We buy these bags because it makes us feel special.Yes. But not for taking that money away from myself or my family. We own a home, have adequate retirement savings and college savings for our kids. If anything were to happen to our jobs or prevent us from working, we’d be able to get through at least a year and be ok. I didn’t buy my first designer bag until all of the above was checked off. I was 30.
My guilt is because that money - and let’s face it, the cost of a Chanel bag is more than a yearly salary for some people in some countries - could have gone to charity or helping others in some way. We do give ample amounts to charity too, and the fact that I have two Chanel bags that just crossed their 10 year anniversary makes me quiet the guilt a bit. I’m still trying to find my own balance personally. I love the quality of these very expensive, designer bags, and I’ve told myself they will last me forever and be passed down I. My family. I don’t sell anything. I also love the brand name and the fact that I’m investing in a historic fashion house. I’m really not sure if it’s the “right” thing to do as my moral conscience still struggle with it.
I do struggle with the sin aspect like we are not suppose to have material possessions and giving to charity is always better.
Think about quality vs quantity in your situation. If the bag has lasted 10 years than that is maybe $200-$400 a year and you still have something special and may have some value in it if you did want to sell it. I just picked up a target bag that sat in a closet for a year and it fell apart so I threw it out. What I have learned is that if you stop buying a bunch of cheap junk, wait and do "without" for awhile until you save up for something better quality it pays off in the long run.