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Tonight at 10: Ladies who are hooked on designer handbags

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Courtney Thomas and her collection. Source: WBRC video Courtney Thomas and her collection. Source: WBRC video
Pat Harvey and her collection. Source: WBRC video Pat Harvey and her collection. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

How many handbags does the average American woman own? Two or four? For some ambitious purse collectors, those numbers would be a drop in the bucket. There are some women who make purse buying a priority and spend every extra penny on a new designer handbag.

Pat Harvey is one of those women. She works as a hairstylist and is afraid to estimate how much money she has spent on handbags over the years. From the looks of her collection, she owns several dozen handbags valued between a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars each.

"My mom started probably when I was 19. My first bag was a Coach," Harvey said. "In fact I still have it. She always taught us to carry a really nice bag, wear nice perfume, that type of stuff. And I guess you could say I got obsessed with it a little bit."

When does a collection become an obsession? What is the draw and when does the drive to buy designer goods present a real problem for a consumer? Tonight on FOX6 News at 10, we take an inside look at the designer handbag craze from some women who invest thousand of dollars in their handbag wardrobe.

You'll also have one more chance to win a Valentino handbag. Just watch FOX6 News at 10 and watch for the special prompt to call in.

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