Friday, October 22, 2010

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I've never been good with money.  Today is no exception.  I've been wanting a new camera bag forever.  (No, this statement is not just another of one of my hyperbolic tendencies).  My dad got me a new camera bag for my DSLR a while ago.  It's black.  It's functional.  It's not cute.  And worst of all, in my opinion, it screams camera bag.

Since Mike and I are jetting off to Italy in December to spend a week at my dad's house and do some other touristy things for Mike's first trip abroad, I came to the conclusion that I deserved, and that it was time, for a camera bag update.

Even though I lived in Europe for 8 years, I never really got into photography until after I left for college.  I have taken hardly any pictures of beautiful Napoli, and maybe only 1 or 2 of Roma.  This trip, I am determined to go picture taking crazy.  My qualm with carrying my current camera bag around is that it looks like a camera bag.  My logic is that thiefs are more likely to target something that has thousands of dollars worth of camera equipment in it than a silly purse with tampons and lipstick and maybe some loose change.  Maybe not?

I did a lot of research and only managed to find super duper expensive (but amazingly adorable) camera bags.  And I mean upwards of $200 dollars for a camera bag, people.  My goal was to find something that looked more like a regular purse rather than a bulky camera bag.  There's not really much out there.

BUT I didn't fret, and after hours of searching I found my perfect camera bag.

It's made by Jill-E and I knew I wanted it the moment I saw it.  My problem was that on the Jill-E website, it costs $140.00.  Way too much dinero for my teeny tiny wallet.  

BUT I decided to channel my inner bargain hunter and set off to Ebay to attempt to find this bag or something similar.  And whattya know?  I DID! I DID! I DID! I found my beloved canary yellow camera purse on Ebay for only $89.00.  It's still a little steep, but a $50 discount! Can't argue with that.  I haven't bought it yet.  I'm still thinking about it.  Thinking about purchases is something I NEVER do, but I'm really trying to save money. HAH.  If I buy it, I'll buy it on Monday.

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4 comments

  1. Totally get it. I think you are right that you need that. then again, I'm terrible with money too...

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  2. Excellent choice and good bargain hunting!!

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  3. Definitely definitely should buy a new camera bag for europe. A) You don't want to look like a tourist, period. B) You're completely correct with your theft theory.

    Love it =) And I'm so jealous that you got to live in Europe for 8 years! My measly 2 months was such a tease and I want to go back so badly! Did you live in Italy (i think?) with your dad during that time?

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  4. I lived in London for 5 yrs and Naples for 2.5 yrs. Europe is amazing. Go back as soon as you can for as long as you can! lol

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