CC 43: The Minimalist

At present’s (barely delayed) confessional was submitted by a psychiatric nurse from the Land of the Thousand Lakes. Her small assortment is ever revolving, a brand new bag in would imply an previous bag out. She doesn’t allow materialism to weight her down; in greatest Marie Kondo type, if one thing doesn’t spark pleasure, she eliminates it. This confessional is the antidote to the standard western strategy to consumerism, which is why we selected it as this week’s CC installment. Get pleasure from and don’t neglect to submit your personal CC on the hyperlink under.

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The Fundamentals

Age: 25
Gender Id: Feminine
Location: Finland
Occupation: Full time psychiatric nurse and full time psychology pupil
Business: Healthcare
Wage: $40,000
Family Earnings: $100,000

The Baggage

Are you a PurseForum member?

What number of baggage do you personal? I personal 7 baggage.

What baggage are in your assortment?

Alexander Wang prisma tote in black leatherProenza Schouler PS11 traditional bag in black leatherLouis Vuitton pochette metis in black empreinte leatherCéline nano baggage in midnight blue colourCéline massive trio in black lambskinGucci marmont flap bag in fuchsia colored velvetGucci dionysus WOC in black leather-based

Moreover I do have some SLGs however I’m not together with these on this checklist.

How a lot is your assortment price? 9150 euros (about $10,000 usd)

What’s your most costly bag? My Céline nano baggage is the costliest bag I personal, however I purchased it pre-loved. I paid essentially the most on my Louis Vuitton Pochette Metis which was 1650 euros.

What are crucial manufacturers or items in your assortment? I actually love the aesthetic of Phoebe Philos Céline and my favourite bag proper now could be my Céline nano baggage.

However regardless I don’t are inclined to suppose that one bag is extra essential than the opposite. Each bag has its function and I really like all of them equally.

What age did you get your first designer bag, and what was it? I used to be 20 years previous once I purchased my first designer purse. It was a Louis Vuitton Alma BB in black Epi leather-based and I beloved it to loss of life. I used it nearly on a regular basis for few years, however offered it ahead a couple of months in the past. I had (and nonetheless have) so many black baggage it bought misplaced within the assortment.

Many wouldn’t promote their first piece however I’m ruthless in that manner. If one thing doesn’t get used, I’ll do away with it.

Is there a particular bag you wish to buy subsequent? I used to be on a hunt for Céline nano baggage for thus lengthy in darkish blue color with silver , and I just lately discovered one on pre-loved market.

What shocked me after that’s that I’m proper now feeling fairly content material with my baggage. If one thing, I’m really seeking to promote one in all them. My Proenza Schouler PS11 and Louis Vuitton Pochette Metis are related in dimension and color and I like my PM extra, so my Proenza Schouler will not be getting a lot use anymore.

However yeah, proper now I don’t have a particular bag I’m seeking to buy subsequent, although I do have a couple of I do admire on others.

Any explicit bag that holds a particular sentimental worth? My first bag will all the time have a gentle spot on my coronary heart, though I’ve offered it away. I believe I can nonetheless admire it and respect the nostalgia it offers me while not having to personal it.

Do you are feeling like your baggage change folks’s perceptions of you or the way you’re handled? Probably not. My SO and some mates find out about my love for designer baggage, however they don’t choose. They know me they usually don’t actually give attention to my baggage. I purchase my baggage with my very own cash and deal with my funds correctly. I don’t have debt and I do have the funds for saved for a home down cost. I’ve inherited some property in order that does assist although!

In any other case there actually isn’t that a lot designer purses in my metropolis and I don’t suppose folks actually recognise my baggage. Typically I do get a understanding praise of my baggage and that type of feels good, like a secret solely the commentator and me share.

The Buying

How usually do you purchase new baggage? Often one or twice a 12 months, although on this 12 months I’ve offered few baggage and therefore additionally purchased extra.

Which shops do you frequent essentially the most? They don’t have any designer shops in my metropolis, so once I journey I like to go to native shops. I additionally prefer to browse net-a-porter, Farfetch and Mytheresa on-line typically.

Do you ever purchase second-hand baggage? The place do you purchase used? I do! I’ve purchased all my Céline baggage pre-loved, as a result of Céline is kind of laborious to get the place I’m. No regrets, however you do should watch out when procuring second hand to not get counterfeits. I like Vestiaire Collective as a result of most of the sellers are from EU after which I don’t must pay taxes. I’ve additionally as soon as bought from the RealReal.

Do you promote previous baggage to pay for brand spanking new purchases? I’ve offered baggage I don’t use on Vestiaire Collective. After I purchase a bag I do intend it to be a perpetually piece, however typically the baggage don’t work out in your way of life, your way of life modifications or your tastes simply change. I hate to maintain stuff I don’t use and if I can get cash out of my previous baggage, I promote them. If the baggage will not be price quite a bit I donate them.

Do you ever really feel societal strain to buy extra baggage? Probably not. In actual life there may be nothing to strain me into shopping for a bag.

