So I prepare myself for the price. What, is it going to be $300, and then half off would be $150? Hm that's alot, especially since we're po' now, but don't I deserve it? (This is how I shop, people, with a constant conversation going on in my head convincing me to buy things I don't need). I flip the price tag over. Eyes widen. Jaw drops. I try to refocus my eyes, thinking I must be seeing the decimal point in the wrong place. Um, no. It is $3499.00. So half off...$1749.50.

That is almost as much as I paid for my first car. So I went to Old Navy and found a t-shirt on sale for $1.97 and I splurged and bought it for myself.
-------
And, I had to share this picture. This is what its like anytime you try to eat anything at my house. Princess AND Gypsy BOTH begging for treats. And Mean Mommy totally not sharing her fat free fruit-filled ice pop. (And I think Hub only took this pic so he could see down my shirt).
Two Beggars and a Mean Mom

47 comments:

Charlie Mc said...

I never understood the $1500.00 handbags, insane! My dog Bruce just stares at me while I eat with a pathetic look on his face until I give him a scrap...you have your hands full! :)

Enjoy the weekend Jersey Girl!

Indigo said...

OMG!!!! That's one heck of a purse! But I hear your pain, and in fact, swear to the god of purses, I'm working on a my purse blog right now. Last night, Hubby asked me what I was going to blog about next -- PURSES! Did he call you???

trine said...

ohmygod! that just made me laugh out loud.
sounds like a wonderful purse, though, although a wee bit above my budget. or a big big wee bit...

Erin said...

hahahah! i did that the other day with a dooney and bourke purse...i thought, okay $400 or so...turned it over, um a bit more than $400!! i was sad, because i was all ready to buy it ( i had a hard shopping day where nothing fit...sigh...i deserved it), and then decided that i would ahve to spend my next TWO paychecks on the purse and well, um, that wasn't worth it.

btw, i LOVE your design!!!

-xtessa- said...

okaaaay.... so that's HK$26,000 or so... could buy a plasma TV with that one!LOL!!!

but i feel you, girl. purses and me, a love-hate relationship...

jlybn123 said...

You are too funny! Don't feel bad, I have the same conversations in my head that you do, while shopping! Just did the same thing yesterday. And actually, since my divorce and the ex taking my WHOLE wardrobe I kind of rationalize that I deserve it! Bad, bad, bad! That's not a good way to think when I'm also among the 'po folk. LOL

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday Girl said...

I have twins climbing all over me to get at what I am eating. Not fun.

As for purses, sigh, I too love them and can't afford them anymore.

Bob said...

Great picture! What purse? ;)

Molly said...

WOW! That purse must have had a solid gold zipper!

MommaK said...

Ahhh-ha! Our geneitcs once again prevail and show our twin-dom. Handbags are my #1 weakness & splurge item. I will be wearing sweatpants but carrying a bag worth more than my electric bill. I'm actually on the hunt for a new summer bag. Any suggestions?

Cheryl said...

Hi! Michelle sent me.
Love your blog - funny!
I am in the same boat - I have an expensive eye for style, can spot quality a mile off. Just can't flippin' afford it. Hic sob.
I'd sooner have class than cash, and you have to admit, bee-lining for the most expensive bag on the rack reeks of class!

Twist of Kate said...

AHAHAHAHA...splurge on a t-shirt....that's so classic "mommy's life"! I am here today via michele but I was working my way down the blogroll, I would have gotten to ya on my own! :) That picture is funny too...little beggars! Have a great weekend....stay away from ridiculously priced purses if you can! :) AHAHAHAHHAAH

Nam LaMore said...

your last comment on my blog made me slipped out of my chair and rolled around laughing .. smart-ass!

a new purse every other week? WTF - were you planning to inheret imelda's shoes collections and needed to ramp up the purse collection to go with the shoes?

trivia: may 20, 1310 was when shoes were first made for both left and right feet (it was interchangeable before this).

terrilynn said...

I totally did not get the purse chromosome (or its companion, shoes). I almost always carry a black leather whatever; at various times it's been a hobo or backpack or a teeniney little thing just big enough for my ID, lipstick and a pack of smokes (back in the good old days). Every so often in the summer I break bad and buy something summery, but then it's right back to the black leather.

I'm so boring.

Christine said...

Purses are my weakness, too! I don't know what it is - I just love them! (In fact diaper bags fall into the catagory for me, as well. I have a 4 year old and a 2 year old and I still scope out new diaper bags!)

That's a little spendy alright! I usually hit Target and department store clearance racks. (We're po', too. :)

Miss_Vicki said...

I've never been big on shoes or handbags - but, I admit, I'm starting to ;) Every once in a while I'll get the bug and do a little shoppin. I like to try and keep it simple though.

Now I suddenly feel the urge to go to Nordstrom or Sacks or Bloomies! I am way too dangerous with a credit card, best not :)

Bridget Unnel said...

LOVE that photo! At my house, it's the hubby and the cat!

I, too, have a weakness for handbags. And thanks for reminding me why I steer clear of Bloomies!!

Natsthename said...

I, too, have a weakness for handbags, but I've never spent over a hundred bucks for on! Such a cheapie, I am! I love Marshall's and TJ Maxx for these very items!

trinamick said...

Good grief, that's more than I make in a month! I've had the same purse for a year or so. There's so much stuff in it, it's starting to look like a football. But I refuse to resort to the enormous monstrosity my mother uses. You could fit a small child in there!

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Here in the 24th century, we have no need for money. We just have what we want. I'm not sure who pays for it all. The only downer is I don't get a Starfleet salary.

Bumbling Bav said...

