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day 28

IMG_1782Today I left the house to deliver care packages to my youth group so I decided to bring this Kipling bag I got from the St. Vincent de Paul last year. The monkey is gone, which is fine with me. I love Kipling! Just like baggallini, it’s lightweight and very packable. Great for traveling. This one is red, and I love red bags. If you like to wear a lot of black, like I do, red comes in handy.

Anyway – I got this one at St. Vincent de Paul for $6.99. It retails for $119. Yeah right! Honestly, I can’t wait to get back to the thrift stores. Actually, yes I can. I can wait as long as it takes. I’m so fortunate to be home with my family, and we like each other in addition to loving each other. My middle is an amazing chef and we’re happy. Peace all!!

day 19

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Baggallini is one of my favorite thrift store brands to search for – after Fossil, of course. All of the baggallini’s i have came from Goodwill or St. Vincent de Paul, so while i could recognize the quality, i had no idea of their worth until i visited the baggallini site for some random reason I can’t remember lately. Those bags are expensive!! I see them at TJ Maxx for $19.99-$34.99+ and I’m like yeah, I’m good finding them at the thrift store. This bag you see here would be around $45-$50!! Seriously, check it out for yourself. Of course stuff is on sale now for Mother’s day, but DAAAAGGGGG. Found one on Poshmark for $50! What! I paid $4.

This bag is so cute with the little built in handle and detachable crossbody strap. It’s great for putting into a bigger bag but it barely fits my wallet let alone anything else. I do have a travel wallet that fits in there by guess who – yeah Fossil, that i got at Goodwill for $3 and then I can fit lip stuff and keys. The style and the color keep this bagg – as they like to spell it – in my collection.

day 13

img_9339Here’s one I got at TJ Maxx a few years ago by Echo. I got this same bag in two different patterns and used the other one more than this one. I couldn’t even give it away because the design wore off the top of the bag. This one is in much better shape. It’s great for carrying all my stuff, including a laptop, as long as it’s in a sleeve. There’s a cool outside pocket that’s only attached at the top, which makes the perfect phone pocket.

Full disclosure: I almost quit the blog a couple of days ago. I haven’t talked about COVID-19 much, but my husband and I are high risk. Anytime one of us coughs or sneezes, we’re looking around like, “who was that? Are you ok?” So it’s a very stressful time for everyone, of course, and we’re no different. The other day, one of us got sick, and I felt like the blog was irrelevant. But, we still have lots to be thankful or and to celebrate in this Easter season. I’m grateful we’re all doing ok and managing our symptoms, taking our medicine, adding health practices, and doing our best to lose weight and keep stress down. We have to do everything we can to be proactive so that we can minimize our risk factors. Take care of yourselves and each other, friends. Take care and peace.

bag 25 – claimed

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Small green crossbody with detachable strap. Front flap and interior pocket. Divided outside pocket on the back. If you like it, email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with bag 25, your name, your address. I got no sleep last night and took a “nap;” woke up exhausted. Take care of yourselves.

bag 24 – claimed

Yesterday I mentioned a practice I’ve deployed in years past when I’ve looked at my bags and decided I didn’t want to get rid of any of them. I’ll go to the thrift store and get a few for the sole purpose of the giveaway. Some of you might think “hey, that’s cheating!” – to which I reply, “it’s my giveaway, I make the rules.” We’re both sorta right.

Sometimes, I’m traveling and need an extra bag because I didn’t take enough photos or didn’t bring enough bags – spring breaks in Connecticut at David’s parents’ house comes to mind. My mother-in-law loved to thrift, and we usually hit at least one thrift store while I was there. God rest her soul, those days are gone.

Now, I have no choice but to dig deep and keep going with my Lenten discipline. When things get tough, we’re called to do the same. It might not seem like a difficult thing for many people, but I’m not many people. I’m the only me there is. The next seventeen days of this giveaway, you can believe I’m sacrificing things I’ve grown to enjoy. And that’s ok. There’s much more at stake than my bags these days, so I can woman up and give of what I have.

