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bag 9

It happens sometimes that I fall asleep before I post the day’s bag. Here is bag 9 – UGG from Goodwill. Here’s the original post where I tell the story of getting this bag eight years ago. If I didn’t have this post I’d forget everything except the location.

It’s still in pretty good shape, but you might need some fabric glue in a place on the strap. If you like bag 9, hmu at 50favbags@gmail.com with bag 9, your name, your address. Peace!

bag 4

I got this Kipling at St. Vincent de Paul a couple of years ago for $6.99. Read more about that here. Lots of internal organization, with a large split compartment, key leash, and extra zipper pockets on front and back. I love the brand and red is my color. Since this purchase, I got a red bag by Sherpani. One in, two out is my new mantra because sometimes the reality is two in, none out. That’s why I selected these bags several weeks ago, so I wouldn’t talk myself out of giving them up when the time came.

Another strategy I’m trying is having the girls bring me a bag to give. In the past, they’d get a bag, and I’d say what was I thinking? I’m not giving this one up. Not this time. If it’s in the giveaway bag, it’s getting given away. On the first day, David brought me an Oscar the Grouch bag I got at goodwill. NO WAY, I said, I’m not giving up Oscar. David had the gall to say, “is he different from Cookie Monster?” I just looked at him and questioned several of my life choices. “Did you just ask if Cookie Monster and Oscar the Grouch are the same?” Then I looked at the bag again and could see his point. NOT.

If you’re interested in this Kipling bag, email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with bag 4, your name, your address. If you’re new, check out the about page for more info. Peace.

bag 3 – taken

So far, the totes remain unclaimed, so I asked Jaiya to dig deeper and get something smaller. 

Baggallini bags are great for travel, as they’re lightweight and extremely organized. Check out the pic where I’m holding the bag open: lots of slots for cards and small items, so you don’t have to have a separate wallet. Fill this little crossbody with your necessities and carry it when you want to leave everything else behind, then throw it in a larger tote or backpack. We will travel again, i’m a believer.

I’ve given several baggallinis away through the years, because I tend to purse rescue this brand. When I see them in the store, it’s clear the workers don’t know the value. They are very sturdy, and the bright interiors make it easy to see your stuff. The metallic fabric goes great with most colors. Read more and see more pics here.

If you like this bag, email 50favbags@gmail.com with bag 3, your name, your address. Peace!

day 48

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So here we are with a favorite favorite bag that I didn’t use because I thought I might use it to go somewhere, but that didn’t happen. But I did decide to go and lay hands on it. It’s looking worn where some of the stitching came loose, but I don’t care. Of course, it’s a Fossil. It’s a bag I use for weeks and months until something happens where I need to switch. It’s big, and holds my water bottle and still fits inside my backpack. The adjustable strap is long so it acts as a crossbody and a shoulder bag.

Because I knew it was getting a bit worn, I already have a Fossil backup that I found at the St. Vincent de Paul sometime in the last six months. Being honest, it’s not as cool as this one. What I love most about this bag is that there’s a place for everything. Phone in the front zipper pocket, change in the pocket in front of the phone, keys in the snap pocket, and so on. There’s so many pockets and pouches – eight total. I searched the blog and found out that i bought it on April 16, 2013 for $6. Wow.

Sometimes what I do is try to find the bag online by describing it and finding a picture that hopefully has the name of the bag, then find a replacement. Ok I’ve only done that for shoes now that I think about it, but this bag is one I would try to replace or get repaired. Someday.

Mask is by Mother, a denim company in LA. Highly recommended.

day 42

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Shopping at Clothes Mentor always teaches me something. I’d never heard of Linea Pelle until I looked up the brand while considering whether or not to buy this purse. Once I zipped and unzipped the zippers a few times and finally stopped touching this supersoft leather, I decided it was worth the $14 they were asking. Plus, I love perforated bags. Period.

Today I checked online an found this bag in cognac on Poshmark for $70. You can find others on Amazon ranging from $198-$245, unless you want vegan.

I love everything about this bag except one thing. It’s heavy. I have some physical issues that require me to lighten my load. The only way I can do that with this bag is to take off the shoulder strap and carry it like a satchel. That means I don’t use it as often as I’d like. But maybe I can carry it around the house.

 

day 41

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Here’s a bag my daughter bought for me – she actually bought one for both of us. It’s a Sherpani Soleil AT – Anti-Theft bag, perfect for travel. It’s got almost everything I’ve been looking for in a backpack, much of which I covered yesterday in my Hap Tim backpack post. The one element this bag has that Hap Tim doesn’t is that you can tuck away the backpack straps. That’s one of the most important features I seek.  But, it doesn’t have the frame opening I’ve been looking for.

