It has come to my attention recently that there are people who are spending over $300 for a purse. I must say, that I am in no way saying a person who works hard can't spend money on whatever they want to buy. . . but I've spent the entire week trying to figure out how I could justify spending $300 on a SINGLE purse?
The last purse I purchased was from a very popular retail chain of stores and it was $25.00. It was also on sale for 40% off. It's black, faux croc and very nice. It carries my personal stuff and really hasn't fallen apart in any way except for normal wear and tear on my part. And I've had it for almost 2 years now. I even found a wallet and sunglasses to match. The total ensemble less than $50. and I get TONS of compliments on the purse!
So why would a person who works hard want to spend $300 on a purse? ONE PURSE? What does a $300 purse say about us as Americans? What does it say about us as people? What does it say about us as WOMEN? Is it the status of having a Coach, Dooney or Brahmin's metal tag hanging or stamped on the side of the leather? Is the smell of the leather itself? Is it the color? What? Oh.....it has also come to my attention that people who have spent this amount on said purses have more than just one???
And I sit here and wonder why it's been on my mind? At first, I thought, damn Kelli are you jealous? Jealous because you work so hard and don't have a $300 purse? Why do you even care? And then I really began to think about it and this is what I came up with:
In this economy when $300 is life to some people...I mean LIFE...
$300 is a paycheck.
$300 is a car payment.
$300 is health care (you know most people are sicker than they think and can't even afford medical care??)
$300 is a HOUSE payment
$300 pays for an elderly persons HEAT in the winter
$300 pays for an elderly persons AIR in the summer
$300 buys 10 steak dinners
$300 pays for some single mother's daycare for almost a month?!!!
$300 buys a DYSON vacuum cleaner
$300 is a weekend getaway (well, in some places it is!!)
$300 is airfare to see your grandmother. . .
$300 is 15 pairs of blue jeans at some chain stores
$300 could feed a family for a month or more
$300 could keep someone from being homeless
And I really think that if I had $300 to blow on a PURSE...I would get more mileage out of just handing it to someone on the street or giving it to a person who may have just lost their job (there are zillions of them now) than looking down and seeing $300 hanging from my arm OR better yet, sitting on my closet shelf. And really, other than someone else who bought a $300 purse, who is going to know how much your purse cost?
Can you think of something BETTER to do with $300 than buy a purse?? Let me know. Post it here...pose the same question on YOUR blog...
1. Why are we continuing to spend exorbitant amounts of money on status accessories in this economy?
2. Why did we ever feel we need to buy a $300 purse in the first place?
3. And if we did buy a $300 purse, why do we need MORE THAN ONE?
Just my thoughts. Thanks for being here. Thanks for reading. Comment. Post. XoXoXo