LOL, my husband is so like yours!

I have been hunting for a summer purse, buy the time I get one it is going to be fall!

Great deal on your top, you rock!

J&J'sMom said...

I went to one of those purse parties...and a Louis Vuitton knock off was $1400!!!! OMG! I go through purses and get bored way too easily to spend that much! Way ta go bargain shopper!

Arethusa said...

Solid gold zipper? That purse should be able to make coffee, feed and change the baby.

I bet the shirt was nicer anyway. ;) Enjoy your weekend!

Toryssa said...

pphft, no handbag is $3k cool.

I love that picture!! My child used to do that too, I used to try putting salsa on everything I ate so that he'd not want it, but now he just likes hot things. He used to have a shirt that said, "are you going to eat that?" :)

mrsmogul said...

I once bought a kate spade bag (small one) for $200. Then returned it the next day cause I felt guilty!

Lynda said...

Hi, TJG,

Michele sent me and I truly enjoyed reading your shopping post. Talk about sticker shock!

You are a good writer - I enjoyed my visit.

Sleeping Mommy said...

Wow, that's a lot of money.

And my husband would totally take that picture of me too--for the same reason.

I'm also the mean mommy who won't share by the way. By the time they hit two they pretty much stop asking you for the food and move on to the sucker aka daddy.

Raehan said...

That picture is hilarious! I love it.

Who needs a new purse anyway, right? Princess probaby would have spilled something on it anyway.

Loz said...

I thought I was the only one who had conversations with my brain while shopping! (Brain always loses - credit card is just too fiesty).

I have an American Idol question - and you are my source of all things AI: Carrie sang 'Angels Brought Me Here' - did she know that was the single that the 2003 winner of Australian Idol (yes, we can do it too) released after he won? Seems like a weird choice.

Nic said...

Hey there True! it's always nice to visit you here. Here tonight via Michele.

Mainline Mom said...

I always have that running conversation in my head now that I'm 'po too. I hate it. And I always opt for the $1.97 t-shirt at Old Navy. Before I stopped working I had my heart set on a certain Louis Vuitton bag that was about $500. I never did buy it. I should have. My practicality won out. Despite my love of shoes, bags, and clothes, the most I ever spent on a purse was $150 on a Kelly bag in Italy.

Canadian Dude said...

I surfed here from Nam's blog and read your purse post... for that kind of money the purse should come with insurance.

Brandie said...

Holy crap! I'm thankful more and more for my cute little $30 Liz Claiborne bag. :)

Needless to say, I've enjoyed reading through your rather witty blog. Thanks for stopping by mine earlier! I'm off to blogroll ya. :)

Mamacita said...

I will have to confess to you that even before I lost my job and the desperation set in, I would carry the same purse till it rotted off my shoulder.

As for people who would pay thousands of dollars for a PURSE, all I can say is. . . . oh hell, I have nothing to say about them. People with that kind of money don't think like regular people do.

Or so I've heard. I got my purse in a bargain bin at Target. It came with a free umbrella. I never use umbrellas. I gave it to my MIL, who still uses those plastic rainhats to protect her once-a-week hairdo.

I tend to ramble.

Redhead Mommy said...

Yeah, The Boy is totally getting to the point where he stares longingly at us when we eat!

I think I might pass out if I saw that price on something I intened to buy. But, I'm born and raised in Michigan of all places, so that isn't so surprising.

Pinkie said...

And they wonder why women can't afford to stay home these days! It's because of cute, adorable purses that we must have. You made the right choice. Old Navy always comes through!

Katy said...

nice cleavage!!!heehee

Carol (Smiles and Laughter) said...

Holy crap! That's a lot for a purse! I actually was thinking $150 was a lot. ;) But that's nothing compared to what it really was. It IS nice to get a "reward" every now and then, isn't it?? Well, at least you got SOMETHING. lol.

millennium hippies said...

oh my...that's outrageous!! i'm much more comfortable with old navy prices myself. ;) here via michele today.

kenju said...

Michele sent me. I love shoes more than purses, but they run a close second. I would never pay more than $100 for one, though, no matter whose label is on it.

aka_monty said...

*blinks* Am I in the right place? :)

I love it in here!

Now I must go pass out at the price of the purses (which I dearly adore as well).
Those are for the people who truly don't know what else to do with their money.

Much like the $460 Gucci pants I had in my hands the other day...and they weren't even made of gold. ;)

Guppyman said...

Tell the hubby to try harder to work the camera angles....

And aren't purses like $5 ???? Why on earth would you pay for something that ugly anyways? It's just a thing to carry a bunch of unnecessary crap around with you.... grab a cheap one..(They're all ugly)... and run with it.

Dawn said...

yea - I'd say that is a bit pricey!

Michele said...

Purses are my third biggest weakness. Shoes are my second....a man with money to purchase these is my first.

Okay that is not true. A job that pays enough to purchase these is, but the man is nice too.

I once purchased a two thousand dollar Fendi bag for thirty dollars...it was in the window of a second hand store. It made my day, week, and month.

Now I must go and look at it.

Have I mentioned I love your posts? Well, consider it mentioned.

Amanda said...

Wow that better be a nice purse for that price.

I think your hubby was trying to look down your shirt too. LOL

PresentStorm said...

I can't relate here ..I hate purse shopping ..I buy one and keep it untill I outgrow it and move on to the next ..lol

Just basically wanted to stop in and say Hi !!!
Guppy sent me ...

Sar said...

It's insane the cost of real bags. So now I'm emassing one helluva knock off collection. Proda, Burberry, & now Kate Spade. But don't rat me out!