day 50 – Pentecost

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Here we are at the end of the 50 days of Easter celebrating Pentecost with a red Liz Claiborne hobo. Liz made this bag with some of the softest leather I’ve ever felt. I took these photos in 2015, which is likely when I got this bag, as it’s the earliest post I can find, but a couple of years later, I remembered that I got it for $8. A fitting choice to welcome the hot fire of the Holy Spirit.

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Just look at the detail on this stitching and check out the logo – it’s thick brushed nickel with a cutout design for the LC. Below you can see the detail in the ring and studs that hold the bag and strap together. And don’t get me started about the zipper—butter with a pull very similar to the logo plate in heft and feel.

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COVID-19 gave me a year where I completed all posts and most of them on the day or the day after. I’d rather miss a few days being busier and have no one get this illness. Since my only control with COVID-19 is to stay home and away from people, I need to find wins amid a lot of loss. I wish COVID-19 was the only issue that made me sad and angry, but there are lots to be sad and angry about these days. I will continue to pray for my enemies, seek joy in small things, and love my loved ones even more.

I have a feeling I’ll be back to the blog before next Lent. Making no promises, but my feelings usually hit the mark. Especially lately. Peace all and thank you for joining me on this journey I call life through my love of hauling stuff around in what I consider to be beautiful vessels.

day 49

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TJ Maxx brings me a lot of mental healing. I don’t always spend a lot of money in there; it’s just fun to look around at stuff. I used to spend a lot of time in the bag department, which is right at the front door. Now when I go in I go right past the bags unless I have a reason to go over there.

This yellow convertible bag by The Sak was a Christmas present from me to me around four or five years ago. I bought it for $60, put it in the closet in a bag, then wrapped it and put it under the tree. When I opened it, i oohed and aaaahed and was so excited. I played with it like it was a new toy, which was fun due to the shoulder strap which snaps underneath the bag when not in use. I usually carry it by the handles. It’s a great bag to brighten any day, but I tend to carry it on rainy days for a reminder of what the sun looks like.

Since we’ve been sheltering at home, I really love getting on the TJ Maxx website and browsing. My girls and I have always relied on TJ for therapy, especially when we don’t want to spend a lot of or any money. Or, we go for a phone case or cord but browse around. We also get our chia and other gourmet foods there. I think i said this before but i really appreciate how they closed their website and still paid their staff, and then are slowly coming back, only taking a certain number of orders a day. There are certain stores I don’t patronize when I know how they treat their employes. Glad to know TJ isn’t horrible.

Meanwhile – I kept looking at the straps in this picture like what is that white stuff on the handles? There’s nothing on there. Then after a while I realized it’s the glare from the flash. Time for bed.

One more day!

day 48

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So here we are with a favorite favorite bag that I didn’t use because I thought I might use it to go somewhere, but that didn’t happen. But I did decide to go and lay hands on it. It’s looking worn where some of the stitching came loose, but I don’t care. Of course, it’s a Fossil. It’s a bag I use for weeks and months until something happens where I need to switch. It’s big, and holds my water bottle and still fits inside my backpack. The adjustable strap is long so it acts as a crossbody and a shoulder bag.

Because I knew it was getting a bit worn, I already have a Fossil backup that I found at the St. Vincent de Paul sometime in the last six months. Being honest, it’s not as cool as this one. What I love most about this bag is that there’s a place for everything. Phone in the front zipper pocket, change in the pocket in front of the phone, keys in the snap pocket, and so on. There’s so many pockets and pouches – eight total. I searched the blog and found out that i bought it on April 16, 2013 for $6. Wow.

Sometimes what I do is try to find the bag online by describing it and finding a picture that hopefully has the name of the bag, then find a replacement. Ok I’ve only done that for shoes now that I think about it, but this bag is one I would try to replace or get repaired. Someday.

Mask is by Mother, a denim company in LA. Highly recommended.

day 47

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TJ Maxx teaches me a lot about shopping at the thrift store. The reason I find so many excellent bags is that I know what to look for. Sometimes, I end up buying a few bags from TJ. This Maurizio Taiuti called to me from the clearance rack for $39 at least nine or ten years ago.

