Read This If You’re Debating Buying An Expensive Handbag

Lindsey Washington
Lindsey Washington aka lindsanity to her friends can either be found roaming the city looking for shade or out with friends throwing shade. She is currently trying to work on her obsession with Lil Wayne and accepting the fact that they will probably never get married, also Drake.

If there’s one thing I love, it’s handbags. Balenciaga, Botkier, Foley & Corinna, Rebecca Minkoff, Marc Jacobs, Zac Posen — shall I go on? I could go either way when it comes to shoes, clothes, makeup, but I cannot help myself when it comes to a nice handbag. All my tax return money, bonuses etc. go straight to purses. Plus it’s something I carry everyday so I don’t mind spending $1 or $500 on a nice bag.

Alas, I’ve been in quite a pickle with my credit card(s) because of this habit, so I need to start controlling myself and finding alternatives to my expensive habit. Thus, I have created this guide to ballin’ on a budget.

Balenciaga Bleu Classic City Bag – $1,835

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Now I personally own this bag and purchased it during a time of excess and confusion about my bank account. I was able to find a great deal on ebay and ended up paying about half of what the original bag was worth. For this one in particular, there really is no nice looking alternative so I personally decided to go for the real thing. HOWEVER, if you are looking for something with a similar look, feel and design, I would recommend the Botkier Trigger Satchel, which will only set you back $400 as opposed to $1,900.

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Stella McCartney Black Falabella Shaggy Deer Big Tote – $1,295

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I have set my mind on getting thing handbag. I’ve seen it twice in one week and therefore have taken it as a sign that I need to purchase it. Since this is a simple structured bag you can get a lot of different alternatives in many different colors. You can find both of these alternatives at Shopbop!

Rebecca Minkoff Unlined Tote – $275.00

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Baggu Basic Tote – $160.00

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Marc Jacobs Stam Bag – $1,395

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Now I first spotted this bag back in ‘07 when I was too young to understand the value of a dollar and I’ve wanted it ever since. Unfortunately I can only find this on eBay because they might be discontinued. Lucky for me there are plenty of quilted alternatives out there.

Mossimo handbag from Target – $36.99

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Rebecca Minkoff alternative – $130.00

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Celine Micro Luggage Handbag – $2,900

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I want this bag SO BADLY. In fact there are several from Celine that I want, including, but not limited to:

Small Cabas Phantom – $1,500

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Medium Luggage Phantom – $3,400

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These prices are just really out of my budget, like, no. I also have no business and no occasion to be walking around New York with a $3,000 handbag. Luckily, there are a lot of tote bags with this similar shape and style such as the ones below:

Rebecca Minkoff Medium MAB Tote with Zipper – $295.00

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Zac Posen Eartha Iconic Soft Top Handle Satchel – $495.00

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While these bags are not your average $15-$30 Urban Outfitters or Forever 21 bags, they are quality and stylish and won’t put you into serious debt. Now that I’m a grown up, I figure I can spend a little bit of money on treating myself. Plus they will last a long time AND most of them come with some sort of warranty or insurance covering damages. So go ahead and shop!

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