It does fit a lot of stuff, though – I could get almost everything into it that i had in my Hap Tim except for a large hardbound planner. I probably could have crammed it in, and it definitely would fit if i took my purse out. Overall, it’s a really great bag – and if you want anti-theft features with cool style, look no further. Check out their website for all the safety features.  The water bottle holders are a very stretchy material that lay flat when not in use. Best of all, it’s wearable four ways – crossbody, shoulder bag, tote, and backpack. Wait, is that what’s best? Or is it that it stands up by itself? It’s so hard to choose.

Almost forgot! I reviewed this bag in this video.

day 39

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For this vintage bag, here’s a vintage post from early in the blog in 2013. This purse is a keeper and a testimony to my love of frame bags. The post I wrote in 2013 explains why. My mom really taught me to love high quality at low prices. I like to think she’d be proud of my taste in bags. Rest in peace, Mom.

 

I have a thing for frame bags. I remember playing in my mom’s closet when I was little, and finding her frame bags and just opening and closing them. Some of the hinges and closures were so cool. Yes, my love of bags began in my mom’s closet. There was a vast array of purses to choose from. She was seriously into Aigner. She also had this patchwork leather satchel in colorful neutrals – totally ’70s. I wish I knew what happened to that bag because I would rock it with abandon.

So when I saw this Oroton frame bag at my favorite Goodwill, I thought ok, this could be cool. It reminded me of something my mom would own. I got closer and touched the leather, opened and closed it a few times, and was entirely on board. Now, I had never heard of this brand, but that wasn’t going to stop me from making a purchase. I was just happy to have something that reminded me of her. Here’s another case of a bag that I don’t carry often, but I like to look at it.

I like carrying bags on my wrist or by the handles, and that’s how I carry this bag, even though it has a removable crossbody strap. The quality is impressive. So I googled it earlier and found out about Oroton. Made in Sydney, Australia, “luxury” bag makers, high-end stuff.

Then I tried to find a picture of my exact purse. I could tell from the style that it was a little older, so I wasn’t sure I would find it. And then, there it was – on ebay.com.au where the bidding began at $79 and is up to $182.50 with a little over 5 hours to go. I paid $8 for mine: score and a great reminder of someone I deeply miss.

day 37

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Ok I had to take advantage of these photos from 2013 to explain why I love baggallini so much:

  1. they don’t use capital letters in their logo – LOVE
  2. the ergonomic zippers – LOVE
  3. RFID
  4. small but hold a bunch of stuff because there’s a place for everything or it’s magic
  5. perfect size to throw into a larger tote or backpack when you’re traveling or commuting or have a diaper bag or something
  6. crossbody straps that cross MY body which means they’ll probably cross yours
  7. so well made, you can find it at the thrift store looking brand new or $4-$10 because they can’t tell the difference between this and Thirty-One or some random off brand
  8. you can also get them at TJ Maxx or Marshalls so if you need it to be new you can still save
  9. travel bags that don’t look super gonza – look it up, but the word defines itself

Love you, baggallini.

day 35

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Today is a new day – as in today, I’m sharing a brand new bag. As in, I bought it new with the tags – so rare for me! Even though the tags are still on it, all my stuff is in there. Well, not my water bottle. But it’s cool, since this is the perfect size to throw into my new Hap Tim backpack.

In my backpack quest, I discovered the brand Sherpani. They make sustainable backpacks and ones for anti-theft. I recently got the Soleil AT from my daughter as a gift.
Now, I’m a fan of TJ Maxx. It’s known. Thank goodness, after their site was down for a couple of weeks, it came back up – but for browsing only. I loved it! It feels great to love a company that takes care of its employees and has the good sense to put them before their economics. The site finally came back up for shopping around a week ago, but only taking a few orders a day.

One of the companies in their family is Sierra, and one day they had a link saying, “if you really want to shop, go over there.” So I did. I searched for backpacks, and along the way, found this bag. The pattern is one I liked a lot – c’mon, I’m an 80s girl who loves colorblock – and it’s from Sherpani’s essentials collection, which is 100% recycled. They also do work to clean oceans, called the blue verve project. The bag was on sale for $24.99, around half off. I decided to try it.

The verdict is – I love it. It’s got an adjustable crossbody strap, two zipper pockets on the front, a side zipper on the back with an open pocket outside. Inside, a zipper pocket and two open pouches for phone and whatever else you need to keep organized. It’s even got the nerve to be RFID protected.

It’s the first brand new purse I’ve owned in a long time, and I plan to enjoy it. I’ll let you know how it holds up in about a year!

day 32

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Ah, I remember finding this one at St. Vincent de Paul in Mt. Washington for $6. I just saw one online for $165. Woven kilim style carpet bag with a doctor bag style hinged closure by T Cappelli in Plano, Texas. Complete with four brass feet, and a detachable crossbody strap, the brand is recognizable by the single ring on the handle. These bags were made in the 1980s, which is just my style. Well, usually. I grew up in the 80s, so let’s just say it’s my style era. Last year, I wrote: I enjoyed carrying it today and got lots of comments on it. I had it full of stuff, and the magnet closure did not fail. Can’t wait to carry it again in the future. This picture was taken in my office last April.