I have been desiring a red tote bag for awhile now, however I have been very particular on the shade of red, as well as not wanting to pay too much. Yesterday I took my college aged daughter shopping for some retail therapy, and found the perfect shade or red tote, at the perfect price! Now I am not one of those people who must always have a name brand attached to her items, be them clothing, or accessories, but after pricing bags for ages now, and having several in my collection already, there is a big difference between name brand quality, and that of the less expensive bags.
With clothing I mix it up. I will buy items that are classics, that won't go out of fashion in the more expensive brands, and those items that are more fad, or style in the now, I will get at the bargain shops because I don't need them to last, and don't expect I will be wearing them for years to come.
When it comes to bags, totes, clutches, etc I am starting to think more about longevity or use, durability, etc ... after all we carry them often, shoving tons of things into them. They get sat down on surfaces that may not be very safe, they are hung on the arms of chairs, bump into things, etc. They should be more durable, and be able to take some rough handling. A woman's purse, is like luggage and you would not want cheap, flimsy lugging holding your valuables right?
So this is what I ended up getting:
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