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We are not alone: The Handbag Obsession

You may have figured this out already, but I am a handbag addict. I like clothes and makeup and I LOVE shoes, but I am completely and hopelessly addicted to handbags.

Because of this addiction, I enjoyed these fun facts about handbags put together by Shop, etc. magazine and I thought you would too!

  • $37,500 - The "Buy It Now" price of this 35cm Chocolate Crocodile Hermes Birkin Bag (pictured above) on eBay right now. Click here to bid!
  • $24,500 - The highest price that a luxury handbag (The Hermes Birkin) sold for on eBay

Lots more fun handbag facts, so

  • 22% - Percentage of women who would splurge on a handbag if they could choose only one designer item. Only 9% would choose shoes
  • 6 - Number of handbags the average woman owns
  • 3 lbs - Weight of the average woman's handbag
  • 1 in 10 - Number of women willing to spend $150 or more on a handbag
  • $42 - Amount the average woman spent on her last handbag
  • 3 in 4 women have a "favorite" handbag

Tell me: Do any of the above stats apply to you? Are you within the averages or above/below them?

Join The Conversation
haydee haydee 9 years
as long as its less than a $1000 I dont mind buying it. Love LV's
70series 70series 10 years
I definately am addicted to purses. I don't even know how many I have anymore. They need there own closet!
cmoore cmoore 10 years
I have 3 addictions! Shoes, Bags and Lingerie in that order. I have about 100 bags. From Bottega Veneta to Prada. And yes Coach, which I consider my work horse bags. I troll Neiman's [final call] to Filene's for them. My average price paid is $500.00. But honestly I have paid 3 times that. If I could splurge on one designer item it too would be a bag. I already splurge on shoes. If I love them I buy them! But alas a "Crocodile Birkin" is the holy grail. I'm on the wait list at Hermes here in Chicago for a $7,000 one. That's fine with me, I'm saving to pay cash for it. Shoes, Bags and Lingerie are the reasons I happily go to work everyday!!!
t0xxic t0xxic 10 years
I have about 6 purses and they weigh prolly more then 3 lbs. But everything else ahaha no not me. Thats alot for those bids to WOW! ~*We FiNd OuT wHaT tHe BaBy Is ToDaY!*~ Go Vote and tell me what you think it may be~
MissRobinson MissRobinson 10 years
I've got two purses. Ones from Walmart... and has Jimi Hendrix on it...
caligirl1201 caligirl1201 10 years
I'm addicted to Balenciaga purses. They are gorgeous and I must have them all. I also have a Fendi boot obsession but I can only afford the one's on Ebay until I become a surgeon :(
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
LOL Kacie - I'm that way with my L.A.M.B. purse. I almost NEVER use it. Dumb, dumb, dumb.
Kaciegrrl Kaciegrrl 10 years
My main addiction is shoes, but I'm developing a handbag fetish as well - I just got my first Louis Vuitton and my first Coach within 2 weeks of each other, lol, and I can't stop dreaming about more to add to my collection. My only problem is, when I spend that much on something, I'm hesitant to use it frequently because what if something happens to it? I know, I'm mental.
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
Most of those are right on the money for me. I would actually definitely pick shoes. I *had* 40 purses, but my husband made me go through and cull them the last time we moved. So now, I have more like 20. I have no idea what my purse weighs, but 3 pounds sounds heavy...? I don't know. I won't spend more than $150 on a purse. But, we're poor - and I like variety. :) $42 is just about exactly what I spent on my last purse. I do have a favorite handbag now, but I still like to match.
lesocialite lesocialite 10 years
the amount of handbags is about right (6) ..but the $42 thing definitely does not apply to me. for under $150, that's really along the cheap side.
alegna alegna 10 years
I'll admit to a handbag addiction. I have 4 Louis Vuittons, 1 Burberry, 2 Vintage Chanels, 1 Prada, 2 Diors, 1 Fendi, and 9 Coach (I know, I know... BUT I live right by a Coach outlet!) I tend to splurge on handbags more than anything else because I think that a good quality handbag that will last me years is worth it. This is also the reason why when shopping for handbags I buy ones that are classics and will last me years... rather than the uber trendy ones... why spend so much on something you'll only use a season or two?
lickety-split lickety-split 10 years
not even close. i have a few evening bags (why i have no idea i rarely go out in the evening so don't often need one. but i do like sparkley things). and i have 1 or 2 hand bags at a time. i usually put off buying one as long as possible because i don't feel like i'm good at it. unless i see one i like and find out where that person got their's and get it immediately, i'm lost. going to the store and then looking is overwhelming, like sun glasses, i see waht the people in the displays have on and chose from just those, too many options.
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