This 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Fell 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 email@example.com with Bag 21 if you like it.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
day 15 Sunday, April 19
On 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
This 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.
I hope you’re enjoying your Easter season, wherever you are. I’m thankful for that harsh winter which has ushered in a gorgeous spring!
I decided to do this in batches so that people wouldn’t be confused about them being up for grabs. But to be honest, I don’t like it as much.
day 10 April 14, 2015
Jaiya picked this one for me today. This Jil Sander bag was at the Goodwill in Mt. Washington a few years ago. I remember someone asking me “are you sure it’s not a fake?” I’m thinking, who would fake a Jil Sander?! But how I know it’s real is that the inside is make of leather too. It’s a gorgeous dome bag that i featured two years ago.
I love when these things become trends; this year dome bags are back. So in March and April I see what’s happening in bag trends thanks to another passion of mine, magazines. Then shop my closet and make my selections for the season.
day 11 April 15, 2015
Ok I have a thing for woven bags. It’s just cool to me. I’ve done a couple of weaving projects and i respect the craftspersonship entailed in weaving. Much has to go right for the pattern to work, especially a pattern like this middle piece with the person. There was NO WAY this was staying in the Goodwill.
It’s tall enough for my water bottle, and the strap adjusts to be a too-long cross body so it’s a winner all around.
day 12 April 16, 2015
Ah, Fossil. I’ll never get sick of you. And i won’t have to, since i have a growing collection of Fossil bags. I got this one last year at the Goodwill and let me tell you: it was $10, half off purses, AND there was the matching wallet inside. So it was worth it for the wallet ALONE, but i got this cool coated cotton bag too. It’s got a lot going for it – it’s roomy, but not oversized; holds my water bottle, iPad and all my junk, and is waterproof. This day i was in no mood to choose an outfit, so i let the bag choose for me. Ended up in all navy because the bag wanted to be the star.
day 13 April 17, 2015
Friday, and i let Jaiya pick again because… well just because. I did ask her not to get anything too small; i had to go to work. She chose this paisley Echo bag and i just smiled. Seems like I can get everything under the sun into that bag. I have another one with a black and white pattern that i got a couple of years ago. They were priced right at TJ Maxx. I could carry my 15″ laptop in that baby. In fact, i have a third Echo that ‘s a weekender. They’re very lightweight, coated and colorful fabric with seatbelt-style straps. This is the kind of bag that makes a monochromatic outfit fabulous. Also great for travel. Sigh – see you in a month or so.
day 14 April 18, 2015
Today was one of those Saturdays where I didn’t leave the house until late afternoon. I was headed to the Woodward track, so i grabbed this colorful St. Vincent find from a couple of years ago. It’s by Catori, a Sun ‘n Sand brand. I tracked this one down online and found out that they were still selling it. I took it to Episcopal Communicators a couple of years ago since it’s so portable. i love the pattern and it’s actually a cross body on me, so for around $4 (I forget) it’s a welcome addition to the collection. When i look back on the blog from two Easters ago, i realize i’ve given away several of those bags. I’ll count one of these days. But this is one i didn’t even consider giving up! It’s got that front phone pocket. Critical.
I went into my closet and decided to give up this blue Ann Taylor purse. It’s got great whipstitched details and the color is great for spring. It’s small to me, maybe 10″ x 6″. Email me at email@example.com if you like it.