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day 44

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tignanello color me classy crossbody

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check out the bottom stitching. tight!

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side pouch – one of two

i had a good time shopping yesterday, but i must admit to feeling a little let down with the purse selection – especially at my favorite goodwill. but i was cool with it. every day is not a great day for bags, but the process is usually cathartic and rewarding. yesterday as i was paying for a few items of clothing for my girls, Esmerelda* and i had this exchange:

  • Esmerelda: if you come back later, i’ll have some more clothes out.
  • me: what about purses?
  • Esmerelda: yeah, maybe i’ll have time to put some more purses out. it is looking a little skimpy over there, isn’t it?
  • me: i’ll see you later.

but, i didn’t have the chance to get back out there. this goodwill is around the corner from my girls’ old elementary school, where i also used to work. it was easy to scoot in there and check the merch on any day of the week, and even go back after school if there was good stuff for the girls. but it’s 20+ minutes from my house, and i can only justify going out there once a week.

but Esmerelda’s words haunted me. i could’t stop thinking about the fabulous bags in the workroom. there were good bags back there, bags that i would miss if i didn’t make another trip. i tried to talk myself out of going but… well, fast forward to 9am this morning:

  • ring, ring – Peony* answers: Goodwill, may i help you?
  • me: hi, this is miriam. did Esmerelda put out any purses yesterday?
  • Peony: i’m not sure, she’s not here yet.
  • me: well, she told me she was going to, and i don’t want to drive all the way out there if she didn’t, i was just there yesterday. i’m the one who comes in on mondays, and sometimes other days…
  • Peony: oh, i could tell who you were from your voice. i could always put some purses in a cart and wheel it out…
  • me: i’m on the way.

so i went out there, shopped and was at work by 9:55 am. today’s bag is one of the ones i got. yes, i took my stuff out of the other bag i planned to use and rocked this one TODAY. my mom would be so proud – it’s my first spectator bag! she loved spectators almost as much as Aigner, and if it was an Aigner spectator then it was ON. she did have an Aigner navy and white spectator purse and matching shoes. bad to the bone.

this is a tinganello color me classy cross body. it’s retailing on Amazon for $129 and i paid $6 – yes, it was half off purses today. black and white pebbled leather with a convertible strap, making it also a shoulder bag. pockets inside and out, the hardware is on point, zipperd side pouches, as in one on each side – it’s the bomb.

i also scored two more good ones that you will be seeing in the next few days. and, the fossil i kicked to the curb this morning will be back.

it pays to be nice to the workers at your local thrift store. they are often wonderful people – sure, i’ve met a few duds – and when you’re nice to them, they are more willing to be nice to you. i don’t expect special treatment for being kind and respectful, but isn’t it nice to receive it anyway? i LOVE my favorite goodwill! i am truly thankful for goodwill, st. vincent, and other thrift stores that are ministries to the human race. i receive many a blessing thanks to thrift stores and deeply appreciate all involved in getting the products to the floor.

peace.

*names changed to protect the hardworking staff at my favorite goodwill

day 10

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the sak coral hobo

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tassel detail

time to return to a thrifting success. i was in my favorite st. vincent de paul when i saw this coral hobo by the sak from the checkout line. i almost didn’t grab it, because it looked a little small. boy, was i wrong. this bag holds a lot! my stuff, water bottle, coffee mug and a magazine – heaven.

the handle is whipstitched and lined, with a cool rope detail and hanging beads. the color looks great with all neutrals. i’m so glad i didn’t pass it up at $6.99!

so maybe a week later i find this purse in a different color, same purse though, at tj maxx for $59.99. score!

i took this photo at work, because i want you to know that i’m not just choosing my favorite bags, i am actually carrying that bag for the whole day. i usually switch in the morning, after staring at my closet trying to figure out what i’m going to wear and what purse goes with that, or choosing the purse and then figuring out what to wear with it. regardless, there’s a lot of staring.

the handle is whipstitched and lined, with a cool rope detail and hanging beads. the color looks great with all neutrals. i’m so glad i didn’t pass it up at $6.99!

so maybe a week later i find this purse in a different color, same purse though, at tj maxx for $59.99. score!

i took this photo at work, because i want you to know that i’m not just choosing my favorite bags, i am actually carrying that bag for the whole day. i usually switch in the morning, after staring at my closet trying to figure out what i’m going to wear and what purse goes with that, or choosing the purse and then figuring out what to wear with it. regardless, there’s a lot of staring.

day 7

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maurizio taiuti lepoard print bag

time for animal print. i found this Maurizio Taiuti on the clearance rack at tj maxx for $49, then went to another one where it was on even more clearance for $39, so i did the switcheroo and saved. the original price was listed as $120. as a 30-year tj maxx shopping veteran, i can spot a well-made italian bag from the men’s department.

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shadow, not discolored

2013-04-07 22.02.45the leather has an iridescence that you can see in the close-up pic. the strap is long, which is great for us taller, larger ladies who want a crossbody but don’t want it to cross the body in an unfortunate spot. i’m a sucker for grommets, so that sealed the deal. inside, it’s got a cell phone pocket made of the same leather and a zipper pocket. a purse without interior organization is a black hole being sucked into a vortex. it’s big enough to fit a magazine and my water bottle. now THAT’s a win.

i got this gorgeous bag a couple of years ago, when leopard was really “in” and everywhere. i was drawn to the abstractness of the leopard print. even if i choose to follow a trend, i like to have something different and unique. this is a case where all of the thrifting can afford me the occasional opportunity to purchase something special that i really like.

i wore this to church today, then out to dinner at the famous Montgomery Inn Boathouse. another reminder of how much i love this bag.