Previously on #RichKids of Beverly Hills, Dorothy Wang announced she had purchased a "breakup Birkin." As if the self-proclaimed #funemployed and #fabuluxe cast member needed another five-figure handbag. In season one of #RKOBH, Wang explained the cost of the elusive, Hermès Birkin: "The entry-level Birkin is probably around $10,000 and the crocodile or alligator is $60,000." Well, at least I'm a little more comfortable knowing that Wang has probably only spent five figures on each of her countless Birkins. Did I just say that? I mean, as a freelance writer, I can't imagine dropping $10,000 for a handbag, let alone doing that multiple times. But after browsing eBay, I've found plenty of Birkins going for over $100,000, with the most-expensive ones right now selling for $140,000.
You might be wondering what makes these bags so expensive in the first place. Well one thing's for sure: you're definitely paying for the name. But Ms. Wang also provided some insight as to the range of costs. Your basic-bitch-Birkin will at least be completely leather, but the better, or rarer, the skin, the higher the cost. So those six-figure bags are definitely made from unicorn hide and sewn together with wood-nymph hair. Oh they're not? Ugh, okay, maybe I don't get it.
In any case, here are some options for what you can buy instead of those entry-level, crocodile, and mythical-creature Birkin bags.
1. Entry-Level Birkin
Or... 12 Pairs of Louboutins
Christian Louboutin New Simple Pump, $775
A new pair of Loubs every month for a year? #RichKid Morgan would totally approve.
Or... 285 YSL Lipsticks
YSL Rouge Volupté, $35, sephora.com
They don't even make that many colors. Your backups could have backups.
Or... 1,428 Chipotle Burritos
And you thought a Chanel Boy Bag would feed you for a long time.
2. Crocodile Birkin
Or... 2 Toyota Camry XLEs With Leather Interior
Toyota Camry XLE with Leather Package, $28,330, toyota.com
Two cars, guys. TWO CARS.
Or... 10 Large Classic Flap Chanel Bags
Chanel Large Classic Flap Bag, $6,000
Or... 200 iPhone 6 Pluses
3. Rare Birkin
Or... An Ocean-Front Condo in Myrtle Beach, SC
A two bed/two bath home or a handbag? Let me get back to you on that one...
Or... 13 Entry-Level Birkins
Well, because sadly, it's come to that.
Or... 342 Pairs of Tom Ford Sunglasses
Tom Ford Alicia Soft Round Sunglasses, $380
That's almost a new pair everyday for a whole year.