Social media can typically push a brand new bag however I believe it’s important to be important in social media world. In fact I do really feel typically tempted, however I don’t spend that a lot time on social media. I don’t have a Fb or Instagram accounts, as a result of I additionally suppose they make folks mentally extra unwell and anxious.

Although for those who begin to consider it, I’m actually inquisitive about trend and have my very own distinctive model. I used to be first launched to the designer purse world by way of blogs once I was an adolescent, so in a manner they’ve influenced me. As a result of in actuality, a designer purse is rarely a necessity and I don’t suppose I might by no means have gotten the concept to purchase one with out all of the publicity on-line.

Do you think about your bag purchases investments? By no means! Designer purses are a luxurious, by no means a necessity. It’s not a sensible purchase by any means and for those who develop drained to bag in some unspecified time in the future, you aren’t going to get your cash’s price out of it. There are a couple of exceptions like a Chanel or Hermes baggage that may improve in worth, however I nonetheless wouldn’t consider it as an funding. You by no means know what will occur, perhaps in the future the value decreases or what for those who smash your bag? The one “funding” I do when shopping for a designer purse is to my very own happiness, and even then the fabric doesn’t really make you cheerful!

Who influences your shopping for choices? Nobody particular. I would get randomly impressed by Pinterest, Youtube, TV and magazines and many others.

Are gross sales affiliate relationships instrumental to your procuring? Not on my procuring. As stated earlier than I shouldn’t have any favourite boutiques I go to, however I do perceive that it may be instrumental to some.

Why do you get pleasure from procuring, past simply buying one thing new? I really like trend, its historical past and expressing myself. After I seem like my greatest model of myself I really feel assured and powerful. I do actually like myself even once I haven’t put an effort trying good, however in a manner I believe caring for your self and looking out neat can also be a type of self love.

Have you ever ever felt such as you obtained inferior service at a retailer or boutique as a consequence of your look, ethnicity or gender? No, I’ve not.

The Cash

Who pays in your baggage? Me, myself and I. We have now separate cash with my SO and we by no means must battle about it! We break up all shared prices and use the remainder of our cash how we see match. He does make greater than me although and typically that additionally advantages me. I’ve inherited property and which have helped me with my financial savings. Oh, and going to high school in my nation is free, so I don’t have any tuition to pay.

Do you put aside a finances in your bag purchases? No, not for luggage particularly, however I do however cash apart for wet days and “for enjoyable”. I’m solely allowed to purchase a bag if I’ve sufficient in enjoyable financial savings. It is dependent upon month how a lot I put apart, typically I can put 500 euros, typically I solely put 100 euros. If I occur to get sudden cash like tax refunds, I attempt to save most of it. My mother is a loopy saver and I’ve discovered a bit from her, though I do additionally use it once in a while if I actually need to. I believe it’s good to be good about your funds, however you additionally should get pleasure from life.

The Taboo Matters

Have you ever ever bought a counterfeit since you couldn’t afford a designer merchandise? After I was an adolescent a bought a Balenciaga metropolis bag look-a-like from eBay. It was actual leather-based bag and in surprisingly good high quality, price me like 100 euros. It regarded precisely like a Balenciaga with none logos and I beloved it to loss of life. On the time I didn’t actually perceive why you shouldn’t assist counterfeits, wouldn’t purchase any in the present day.

Do you ever conceal purchases out of your vital different? He’s not that inquisitive about my clothes and baggage so I by no means conceal them from him however I don’t are inclined to largely show them to him both. Typically I’m actually excited and might’t assist displaying my latest purse to him although and he’s all the time so well mannered and tries to look an ask questions.

What’s the craziest factor you’ve carried out to afford a bag? Hah I must admit I as soon as purchased a bag with my bank card. I had been eyeing it, I used to be overseas and had an opportunity to purchase it in particular person and knew I used to be going to get my tax refund cash quickly. So I pulled the set off and paid the invoice totally when the tax refund got here.

Do you suppose your procuring is ever an issue? Have you ever ever felt such as you had been fighting a procuring dependancy? It’s straightforward to get caught up in purchase purchase purchase, our complete society is pushing us stuff we don’t want. I’m a minimalist, not essentially the most rural one however nonetheless a one, and take a look at all the time to suppose twice earlier than buying. I hate extreme stuff and I’m additionally actually having fun with the konmari methodology.

I’m not good and have wasted my cash typically fairly recklessly. I do typically caught myself wanting to purchase only for the sake of shopping for, however it’s important to take heed to your tendencies so it’s simpler to cease your self earlier than it’s too late.

The Relaxation Of It

Every other costly hobbies or passions? I’m the type of one that likes stunning, sturdy and good high quality issues, however am glad with little. I really like good purses and garments and wish all of them to be “my favourite items”, however I don’t need extreme quantity of those. I’m not a collector, I would like all the pieces to have a function. However once in a while I can put extra money in a high quality desk or couch that may hopefully final a very long time. Typically I prefer to journey and that’s not precisely low-cost both, however I don’t journey the costliest manner both.

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