J Crew Campo Messenger Bag

I wandered into the other J Crew store in town last night and saw this.

Now, I had been eyeing it online for about two weeks in this exact color, Dark Pewter. I almost bought it with the 30% off but decided on Cashmere instead (glad I did…Love my Jalapeno Cashmere Shawl Popover Sweater!). Online it is $159.99, down from $268. It’s a great neutral color and has a fold-over flap to close the bag. I love my Mini Campo bag but sometimes I just don’t like having my purse open all the time.

Anyway, I walked into the store and saw this and several other purses, all store returns from online purchases. I knew I would be paying $159.99 but that was much better than paying $268. I checked the tag inside the bag to find out it was not that price. It was less…much less…half-off-the-sale-price-less.  Yep, $79.99 was the price on the tag. That sealed the deal for me and now it’s mine.

But here’s what I don’t understand J Crew. Why are you not consistent with the prices? I understand if it was less online than the store return but to be less in the store than online…huh? The only thing I can figure out is that it was purchased when it came out online, immediately returned and has been sitting in the store for quite a while.

I guess I don’t really need to understand it because it’s mine, mine, mine, for $79.99.


  1. December 17, 2009 / 5:06 pm

    I have had this in and out of my cart for the past few weeks, too! The color looks so pretty. Our store only had the large campo, which is way too big for me. Do you like the size and shape of the messenger?

  2. December 17, 2009 / 5:12 pm

    Omg, thats a super great deal!
    Congratulations !

  3. December 17, 2009 / 7:20 pm

    I have the Campo Messenger in the coconut shell. I bought it in November for 159.99, still a good price for this great bag.
    I also own the Campo mini in the coconut shell, and I love it, but I had the same feeling about it. The fact that it is open makes it not ideal for travel, going into the city etc. (Come on in, pickpockets!)
    The patent leather is so durable, and both colors are so neutral. I find the Messenger very comfortable to wear, and I often wear it across the body. It doesn't even hurt my neck.
    I hope you enjoy it! 😉

  4. December 17, 2009 / 7:45 pm

    Kathy – I like the size and shape of it. I'm 5'2" so it doesn't overpower me.
    Missmasala & DaniBP-Thanks! I forgot what it was like to score a great deal like this.

  5. December 18, 2009 / 12:50 am

    very cute! love the color… it always makes it a better find when you get a good deal 🙂

    i bought a gray bag recently (not jcrew) and get a lot of use out of it. i think you will really enjoy this one too.

  6. December 20, 2009 / 8:10 pm

    What a deal!

  7. December 20, 2009 / 11:50 pm

    I saw one at my store, too, recently – but passed it by. $79.99? Nooooo, i should have looked!!

    Very pretty, love the color!

  8. December 21, 2009 / 3:34 am

    What a great deal! I have so much J.Crew, but :::gasp::: I don't have any of their handbags yet! How are you liking this one? I am personally in love with that mini tweed one they have right now…I want it! 🙂

  9. December 22, 2009 / 5:37 am

    GingerSnap – I'm a Coach gal mostly but my first J Crew bag was the Mini Patent Campo in the Black Plum. I love it although the patent does tend to show smudges and fingerprints. The Messenger bag is a bit more "practical" to me but the color is pretty (I think it's the patent that makes it).

    The inside of the Messenger has a zipper pocket plus a cell phone holder and another pocket. It also has an external pocket and one under the flap. All good for holding keys, sunglasses and the trusty blue-tooth (for driving).

    Check your B&M…you never know when someone has made a return!

  10. December 28, 2009 / 6:22 pm

    wooooooooooohoooooooooo! don't ya just love it when that happens?! how is the inside? i am now on the hunt for this one!