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    Our need for new handbags has been dubbed Sienna Miller syndrome

    For most women the handbag is more of a lifestyle necessity than a fashion accessory.



    And it seems having only one - or even two, three or four - just won't do.
    Indeed, researchers have found that the average 30-year-old owns 21 handbags and buys a new one every three months. That adds up to 111 over the course of a lifetime - with a total outlay of more than 8,000.
    Five per cent of those surveyed even admitted to owning more than 100 at present. The average spend on each handbag is 76, but, of course, prices go far higher than that.
    Celebrities such as Sienna Miller and Lindsay Lohan sporting glitzy arm accessories have helped to popularise expensive designer brands, say the researchers, who asked 1,500 shoppers about their handbags.
    It emerged that women typically use three on a regular basis, changing to suit the occasion, outfit or even their mood. The remaining bags are stored in an easily reachable place "just in case".
    Many handbags are passed down through generations, the survey found, with one in eight women owning one more than 50 years old. One in three of those questioned had guilty consciences about their excessive handbag-buying habits.
    When asked what was the most they had ever spent on one, the aver-for women in their 20s was 185, while for 30-somethings it was a purse-popping 380, with designer labels Mulberry and Chloe being most popular.
    When asked why women hoard so many handbags, nearly seven in ten said it's because "you never know what they'll go with". One in five said they are so fond of their handbags that sentimental value stops them throwing old ones away.
    Angela Poplett is a personal shopper at Lakeside shopping centre in Essex, which carried out the survey. She said: "Handbags can change your whole look and transform a plain outfit into one that's set to impress.
    "Often women buy a new handbag to suit a certain outfit and don't want to throw it away after just one use so keep hold of it to use again one day.
    "It's clear from the results of this research that British women have some sort of handbag obsession.
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    Nicole Richie and Lindsay Lohan are also known for their love of handbags



    "Maggie Thatcher started the trend with her love for handbags and today's celebrities such as Sienna Miller, Lindsay Lohan and Nicole Richie have followed in her footsteps - so much so that I like to call this handbag obsession 'Sienna Miller Syndrome'."
    The researchers also asked about the contents of handbags. As well as the usual items such as mobile phones, makeup and house keys, they were found to contain plasters, paracetamol, vitamins and even mini first-aid kits. Other items included dental floss, a spare stocking and insect repellent. As much as women love their handbags, it seems that many just can't keep hold of them with 53 per cent of those questioned admitting to losing their prized bag one or more times.

    Sienna Miller syndrome: Why a woman owns 111 handbags in her lifetime | the Daily Mail

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    i love all types of purses-the only thing i hate is transferring all my stuff to the new one.

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    ive never understood the concept of purses.. women never seem able to find anything in them, and yet they're always stuffed full of stupid, useless things
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    i have my 7.00 walmart purse. looks crappy, does the job.
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    I have a bag fetish - all sorts of bags, make up, hand bags, messenger - it's endless. Cheap to expensive - it's has nothing to do with price - it's all about the look and function.

    That said - I don't care for the return of the 70's style in bags.

    Groan...........


    It's like being a child all over again getting dragged around shopping with my mother and her overly large hand bag.
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    bag fetishist her as well.
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    I'm fairly indifferent towards handbags. I own a few quality leather ones, but I tend to prefer sporty, casual bags-or if I can help it, no bag at all.

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    I have about 10..most are on the top shelf of my closet, and rarely get used...I have two that I switch back and forth. One is larger, and perfect for baseball games..I can put all my crap and my bfs crap in it. I can never get myself to buy an expensive bag though, even when I have set the money aside for just that reason, I can't let myself do it...I stand there staring and arguing with myself.
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    I have quite a few, but less than 20. I've had a few expensive ones bought as gifts, but I can't spend a lot of money on them.
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    I love bags too. I don't know how many I have but I don't spend much on them. I am too rough on my bags and they go through hell to spend thousands on something like that.

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    I went to a Coach outlet right around my birthday, specifically to spend $$ and get one...spent about a 1/2 hr in the store just looking, and found a few I really liked, I just couldn't spend the money and it was birthday money!! Ended up in another outlet store, and bought 3 bags for under what I would have paid for the Coach bag.
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    Between my Mom, sister and me....we have about 20 purses all together. Since you have your everyday one, dressy small and dressy large and bascially for an occassion inbetween. I even have one that is a lunchbox that looks like Ringo Starr's big drum from "Magicial mystery tour" movie.
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    I don't know how many I have. I buy special one's for outfits and have my staples for everyday wear.

    I'm a tote bag freak. I could do this one very easily. Anybody got a spare $600?


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    I like that one Chalet. Nice.
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    Okay, I'll order two

    I'll need this one too. Yes, need.

    Back to daydreaming.....



    Amazing to me that those young ladies carry these million dollar bags and look like schleppers.

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