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bag 13: Pier 1 backsak

here we are again with a bag i tried to give away last year and there it was in my closet again. tell me if this is true for you: this pandemic brain thing – do you experience this? memory loss where you genuinely can’t remember how a thing happened?

usually, i take the bags that no one claims to dress for success or st. vincent de paul. i know some of the bags no one claimed went that route. so i suspect that there are a few bags that when i contemplated taking them, i said nahhhh, you’re staying here, sweet baby. of course this would be one of those bags.

which brings me to share this concept, which is a revised concept since i started giving away bags in 2014. yes, it’s a lenten discipline. yes, i need to get rid of stuff. yes, it’s a thing and not a person or extremely important in the larger scope of my life. and.

i get to decide. if i decide i want to give a bag away, cool. if i decide as i’m about to post it that i don’t want to give it away, cool. if i decide to keep it instead of taking it to a charity, cool. i think at the end of the process, i’ve been a human who followed a discipline and sacrificed and decided not to always sacrifice. which, in itself, is a sacrifice. but i’m not going to the cross with or for these bags.

when we let something go, we make space for something new. or we make space for space. when we hold on to something, the space is filled. this process of releasing through the last 8 years taught and teaches me a lot about what to bring in and what to leave in the store for someone else to enjoy.

sometimes, a bag gathers energy through the years based on several aspects, one being who i’m often with when i’m using that bag. this pier 1 bag is one i often used when i was with my friend Joy. so it has Joy energy. that’s a good thing.

if you’re interested in bag 13: pier 1 backpack, email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with your name, address, and bag 13: pier 1 backpack. peace.

bag 23

Vintage backpack from Pier 1. I’m pretty sure I got this in the 1990s, possibly earlier. It’s one of those pieces I can’t remember not having. There’s lots of stuff I had in my late high school and college days I wish I still had, but I won’t get into specifics. This is a cotton drawstring backpack with a shell border that I’ve used sporadically through the years but more enjoy as art.

If you like bag 23, email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with bag 23, your name, and your address. If you’re waiting for delivery of a bag, please be patient. I don’t get out much, so please bear with me. Peace.

day 36

Got this backsack around 25-30 years ago at Pier 1. I loved the cowrie shells and little mirrors in the design. The cotton is faded, and it’s a black hole bag, but so what? I still enjoy looking at it and using it. Functional art.

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.