Category Archives: various places

Days 20 & 21

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Well, she did it! Our girl graduated from Bowling Green State University, and in her honor I carried this orange – and i do mean ORANGE Latico slouchy tote. I got this one at TJ Maxx a couple of years ago when orange was the color of the season. Like i always say – if you love a color, or marginally like it, get it while the getting is good. I looked for months before i found an orange i could tolerate at a good price. Latico bags are saturated with color, with the most supple, soft, scrunchy leather. It does have black hole qualities, but that’s ok. It’s a looker.

 

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After the Flying Pig 5K, i thought THERE’S NO WAY I’M LEAVING THE HOUSE. Whoops forgot about a friend’s show. Calvin Klein to the rescue, in this soft, buttery, chartreuse leather with khaki leather trim. I got this at Clothes Mentor for IDK around $14 or so. Ok, so the strap is coming loose and it has some scuffs. So what! The color makes it fabulous, especially with neutrals. WINNER

I’ll get caught up yet!

 

Day 19

IMG_0488Reminder – giveaway phase is over, this is an Easter celebration of bags. Ok. Since I’m on an adventure today, I thought I’d use this DNKY safari-style bag in khaki cotton with cognac leather trim. I love the long strap that makes it a perfect cross body for me. The cool hardware is balanced by the lightweight fabric, so it’s not too heavy. So many cool details like the leather pulls on the front exterior pouches. I got this bag at Plato’s Closet, a resale store for juniors. Check them out for great bags at a value. I get no money for that plug BTW.

Day 13

Cowrie shell backpack from Pier 1. Only the Lord knows when I bought this – Nia was little, or maybe my college days. The black cotton faded, but the embroidered piece remains color-filled. No pockets, just a beautiful black hole. Love it. 

Day 3 a day late

IMG_0347This Holding Horses bag from Anthropologie got me through a long, busy day. I took the photo early in the day, but fell asleep before posting. Clothes Mentor is my next level up from the thrift store in terms of price point. You can find FABULOUS bags in there. If you’re not familiar with CLohtes Mentor, it’s in the family of Once Upon a Child (kids resale) and Plato’s Closet (juniors resale). It’s great for clothes and shoes, too. I paid around $14-$18 for this baby.

Bag 22 – taken

IMG_0112Jaiya got to choose the bag today, and she chose this sweet little drawstring purse that I got at some little store in Athens, OH years and years ago. Can’t think of the name of it, but it’s still there. This is a cute cross body for a small person, or that bag-in-a-bag concept. Makes a great evening bag for someone who likes to keep it nutty-crunchy. Email me at 50favbags@gmail.com if you like little woven drawstring purses.

We decided to take the pics on our first trip back to Glenwood Gardens in many months. How cute is my sweet babe with all this new life?

day 50

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handmade art fair cross body

today i must end my 50 days with this deerskin crossbody that i bought at the ann arbor art fair in 1991. i don’t let myself think about ann arbor too much. it was such a wonderful time in my life before i got married and had my sweeties. i don’t dwell – it’s dangerous.

using this bag means paring down to the bare essentials. that’s what my life was like then – i had just finished grad school and started my first real job. all i needed on a regular basis fit in this purse. i used it daily for a long time, especially at work. it was like a cool fanny pack – yes, that’s what was going on back then.

12 years and three girls later, i got fashion-minded again, and realized that a large body can make a small purse look like a tic tac. i went back to carrying large purses again. factor kids into the mix and i’m hauling an arsenal to ward off any malady or mishap. seriously – who has kids and isn’t leaving the house without child and adult pain relief? neosporin? cortisone? children’s pepto? can i get a band-aid? i’m always out of those.

i really did have everything i needed today while out shopping with my good friend and “like a mom” Joy. i took her to my favorite thrift stores, and we discovered a new one together – the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop, where the workers are volunteers and all of the profits go to the Society. with my mom dying of cancer, i’m happy to add it to my repertoire. the prices were great. if you have one near you, check it out.

so with this being my day 50, what did i learn? i can do something i set out to do for no other reason than i want to do it. and because i have a hard time saying goodbye, i’ll leave an opening to reflect and write about this experience.

i got the courage to start a more long-term blog. this one is called thriftinnati – devoted to my thrifting exploits and overall bargain shopping. i won’t be posting daily! weekly, likely. www.thriftinnati.com starting soon.

thanks to any and all on this road! and no, i’m not selling any of these bags! maybe some others in my closet, though… stay tuned.

day 49

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cowrie shell backsack from Pier 1 – circa 1985, making this vintage


today is really day 50 in the world of the 50 days of Easter. but for me, it’s day 49 on my journey. i brought it full circle with a bag i’ve had for around 28 years. back in my high school days – early to mid ’80s, Pier 1 sold clothing, scarves, bags and earrings. the stuff was so cool – boho long before the word boho existed. i couldn’t wear a lot of the clothes, maybe a skirt here or there, but i could definitely work with the scarves and bags. i got this one when i was maybe a senior in high school. sometime around there. i was drawn to the shells.

so how has this bag stayed in the family when many others i’ve had through the years have been given away? it’s the shells. i love cowrie shells. maybe you’ve heard, but wikipedia can tell you: they were used as currency in Africa, Asia, and North America, and also as a sign of rank and authority in some cultures. they are also worn as jewelry and adornment in clothing and the hair, and are a sign of womanhood and fertility. i made a cowrie shell necklace for my wedding and put a fertility symbol on it to boot, and wore cowries in my hair. let’s just say it worked and leave it there.

i think cowries are beautiful. they also feel great to play with – i read they’re also used as dice. i have a dish of them in my living room. i grabbed this purse because i knew i was at the end of this journey and it woudn’t be complete without this bag, as it has been with me for so long. also, i needed red for Pentecost. my church, Calvary Episcopal Church, had a joint service with my childhood parish, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church at a park in Mt. Airy forest. what a blessing THAT was!

the bag’s faded a little through the years, in part because i have it handing on my closet door where i can see it every day.

as i typed those words i was overcome with emotion. doing this work has reminded me of the many lessons that the strong women in my life, primarily mom and Joy, have taught me: live in the moment. appreciate and enjoy what you have. try to make someone else’s life better on your way. of course there are more, like those involving raggedy underwear… but we’ll leave those alone for now.

i remember one day coming home from working at the downtown library. we were living with my parents while david was getting his mba and n was a baby. this particular day, i had been asked for money by homeless people repeatedly. i asked mom, what do you do when people ask you? i feel bad when i don’t give, but i don’t always want to. here’s what she said: when the spirit moves you to give, give. if you don’t feel moved, don’t. either way, pray for that person and keep going. and pray for yourself to be open to the voice of the spirit within you.

happy Pentecost.