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bag 27

from eight years ago, about this purse by guess who – Fossil:

rippin’ and runnin’ is what was up today. mondays are often like that, but with ap exams and a graduating senior in the mix it got a little hairy. so i did what many a mom would do: dropped the middle one off at cello and went to starbucks, got a tall mocha, and went to the park with the youngest to hit the swing set .

this purse is a favorite that i intentionally put off until the latter part of the 50 days to spread the love. it’s a fossil, fabric with leather trim. yes, it came from my favorite goodwill for $8. or maybe $12, i can’t remember. either way, i really have enjoyed this bag because it’s very well organized. it has three exterior pockets – one big pouch in the back, a zippered pocket and flap pouch in front; and three interior pockets. it’s not too cavernous that i lose my giant key ring in the bottom.

closeup of front pocket and handles

we’re fortunate that the street where my daughter takes cello lessons has a park, so on nice days my sweet baby loves to swing. i love to swing too, but sometimes i’m working or reading while she swings. today i joined her, and i’m really glad i did. swinging gives me such a great feeling. there’s nothing like the wind rushing through my whole person – it takes me right back to being 6 again.

she begged me to take a picture of the purse on her lap like i did her sister yesterday. here’s a closeup of the front pockets and handles held by one of the sweetest hands on the planet. thank you, God, for my girls. i don’t think about what i would do without them.

I really love this bag, but don’t wear a lot of brown ever so… if you like bag 27, email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with bag 27, your name, and your address.

bag 26

Cole Haan woven white handbag. One of my most recent purchases and one i planned to keep but i’m just gonna rip the bandaid off and post it. If you like this bag, email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with bag 26, your name, and your address.

bag 11 – taken

Holding on to memories through things is tricky. My mom died 20 years ago this August, and my dear friend Joy died three years ago. Or was it four? Either way – I got this purse from Joy after she died. She got it from my mom’s collection after Mom died. I have a few of Joy’s bags, and a few of Mom’s bags. This is not one I love enough to keep. My mom left LOTS of stuff behind.

Vintage Nine West purple crossbody camera bag style holds more than you’d think thanks to its boxy shape. Large zippered compartments split 1/3 with a separate zipper from the larger 2/3 compartment. slip pocket on front with snap closure, adjustable strap.

If you want to bring the 80s back to your wardrobe or if purple is your fav, email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with bag 11, your name, and your address.

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?

bag 40 + 1 – the last day!

Well, here we are, nearing the end of Lent 2020. It ain’t over til it’s over; we have a few hours to go.  I’m coming to you today with two bags.

Wait. What? Why two? you might ask. Maybe not.

I went upstairs to find one more bag in my closet for day 40. Something said, check the closet in Nia’s room for bags you may have put in that here. Nia’s room is my parents’ old room, and the closet I’m referring to is our luggage and off-season shoe closet, because our house is old and the closets are tiny. Dang, that sounds bougie.

Growing up, my mom was a closet usurper. I have two small closets in my room, and she used one of them throughout my childhood. As SOON as I went to college, suddenly that closet was half-full of her clothes. Every closet in our house had some of her stuff in it. Anyway, I admit that I inherited this issue but not to to the extent of Mom. Nia still has her closet, and this Lenten discipline led me to get rid of more than bags. I have a long way to go to get to where I want to be.

So meanwhile, back to the story. I went into that closet and found FIVE vintage purses. Handbags, really – which is how they ended up in that closet. They all had the tags on or in them. Three were Fossils, one was the sak, and the last super vintage bad was Koret. Oh and I forgot about the macrame bags, so actually, there were seven. Sheesh.

One of the Fossils had a mark on it, like a tiny burn, so it’s in the giveaway pile of stuff in our kitchen. Two of them, though, are lovely. I brought them to the girls and asked them to vote on which one should be bag 40. They both picked the same one, saying “You’d never use that.” Which is why I decided to give both away today. If you’ve been with me this long, you know why!

Bag 40.1 is a woven bag with wooden handles. Three sections inside – two open areas divided by a zippered middle section. I love woven things, but brown is not in my clothing repertoire, so my brown bags are all light now to go with other neutrals.

Bag 40.2 is a vintage Fossil – there’s a tag inside with patent info on the magnetic closure. The strap hardware is really cool, too. That’s what drew me to it, as well as the fact that it reminded me of an Aigner bag.

There are 7 unclaimed bags – for ease, I’ll link to them below.

For any bag, email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with the bag #, your name, your address.

Friends, thanks for walking with me this Lent. We’re in a different place now than when we started, that’s for sure.

Tomorrow begins my 50 days of Easter celebration of 50 bags. I used to have many, many more than 50 – hence the name of this blog is short for my 50 favorite bags. I counted, and I think I’m somewhere in the 40s, not including backpacks. We’ll see what happens. Peace!

bag 2 – Liz Claiborne

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bag 9 – the sak

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bag 13 – J Crew

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bag 16 – Wilson leather

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bag 18 – hype

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bag 26 – the sak

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bag 29 – Travelon

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bag 33 – claimed

Found a Coach bag in Nia’s closet. Let’s see if she finds out. Just kidding – she said it was fair game since I gave it to her and she left it here.

If you like his bag, email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with bag 33, your name, your address. Peace.

day 33

Club Monaco clutch in silver from St. Vincent de Paul. This baby was $3. It’s great for putting into another bag and then grab when you need to go to TJ Maxx with your girls on the last day of school.