Category Archives: tj maxx

bag 31 – taken

TJ Maxx has lots of great bags by brands you might not have heard of, like echo. I got this one, and another one in this style with a different pattern, and an overnight bag. I got rid of the other pattern last year. This one is in better shape, because i don’t use it as much. So looking at my bags, I decided to get rid of this one because i don’t wear a lot of brown.

Large opening with a pocket inside, and this cool outer pocket perfect for a phone or keys. I used this as a work tote as it fits a computer and another purse, and probably lunch.

If you like bag 31, email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with bag 31, your name, and your address.

Please forgive me, y’all, for not delivering and sending bags. That’s all i have. I can tell you, you WILL get your bags! Feel free to check back with me if you made a request. Also if you change your mind, LMK. Lots of good stuff available.

bag 25 – taken

Got this baby at TJ Maxx years ago. She’s still looking pretty good.

My first post about this bag:

this Carla Mancini bag was calling me from the clearance rack at tj maxx. it’s a small bag, but it holds a magazine if you roll it. i’m also a sucker for whipstitching. so whipstitched pebbled leather? and it’s mustard? it was over…

i don’t remember when i got this, which means probably around 10 years ago.(coincidentally, i my youngest is almost ten.) i also can’t remember how much i paid for this bag. but whatever it was, i have gotten my money’s worth. my rule is never more than $40 unless i feel it will have a very low cost per wear.

calculating cost per wear is a way to justify spending a little more on a quality bag that you really like. let’s say a bag cost $50. if you wear it 10 times in a year, divide the cost by 10 and you’ll have your cost per wear, or $5. if you keep it multiple years, then the cost per wear keeps going down. 5 years x 10 wears per year = 50 wears, so $1 per wear.

If you like this bag, email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with bag 25, your name, your address. peace.

bag 18 – taken

It’s fitting that I post this bag today. It’s my favorite color pebbled leather tote by Liz Claiborne. It’s got a large open midsection and a a back zippered section which makes a great spot for a laptop, but it’s not padded. There’s two front snap-closure pockets and several interior pockets. I used this as a briefcase/purse through these many years since I got it. It’s got some wear but still looks gorgeous. GUC Good Used Condition as they say.

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

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.

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!