Tag Archives: blue

bag 16 – claimed

Sunday bag because I’m behind a day. Here’s a new one I bought a couple of months ago. Beautiful blue color and the leather is butter but I rarely use a blue purse. Email me at 50favbags@gmail.com if you like this structured hobo. I can’t remember the designer; I’ll update later.

Went thrift shopping with my youth group today. Almost bought three bags but only got one. You’ll see it during Easter.

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bag 3 – claimed

Trying to be earlier today. It’s a work in progess, my friends.

A couple of years ago, during the Flying Pig 10K, l learned that i have a lower back issue. I rounded the five-mile mark and thought, “What the *)#@ is happening? What’s this pain?” My ortho doctor said “Let me see that bag. Why are you carrying so much stuff?”

TIme to lighten up. I started carrying Vera Bradley bags because they’re cute and lightweight. The fact that they are going out of fashion means thrift stores are full of them. I’m too old to care about trends to the point that i won’t carry something i like. I got a few at Goodwill and purchased this one along with some others, but the pattern doesn’t go with my stuff. Please email me at 50favbags@gmail.com if you like 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 31 – taken

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Here’s a Fossil tote that comes with a wristlet. This tote is small yet spacious. If you like totes, but they overwhelm you, this may be for you. Plenty of space inside, made covered cotton with leather trim. That means you can wipe it down and it will still look great. The dots are dark blue with yellow accents. I’ll post pics of the wristlet in a bit, but want to post before the day is done. Bring that pop of color to your life – great for a rainy Spring day. Got this one back in the day at my used-to-be-favorite Goodwill in Mt. Washington.  Email me at 50favbags@gmail.com if you like this Fossil.

You guessed it, my models ignored me today.

UPDATE: can’t find the wristlet! Maybe i gave it to someone… NO CLUE

Bag 21 – taken

IMG_3318Fell asleep – but it’s still Friday on the west coast, so… let’s talk about a lightweight leather tote from the sak. There’s lots to love about this tote, and frankly if i start describing it too much, i might keep it. Handles are long enough to fit over the shoulder, but short enough not to drag the ground when you carry it. Open tote to fit all of your stuff, but maybe not your laptop. Email 50favbags@gmail.com with Bag 21 if you like it.

Bag 1 – Ash Wednesday 2017

Hey everyone! I’m excited to start my annual Lenten bag giveaway with a bag I’ve featured before, and am now prepared to give up. I got this beautiful blue bag several years ago, and while I love the color, I’ve used it maybe five times in the last four years. Bag, bye! Read more about this bag and see the interior here.

Here’s how this works:  I’ll post a bag each day until Easter, except for Sundays. If you see one you like, email me at 50favbags@gmail.com. Include the bag #. That’s it. First come, first served. Long distance? I’ll mail the bag to you.

New this year: purse models! The girls are now adult-sized. Help me, Lord. Jaiya is 5’7+’; Kaia is 5’7″. Nia will make a guest appearance when possible. Jaiya models today’s bag so you can get an idea of it’s relative size.

Each Lent that I do this, I’m changed. I’ve bought fewer bags from the thrift stores, and while I’ve considerably reduced my bag inventory, I’m driven to continue to give them away. Buying fewer bags has trickled over into other areas of purchasing. I’m much more mindful of excess and strive to eliminate unnecessary items from my inventory of stuff.

Honestly, giving away these bags gives me more than I could ask or imagine. I’ve renewed friendships with folks i usually only see on Facebook. I’ve lightened my load of stuff. And giving just plain feels awesome. So please, check back each day for a new bag that’s up for grabs. Sign up for emails of new blog posts to get a jump on the giveaway.

Peace!

 

days 15-19

day 15 Sunday, April 19

2013-05-12 19.06.41On Sundays, I go smaller because i can. I love this pebbled leather pink Liz Claiborne purse; I’ve had it several years and it always feels new. This is another one that i wrote about two years ago. One of these days i’m going to count how many I still have from then. Lots are gone now; gone to a better place – someone else’s closet.

day 16 Monday, April 20

2013-04-15 21.57.33This is the bag that held up this post. On Thursday, I couldn’t remember what i had carried on Monday. This morning, i decided to just look at the bags and then i remembered: this blue Prague shoulder bag. It’s one i don’t use often, and then when i do, i wonder why i don’t use it more.

day 17 Tuesday, April 21

Woven things… i’ll never get sick of you. I saw this at the St. Vincent near my house, which can be a crapshoot on a good day. That day was a good day because i got this vintage bag with a woven front and leather everything else. What can i say, it’s found a new home and lots of friends at my house. I love the Southwest flavor and of course it’s got an African bead on it – so it’s got mixed ethnicity, like me. COOL!

day 18 Wednesday, April 22  

I like big bags and i cannot lie. But, this one almost went into the giveaway this year, because as much as i love it, it’s a black hole. This huge Margot black pebbled leather tote is almost a weekender; IT’S GIGANTIC. and if i’m saying that, it really is. I couldn’t part with it so of course i grabbed it for a work day. EVERY time i need my keys i need a search party or three arms. But what can i say – it does it’s job of carrying all of my stuff beautifully.

day 19 Thursday, April 23

Jaiya’s pick – this gray bag i got at Clothes Mentor, which i you haven’t heard of it, is like Once Upon a Child or Plato’s Closet for grown women. YESSSSSSSS! Plato’s Closet is a great source for purses, but they have this annoying habit of hanging them on skirt hangers, which of course RUINS the leather with a pinch mark. DUH people! Clothes Mentor is the bomb. I got this bag for $18 and of course searched it and found it still for sale for $200+. The taupey gray goes with lots (except brown) and has a convertible set of clasps which makes it smaller. Of course I unhook those babies and TOTE IT UP.