It's a wonderful feeling for a poor church mouse like me to fly down crowded 5th Avenue with expensive little shopping bags flapping in the wind. The really toney New York stores have sturdy, well-designed bags, and they'll give 'em out, even if you buy a cheap little something (like we poor little church mice are wont to do).
Good friend Lynn is in town from Atlanta and took me to lunch at the Japanese department store (yeah, yeah, the Japanese department store in New York City), Takashimaya. We had a lovely, leisurely time ("Here's to the ladies who lunch . . . "), then went our separate ways.
Before I left the store, I treated myself to a little bag of Takashimaya Rose Tea (yu-um!). Now, this little purchase didn't cost much, but they put my little bag of tea in a terrific 3-sided Takashimaya bag. Once the inexpensive purchase is inside, why, your average snooty-hooty has no idea what the bag holds. It's my first Takashimaya bag! (Here's a shot of the bag, Winston, to prove 3-sided bags do exist.)
But I couldn't leave the Golden Mile without popping into Henri Bendel for one of their signature lemon candles. I've been buying them for years (back in the days when I was a tourist), and I do love the little chocolate-and-white Bendel bag.
So off I flew down 5th Avenue with my Takashimaya and Bendel bags blowing out behind me. They could've held expensive perfume or jewelry. But they didn't. They held tea and a candle. But who knew?
By the way, the other plus about these bags is that they make great lunch totes - they last forever (or a couple of months, anyway). Throw a tuna sandwich in there and off I go. And won't I look rich?