Monthly Archives: March 2020

bag 30 – claimed

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There was a store in the Brentwood shopping center – I can’t remember the name of it, maybe Conway? Some TJ Maxx type store but not as nice. But hey, if a store is in my neighborhood and has purses you can bet I’ll be checking it out. I got this green Stone Mountain bag there when we used to live in College Hill. Structured hobo with plenty of space inside, adjustable shoulder strap in a sagey green. This is another bag where a friend of mine said, “If you ever get rid of that one…” So, it’s up for grabs for everyone, and I hope she sees it.

If you like this structured hobo bag, email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with bag 30, your name, your address. Peace!

bag 29

When we’re able to travel again, even across town, you might like this bag by Travelon. Crossbody with lots of pockets and pouches. Two sides for the main pouch to keep things separate and easily accessible.

If you like this bag, email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with bag 29, your name, and as the girls say your addy. Peace.

bag 28 – claimed

Latico purse from TJ Maxx. Yeah, a few years ago, orange was THE color, and I had no orange because it’s not in my color wheelhouse. So I thought I’d get an orange bag. I looked and looked and looked and the bags I liked were SO expensive. I settled on this one, and I think it was $60, but $59.99, so it didn’t feel as expensive. Yes, it did.

The leather is lovely, and the color is deep and bright. But it’s a black hole. Click the black hole tag for an explanation if you need one; I’ve explained it multiple times in previous posts.

If you like this bag, email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with bag 28, your name, your address. Also, a reminder that Sunday is a feast day – so check out the blog for unclaimed bags. Email me at the above address with the same info but the bag # you want. Peace!

bag 27 – claimed

Here’s a Kipling diaper bag I found at St. Vincent de Paul on Este recently. All the baby stuff is gone from it so I didn’t realize it was a diaper bag til I got it home.

If you like this bag email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with bag 27, your name, your address. Thanks.

bag 26

Here’s another one by the SAK. Yeah, yeah, I know. It’s gold with two interiors – the flap opens to an ample open space; unzip the zipper on the flap, and that opens to another large open area. It’s helpful to keep things organized. I would put my phone and wallet in the zippered side for more security, and my little zipper pouch with meds and lipsticks on the other side. Back pocket for a phone – but not those giant phones, people. The adjustable strap has a shoulder pad and it’s best used as a crossbody. Pretty sure I got this at the St. Vincent de Paul on Este.

I used to have another bag just like this in black pebbled leather, but I gave it away last year or the year before. For the first time, Nia and I did some math on this giveaway and through the years, I’ve given away over 240 bags. This is year 7, so… wow. I’ve changed in so many ways thanks to this Lenten practice, for which I’m grateful.

If you like shiny things, including this bag, email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with bag 26, your name, your address. Thanks!

bag 25 – claimed

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Small green crossbody with detachable strap. Front flap and interior pocket. Divided outside pocket on the back. If you like it, email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with bag 25, your name, your address. I got no sleep last night and took a “nap;” woke up exhausted. Take care of yourselves.

bag 24 – claimed

Yesterday I mentioned a practice I’ve deployed in years past when I’ve looked at my bags and decided I didn’t want to get rid of any of them. I’ll go to the thrift store and get a few for the sole purpose of the giveaway. Some of you might think “hey, that’s cheating!” – to which I reply, “it’s my giveaway, I make the rules.” We’re both sorta right.

Sometimes, I’m traveling and need an extra bag because I didn’t take enough photos or didn’t bring enough bags – spring breaks in Connecticut at David’s parents’ house comes to mind. My mother-in-law loved to thrift, and we usually hit at least one thrift store while I was there. God rest her soul, those days are gone.

Now, I have no choice but to dig deep and keep going with my Lenten discipline. When things get tough, we’re called to do the same. It might not seem like a difficult thing for many people, but I’m not many people. I’m the only me there is. The next seventeen days of this giveaway, you can believe I’m sacrificing things I’ve grown to enjoy. And that’s ok. There’s much more at stake than my bags these days, so I can woman up and give of what I have.

This virus reminds us that things don’t mean as much as people. Last night, after getting the news that my COVID-19 test came back negative, I got the best sleep in over two weeks. But then again, my bags are art. They give me comfort. We all have those things that provide us with comfort, no matter how much we have or don’t have. More critical than bags are my three loved and surly children. And my husband, who may or may not put the soap back in the right spot. And all my dear family and friends. So on with the giveaway.

Here’s a cute pastel yellow (trust me) Fossil bag for someone who loves a place for everything. Large inner pouch, front flap pocket, back zipper pocket with credit card slots, and room for more stuff – this bag will keep you organized. The leather is thick and soft. The adjustable strap of cotton canvas and leather converts from shoulder bag to crossbody. $6.99 at St. Vincent de Paul. I was just about to put my stuff into it and use it, but whatever. I have another yellow bag that I bought myself for Christmas a few years ago by the SAK, so it’s all good.

If you like this bag, email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with bag 24, your name, your address. Thanks and peace.

bag 23 – claimed

Hanging around the thrift store one day was this Donald J Pliner bag. It’s tiny but so cute I could not resist buying it. Plus, I know how expensive they are. It’s hung from a hook on my closet door for years. I think I’ve used it once. This is a case of bags as art. I really enjoy looking at them, but at this point in my life, if they can’t be both beautiful and functional, I need to let them go.

Snakeskin saddlebag, and when I say tiny, my whole hand cannot fit in there. The strap has a padded shoulder thingy and is detachable to turn this bag into a clutch. It’s so cool. Sometimes I let bags go and feel a twinge of regret. It doesn’t last, though. Feels like it’s going to be rough going from here on out because it took me a while to choose this bag. We’ll see what happens tomorrow, now that I can’t go to the thrift store to supplement the giveaway.

If you like this bag, email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with the following info: bag 23, your name, your address. Thanks!

bag 22 – claimed

My dad bought this bag for Kaia and honestly, she never liked it and gave it to me. Of course, my dad was well aware of my mom’s predilection for Aigner bags and shoes. I’m sure that’s what drew him to this bag at the upscale resale store he frequents.

Lovely vintage cotton saddle-style bag with two sections inside, a back pocket, adjustable buckle strap, and leather trim. I have a DNKY bag that’s very similar that I really like, so this one is up for grabs.

If you like this bag, email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with the following: bag 22, your name, your address. Thanks!

And yes, that’s a Charlie Brown Christmas tree in the background and Bible Gateway on my computer with a Root for Jesus sticker. Mhmm!!

All bags will be delivered once I’m out of quarantine. I have extreme hygiene going on, but please take care when you receive packages and wipe them down or wait at least five hours before opening. PEACE

bag 21 – claimed

You’d think it would be easy to stay on track, but no, the days blur together,¬†and I’ll realize at 1am that I forgot to post. I even took these photos Friday morning because I was so excited to find one more bag I’d intended to give away.

That epic trip to the thrift store with Jaiya yielded this bag by the SAK. This one is one of their hand-crocheted bags, and Jaiya thought it was stunning. I have to agree. Cream with brown trim with the cutest little pockets on the front that I have no idea what you’d put in them other than change. Zipper pocket on the back, and a beautiful cotton print lining. I thought for a minute about keeping it, but NO!

I talked about the SAK in another post; visit their website about the hand-crochet process. This one is a bit heavier than others I’ve found – take care that you don’t snag it, which many in the thrift stores are. This one isn’t and looks brand new.

If you like this bag, email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with bag 21, your name, your address. Thanks!