What do you say to people who blast you for buying designer purses, especially high-end ones like Chanel? I ask because I am a recent first-time owner of a preloved Chanel and LV bag. I've always dreamed of what it would be like to own just one of each brand, and recent circumstances made it possible for me to finally do it. I got the LV for about 50% off and the Chanel (here it is http://www.malleries.com/authentic-chanel-etoupe-tassel-hobo-bag-i-129002-s-333.html) for about 75% off. Great deals, I thought. I was thrilled. The Chanel will be my fall/winter bag and the LV my spring/summer bag. I'll get plenty of use out of them. For those of you who haven't seen my other posts, the past few years have been rough ... advanced breast cancer and Stage 4 kidney disease. Things are just now looking up, so the purse purchases were a way to boost my morale and self-confidence after spending so much time bottom dwelling. (Although I'm still dealing with the kidney disease). My mom doesn't understand any of this, though. She has done nothing but yell at me since I got them (sadly I have to live with my parents right now due to my health problems). She's ruining any enjoyment. I feel so dang GUILTY now! She says I'm acting like a teenager and that I just bought them for the names. Names did play a part because it's the fulfillment of a long-held dream, but a bigger reason for me is QUALITY. I'm at the point now where I'd rather have a couple of well-made bags than a closet full of cheap, shoddy ones I have to keep replacing. Same goes for clothes. I'll buy preloved, though, and get the best price I possibly can. I don't really give a rip what Joe Schmo on the street thinks, but when it's your parent what do you do?