Who on earth is the bag lady you may ask yourself, well to be honest it used to be me. I used to love my bags, I had one for every occasion, one to match each and every pair of shoes and boots I owned(not that many shoes and boots really, I was a BAG lady not a shoe-a-holic), but you get the picture.
When I lived on my own after parting from my first husband I rented a lovely little house in Barrow in Furness town centre and of course I had a bedroom all to myself for the first time in 24 years, so on one wall I hammered in lots of nails and ALL my bags were displayed directly opposite my bed. I think I took comfort in seeing them all there, all my books were packed away in boxes as I had no shelves and I had yet to discover No-Nails so I couldn't put any up (and my ex had custody of all the power tools ...... and all the furniture and everything else actually!) and I think my bags took their place for a while.
Laura Ashley Leather Bag.
I don't know when the change came, it snuck up on me overnight and suddenly I began to see them all for what they were....an accumulation of stuff...... and this was way before I started living simply. Over the next couple of years I gradually reduced the collection, I worked as a Manager of a charity shop during this time and some of them crept back there where I had bought them from. Some went on Ebay and eventually when I had an almighty clear out I car booted the remainder.
Now I am reformed I have one bag on the go and it goes everywhere with me until it either wears out or I find a better version. I have a couple in my wardrobe, one gorgeous leather slouchy bag that I bought when we went to Rome with Lovely Hubby and Jason a couple of years ago and that is a keeper, and I have my day to day tan coloured leather Laura Ashly bag, my 'perfect' bag, with pockets in all the right places and a colour I love, that I go back to time and time again and at the momentI have my little across the body bag currently in use that cost me just £12 in Sainsb**ys just before my holiday.
I thought that was it until last week when I went into the charity shop in Pangbourne, and there shining out at me was the bag in the picture at the top of this post. It is as new condition, and mixes my two favourite colours. When I saw it on the shelf I couldn't resist picking it up, it feels so lovely it is made of the softest buttery leather ever. I was about to put it back on the shelf, this charity shop charges through the nose for handbags usually and then I spied the price ticket, it was £2.99!! WHAT!! I double checked the price and the label inside the bag, it had a small sewn in label that merely says 'Genuine Leather, Made in Columbia SA'.
'Hotter' Leather Bag
So I made myself a promise that this beauty was coming home with me and this week I would put the only two bags that I own that do not have any precious memories or reason to stay, on Ebay and that's exactly what I did. So this week until Sunday afternoon these two bags are listed, and luckily for me one of them is already above the price that I paid for my new acquisition.
But now rather suddenly I am starting to ask myself do I even need this new one and maybe this one will end up on Ebay too, we'll see. I'm not rushing my Ebay selling, just putting 10 items a week to sell either on there or on Amazon. I'm not doing too badly, I'll never get rich selling things like this but I am making money instead of spending it and that is really good in my opinion. And step by step the house is getting more simple too.
What has been your experience of either Ebay* or Amazon*? Do you buy, do you sell, do you think it's worth the effort with the postage etc?
(reformed bag lady)
*If you want to see my items for sale on either Amazon or Ebay, simply click on the appropriate pictures at the top of my sidebar, and you will go straight to my pages.