I have a confession that will surprise most people who know me.
Not about books. Not about clothes. Not about jewelry. Nor cars or home furnishings or anything else you can think of. I’m one of those people who dont even ask the price of items when I am shopping. Usually, it’s “I want. I get.”
But you would never know it by the filthy grayish Brentano’s bag I’ve been using to tote books for the past 15 years. (Pictured right. I dont think there are Brentano’s bookstores around anymore. It was most famous for being the bookstore in the comedy Seinfeld, altho it’s been around since 1853.) And this is where my confession comes in. To my surprise and shame, I found out that I am damn cheap when it comes to bookbags.
For some reason, my regular way of thinking just doesnt apply to bookbags. I allow for the rise of inflation in everything else. But I paid $10.00 for the Brentano’s bag 15 years ago. I refuse to pay more than $10.00 for a new booktote now.
Unfortunately, basic totebags like the one on the left costs $15.99.
$15.99 on a slim volume of romantica? No problem.
$15.99 on this bag? Nuh-uh.
So, I searched around. Saw a cute Ralph Lauren canvas tote with silver handles. $65. Went to the museum and saw a clear tote with leather handles. $195. I was going in the wrong direction. I wasn’t finding anything remotely realistic but I refused to cave in.
Finally, in desperation I went to church for the first time in a year. To a church sale. And yes, my prayers were answered for in a stack of $30 and $40 pleather handbags, I found a pristine special order L.L. Bean tote going for the grand total of . . . . $7.50!
So, there it is. I wasted hours, days, weeks, and months looking around because I refuse to spend $6.00 extra. Some people have one thing that they just refuse to spend money on and this is mine. Call me stubborn. Call me pathetic. Call me cheap. I’ll gladly admit it. In the meantime, I’ll just tote my books in my new bag while I do so. 😉