Have you spent any time with junior high girls lately? In many ways, they are far cooler than when I was thirteen – active in athletics, proud of being smart, driven to attend college, determined to have both career and family.
But there’s one thing that sets off warning whistles every time I pass a group of them at NorthPark Mall. They all carry expensive designer handbags. I don’t just mean cute purses that match their colorful outfits. I’m talking Coach, Prada, Louis Vuitton, and Kate Spade. Surely the value of their designer bag exceeds the babysitting money they carry inside. These bags sell for hundreds of dollars.
Moms I’ve questioned just shrug in defeat. “That’s what she wanted for her birthday,” one told me. “I have to buy her something.” Another mom agreed. “I don’t want her to feel left out,” she said. “When she goes to school in Lake Highlands or to church in Highland Park, that’s what all the girls are carrying.” And one mom, in a bit of lopsided logic, told me defensively, “that’s not a real Kate Spade. I took her to New York on a shopping trip, and we bought that knockoff in a backroom from a guy we met on the street.”
All I know is, when my girls asked for designer bags, I had a two word reply – Sam Moon. (If you’ve been living under a rock, that’s the discount purse and jewelry merchant who sells to bargain-hunters like me – www.sammoon.com).