{The Cat’s Out of the Bag}

I’ve been trying to find exactly the right way to tell my husband that I’ve  been spending some money.  You know, the birthday money that  I haven’t exactly gotten yet.

The obsession {used loosely here} came on quickly.

I had been wanting a really nice leather handbag FOREVER, but I wasn’t willing to pay the price of a nice leather handbag.

Then, I found this super cute mustard yellow purse by Nordstrom at Nordstrom Rack that was 60% off.  I was thrilled to snatch up my bag that retails for over $200 for $40.00.

The only problem is that I got my beloved bag home and suddenly thought I’d die if I didn’t have like FIVE more.

And so………

I got SEVEN more.

I figure, what better way to let the cat out of the bag than let him see my new handbag selection from the comfort of a computer *hopefully* at work?

Now, just in case it helps my case any, I should point out a few things:

  1. The bags are all used so I got fantastic deals on them.
  2. The retail value of these bags new is over $2,000.
  3. I paid less than 10% of the retail value of the bags.
  4. All of the purses are genuine name brand leather bags.
  5. I now have enough purses to last me a VERY LONG while, so I won’t be buying any more in the near future.
  6. My birthday is coming up.  Let’s just forget for a moment that you already gave me a really nice gift and pretend for a minute that these are really a birthday gift from you to me.

Don’t be mad.

The purses make me feel fabulous, and that’s all that really matters, right?

{Erica is giving away a $50 Sephora giftcard on her blog. I want to win. Badly.}

About Angie

Angie is a CRAFT dabbling, recipe making, WORD loving, sunshine hording, book DEVOURING, Mama to a lot! She's kind of in love with Instagram right now, so if you want her attention, go find here there. {smiling}


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    Oooo, girl. You are speakin’ my language with those handbag. Gorgeous.
    .-= Jen´s last blog ..No One Asked Me?! =-.

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    Jennifer says:

    All this talk of handbags lately is really making me yearn for a new one.
    .-= Jennifer´s last blog ..I guess that means I’m perfect =-.

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    Twitter: SeriousKrystyn

    Oh, love them.

    Now, where does one find these used, inexpensive, adorable bags?

    • 5
      Twitter: 7clowncircus

      Ebay. There is this one seller that has incredible bags for such great prices. Coach, Fendi, Nordstrom, Francesca Biasia……

  4. 6
    Becca - Our Crazy Boys
    Twitter: beccascrazyboys

    You crack me up!

    Hey… I don’t see a brown one there… I think you need a brown one…

    • 7
      Twitter: 7clowncircus

      That one in the bottom left looks red, but it’s really brown. 🙂

  5. 8
    Twitter: lotsospermies

    I have a major obsession with bags also! They’re like potato chips, you can’t have just one. Or three. Or fourteen….. Go you on the deals!

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    Twitter: 1momof5

    I recently found a used leather Coach bag for $20, and I am in love with it. It just feels so good. But it’s definitely not as cute as yours.
    .-= Lolli´s last blog ..Even Worms Look Better With Bokeh – GMYBS =-.

  7. 10

    Think of all the Sephora products you could stuff in those babies. (Or that Kitchen Aid mixer you wrote about yesterday!)
    .-= Stacia´s last blog ..Puke Week =-.

  8. 12

    jeans, now purses? lol. you need to obsess over something a little cheaper. like chocolate… oh, but then you couldn’t fit into all those designer jeans… lol.

  9. 13
    S Club Mama
    Twitter: sclubmama

    I don’t even know that I could pull off a handbag. I currently have 2 purses which are ok. But I only use the diaper bag. lol
    .-= S Club Mama´s last blog ..spring festival =-.

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    parenting BY dummies
    Twitter: thenagainphoto

    No way he can get mad at you for buying bags. It’s like getting mad at you for breathing air. Or getting mad at you for drinking water. Or getting mad at you for buying fancy schmansy designer jeans which he knows you love. Handbags are a necessity and the fact that you got them at such a steal should actually make him congratulate you and praise your savvy shopping ways. Dumb Dad should be so lucky. I see a back I can’t live without and I buy it, credit card debt be damned!

    But, if you wanted to win a HANDMADE CLUTCH from me, you could enter my giveaway…it closes tonight you know?!

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    jennyleite says:

    I am lusting. I have also been in the market for a new leather bag, I need your supplier LOL.
    .-= jennyleite´s last blog ..Funny Ph(F)rases Friday =-.

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      Twitter: 7clowncircus

      I’ll send you the ebay seller that I have saved. Incredible bags. Coach, Fendi, Nordstrom, Francesca Biasia……and for about a 10th of the regular price b/c they are all used.

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    Twitter: mommysstillfab

    First of all… OMG- you’re going to me… um… mid-30s? No Way. You look too young…

    Nordstrom Rack is amazing… I love their coats and accessories ( sunglasses, thank you!)

    Stay Fabulous, lady!
    .-= erica´s last blog ..My Bon Jovi Story: Part 1 =-.

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      Twitter: 7clowncircus

      You’ll always hold a special place in my heart for saying that. 🙂

  13. 20

    Is that light brown one a coach??
    Looks like it!
    You won the Nanny Diaries book!!
    Email me your info so I can mail it out!!

