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day 26


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 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


bag 9 – the sak


bag 13 – J Crew


bag 16 – Wilson leather


bag 18 – hype


bag 26 – the sak


bag 29 – Travelon





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 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.

day 32

The Sak crossbody in gold. I had a black one like this that I gave away this year. That back pocket is perfect for a phone and flat Jesus.

day 31

Adrienne Vittadini designed this pebbled leather bag. It’s all about the details with this one. Strong magnetic closure, mock horn buckle and interior zipper pull, and whip stitching in just the right places.

Gotta go fold some laundry.

day 30

Here’s a Vera Bradley that I got at the same time as most of the ones that I gave away this year. I like the pattern and colors so it stayed in the collection.