stalking the wild handbag.

13 03 2010

ok, technically it was a clutch. i first spotted it in the early 2000s in some vogue-y elle-y fashion-y magazine.  banana republic ad. it was love at first sight. i tore the page out of the magazine, and pinned it to the wall in my studio. randomly enough, i still have that ad, and it would later come to pass that i would also unknowingly purchase the sweater in that picture (apparently banana republic knows what i like). but that’s irrelevant.

at the time that ad arrived in my life, i had no money, and no access to a banana republic. as time went on, and clothing seasons  passed, i kept that ad pinned to my wall and continued to maintain my boner for the bag. i knew that someday, it would be mine. that’s because in 1999, i became a member of ebay (early enough that my handle doesn’t have to have numbers after it). along with being able to buy a bunch of crazy crap for low low prices, what ebay really means to me is that no coveted item is ever truly “sold out”, or even out of my price range. the key is patience. when i see something (anything) that i really love, even if i can afford to buy it at the moment, unless it is already at a once in a lifetime rock bottom price… i walk away. in a few days to a few weeks, i go back and visit. is it as sexy as i remember? can i still not picture my life without it? has the price dropped at all? do i have a coupon? at this point, the situation becomes a choose your own adventure book. if the answer is yes to all above questions, then i may buy the item and go home to make sweet love to it. if not, it’s wash, rinse, and repeat repeat repeat. then, one of 3 things happens: 1. in an ideal world, the price drops low enough that i let myself pull the trigger and buy it. 2. i tire of the stalking and forget about it all together (or more likely find a new love on an adjacent shelf). 3. the item is sold out before the price gets low enough for me to buy.

ebay time. the truth about the clutch is that i never actually saw it in person. it was online briefly at full price, but disappeared quickly. but then slowly, about a year and after the season had passed… it started to appear on ebay (and yes, i checked regularly for a year and a half). unfortunately, it appeared on ebay in PINK, and i would accept no subsitutions. boo-urns. another 6 months passed. eventually, a single yellow bag would arrive on the scene, and i would snag it for a mere $19.99 plus shipping. and even though i’ve had it for years and years now, that bag is still my ace in the hole. it automatically makes any outfit seem slightly dressier and more interesting. also, i have never carried it anywhere without it being lustfully molested by party guests or passers by. as far as i can tell, i have the only one in maine.

the moral of this story is that impulse buying at full price is for SUCKAHS! the internet means that if it’s worth even a few pennies, someone will be selling it. you just have to be tenacious and patient. the cliche is absolutely true. let it go, if it’s love, it will find its way back to you.

my next victim is the chanel 2005 bag. randomly enough, from the 1998 collection. it’s come down a bit in price from the original $1800, but i’m still going to need to sell a lot of plasma if i ever want this dream to come true. but don’t dare doubt it. i may be 97 when i get it, but it will be mine.

what are you stalking?





the baking day cometh.

1 01 2010

it tends to snow a lot here in maine. yesterday, despite the fact that it wasn’t really scheduled to snow until saturday, we got dumped with a few unexpected inches. thus, the boyfriend decided that it would be best for us do our grocery shopping after work instead of doing it on saturday as we planned. after work, on new year’s eve, in a snowstorm. woot!

did i mention that it was the baking day shopping that needed to be done? fuck. i hadn’t sorted out my coupons yet or even made a list of everything i needed. quickly over lunch i scratched everything together that i could, but it wasn’t ideal. also, the super walmart was too far away for us to risk in the snow- it had to be shaw’s. which sucks, because while they’re good for the odd crazy deal on cereal- their everyday prices are way high. double fuck.

well, according to henry rollins (hands down the coolest guy ever), when life hands you lemons you say “oh yeah, i like lemons. what else you got?” so i did. i can’t go letting myself be bummed out about the pennies nature prevented me from pinching. my first baking day is going to be a clusterfuck, i just need to accept that now before things get really messy. here’s the damage:

*please note that the boyfriend and i split the groceries roughly in half (not including impulse crap- thats all me). this total represents only part of the total, and the full baking day total for the both of us was $74.82.  which actually isn’t bad, because our usual grocery budget is $60 a week for the both of us.

baking day groceries bought at shaw’s: $38.01

non-baking day groceries bought on impulse: $18.95

baking day groceries bought at whole foods: $7.38

non-baking day groceries bought on impulse: $12.27

my part of the baking-day total= $45.39

my hopeless and indulgent impulse buying= $31.22

god i suck so hard at this! perhaps i can make this my last really outrageous overspending of 2009? time to start the new year with a level head. (or maybe not).