This virus reminds us that things don’t mean as much as people. Last night, after getting the news that my COVID-19 test came back negative, I got the best sleep in over two weeks. But then again, my bags are art. They give me comfort. We all have those things that provide us with comfort, no matter how much we have or don’t have. More critical than bags are my three loved and surly children. And my husband, who may or may not put the soap back in the right spot. And all my dear family and friends. So on with the giveaway.

Here’s a cute pastel yellow (trust me) Fossil bag for someone who loves a place for everything. Large inner pouch, front flap pocket, back zipper pocket with credit card slots, and room for more stuff – this bag will keep you organized. The leather is thick and soft. The adjustable strap of cotton canvas and leather converts from shoulder bag to crossbody. $6.99 at St. Vincent de Paul. I was just about to put my stuff into it and use it, but whatever. I have another yellow bag that I bought myself for Christmas a few years ago by the SAK, so it’s all good.

If you like this bag, email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with bag 24, your name, your address. Thanks and peace.

bag 22 – claimed

My dad bought this bag for Kaia and honestly, she never liked it and gave it to me. Of course, my dad was well aware of my mom’s predilection for Aigner bags and shoes. I’m sure that’s what drew him to this bag at the upscale resale store he frequents.

Lovely vintage cotton saddle-style bag with two sections inside, a back pocket, adjustable buckle strap, and leather trim. I have a DNKY bag that’s very similar that I really like, so this one is up for grabs.

If you like this bag, email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with the following: bag 22, your name, your address. Thanks!

And yes, that’s a Charlie Brown Christmas tree in the background and Bible Gateway on my computer with a Root for Jesus sticker. Mhmm!!

All bags will be delivered once I’m out of quarantine. I have extreme hygiene going on, but please take care when you receive packages and wipe them down or wait at least five hours before opening. PEACE

bag 20 – claimed

img_9465How appropriate – it’s the halfway point of Lent, and I’m out of bags selected for the giveaway. The girls each chose a bag from my collection, and I had to choose one to give away. ARGH. I won’t show the other two that they selected, but they made it tough for me to decide to give up this Vera Bradley bag.

Good old Vera – I like this print because it’s simpler than many, and if you know me, you know I love black and white things. Wow, what a statement for a biracial person. Anyway, there’s lots of room inside, and the adjustable strap takes it from shoulder bag to crossbody. I got this one when there were a LOT of VBs at the Woodlawn Goodwill last year.

If you like this bag, email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with the following info: bag 20, your name, your address. Peace!

day 21

baggalini gold

I have a few baggallini bags because they’re lightweight, well-made and often found at thrift stores. This one is a cute crossbody in gold that I’ve had for around five or six years. baggallini bags are great for travel and can be found in lots of different styles and colors at TJ Maxx. But why pay $15-$40 when you can find them at the thrift store for $4-$10?

 

bag 6

Let me get this over with quickly. I mentioned this year would be sacrificial = so to prepare, I got a bunch of bags together several months ago so I wouldn’t agonize about my choices in the beginning. When I pulled this out of the bag, I began to barter with myself, and *almost* took it back. Then I sighed, waited until a few minutes ago, snapped these pics, and here we are.

I got this bag when Target first started partnering with designers for special, short-run lines. This Isaac Mizrahi tote converts from a bowling-bag style when snapped to a large tote when unsnapped at the sides. Carry it with the handles or crossbody. I’ve put this bag in the giveaway for a few years and always rescued it. Time for someone else to enjoy it.

BTW this is a non-leather bag, but even after use, it’s in great shape. Email 50favbags@gmail.com and request bag 6.

Day 4 a day late, wow

IMG_0353Here’s me and my Kipling at the airport picking up a lovely gentleman for our Episcopal Communicators conference. Thought i’d come home and post it – yeah right. This is the bag I use when i just need it all to work. Fits an iPad, water bottle, and all the rest. A place for everything and… you know the rest. Glad i found this at the thrift store, gave it to my oldest, then reclaimed it. NO NIA you can’t have it back.