I have a confession. For the past several weeks, I’ve been caught up in secret online shopping war. Each Monday starting at 10:50 a.m. I would sit sweating and heart pounding as I hit the refresh button over and over. I am not exaggerating when I say my hands were shaking while I did this. No, I was not caught up in a bidding war on Ebay (are there actually any bidding wars on Ebay anymore or is that so 2003?). I’ve been caught up in the ultimate photographer accessory shopping competition. Yes, that’s right, I’ve been trying to buy a Ketti Handbag.
Ketti wha? you say. Well you see, Ketti Bags are apparently the most difficult camera bag you can buy, and leave it up to me to become fixated on the one shown above. Chevron
When I got my new camera I knew I needed a good bag to carry it in and keep it safe, but I wanted one that looked like a purse so I could take my camera everywhere. After much searching I realized they were all quite expensive and I gave up. I made my own. OK, well Farm Boy made if for me mostly. He is much more patient than I am, plus I wanted to play with the new camera.
Here is how that turned out.
Bag from Kohls $56
Craft foam from Hobby Lobby $8
Ripping out the lining seams...look at the zebra print!
Farm Boy is measuring because I'm a math idiot and he's a mathemagician.
Measuring the foam. Work your ruler magic Farm Boy! Nice beard
The plan was to spray glue the white foam to the craft foam.
No xacto knife? No problemo! Kids do not try this at home.
The panels for the inside looked something like this.
All the panels put together. Now if we just had a hot glue gun.
Time to cram the foam underneath the lining. This is when it would have been good to know how to sew.
Handstich the lining and hide all the foam!
As you can see, that purse is a padded BEAST. It is like carrying around a 30 lb diaper bag. Still, it worked quite well for my camera body. The only problem was we didn’t create dividers to protect the lenses. The other issue I noticed the first time I used it while shooting outside was it was HOT. Fake leather does not absorb sweat very well. ICK! SO needless to say, I was back on the bag hunt within a few months.
And then I fell in love with the Ketti Chevron Bag
Each bag is handmade in Seattle, WA. Designed by Ketti Phillips a talented photographer.
See how it says currently sold out? Well, that is because she only makes a few bags a week and then posts them for sale promptly at 9 a.m. Pacific time.
You sit there hitting refresh crazily for five minutes on this page waiting for it to say Currently in Stock and then you hit Add to Cart like a madwoman.
For those of you still reading this crazy post, you are probably thinking I’m a fool who is caught up in the hype for a silly purse. Kind of like those people who stand in line all night long for Black Friday laptops, even though we know Best Buy probably only has 2 available at that price.
Just like those crazy people outside of Best Buy, I had to give it a try. Once I even got the Chevron purse in my Paypal cart, but by the time I typed in my info it was gone. Stinkin Paypal.
This Monday I wasn’t working, so I geared up with my debit card and my extra bold cup of coffee ready to snag that Chevron hottie.
When the clock turned 11 (our time) I was READY! Except Ketti was not. WHAT!? She didn’t make my beloved Chevron this week. I guess she was tired of seeing zig zags in her sleep. I had seconds to make up my mind. There were 3 choices. 1-Give up on getting Chevron (this was my last available Monday at 11a.m.). 2- Figure out a way to shop for these bags on my iPhone and spend every Monday ignoring my students, risking getting fired just so I can get this bag. 3-Give up the dream of Chevron and go for my second choice Brown Medallion (it was available). So many choices, so little time…
If anyone knows me, they know I am not able to wait when it comes to shopping. I am a car salesman’s dream.
I hit BUY on the Brown Medallion
This pretty lady is en route from Seattle right now. I am already planning out all the shiz I can cram in there!!!
I will post photos when she arrives. Heck, I might even throw a party. A ridiculously expensive purchase party where everyone brings an item they spent way too much time and $$$ on.
I definitely think I will be the hottest photog in the SA with this bag, but I will always dream about the one I couldn’t have…I’ll always love you Chevron, even if we couldn’t be together.
What is the most ridiculous thing you’ve done to buy something you really wanted?
This song says it all for me
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