I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I love me a good bargain.
And of all the fabulous things I have scored on the cheap, there are three that still send shivers down my spine.
Here are their stories in a three-part series. First up:
My authentic Louis Vuitton Speedy 35
What it retails for: $990
What I paid: $77.77
This beauty was pre-owned, but in the best possible way.
The handbag’s monogrammed fabric had been nicely broken in.
The tan genuine leather handles had aged and developed a beautiful patina (a thin film on the surface of leather that is valued for its aesthetic appearance).
And the interior was clean as a whistle.
I found this bag on eBay, and it had all the tell-tale signs of what I like to call a “sleeper auction.”
A “sleeper auction” is when – someway, somehow – a gem of an item manages to fly below the radar of potential buyers.
No one had yet placed a bid on this bag – despite the fact that less than 24 hours remained on the auction.
Yes, it was entirely possible that someone had designs to bid on – and eventually win – this bag, just like me.
But a voice deep inside told me otherwise.
I was out of town traveling with the Auto Show at the time, and knew I would not have access to a computer that day.
So with adrenaline pumping through my veins, I bid on the bag before leaving my hotel room.
I entered the absolute max I was willing to spend: $77.77 -- seven being my favorite number.
I hoped for the best, but expected the worst.
When I returned to my hotel at the end of a very long day, I was shocked to learn that I had won the auction.
And even better?
I was the only bidder.
I went on to carry this bag for two years straight, and it even became the inspiration behind my bridal shower cake (see photo top right).
And I rocked it a few weeks ago to the private reception the NFL hosted to celebrate the arrival of the Pro Football Hall of Fame exhibit to The Henry Ford Museum:
Best darn $77.77 I ever spent.