Some of you may have heard of Bag, Borrow or Steal. You can rent designer handbags, jewelry and other accessories. Some items cost as little as $15 per week to rent. Others, you can expect to pay several hundred per week to use.
Personally, I don’t care so much about designer items. I’m just not that fancy. Unless a bag has its designer’s logo emblazoned across the front, I probably wouldn’t be able to tell you who made it. And in my humble opinion, some designer goods are kinda ugly.
As far as jewelry goes, I tend to be a minimalist. I’ll wear my wedding band and engagement ring, but that’s it on most days. Sometimes, I’ll put on a pair of earrings — maybe some pearl studs or silver hoops.
If I ever go to a super-formal black tie event, I don’t think I’d have appropriate jewelry to wear. If I was unable to borrow something from a friend, I might consider renting some earrings, perhaps.
For $222 per week (plus insurance!), you could rent 2 cts. worth of diamonds for your ears. These studs retail for $10k. Um. I don’t think I could rent anything that pricey. What if I lost one? That’s pretty expensive to replace.
How ’bout these studs from Tiffany & Co. for $159/week (retail $4,625). Lovely.
These earrings are nice, and are $50/week. About $1,500 retail value.
Wearing real high-end jewelry or some other accessory might be fun once in awhile. I just think I’d be too worried about damaging it or losing it to really enjoy it. Plus, for the cost of renting something, I could just as easily buy a pretty piece of low-end jewelery.
Maybe a good alternative would be to swap accessories and jewelry with your best-dressed friends.
What do you think about the site? Would you use it?