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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~ http://teamsugar.com/user/t0xxic/polls/9423
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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