In the time that I have had this blog, I can comfortably say that I have spent nearly all of that time dreaming of the day I could finally buy an Alexander Wang bag. For years it was the ‘Rocco’ bag, sported by celebrities such as Mary-Kate Olsen, Ashley Tisdale, Hilary Duff and Kristin Cavallari. Every time I’ve gotten a new job the question has come up – am I in a position spend $1000+ on a handbag? The answer, of course, has always been no. I like to attribute that to the fact that part of me is still capable of being realistic about what sum of money is reasonable to spend on things. Perhaps I have retained some of the advice my Dad gave me about money after all!?
As the years have gone by, I have found myself continually updating my everyday handbag with ‘fast fashion’ alternatives. Time and time again these bags would fall apart, and time and time again I would replace them with a slight variation on essentially the same synthetic bag.
When I got my new job late last year, once again I was faced with the question – can I finally splurge on ‘the bag?’. After having a peruse online, desperately searching for discount codes and trying to justify it, I thought I’d have a quick look on ebay. Low and behold, I found the Alexander Wang bag I’d always dreamed of, the smaller, more compact version of the Rocco, the ‘Rockie’ bag. It was second hand, barely used and on sale for $350. The thing about buying a designer handbag is that you pay for the quality. You pay for it to last forever. So I figured, why wouldn’t I buy a secondhand designer bag if either way, new or used, it will last me forever?
Recently I have been challenged by how I use my money; what the outcome of spent money is and how ultimately, most things we put money into lose their value and depreciate over time. While I will never be able to justify spending $350 on a handbag, I see it as being a small step in the right direction for me. I don’t want to spend my money on cheap products, things that won’t last. I want to invest in good quality things so I don’t feel the urge to spend my money so frequently and so often on things I just don’t need.
It feels more special to save for investment pieces, particularly ones that I can get real use of. I plan on using this bag as my everyday storage solution, for as long as time will allow me.
Some other things I have picked up lately is this beautiful handmade candle from Love Ludie, which was a Christmas gift. It smells absolutely gorgeous, I am saving it for when it gets really cold so I can snuggle up on the couch and reap the benefits of its fragrant warmth. The plate and tray are from K-Mart and the canisters pictured above are also from there! I find it so hard to resist anything that comes in that pale shade of pink.
I must admit, it did feel pretty satisfying purchasing something I have wanted for so long. Knowing that it wasn’t an impulse buy and that I had done my research (for years) beforehand made me a lot more confident in my decision.
What is something you have invested your money in?