I’d like to know if my initi timberland shoes al impression, “These people probably cannot afford to shop often at these stores, but they want to give the impression that they do,” is accurate or not.
What kinds of bags? Maybe they’re just well made and nice/easy to reuse. Really high end stores tend to make every aspect of the shopping experience pleasant, and that might include the shopping bags.
posted by needs more cowbell at 12:06 PM on July 20, 2011 [10 favorites]
You don’t even say which country you’re in.
posted by Namlit at 12:07 PM on July 20, 2011 [2 favorites]
I see that regularly in Salvador, Brazil. People use nice store bags where I might use a plastic WalMart bag. I don’t know where everyone gets them from, but my maid used to ask to take bags home with her.
posted by wallaby at 12:08 PM on July 20, 2011
When I lived in New York it was Bloomingdales bags mostly. It’s what you carried your stuff in that either wouldn’t fit in your purse or that you didn’t WANT to put in your purse (your lunch, your work shoes, a book, etc).
In California I see Victoria’s Secret bags, but less often because there’s not much in the way of public transportation commuting going on.
posted by elsietheeel at 12:11 PM on July 20, 2011
People will often donate items to the Salvation Army and other thrift stores in these sorts of bags, which will then reuse them for purchases.
posted by ODiV at 12:11 PM on July 20, 2011 [7 favorites]
When I worked in the visual department at May Company, my mom and her friends would clamor for the Chanel and Gucci gift bags to use as their timberland shoes lunch bags.
We would also get lots of women coming in and asking for them.
Southern Indiana, mid late 1990s.
posted by Tchad at 12:11 PM on July 20, 2011 [1 favorite]
This is me, or was me when I was a receptionist. I used to carry my lunch to work in a Tiffany’s bag. I think it was a combination of the two things you said above, but also a jokiness to it. “Look, I have a tuna sandwich in this Tiffany’s bag!” There was also something less depressing about bringing lunch in a Tiffany’s bag than in a 99 Cent Store bag. Which I suppose is classist. Whatever.
Any bags of this type that I’ve gotten have either been from gifts or the boss was throwing timberland shoes out a perfectly good bag.
posted by queensissy at 12:11 PM on July 20, 2011 [2 favorites]
In the US, I’ve se timberland shoes en people with shopping bags from high end stores, but they’re usually very small ones, or it’s obvious that there’s very little inside. Sometimes people will buy something small or the least expensive thing they can get from a particular store just so they can say they got it there. Some people are class conscious like that.
Nevertheless, sometimes the bags really are nice and sturdy enough to be used to carry everyday items such as lunches. Such people may simply be using these bags to save money/reduce waste.
posted by Anima Mundi at 12:12 PM on July 20, 2011 [3 favorites]
I see this frequently on the BART in the bay area. I occasionally use the higher end bags to carry my lunch in because they often have better and more reinforced handles.
posted by Zophi at 12:12 PM on July 20, 2011 [2 favorites]
In NYC I usually see young women of all classes reuse Victoria’s Secret and Sephora bags, although those aren’t exactly high end stores.