Author Archives: miriamgmck

About miriamgmck

i love bags, thrifting, kids, books, God, my husband, friends, and a bunch of other stuff.

bag 8

Vintage is a relative term. In the library world, historical means at least 25 years ago. Today’s bag is certainly historical and definitely vintage. It’s a no-name bag, in that I can’t find a name or logo anywhere. I thought the pattern was elephants – let’s just say it’s whatever you want it to be. I got it at Goodwill for $6 years ago and it’s a collectiable piece of art vs. a bag I would carry. It reminds me of the structured bags my mom and grandmothers had back in their day.

Fabric and pleather with feet, an adjustable strap converts a shoulder bag to a handbag. Gold hardware includes a gold ball zipper pull. The zipper moves smoothly which surprised me for a bag of this age. Best of all is the coin purse attached to a chain that has it’s own pocket in the bag,

If vintage is your thing and you like this bag, email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with bag 8, your name, and your address. First come first served. Peace!

bag 7 – taken

Already at the place where I’m giving away bags I’d buy today if i saw them in the store. Here’s one of my favorite Fossil bags. Coated cotton in a very cute print. I love the birds and the flowers. Somebody get it before I decide to keep it. Why am I like this!

If you like bag 7, email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with bag 7, your name, your address. If you’re not in Cincinnati i appreciate help with shipping. Peace!

bag 6 – taken

It’s been a day. This Fossil backpack is up for grabs and I know there’s soemeone out there who wants it. I don’t think it will last long.

Read more about it here. I’m tired. See you tomorrow. 50favbags@gmail.com with your name and addy.

bag 5 – taken

Here is a yellow, mostly leather convertible bag by the sak that I got myself as a Christmas gift in 2013. This was the year I started the practice of getting myself a gift, wrapping it, and opening it like I had no idea what it was. Read more about that here.

It has served me well, cheering me and others up on rainy or cloudy days, bringing an extra ray of sunshine on sunny days. It’s got a strap that snaps under the bottom when you want to carry it as a handbag.

Full disclosure – it’s got a little blemish in the front that a little clear nail polish will fix.

If you like bag 5, email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with bag 5, your name, and your address. Peace.

bag 4

I got this Kipling at St. Vincent de Paul a couple of years ago for $6.99. Read more about that here. Lots of internal organization, with a large split compartment, key leash, and extra zipper pockets on front and back. I love the brand and red is my color. Since this purchase, I got a red bag by Sherpani. One in, two out is my new mantra because sometimes the reality is two in, none out. That’s why I selected these bags several weeks ago, so I wouldn’t talk myself out of giving them up when the time came.

Another strategy I’m trying is having the girls bring me a bag to give. In the past, they’d get a bag, and I’d say what was I thinking? I’m not giving this one up. Not this time. If it’s in the giveaway bag, it’s getting given away. On the first day, David brought me an Oscar the Grouch bag I got at goodwill. NO WAY, I said, I’m not giving up Oscar. David had the gall to say, “is he different from Cookie Monster?” I just looked at him and questioned several of my life choices. “Did you just ask if Cookie Monster and Oscar the Grouch are the same?” Then I looked at the bag again and could see his point. NOT.

If you’re interested in this Kipling bag, email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with bag 4, your name, your address. If you’re new, check out the about page for more info. Peace.

bag 3 – taken

So far, the totes remain unclaimed, so I asked Jaiya to dig deeper and get something smaller. 

Baggallini bags are great for travel, as they’re lightweight and extremely organized. Check out the pic where I’m holding the bag open: lots of slots for cards and small items, so you don’t have to have a separate wallet. Fill this little crossbody with your necessities and carry it when you want to leave everything else behind, then throw it in a larger tote or backpack. We will travel again, i’m a believer.

I’ve given several baggallinis away through the years, because I tend to purse rescue this brand. When I see them in the store, it’s clear the workers don’t know the value. They are very sturdy, and the bright interiors make it easy to see your stuff. The metallic fabric goes great with most colors. Read more and see more pics here.

If you like this bag, email 50favbags@gmail.com with bag 3, your name, your address. Peace!

bag 2 – taken

Over the years, I’ve endured some physical setbacks that prevent me from carrying heavy bags. This year, you’ll see some bags I thought I’d never give away on this blog. I started buying lighter-weight bags, including this Vera Bradley tote I got at Goodwill. I love the button closure and the 70s vibe pattern. So why am I giving it away?

This pandemic means no thrifting. I thought long and hard about whether I would do the giveaway since I couldn’t supplement with thrift buys. That meant to find forty bags, some had to be ones I want to keep.

Being home all the time, looking at all the stuff I have, makes me want to get rid of more things. I realize the essential things in this house are not things at all. They’re people. Through the years, it’s gotten easier and easier to get rid of bags. I give more and buy less – and not just bags.

If you would like this bag, send me an email at 50favbags@gmail.com with bag 2, your name, and address. Bag 1 is still available. Peace!

bag 1 – taken

Happy Lent!

Bag 1 is a Wilson’s leather tote I got in 2013 just before a trip to Los Angels for a Forward Movement board meeting. I took this photo at a church, which I describe in the original post. The bag came with a small zipper pouch that I used daily as a lipstick/Aquaphor/medicine/bandaid bag in my purse until it finally fell apart last year.

I love this bag because of the three compartments inside: two large ones separated by a middle zippered section. There’s a back wall zipper for small items. It’s great for travel because it’s lightweight and classy, dressy, casual, and sturdy.

If you like this bag, please send your name, address, and bag 1 in an email to 50favbags@gmail.com. If you’re not in Cincinnati and can afford to help with shipping, I’d appreciate it. If you can’t, it’s ok – please still request a bag. If you are local, I will drop you off on your porch unless we make other arrangements. Check out the about page for more info.

The only bag requests I’ll honor are those sent to the email above. First come, first served. Thanks. Having a rough day today, so see you tomorrow. Peace.

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!