Monday, August 24, 2009

The saga of the coach purse

I had my heart set on a Coach cross/body purse for my birthday. I needed a smaller purse that I could carry to places like shopping, flea markets, the fair, yard sales........Some of my family members gave me money for my birthday knowing I could get what my heart desired. I made the first trip to the Coach outlet and settled on one that was a little larger than I had wanted, but I made the purchase. I got home and my heart wasn't satisfied with it and the zipper seemed to stick (or was I using this as an excuse) at not really being happy with it. I waited 1 week, then went to return it and got the smaller one that I originally was going to get. Well, I got home with it and tried it out. I crammed my wallet, glasses case, keys and cell phone in it and couldn't even fit my fingers in it after that. I asked myself, "why would I pay a large amount of money for something that is not practical and I can't even fit my needs inside"? I am paying for the "C"? This is not me, I am a practical person and it really weighed on my mind all week. So, in the meantime, I was walking thru a Fashion Bug store and a cross/body purse caught my eye. It was calling out my name. It appealed to me. It spoke practical. It spoke affordability. It matched my body type and even came in lots of nice colors. That's when it hit me.....So, yesterday, my hubby was kind enough to drive me back out to the Coach outlet to take back the 2nd purse. I was honest and told the gal that it just didn't meet my needs and I ended up buying a very pretty pink umbrella that was on sale! I really needed a new umbrella! I went to the Coldwater Creek store and got the cutest, very much needed jean jacket, ON SALE. Don't get me wrong gals, I still like Coach purses and will continue to carry the ones I have, but until I win the Lottery, I will stay out of the Coach stores. I still have part of the refund I didn't spend. I am at Peace with my decision.

12 comments:

Cheffie-Mom said...

Sounds like you did good! Very thrifty nifty! enJOY your Monday!

Erin said...

Good for you! I'm all about designer purses, but you're right... you shouldn't buy one and pay just for the branding if you aren't happy with it.

Erin said...

Good way to stewards God money well. :) You don't need that fancy purse anyways!

Sharon - Mom Generations said...

I love the fact that age not only brings wisdom, but lots of practicality. I can pass by lots of things in stores and at malls and flea markets and gift shops and say, "No. I don't need that." You are a model and a mentor for the rest of us to just say no to something that doesn't make you content or happy. But the pink umbrella sounds lovely!!

Sharon Brumfield said...

I am glad you got what you wanted! And how cool that you got more than one thing for your money.
I do have a thing about wearing a name just for the names sake...but that is just me. I think we went in that store once when we were in Texas....yikes at the prices! But I will agree that the stuff was cute. Hmmm....maybe if I find I have become an heiress! :)
I know what you mean about wanting a smaller purse to carry. I found one at Mass General Store here in NC....I've gotten lots of compliments on it...and it was only 15 dollars! And it fits my personality and body type. ;)
Hope yours works for you the way you hoped it would!
Love ya girl

Adventures In Babywearing said...

I'm glad you got what you wanted!

Steph

Lisa said...

I have never owned a Coach purse, and really, have never seen one I loved. That's my rule for buying something that's really not NEEDED. I mean, we all have more purses than we can carry, right? However, if I ever did find a Coach purse I loved... ;)

Bacardi Mama said...

You sound like me. Always being practical. It was the right choice though. If you weren't happy with it, it would have kept eating at you. Much better to have what you really like and you do have the two other Coach purses.

Carolyn Vaughn said...

That was a great experience for you in deciding not to settle for less than you really wanted. So where are the pix of those items you were able to get instead of the Coach purse?

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