Category Archives: tj maxx

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 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 26

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Here is my beloved and long sought after laptop backpack by Swissgear. I shopped and shopped and shopped for this bag for months. Extensive research and visits to TJ Maxx involving lots of sitting and pulling zippers, carrying them around the store on my back, and comparing various backpacks finally led me to buy this one for $35. It has served me well and is still in great shape. But it’s also taught me what I want in a backpack. Maybe need, like a luggage strap.

So, I’ve spent more time than I want to admit over the last few weeks researching backpacks. When I say researching, I mean serious research. Not just searching, but watching videos of people reviewing backpacks. I’ve ordered a couple, and they went or are going back. I have another couple on the way. I read Amazon reviews, then go elsewhere to shop. And I assure myself: I’m not the guy who spent $1400 to find the perfect backpack. (Nomatic. He’s right, but I can’t afford it. Maybe.) I’m obsessed with backpacks and finding the ideal… ones. Not just one. I told you, it’s an issue.

When I think about why now? Why, when I don’t have anywhere to go, am I obsessed with backpacks? The same reason many of us are obsessed with unreasonable and unrealistic concepts while sheltering in place.

Hope. Faith. Confidence and belief in a future where we’re still here, and we’re able to go somewhere. What’s keeping you going?

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.

day 7

Kaia loves Patricia Nash bags. She has one I got at the thrift store and one she bought herself when she graduated.

She and I were at TJ Maxx and saw this round fringe crossbody, we both wanted it, so we decided to share it. I bought it, and I let her use it whenever she wants.

bag 39 – claimed

IMG_1571IMG_1574I bought this bag for Kaia, and she kicked it to the curb, and since I wanted one myself and didn’t buy one, I kept it. Well, here we are with two days to go, and I’m letting it go with joy.

Vera Bradley handbag – in the real sense of the word. Two outer pockets on either end and a zipper pocket and three pouches inside. Love the pattern and the style, but brown is not my favorite color so bye bye bye. No, I’m a Backstreet Boys fan.

As I reflect on the past several weeks of giving, I realize that this year I have been more of a joyful giver than in past years. Even the bags that were tough to let go of, I’ve done so with a joyful heart because I’m reminded now more than ever of all of my blessings.

I’m blessed by so much, tangible and intangible. My family. My friends. My jobs. My calling. My material belongings, including clothing and all of the non-essentials I’ve accumulated through the years. So much more. I know those aren’t complete sentences, and the Grammarly widget doesn’t like it. I don’t care.

The point is that learning to joyfully and happily let go of material possessions opens my heart and home to more occasions for generosity. You receiving these bags makes me very happy, and you can be sure I’m being generous in other ways. Generosity is also a huge concept in my work as a fundraiser for an Episcopal non-profit, so it helps to practice what I preach to others.

If you like this bag, email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with bag 39, your name, your address. 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 18

IMG_1258No excuses; forgot and fell asleep yesterday, so here is yesterday’s bag.

This bag is the first bag I spent $99.00 plus tax at TJ Maxx. I believe the year was 2007, but I could be wrong. No, I think I’m right – I bought it as a gift for being promoted to being the manager and creator of the library’s homework center.

I’d been looking for a white bag for a while, and thrift stores are not always the best place for white bags because they get dirty so easily. When I saw this Hype bag at TJ, I loved everything about it – the design, hardware, multiple pockets, and drawstring pouches, the fun interior print. It’s one of my favorites that is now too heavy. It needs a good cleaning; nothing some white leather cleaner/polish can’t fix.

If you like this bag, email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with the following info: bag 18, your name, your address. Thanks!

bag 11 – claimed

 

Fringe. I don’t always love it, but when I do, it’s likely¬†on a bag. I bought this brown Raj fringe bag at TJ Maxx at least seventeen years ago, probably more. It’s a fun bag, but a bit of a black hole (meaning it’s cavernous with not a lot of organization inside) and I have another bag with fringe that I like a whole lot better. Even though I have loved this bag for years, it’s time to let it go.

I admit that I thought I would never get rid of this bag. I have a friend who really loves this bag and she said if I ever get rid of it to let her know. I was like, “yeah, girl, right… I’ll do that.” So I did that, but it’s up for grabs to you, too, because it’s a woman’s prerogative to change her mind.

One of my Lenten learnings through the years is that we don’t need all of this stuff. The more I give away, the more I want to give away. The more bags I give away, the better I feel. Many of you practice generosity during Lent; I love seeing what you’re doing. I pray that I can continue to be this generous throughout the rest of the year.

If you like this bag, email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with the following info: bag 11, your name, your address. Thanks!

day 46

An old TJ Maxx favorite. Carla Mancini -bag I saw hanging there looking cool and different around 18 or 20 years ago.