    .-= Erin´s last blog ..Spring Break and a book winner! =-.

  14. 22

    Ha ha ha ha! That is so funny Angie! I’ve used that reasoning before for something I “needed”! The purses are lovely, I feel proud to have such a fashionable friend when I am so frumpy! Love you girl!

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    beth aka confusedhomemaker
    Twitter: beths_confusion

    You so caved & I’m so jealous. I want at 5 of those bags right now 😀 Off to dream about pretty bags.
    .-= beth aka confusedhomemaker´s last blog ..Don’t Want To Talk About It =-.

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      Twitter: 7clowncircus

      IT’s amazing how fun it was to collect those “necessities”. 🙂

  16. 26

    I hope you got Jeff something super cool for his birthday. I think its awesome. I think its a lot easier to ask for “forgiveness” rather than “permission.” And you can always tell him you got the top left bag for your favorite little sister for um like Mother’s Day. He he 🙂
    .-= TIFFANY EVANS´s last blog ..Friends Charm =-.

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    Twitter: 3CraziesAndMe

    Well if your don’t update your blog for a while I’ll make sure to call the cops. My husband would KILL me if I did this.
    LMAO. They are super, super cute.
    You are a brave yet deserving woman. Don’t forget to play the “I carried YOUR babies” card if he gets mad!
    .-= Christie´s last blog ..She is only two =-.

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    Twitter: 7clowncircus

    See? Blogging is extra protection although I can assure you that he won’t kill me. I hope. 🙂

  19. 29
    Marla Hansen says:

    Throw the kids in front of you as human shields. It’s what I do.
    .-= Marla Hansen´s last blog ..Damn You Ernest Hemingway =-.

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    Twitter: lauraalltwins

    I have 3 coach bags and love them! Enjoy. I love love good hand bags and great deals.
    .-= Laura´s last blog ..Things that make me happy… =-.

  21. 33

    Love them!!! My husband already thinks I have way too many purses… He just shakes his head…. 🙂

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    Jennifer P. says:

    I sooo need to go shopping with you sometime. I’m a sucker for name brand quality but just can’t bring myself to pay full price. I hope you give them all names and use them often. Your red one is my favorite :)! Congratulations and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

    • 36
      Twitter: 7clowncircus

      The red one is so great. It’s actually a laptop bag, but I use it for all of my primary stuff for church and I got TONS of compliments on it. I got them all on ebay for almost nothing. 🙂 I found that if I did a search for “nordstrom” leather handbags I found the best deals.

  23. 37
    Susie's Homemade says:

    I need a new handbag:-)

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    Twitter: ErinsMiracles

    OMG What would I do with all those purses!! Lucky you! Now don’t you need shoes or an outfit to go with every. single. one. Just sayin’

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    They’re gorgeous, but erm… I don’t think hubby is going to take well to this new obsession. And the fact that you admit it’s an obsession means you will NOT stop at these 7! LOL

    Justine 😮 )
    .-= Justine´s last blog ..Words To The Dog =-.

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    Allison @ Alli 'n Son
    Twitter: Alli_n_Son

    That dark red bag is fabulous. Now I want one too!
    .-= Allison @ Alli ‘n Son´s last blog ..It’s Time For a Guest Blogger =-.

    • 43
      Twitter: 7clowncircus

      I’m LOVING my new bags. Now I just need to start going great places with them. 🙂

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    Come play!
    .-= Shmonae´s last blog ..CRAZY? =-.

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    Kristi {at} Live and Love...Out Loud
    Twitter: TweetingMama

    That’s hilarous! I love that you broke the news to your hubby via a blog post. lol The purses are gorgeous! How could he be upset? I hope the big “surprise” went well. Now, would you mind telling my hubby about the closet full of purses and shoes that he has yet to discover?
    Have a great evening! I loved this post.

    Kristi, Live and Love…Out Loud
    .-= Kristi {at} Live and Love…Out Loud´s last blog ..“I Wanna Be Made…” Into Little Miss Perfect =-.

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    Someday Crafts says:

    Nice! I need to “let the cat out of the bag” a few times so I will consider doing it on my personal blog. The only problem is my husband doesn’t even read it so won’t matter:(
    .-= Someday Crafts´s last blog ..Guest Blogger – The Little Green Bean – Burlap Bunnies =-.

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    Twitter: SteshaSims

    It’s your birthday…sorta..and you can shop if you want to. Tell him that, and then tell me how it goes. My birthday is in April and I would like to do a dry run on this before I present it to my own husband.

    Hugs and Mocha,
    .-= Stesha´s last blog ..Spring Has Sprung And I Don’t Want To Miss Summer =-.

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    Sera @ Laughing Through the Chaos
    Twitter: ChaoticMama

    That’s a collage of heaven right there, lady. And heck YES to you for scoring such amazing deals on them. And, very clever way of spilling the beans. 🙂
    .-= Sera @ Laughing Through the Chaos´s last blog ..Balancing Acts {Book Review and Giveaway} =-.