Monthly Archives: April 2020

day 19

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Baggallini is one of my favorite thrift store brands to search for – after Fossil, of course. All of the baggallini’s i have came from Goodwill or St. Vincent de Paul, so while i could recognize the quality, i had no idea of their worth until i visited the baggallini site for some random reason I can’t remember lately. Those bags are expensive!! I see them at TJ Maxx for $19.99-$34.99+ and I’m like yeah, I’m good finding them at the thrift store. This bag you see here would be around $45-$50!! Seriously, check it out for yourself. Of course stuff is on sale now for Mother’s day, but DAAAAGGGGG. Found one on Poshmark for $50! What! I paid $4.

This bag is so cute with the little built in handle and detachable crossbody strap. It’s great for putting into a bigger bag but it barely fits my wallet let alone anything else. I do have a travel wallet that fits in there by guess who – yeah Fossil, that i got at Goodwill for $3 and then I can fit lip stuff and keys. The style and the color keep this bagg – as they like to spell it – in my collection.

day 18

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Here’s a woven crossbody bag with a brown woman weaving that I found at Goodwill years ago. I can’t express how much I love this bag. It’s art. One day during the giveaway I asked all three girls to bring down a bag and i was going to get rid of one of them. One of the girls brought this bag. I was like WHO BROUGHT THIS DOWN HERE?!?!?! As a result, I got rid of a Vera Bradley bag that I would have NEVER given away but this is what happens when you get your kids involved and want to see it through. UGH. I learned an important couple of lessons. 1. I can get rid of something I want – that’s the name of the sacrifice game. 2. Don’t ask the girls to do stuff sometimes.

day 17

Today I drove up to the base with David and worked in the car while he worked inside. I was going to bring my backpack but then this bag was in my room. I thought about taking it to Spain and decided against it. It’s a Wenger bag and it’s definitely the most stylish item I had popping today. I took it to Episcopal Communicators in 2015 which must be when I got it because the details in the post say I got it for $10 on half off day at the Woodlawn Goodwill.

day 16

Me, the girls, our masks, and this DKNY quilted leather bag went for a ride today. I think I got this at Clothes Mentor but I’ll have to read the blog to find out for sure. Did you know you can search by bag? I’m very thorough with my tags. Librarian.

day 15

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Over here playing with Sandra doing FB live talking about the bags she got in this year’s giveaway made me feel like I’d done my blog post for today! But here it is just after midnight and lo and behold I realized I hadn’t. But I’m settled in and not going to find a bag, so here’s a throwback. I got this bag at the Tri-County Lane Bryant-so let that be an indicator that it was many years ago, at least 12-15. I remember seeing someone with it in the store who was about to buy it, so i got the last one. Someone tried to buy it from me in the store! You know my answer was a gentle and firm BACK UP.

This bag is best carried on the arm, but has a shoulder/crossbody strap hands-free moments. Usually, I carry this bag in the fall/winter, but last year I carried it just so it would be in the Easter celebration. I don’t get compliments on all of my bags but I always get at least one a day when I carry this baby. Not this year, though. This year of going nowhere means my stuff is still in a bag from a couple of days ago.

day 14

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Here’s a bag I got at Goodwill for $6 a few years ago. I’d never seen a Miu Miu bag in person before because I don’t shop at the mall. But I’d seen them in magazines, so I knew what I was looking at when I saw it. Miu Miu is a Prada brand, and the bags retail for $600 – $3,000. I just found one like this one for sale on Poshmark for $150, original price $999. Thick leather, whipstitching, beautiful silver hardware – I couldn’t care that it’s smaller than bags I usually use. It’s perfect to put into a larger bag or backpack, and then BAM hit the world with your style as you go into the UDF. 

The question that comes up a lot when thrifting: Is it real? Is it fake? There are lots of ways to tell. Often I will sit down and get to checking online. With this bag, I read that I should check the logo to see if the spaces were in the right place on the M and the U. CHECK. Here’s some advice I gave in 2017 on the original post for this bag.

When you’re checking authenticity, let the internet help you. Google the brand, and if you can find any identifying marks or codes (think Coach numbers inside each bag), use those in your search. Sometimes it’s effortless to spot a fake, but there are some excellent fakes out there, so it can be hard to tell. For this Miu Miu bag, I checked all of the factors, and if they’re accurate, this bag is authentic. Areas to check: zippers, stitching, wear on handles, any labels inside – don’t be afraid to pull the lining out and inspect. For $6, I’m willing to take the risk.

day 13

img_9339Here’s one I got at TJ Maxx a few years ago by Echo. I got this same bag in two different patterns and used the other one more than this one. I couldn’t even give it away because the design wore off the top of the bag. This one is in much better shape. It’s great for carrying all my stuff, including a laptop, as long as it’s in a sleeve. There’s a cool outside pocket that’s only attached at the top, which makes the perfect phone pocket.

Full disclosure: I almost quit the blog a couple of days ago. I haven’t talked about COVID-19 much, but my husband and I are high risk. Anytime one of us coughs or sneezes, we’re looking around like, “who was that? Are you ok?” So it’s a very stressful time for everyone, of course, and we’re no different. The other day, one of us got sick, and I felt like the blog was irrelevant. But, we still have lots to be thankful or and to celebrate in this Easter season. I’m grateful we’re all doing ok and managing our symptoms, taking our medicine, adding health practices, and doing our best to lose weight and keep stress down. We have to do everything we can to be proactive so that we can minimize our risk factors. Take care of yourselves and each other, friends. Take care and peace.

days 11 & 12

Last night was hectic. That’s all I’m saying.

So today we have two bags. And I freely admit that I took bag 10 to the office to get my stuff. We’re in doing whatever hours.

Today I’m featuring these two bags selected by my husband David from the back of my closet door where all my favorites hang.

Bag 11 is a gorgeous white woven bag by Cole Haan. I’ve never used it – one day. I got it in the last year from the St. Vincent de Paul on Este for $14.

Bag 12 is by guess who – there’s a key – yes, it’s Fossil. I use this one a lot. Coated cotton canvas in this cute pattern… it’s the one I kept and I gave one in a different pattern away this year.

Ok y’all, peace.

day 10

Aaahhhhhh Fossil. Once I start carrying this bag its hard to stop. It’s got all of my favorite things: pebbled leather, handles and an adjustable strap, and color blocking. Got this at the St. Vincent de Paul for $12.50 a few years ago.