CC 84: The Shopaholic With a Soft Spot for Louis Vuitton and Balenciaga

“I’m additional of a purchase it and figure out how I’ll afford it following person”

In today’s installment of closet confessionals we meet a handbag lover whose appreciate of bags started with her quite initially Speedy bag. To this day, Louis Vuitton remains one particular of the most crucial brands in her collection, although she has a soft spot for Balenciaga as properly. Even though lots of luxury lovers are new to the vintage game due to the existing surge in reputation, this bag lover employed to shop vintage additional in the previous, but now prefers largely new more than pre-loved. Ann’s Fabulous Finds employed to be her go-to for secondhand bags, and in spite of her preference towards buying new more than employed now, this luxury lover and self-proclaimed shopaholic does appreciate to bargain hunt. She ignores trends and what’s of-the-moment, preferring to shop for what it is that she essentially desires (and what’s on sale). A bit of an impulse purchaser, this confessor has taken time throughout the existing planet crisis to assess her habits as properly as how (and why) she shops. Study the complete confessional under and do not overlook to submit your personal!

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The Fundamentals

Age: 42
Gender Identity: Female
Place: Toronto, Ontario
Occupation: Admin Assistant
Sector: Government
Salary: $50,000
Household Revenue: $135,000

The Bags

Are you a PurseForum member? Yes

How lots of bags do you personal? 25

What bags are in your collection?

Hermes Etoupe Evelyne 29
Hermes Vintage Black Box Kelly
Valentino Modest Burgundy Rockstud Bag
Balenciaga Mini Black City
Balenciaga Navy SHW Giant Hip
Givenchy Green Pepe Mini Pandora
Givenchy Nude Goatskin Modest Pandora
Givenchy Black Goatskin Medium Pandora
Louis Vuitton Nano Noe
Louis Vuitton Grenade Speedy
Louis Vuitton Red Kusama Neverfull
Marc Jacobs Grey Snapshot bag

How a lot is your collection worth? $ten,000

What is your most costly bag? Hermes Evelyne 29 in Etoupe. I sold three bags to purchase it for my 35th birthday. Now it is also heavy for me to carry so it sits in the box!

What are the most crucial brands or pieces in your collection? I wouldn’t say any piece is additional crucial than yet another, but I do have a soft spot for Balenciaga and Louis Vuitton.

What age did you get your initially designer bag, and what was it? My initially designer bag was a Louis Vuitton Speedy that I purchased the day following I got engaged to my (now) husband. I was so excited, but scared for the reason that I’d had such a adverse expertise previously in the retailer.

Is there a precise bag you are seeking to acquire subsequent? I retain pondering I want to dip my toe into the Chanel pond but the cost increases hold me back

Any specific bag that holds a specific sentimental worth? My Grenade Speedy was a wedding present from my husband, who I married 12 years ago. It is nonetheless in attractive shape and I pull it out each and every summer season. Men and women nonetheless ask me exactly where I got it from and marvel at the situation.

Do you really feel like your bags transform people’s perceptions of you or how you are treated? Yes. In the previous I’ve had individuals ask me how I afford issues or judge me by my appreciate of designer bags, which is annoying but not unexpected.

The Buying

How typically do you purchase new bags? four instances a year.

Which shops do you frequent the most? Holt Renfrew in individual or Ssense and Farfetch considering that I’m additional of an on line shopper.

Do you ever purchase second-hand bags? Exactly where do you purchase employed? I appreciate vintage bags, but I now have a tendency to purchase brand new. I employed to shop at Ann’s Fabulous Finds a lot in the previous.

Do you sell old bags to spend for new purchases? I’ve only carried out that as soon as (with my Evelyne). Usually I’m a bargain shopper and locate issues on sale. In the previous I’ve worked with neighborhood on line shops and Ann’s Fabulous Finds.

Do you ever really feel societal stress to acquire additional bags? Not definitely. I have a tendency to ignore what’s common and purchase what I like (and what’s on sale)

Do you take into account your bag purchases investments? I do not. I purchase them for the reason that I like them and program to use them I’m not a collector.

Who influences your obtaining choices? My husband and my 9 year old daughter. She has a sturdy sense of style and currently has her eyes on most of my bags.

Are sales associate relationships instrumental to your buying? Not any longer. When I lived in the city I employed to pop into boutiques to see what was new and to stop by my SA’s all the time. With on line buying taking off I seldom go into the shops any longer so I do not have an chance to develop a connection like I employed to.

Why do you love buying, beyond just acquiring anything new? I’m a self admitted shopaholic who loves obtaining new issues. The pandemic has me a small on edge and I’ve been self soothing with retail therapy.

Have you ever felt like you received inferior service at a retailer or boutique due to your look, ethnicity or gender? Yes. As I described prior to, when I was in my early 20’s I went into a Louis Vuitton retailer intending to purchase a card case and was absolutely ignored by employees only the safety guard would speak to me. It was years prior to I went back to make a acquire. This could be element of the explanation why I’ve gravitated to on line buying.

The Funds

Who pays for your bags? I do. It is uncommon that I get them as a present from my husband.

Do you set aside a price range for your bag purchases? Spending budget? What’s that?!! But seriously, I’m additional of a purchase it and figure out how I’ll afford it following individual.

The Taboo Subjects

Have you ever bought a counterfeit for the reason that you couldn’t afford a designer item? Yes. When I was a teenager I purchased a counterfeit bag on holiday considering that I believed it would make me appear sophisticated.

Do you ever hide purchases from your substantial other? Under no circumstances. He’s my companion in crime.

What’s the craziest factor you have carried out to afford a bag? I as soon as sold a bag my husband gifted me to get my Evelyne. I regret that selection to this day.

Do you assume your buying is ever a difficulty? Have you ever felt like you had been struggling with a buying addiction? I’ve asked myself that on lots of occasions in the previous. With the pandemic issues have come to a head and I’ve definitely been soul looking. My bags do not bring me as a lot joy as they as soon as did I’m afraid.

The Rest Of It

Any other costly hobbies or passions? None, thank goodness!

Something else you would like to involve? I appreciate the Purse Forum. It is so good to belong to a neighborhood of likeminded folks!