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Should I buy an expensive bag??

(50 Posts)
joliejolie Tue 30-Sep-08 10:56:00

Turning 40 next week and really dreading it for some reason. I know I have a great life and a great family...but 40?! YUCK!

My husband, being the pratical (and unromantic) man that he is, has suggested I buy myself something special that I would not normally spend money on.

Well, I really want a handbag that costs £500! I would never normally even consider spending so much, but it is a bag that will last for years and I have wanted it for quite some time. It seems like now is the time to get it and we can afford it right now.

Should I take the plunge even though I may vomit at the tills?

stroppyknickers Tue 30-Sep-08 10:57:23

yes! go somewhere nice and enjoy the experience!

LetThemEatCake Tue 30-Sep-08 10:59:40

yes, without a doubt. I don't think there is any style item that so justifies a high price tag as a gorgeous bag.

which bag are you lusting after? My rec is Mulberry. Classic. I have the Bayswater and it is timeless.

happy b'day by the way! and your husband sounds pretty fine to me!

NL3 Tue 30-Sep-08 11:00:31

Yes, you must.

cupsoftea Tue 30-Sep-08 11:00:35

No -why pay so much for a handbag!!! but everyone is different so if it pleases you then yes

AnnieAreYouOkAreYouOkAnnie Tue 30-Sep-08 11:00:37

yes yes yes YES!

Majeika Tue 30-Sep-08 11:01:42

link to it please and then we can judge! wink

swampster Tue 30-Sep-08 11:02:06

Go on, get it, you deserve it!

I think it is really nice to mark big occasions with something special. My DH gave me a lovely European city break in a lovely hotel WITHOUT the kids for my 40th. Result: we are now expecting DS3!

newgirl Tue 30-Sep-08 11:03:07

yes - 40 is a birthday to celebrate!

bags - the only thing I would hesitate on is that every bag goes in and out of fashion - but what the hell if you love it for one year, then go for it

if it costs that much remember to pop it as a named item on your house contents insurance just in case it wanders off somewhere

pickie Tue 30-Sep-08 11:06:16

Yes YES, of course you must, go on and enjoy! Will bring a smile to your face every day you're using it!

Szyslak Tue 30-Sep-08 11:07:11

As a one off to buy something you really want but would never usually buy is a really good way to celebrate and mark the occasion imo.

Also, I think that is a romantic sugestion of your DH!

Maybe you could tell him which bag so he can go out and buy it, to save you throwing up at the till and to make it seem more like a gift.

Show us the bag!!!!

CountessDracula Tue 30-Sep-08 11:09:02

I would personally rather spend the money on an experience than a bag (but am not bag obsessed at all)

eg a really great meal out or weekend away

Jennyisjustknackered Tue 30-Sep-08 11:10:31

I bought an Anya Hindmarch bag when I worked at a 'luxury' retailer in Manchester. It wasn't quite £500, but, oh, how I love it. Still, 5 years later!

Buy it. And yes, show us the bag.

nailpolish Tue 30-Sep-08 11:12:26

i have a paddington and i love it more than life itself

go for it

if you are still unsure get a second hand one is v good

nailpolish Tue 30-Sep-08 11:14:06

sorry its

ranting Tue 30-Sep-08 11:15:51

I would but I would make sure it is not too fashiony iyswim, otherwise you run the risk of looking a bit like an out of date footballers wife. So it would have to be something with a classic kind of look about it, as opposed to something that looks 'in'.

joliejolie Tue 30-Sep-08 11:20:05

It is a Mulberry Bayswater, which I think is a timeless style that I will get much use out of!

Thanks for making the decision a bit easier for me!

CountessDracula Tue 30-Sep-08 11:23:06

Oh yes v nice and timeless

macherie Tue 30-Sep-08 11:27:49

I am a huge believer in the power of a beautiful handbag to lift your mood everytime you use it smile

I agree that the Bayswater, perhaps in Chocolate, is absolutely timeless and will never go out of fashion. Do your research, I think you really need to see a bag in RL, it's hard to judge size, etc online.

Enjoy your bag, and your birthday - my 40th is next year, I somehow doudt my dh would even think of such a treat!

nailpolish Tue 30-Sep-08 11:28:24

brilliant bag
lovely in tan

TheBlonde Tue 30-Sep-08 11:42:43

go for it

Szyslak Tue 30-Sep-08 11:42:52

A gorgous bag. You will use that forever!!!

It's suede lined. <Drool>

swampster Tue 30-Sep-08 11:52:15

Stunning bag

missblythe Tue 30-Sep-08 11:55:05

Yes! I have had my chocolate Baywater for 4 years, and it looks better with every year. You really won't regret it!

arfishy Tue 30-Sep-08 12:20:24


A good handbag is a classic. You can use it for years and years and it will still look gorgeous and you'll be proud and covet it.

You will always respect it because it was so expensive and then in due time you'll give it to your children who will swank about it as 'vintage'.

So much better than buying a £20 fashion handbag every few months for 20 years, plus this will have special meaning as it's for your 40th.

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