(source: SHOP Etc SEPTEMBER 2006) Bag of Tricks Get carried away by these stats, facts and quirky quotes about the almighty handbag. 1 in 10 Number of women willing to spend $150 or more on a handbag. $24,500 The highest price that a luxury handbag (the Hermes Birkin) sold for on eBay. 22% Percentage of women who would spurge on a handbag if they could choose only one designer item. Only 9% would choose shoes. "Man Purse" The name might have negative connotations now, but back in the 1800s, purses were small bags used to hold coins. Only men carried them. 5 lbs 9 oz. Weigh of the average SHOP Etc staffer's handbag. 3 lbs Weight of the average woman's handbag. 21 Number of bags Marc Jacobs has named after models, including the "Daria" (Werbowy), "Karolina" (Kurkova) and "Christy" (Turlington). 6 Number of handbags the average woman owns. $42 Amount the average woman spent on her last handbag. Gucci Medium Boston Bag Fendi B.Bag Louis Vuitton Baggy PM Denim Bag The three most-requested "rental" bags on bagborroworsteal.com. "No woman I know could ever be a terrorist. Put a bomb in a Gucci bag? Oh, no way!" -- Joan Rivers 3 in 4 women Have a "favorite" handbag. Handbagging (v: to bruise) Origin: Margaret Thatcher's no-holds-barred debating style and her lust for handbags. Meaning: Her words had left her opponent as metaphorically bruised as if she had swung her handbag at him.