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Less is more

Posted by episode81 on November 30, 2011

The first hit is free

I have accumulated too much stuff.  Too many clothes I don’t wear.  Ditto shoes. And <gulp> ditto handbags.  Yes, that’s right.  Too many handbags!

I started buying decent handbags after my handbag was stolen in Munich nearly 20 years ago.  I was there on business and someone took it from under the table where I was eating breakfast.  Creepy.  In the bag was all my money, credit cards, passport and plane ticket home.  Bugger.

I hurried to the UK Consulate as my flight was that afternoon.  I needed to get a temporary passport and some money.  I was declared destitute and given enough cash for a passport pic and to get the ticket reissued.

Ah, paper tickets.  How I don’t miss you.

I got back OK, but I was really annoyed to lose my handbag.  On the upside, my handbag was insured and I replaced it with a Coach handbag.  That was my first good handbag.

If I ever go back to Munich, I have to repay the money that the UK Consulate gave me.  Unsurprisingly, I have never returned.

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Apple. Nice people.

Posted by episode81 on October 5, 2011

1955 - 2011

I have mentioned before my love affair with handbags.  I have bags that I have never carried because I am terrified of getting blemishes on them.  My most fabulous bag is a Fendi Spy.  It has been out of the house precisely once.  I carried a trash bag with me in case of rain, dust storms, tumbleweeds or plagues of frogs.

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Clothing Mullet

Posted by episode81 on October 21, 2010


Avian Mullet

I am no fashion plate, but I do look in the mirror before I leave the house.  Usually to admire my handbag and to note how well it goes with my outfit.  I will be late for an appointment to avoid carrying a black bag, when a brown or orange one is required.  And I will only carry a bag with gold hardware if my jewelry is gold.  A little OCD but it does mean that I rotate my bags.  I do like my handbags.


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The business of handbags

Posted by episode81 on October 23, 2009

Who needs a tourniquet when you have the Kate Spade Owl?

Who needs a tourniquet when you have the Kate Spade Owl?

Over the last few months, there have been quite a few articles in business magazines about handbag companies.  I have mentioned before, my love of handbags, and I also find the business of handbags fascinating.  The different marketing approaches are particularly interesting as I am their customer.

My most recent handbag purchase was the Kate Spade owl bag.  I happened to be in the Kate Spade store at Stanford and just fell in love with it – it even has little feet! I moved in to it right away and took it with me on a trip to Santa Rosa.  That’s when I noticed a problem with the bag.  Even with minimal contents, the bag is a little heavy. That combined with the sharp edges on the handle, resulted in a lack of blood in the fingers of the carrying hand.  Not good, so I tried it on my arm.  That cut the blood off to my entire hand and left an unpleasant tingle.  Not good at all.

So, I did something that I have never done before.  I took it back.  The staff were astonished.  It has sold out and is now a collectors item, selling at a premium on Ebay.  So what? That’s not my bag baby.

Understand that I really have never taken anything back to a store before.  When I buy, I am committed to the purchase!  I got a refund.  Awesome!  Then I took a ring back to Bloomies that turned my finger green.  Then some workout clothes that didn’t really fit.  I was on a roll!  But it doen’t sit well with me.  I am now taking a month off from shopping … unless I see a fab handbag … and it is on sale …

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Thank You Notes are the new black

Posted by episode81 on August 13, 2009


Oh Maggie!

It is no secret that I like to shop.  Handbags are my weakness.  And shoes.  And most things that are orange.  But not traffic cones.  Or trousers – yikes!

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