Should have posted yesterday – I’m at Kaia’s OU orientation, so all bets are off.
I know today’s color is red, but I got to the last day and had to use this bag. This is a hype brand bag that I got at TJ Maxx. I’d gotten a promotion at work 11 years ago and I splurged on this purse to the tune of $99. I’ve never spent that much on a bag before and haven’t since.
Fifty days later – really, ninety days later – what have I observed or learned?
- I love bags.
- I love giving bags away.
- I really enjoy having fewer bags.
- Yes, I still have more than fifty bags, but fewer than sixty. And many of those are backpacks or totes.
- I shop less and buy even less. Meaning I window shop and take photos and let people know where to go and get good bags.
- This process has helped me want to give away more and more stuff, and not just bags. I was already that way, but it’s even more of an obsession to purge, purge, purge and not bring as much into the house in the first place.
- I resist the urge to rescue bags. Someone else can come and save them.
- I question every purchase. I ask myself: do I need this, or just want it? What am I losing if I buy this? What am I gaining? I’m even more critical now, even at the thrift store. If something costs $1, and is unnecessary and takes up space, that’s a cost. I’ve bought lots of stuff because it was inexpensive and ended up giving it away.
I could go on, but essentially, I’m better off because of this blog. Over the last five years, I’ve changed my buying and my generosity – both for the better. I still get the urge to shop, but now have the discipline to not buy everything I want.
Will there be a blog next year? Not sure. If I do, it will definitely be the last one.
Peace! Thanks for being with me!
I got this yellow pebbled leather convertible shoulder and handle bag by The Sak for Christmas for myself a couple of years ago. Sometimes certain people can give some strange gifts so I’ve learned to be prepared with a gift for myself I’m sure I’ll like. It’s called self care. And what could be better care than a yellow bag to brighten any day of the week?
This Raj brown leather fringe tote doesn’t get excessive use, but I’ve had it a long time. I got it at TJ Maxx around 15 or so years ago. It was fun to use today while out and about shuttling the girls around the world and back.
Another rainy day calls for a bright orange bag. I got this leather slouchy hobo from Latico at TJ Maxx a couple of years ago when orange was the color of the moment. It offers that pop of color when you want to wear blue or other neutrals – although I don’t ever wear it with just black. It was perfect today with my favorite Calvin Klein blouse and black and white checked pants. Yes, i wore two patterns and a bright orange bag today. And it was amazing.
I have a few baggallini bags because they’re lightweight, well-made and often found at thrift stores. This one is a cute crossbody in gold that I’ve had for around five or six years. baggallini bags are great for travel and can be found in lots of different styles and colors at TJ Maxx. But why pay $15-$40 when you can find them at the thrift store for $4-$10?
I got this Maurizio Taiuti bag at TJ Maxx several years ago. I love the shimmery sueded leather, cute animal print pattern, and adjustable strap.
I’ve had this green dose of springtime for several years. I got it at a TJ Maxx offshoot called… wow, I can’t remember but it was in the Brentwood Plaza. Conway? Anyway. Stone Mountain hobo that’s perfect for rainy spring days.