Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Dooney and Bourke and me
My daughter Jenny has carried Dooney and Bourke purses for a few years. I love how they hold up through the wear and tear she puts them through. I decided this was the year I was going to buy one.
Now I've mentioned that I'm participating in a weight loss program at work. While my weight loss isn't exactly stellar (I'm two pounds short of my goal though), I have started exercising regularly. To encourage myself to stay on track, I actually pay myself to exercise. I have a set amount that I throw in a dish for each half hour of exercise, and that money will pay for my Dooney. I will have to do a lot of exercise to pay for the purse I want.
Let me just say this; I think these purses are hugely overpriced. By the time I get enough saved, I could buy two or three lower priced purses; or just put the money toward something else. I'll deal with that issue when I can see the end coming.
So my husband and I donate a lot of stuff to the Salvation Army; and because we use this as a tax deduction, I itemize every piece. A couple weeks ago, I was making a donation. While the clerk did her end of the paperwork, I checked out the rack of purses. I found a Liz Claiborne bag with the original price tag still on it. I love the style and size (plus the fact it had never been used). For $5.99, that purse was coming home with me.
Behind the Liz, was the Dooney & Bourke - mint condition, no purse crumbs, and absolutely no signs of wear. At $6.99, this bag was also going home with me. Jenny has inspected it, and we both believe it's a true Dooney and not a knock-off.
Problem is, now I'm worried about carrying it for fear I'll monkey it up somehow! Oh, I'll carry it eventually; but I'm glad I only paid $6.99 for my Dooney instead of a couple hundred dollars.