Animal prints really never go out of style, and even if one particular print makes a comeback it’s never wrong to wear something that celebrates the beauty of nature and creation. It’s got a long crossbody strap and a slip pocket just the right size for my phone. Here it is in 2019 when I was out there for Episcopal Communicators in Denver at Starbucks when Sandra wanted something sweet after lunch.

day 46

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I must tell you I love getting these photos from my media archive of the bags in different places other than my home. This bag is a favorite by Jil Sander, a brand I only heard of by reading Vogue magazine back in the day. These bags retail at around $1,500, more or less. It made me wonder when saw it at Goodwill if maybe it was a fake. I remember thinking then the same thing I think today: Who would fake a bag by a brand lots of people haven’t heard of? And if they did, who would fake it with a suede interior?

The interior zipper pocket divides the bag so it’s not a cavernous hole, but not black because the interior is a light tan suede. The long straps go well over my shoulder but also allow it to work as a handbag – it doesn’t drag the ground. Thank goodness for my old posts to remind me that I paid $10 for this pebbled leather beauty.

As I did in 2013, I saved this bag until the end of the journey so that i wouldn’t use all of my favorite favorites in the beginning. On that 2013 Monday, I shared: Mondays are my day for errands, appointments for myself or the girls, and volunteering. I also try to catch my friend Jill for a commiserative chat about our high school seniors. Realization of the day – life comes at you fast. Take it slow as often as you can. Peace.

Now here we are at home, sheltering in place, and my youngest is now a senior. I’m a huge fan of NOT saying time flies. 2013 feels like seven years ago. Don’t let time fly. Slow down, pay attention, and savor it. Making the decision to do that 10 years ago changed my life dramatically. Allowing time to be exactly what it is – one minute is sixty seconds, one month is four or five weeks, one year is 325,600 minutes. It’s up to you how you experience it. Peace.

day 45

IMG_1922Today’s bag is by Zina Eva, a designer I’d never heard of before I googled them to find out about this bag. They are expensive, and have mixed reviews. But nonetheless, I am happy with this bag at the price point of $8. What can I say, I’m a sucker for top-handle bags.

What’s cool: wooden handle, triple magnetic closure to make sure your stuff isn’t too heavy to keep it closed, and the beautiful suede lining. What’s not as cool: the exterior doesn’t look as real as it actually is. But, when it’s full of stuff it has a nice rounded shape on the bottom with the structured top – I think it looks classy. THere’s also a detachable shoulder strap – not long enough to crossbody for me. Overall, it’s pretty. Who knows, could end up in the giveaway someday.

day 44

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Fossil vintage style frame bag in cream with a kiss clasp closure, two front pockets, and a short shoulder strap for when I want to look cute and not carry a lot of stuff. It’s much more beautiful than it is functional – when I put all my stuff inside, the clasp doesn’t stay closed. I keep scarves in it so it can hang out in my room and be attractive. I don’t remember where or when I got it other than that it was a thrift store.

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day 42

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Shopping at Clothes Mentor always teaches me something. I’d never heard of Linea Pelle until I looked up the brand while considering whether or not to buy this purse. Once I zipped and unzipped the zippers a few times and finally stopped touching this supersoft leather, I decided it was worth the $14 they were asking. Plus, I love perforated bags. Period.

Today I checked online an found this bag in cognac on Poshmark for $70. You can find others on Amazon ranging from $198-$245, unless you want vegan.

I love everything about this bag except one thing. It’s heavy. I have some physical issues that require me to lighten my load. The only way I can do that with this bag is to take off the shoulder strap and carry it like a satchel. That means I don’t use it as often as I’d like. But maybe I can carry it around the house.

 

day 41

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Here’s a bag my daughter bought for me – she actually bought one for both of us. It’s a Sherpani Soleil AT – Anti-Theft bag, perfect for travel. It’s got almost everything I’ve been looking for in a backpack, much of which I covered yesterday in my Hap Tim backpack post. The one element this bag has that Hap Tim doesn’t is that you can tuck away the backpack straps. That’s one of the most important features I seek.  But, it doesn’t have the frame opening I’ve been looking for.

It does fit a lot of stuff, though – I could get almost everything into it that i had in my Hap Tim except for a large hardbound planner. I probably could have crammed it in, and it definitely would fit if i took my purse out. Overall, it’s a really great bag – and if you want anti-theft features with cool style, look no further. Check out their website for all the safety features.  The water bottle holders are a very stretchy material that lay flat when not in use. Best of all, it’s wearable four ways – crossbody, shoulder bag, tote, and backpack. Wait, is that what’s best? Or is it that it stands up by itself? It’s so hard to choose.

Almost forgot! I reviewed this bag in this video.