I checked the link out before --they are cute, but I can't spend that much on a bag. I have an old navy nylon tote that I use as my diaper bag. I'd rather have a cheaper (yet functional and nice-looking) bag and splurge on a better baby carrier (which I did).
Well, I don't have one of those for a diaper bag, but to each his own.
Some people like nice clothes, some like expensive cars, some like nice bags. I think it's just a matter of different personalities and what each person chooses to spend her money on. If a pretty bag makes a mom feel good, then so be it.
For six years straight now I have carried diaper bags.
I do not own any purses and over the years have worn out many, many cheapo bags from Babies R Us and the like.
Once I finally had some beautiful diapers, I didn't want to just put them in any old plasticky diaper bag, so I got a Mom About Town (mine was hemp cotton).
Then, I splurged and bought a Petunia Pickle Bottom bag. I wanted a backpack style, but more feminine and pretty. It really stands out and looks gorgeous when I'm out and about. I have battled postpartum depression on and off from the last two pregnancies and I have found that when *I* feel like I look good - I feel better, ykwim? I dress comfy when I'm home, but I try to look nice and presentable at all times when I leave the house. I've put myself last for six years and wanted something that made me feel pretty - it is truly an accessory.
So, while the PPBs and the Kate Spades and Sally Spicers are the boutiquey-designer bags akin to the BMWs of the auto world...that does not mean they are necessarily better, yk? It's just a little icing
Okay that makes sense. I have a LL Bean backpack for my diaper bag.
But I do have to admit that I love going into Victoria's Secret and picking out some new undies (no bras since they don't do nursing ones!) and walking out with that cute white and pink bag! One time I even had them wrap everything up like it was a gift - yeah - a gift to ME!!!
I don't get it either. I have a Land's End bag I bought at Goodwill for $4 and it's garaunteed for life. Why I'd spend more for something that's cuter but may not hold up as well I don't know. I'm really into functionality over asthetics.
That said, it is worth it to me to get a quality bag that will last instead of a cheapie discount store bag. I just won't pay "designer" prices because I don't think they are worth the extra money for something I'll just throw under the stroller and generally abuse.
Oh, I totally think if you can spend the money and want to, then do it!
I spend money on things (when I can) that make me happy. I'd just rather spend it on different things than an expensive bag. I have other things (like my hip hammock) that people would look at and be like "I can just make my own sling for $10", but it makes ME happy.
I hope nobody thought I was being judgemental by saying the bags were expensive. They are! LOL But they are also very pretty and, well, I already said the rest
I'm all about comfort when it comes to clothes and shoes and would never spend that kind of money on anything for myself. That being said, my wonderful friend heard me drooling over a PPbottoms bag and she and a couple of my other friends pitched in and got one for me for my birthday. I swear I get compliments on it every time I use it. It makes me happy when I see it and it is very fuctional(and I abuse it like I would any other diaper bag). I don' t carry a purse anymore and I will most likely use it for a few years so it probably would have been worth it to buy it myself, but I have awesome friends so I can use it without the guilt of paying that much for it.
I have a Petunia Picklebutt backpack, and a Sally Spicer bag, and paid wholesale prices for both through a co op. I ordinarily wouldn't pay full price for them, and it was easier justifying the cost when it was only 1/2 of retail. At least in my little mind it was LOL. I have to agree with Sandra Dee, I like to look presentable and like I have it some-what together when I go out. Not that it's very often, but still........I don't carry a purse anymore, so whatever diaperbag I carry, also doubles as my purse. Just my perspective.
Are they handmade bags? I made a toile diaper bag for myself and while I only spent about $35 on the fabric, it took me 2 days to cut, hand-quilt, press and put together the bag from start to finish. It wasn't "hard" to do, but it was quite time consuming and labor intensive.
I have often thought it would be cool to sell diaper bags, but when I do the math I realize I would have to charge $80 for them just to make it worth my while. I couldn't imagine charging that much for a bag.
Especially because for $80 people demand a superior product and I would have to up the price even more to compensate for any customer service issues I'd have to fix. After all, the bag isn't going to be better than another just because it was labor intesive to create -- it's still just a bag. People only demand more when you charge more. Soooo... I can see why a handmade bag would cost that much.
I have a Vera Bradley that I bought off ebay. I don't think it was terribly expensive, considering the one I bought from Target (for $17) died within a month. All the plastic on the inside ripped away from the canvas. I decided spending a little bit more for something that wouldn't die on me was worth it, since I have to bring it everywhere.
I think they are lovely bags, but I spend (spent rather) most of my money on lovely diapers, and got a like new gap messenger style bag from the TP for a good price. It's so sleek and "uptown" lookng to me - a lovely change from the cheapo teddy bears plasticky bags I have used for the past 4 years, that yes do wear out too fast. Now even Dh is not "embarrassed" to to carry the diaperbag. It even makes a great purse when I don't have it stuffed full of dipes!
I love those bags, and would even be willing to spend the money on it, but I would be lost without a messenger style bag. If I can't sling it over my sternum to keep it from falling while I'm hoisting ds up and down slides, picking him up from the waves at the ocean, holding his hand and 3 shopping bags, catching him from running off out of the playground gate, etc. then I'm in big trouble! I don't know how mom's do it with a regular shoulder bag. And backpacks don't work for me either, since I'm constantly trying to get snacks and wallets and sippy cups and diapers out while holding ds, and with a backpack I have to take it all the way off to access it.
So until Petunia Pickle makes a messenger bag, I'll have to stick with my boring black one that cost $10 on amazon. Of course, the added bonus is that dh will wear the plain black one. But those other bags sure are purty!