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bag 36

Here’s a cute luxe fabric shoulder bag by HaloMiner, a company created by two parents from Sands Montessori. Recycled fabrics that feel great if your’e sensory, this bag features an interior pocket and snap closure. The flower detaches for a clean look or wear it elsewhere. I’d call these colors dusty burgundy and dusty blue/gray. Kaia has a few HaloMiner bags and since she uses the other two more and this one was new with the tag, she gave it to me to add to the giveaway. She’s holding it with her WHHS Carpe Diem t shirt.

If you’re interested in bag 36, email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with your name, address, and bag 36 as the subject line. Peace.

bag 29 – taken

Here’s a giant Vera Bradley tote that will carry it all. Front pocket is great for phone and or keys. Pockets inside with a big open space. I used this to carry my purse, lunch, and computer to work and of course – books. Top button closure so your stuff isn’t hanging out everywhere.

If you like bag 29 email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with bag 29, your name, and your address. Monday peace.

bag 24 – taken

Last week was my birthday and the year anniversary of our first family trip to Europe. One of my girls was studying in Toledo for the semester so we went and visited her. This is the purse I used most of the time. baggallini purse with pockets everywhere, it even has a luggage pass through. It’s called the everywhere bag, and this is an older version.

If you like this bag, email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with bag 23, your name, and your address.

I realize now more than ever that this will be the last year I do the blog this way, because I’m running out of bags. I was short seven and went back into my closet and got some more. Lots of these are bags I’ve used for years, so they might need some “sprucing up” as my dad likes to say. Again I crave your patience as I get bags packed up to deliver and send out. I had a traumatic experience at the post office so everything gets picked up from my house now. 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.

bag 22 – taken

Yesterday’s bag:

Here’s a cute baggallini crossbody that’s small but efficient, and great for travel or putting into your larger bag. Lots of pockets and pouches for keys, cards, Aquaphor, and more. Two zip pockets on front, one on back that’s great for your important top secret documents, card holders and zip pocket inside along with pen loops and a key leash. They call this color mushroom but I call it gold. It’s really in between the two. The pink interior makes it easier to find your stuff. Adjustable strap. I rescue these from the goodwill and St. Vincent de Paul all the time. Well, I did and will again someday.

If you’re interested in bag 22 email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with bag 22, your name, and your address.

And if you’re new: the only bags available right now are those dated February 17, 2021 and after that don’t have TAKEN next to the title. Peace.

bag 16

Jaiya chose this from the pile so since i missed yesterday here’s me getting caught up. I can’t remember where I got this bag. I want to say Pier 1. But I can’t be sure. Anyway it’s a cute crossbody from the 1990s. If the boho or eclectic look is your thing, email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with bag 16, your name, your address.

I got my first vaccine shot yesterday and my arm got more sore as the day went on. Typing this now gives a little well-worth it twinge. 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!

bag 2 – taken

Over the years, I’ve endured some physical setbacks that prevent me from carrying heavy bags. This year, you’ll see some bags I thought I’d never give away on this blog. I started buying lighter-weight bags, including this Vera Bradley tote I got at Goodwill. I love the button closure and the 70s vibe pattern. So why am I giving it away?

This pandemic means no thrifting. I thought long and hard about whether I would do the giveaway since I couldn’t supplement with thrift buys. That meant to find forty bags, some had to be ones I want to keep.

Being home all the time, looking at all the stuff I have, makes me want to get rid of more things. I realize the essential things in this house are not things at all. They’re people. Through the years, it’s gotten easier and easier to get rid of bags. I give more and buy less – and not just bags.

If you would like this bag, send me an email at 50favbags@gmail.com with bag 2, your name, and address. Bag 1 is still available. Peace!

bag 39 – claimed

IMG_1571IMG_1574I bought this bag for Kaia, and she kicked it to the curb, and since I wanted one myself and didn’t buy one, I kept it. Well, here we are with two days to go, and I’m letting it go with joy.

Vera Bradley handbag – in the real sense of the word. Two outer pockets on either end and a zipper pocket and three pouches inside. Love the pattern and the style, but brown is not my favorite color so bye bye bye. No, I’m a Backstreet Boys fan.

As I reflect on the past several weeks of giving, I realize that this year I have been more of a joyful giver than in past years. Even the bags that were tough to let go of, I’ve done so with a joyful heart because I’m reminded now more than ever of all of my blessings.

I’m blessed by so much, tangible and intangible. My family. My friends. My jobs. My calling. My material belongings, including clothing and all of the non-essentials I’ve accumulated through the years. So much more. I know those aren’t complete sentences, and the Grammarly widget doesn’t like it. I don’t care.

The point is that learning to joyfully and happily let go of material possessions opens my heart and home to more occasions for generosity. You receiving these bags makes me very happy, and you can be sure I’m being generous in other ways. Generosity is also a huge concept in my work as a fundraiser for an Episcopal non-profit, so it helps to practice what I preach to others.

If you like this bag, email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with bag 39, your name, your address. Peace!