CC 131: The Collector who tells It like It Is

In today’s installment of closet Confessionals, we meet a collector in her early 50s who owns much more bags than her age in years…wow! A collector for around two decades, this confessor has amassed a large collection but names a few favorites like her Chanel tote, which also happens to be the priciest bag she’s ever purchased.

Hailing from England, it’s also not unexpected that this collector frequents Mulberry, siting two Bayswater bags as favorites in her collection. This confessor’s love for bags goes beyond just acquiring them; rather, she enjoys the act of shopping as a whole. read the full CC and take a look at pictures from CC 131’s collection now!

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The Basics

Age: 52
Gender Identity: Female
Location: England
Occupation: medical Secretary
Industry: Healthcare
Salary: $20,000
Household Income: $80,000

The Bags

Are you a PurseForum member? No

How numerous bags do you own? 59

What bags are in your collection? I have too numerous to mention, not all are designer, but my many noteworthy ones are

Chanel Tote, black with gunmetal chain

Prada Nymph bag

D&G miss Sicily in cashmere suede

Balenciaga City

Mulberry Bayswater

Mulberry Belted Bayswater

Gucci Bamboo Tote

Fendi 2Jours in raffia

and a few others!

How much is your collection worth? I’m not sure as I find value goes down if they are used, and mine are all used, I don’t just look at them!

What is your many expensive bag? Chanel tote

What are the most essential brands or pieces in your collection? They are all essential as I remember purchasing them and where they were bought.

What age did you get your first designer bag, and what was it? In my 30s I think a Luella Bartley Suzi bag.

Is there a particular bag you are wanting to purchase next? अहिले होइन

Any particular bag that holds a special sentimental value? They all do whether they were expensive or not!

Do you feel like your bags change people’s perceptions of you or how you’re treated? in some cases if someone is a bag lover they just admire my bag but if not they can in some cases not understand why I would spend so much money on them. I know the history of some of the houses like Louis Vuitton and Chanel and it’s that together with the craftsmanship that makes them special. other people don’t appreciate that but think nothing of spending substantial amounts say on going out every week or going on holidays etc we all choose what we spend our money on so I say please don’t judge. It is good when they are admired and there’s a mutual appreciation of handbags.

Have your bag-carrying practices changed because Covid? No


How typically do you purchase new bags? two or three times a year if I’m lucky!

Has the Coronavirus pandemic changed your shopping practices or overall attitude towards luxury? No, if it makes you pleased why not?

Which stores do you frequent the most? I’ve used MyTheresa a bit, and Mulberry, but primarily I look online after seeing beauties in magazines like Elle.

Do you ever purchase second-hand bags? Where do you purchase used? No, I don’t count on online sellers, I’m sure there are genuine ones to buy but personally I wouldn’t count on them now as been caught out in the past.

Do you sell old bags to pay for new purchases? Sometimes, I have sold on eBay with the receipt as I keep all receipts.

Do you ever feel societal pressure to purchase much more bags? No

Do you consider your bag purchases investments? No, I don’t feel they would make me money!

Who influences your purchasing decisions? Me

Are sales associate relationships instrumental to your shopping? No

Why do you delight in shopping, beyond just acquiring something new? I like looking, feeling textures, seeing products is so much better than online. It’s the whole social enjoyment of shopping, having lunch, chatting, dressing up in a good outfit. I’m not a shopaholic and I’m very economical with my clothes.

Have you ever felt like you received inferior service at a store or boutique due to your appearance, ethnicity or gender? No


Who pays for your bags? Me or my husband

Do you set aside a budget for your bag purchases? Not really, some bags are just out of my reach!

The Taboo Topics

Have you ever purchased a counterfeit because you couldn’t afford a designer item? Yes, years ago but never again, it’s not fair on the designers and all the work that goes into a product such as a bag. It’s typically made by people who are in poverty too.

Do you ever hide purchases from your significant other? No, thankfully he supports my enjoyment of handbags!

What’s the craziest thing you’ve done to afford a bag? Can’t think of anything.

Do you think your shopping is ever a problem? have you ever felt like you were struggling with a shopping addiction?

The rest Of It

Any other expensive hobbies or passions? No just handbags!

Anything else you would like to include? love your bag, delightजीवनमा हामी केवल एउटा पाउँदछौं, र कहिले पनि कहिल्यै दोषी महसुस गर्दैनौं !!