Recently I posted about the cute little Reed handbag key fobs sold at Kohl’s, and how they are the perfect size for dolls. I was intrigued by a comment made about how they had seen similar bags at Target. Hmmm…
Last night I decided to go to TJMaxx. I’ve mentioned before how much I LOVE TJMaxx, and there is one just 5 minutes from my house. I have to be good and limit myself on how often I go. It had been several weeks since I’d been there, so I was due, especially since the last time I went, all I bought was a coffee mug. I’d thought about going earlier in the week and decided against it, but for some reason I had this nagging “you need to go” in my head.
Apparently I must have been suffering from some sort of telepathic signal or ESPN (LOL if you get that!) because what I found was definitely trip worthy:
Reverse side of brown bag:
YUP! More mini bags!!!! I was so excited, I didn’t care if I found another thing to buy. The black one was made by Expressions NYC and was only $7.99. The brown is a Calvin Klein! It was a bit more pricey, $16.99, but I thought it was so cute and I had to have it. After I got home, I looked a bit more closely at the tags. TJMaxx always puts the “compare at” price on their tags, for the CK bag it was $30. However, it still had the CK tag on it as well, and this tiny little bag was originally priced at $48! Is that ridiculous or what?
This got me to wondering though, if they could price them that high, is there some sort of demand for these? I decided to get online and do some research. I was very surprised to see how many high end handbag companies are making these: Michael Kors, Tignanello, Rebecca Minkoff, Coach, Tory Burch, Kate Spade–I could go on and on! The prices on these are crazy too. I guess I’ve been living in a cave when it comes to this, who would have thought?!
So, back to my cute bags. The black one was also available in other colors, mostly pale shades. I picked the black because every closet needs a black handbag. The Calvin Klein one was also available in different colors as well. They had another Expressions bag that I almost bought, but it was misshapen, so I changed my mind. I do know that I will be keeping my eyes open for these at TJMaxx from now on, they sell human sized bags from many of the companies I mentioned previously, so they obviously have purchasing deals with them. I do have to say that while these are every bit as cute as the ones I bought from Kohl’s, I do think that the Reed bags are better made with more details. Neither of these bags are lined. I actually toyed with the idea of trying to make little bags like this, but now that I’ve discovered just how many different ones are available, I’ve changed my mind. No point in killing my sewing machine (or my patience) on something I can buy.
Alya already claimed the CK bag, she is such a fashionista, so that is no surprise. Everyone liked the black bag, but instead of fighting about it, the girls all decided that it would be one they could all share when someone needed it to go with a particular outfit. They are so diplomatic sometimes.
OH, and what else did I buy? Just peanuts for me and cashews for hubby. Like I said, I didn’t care if I found anything else!
Have a great weekend everyone, and to all my friends in the US, Happy Memorial Day!