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Handbag Doom - Elizabeth Unexplained
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Handbag Doom
I noticed this morning that my handbag is doomed, and will probably self destruct in about a week. The part that attaches the strap to the body of the bag seems to have worn and cracked, and is currently holding together by a few threads. It looks pretty doomed and non-fixable.

I've had this bag for a while. If memory serves I bought it sometime during 1999 or 2000. Not bad for a bag that probably cost around $50 and that I've used nearly every day since then. Its a shame that it is not fixable as I like it a lot, but there are other cracks in the leather too, and really, this bag owes me nothing at this point.

One of the very few downsides of Spiffy New Job is that I can no longer visit the Burlington Mall over lunch like I did at my old job, or the downtown stores as I could with all my previous jobs. This is going to make handbag shopping difficult. I tried online over lunch, but I really want to see the bags in person, not just look at a picture. I am not sure when I am going to find the time to visit an actual store before the current bag self destructs, but I really see no choice. Hopefully it will wait another eight days before destroying itself; I have some training I am going to for Spiffy New Job that's out in Burlington then, so I could visit the mall then.

My online browsing makes me worried about finding a suitable replacement at all. It seems that ugly handbags are in. I have simple, but exact standard for such items: a bag in brown or black leather with a shoulder strap, large enough to hold my wallet, keys, checkbook and cell phone, but not much larger than that. I looked at the Coach website. Last time I replaced a bag I was encouraged to buy a Coach bag by a couple of people. At the time I thought all the Coach bags were either ugly or lacked the shoulder strap I require, and while I might conceivably spend $300 on a handbag, there is no way I am spending $300 on an ugly handbag, or one that isn't what I want. Today's browsing seemed to indicate that they simply don't sell bags with long shoulder straps, and most were ugly. Other web sites offered similar results, mostly of bags that do not meet my criteria anyway. This is why I find shopping so frustrating. I think what I want is simple, but I have to search and search and search to find someone who sells it. I hope I somehow manage to luck out the way I did last time around.

Update: The strap attachment broke the very next time I put the bag on, so I am doomed until I can get to a store. Sigh. Back in college I didn't use a handbag at all, but back then my clothes had pockets.
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enugent From: enugent Date: May 7th, 2007 09:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, I loved my Coach bag, but eventually I started carrying around too much stuff for it to be practical, and I didn't want to buy a bigger one. But it served me well for many years, and when some of the hardware eventually failed, they fixed it for only the cost of shipping the bag to the repair facility.

But you're right - pretty much everything currently on their website is ugly (although this one's not too bad).

I got my current purse at Marshall's, and it's been just fine for quite a while now.
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: May 7th, 2007 09:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I was just modifying my post while you were commenting. Not everything they have is ugly, but the ones that aren't fail to meet my criteria. Your coach bag was a clutch, and I want something I can wear on my shoulder. I noticed the bag you linked to, but a 13 inch strap is way too short. I didn't do an exhaustive search, but the bags they were showcasing were not appealing to me.
enugent From: enugent Date: May 7th, 2007 11:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Actually, my coach bag also had a long shoulder strap, in addition to the small handle. I didn't use the strap for a long time, but eventually started. It was nice either way. But I can't fit a library book and a Tupperware cup of goldfish in it. :)
From: undauntra Date: May 7th, 2007 10:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Something like this, maybe? It does have a long shoulder strap. My current bag is very similar, only in black and with a more square silhouette. It goes well with my biker jacket. :)
enugent From: enugent Date: May 7th, 2007 11:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's a nice site!

Is this one too small, Elizabeth?
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: May 8th, 2007 03:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Its probably a bit small, though it might work. I really want to see the bags in 3-D before making a purchase. Also, I don't care for the slightly triangular shape on that one. Did I mention I was picky picky picky?
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: May 8th, 2007 01:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah, that is a nice bag.
From: readsalot Date: May 7th, 2007 11:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love my Healthy Back bag, but you probably won't like the look of it.
twe From: twe Date: May 8th, 2007 02:32 pm (UTC) (Link)


Yikes, both Coach and Dooney & Bourke have gone in for the completely scary handbags. Nothing like my older bags.
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