I spend a lot of time in Marks and Spencer, mainly because as a carer for my Mum its close to her house and a familiar setting for her. After our Monday morning coffee, we always have a wander through the clothes, shoes and bag departments.
I was getting pretty bored of seeing the same old stuff left over from Summer, so when the new season collections began to arrive, it was a welcomed change. I spotted a display of red items, which if you read my recent post about how red is the colour of the season, you’ll know how much I’ve been craving all red everything.
I spotted a red bag and it was love at first sight. The perfect size, a true bright red with gold hardware and a convenient adjustable strap. As I skulked over to it like a hungry lion stalking an elegant and dopey gazelle, I noticed the price tag. It was £79 and I let out a sigh of disappointment. Knowing full well I wasn’t going to buy the bag, I still picked it up to have a play. Now I was an orca, having a mess around with a seal with no intention of eating it.
I felt how supple the leather was and knew this bag would stand the test of time. I have a ‘one bag a year rule’, which I thought would be really hard to stick too but actually, its worked out pretty well for me.
I danced around in the mirror with it on my shoulder, explaining to my Mum why I needed it as she looked on in boredom. I placed the bag back on the table and sashayed away.
My Birthday rolled around and with it came some much loved birthday money. I didn’t want to spend it all on this one bag, so I attempted, unsuccessfully, to hunt down a similar bag with a smaller price tag. It just wasn’t happening. I couldn’t think of any other bag. This was the one, the love of my life and the bag I wanted to commit to for the next year, at the very least.
I checked my emails on my Birthday and noticed a message from M&S with a 20% off coupon. I knew this was my moment to go in for the kill, so I rocked up to M&S early in the morning, Sparks app in hand and picked up my prize. As the sales assistant processed the transaction, I stood justifying my actions to her, “oh you know, I’m using birthday money and I have 20% off. I can’t find anything else like it and its the perfect size” – I’ve been that sales assistant before, she was probably just thinking “jog on love, I don’t care” as she proceeded, sensing my vulnerability with money, to try and sell me a credit card. I declined, graciously.
I kept the receipt, just in case I had a pang of regret, but that’s never going to happen. This bag truly is everything I wanted for my annual handbag purchase. Vibrant in colour, a satisfyingly floppy leather which will age with grace and charm and a perfect size for both day and night.
Some may be thinking, “calm it, love, it was only £79,” but to me, that’s a lot of money. Being a carer for a family member provides me with emotional riches, but the pay ain’t exactly keeping me in designer wears. Plus, as I’ve aged I’m a lot more careful with my money and I tend to think before I spend. I lived a life of credit cards and debt before now, and I’m not going back.
I’d like to thank my Grandma and Mother-in-law for helping me capture my prey with their birthday generosity. M&S, thank you for your impeccable marketing skills and knowing 20% off would get me through the door in an instant.
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