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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.

days 11 & 12

Last night was hectic. That’s all I’m saying.

So today we have two bags. And I freely admit that I took bag 10 to the office to get my stuff. We’re in doing whatever hours.

Today I’m featuring these two bags selected by my husband David from the back of my closet door where all my favorites hang.

Bag 11 is a gorgeous white woven bag by Cole Haan. I’ve never used it – one day. I got it in the last year from the St. Vincent de Paul on Este for $14.

Bag 12 is by guess who – there’s a key – yes, it’s Fossil. I use this one a lot. Coated cotton canvas in this cute pattern… it’s the one I kept and I gave one in a different pattern away this year.

Ok y’all, peace.

day 10

Aaahhhhhh Fossil. Once I start carrying this bag its hard to stop. It’s got all of my favorite things: pebbled leather, handles and an adjustable strap, and color blocking. Got this at the St. Vincent de Paul for $12.50 a few years ago.

day 5

Bags are not up for grabs. That’s a Lent thing – it’s Easter now!

Today’s bag is a vintage Fossil backpack I found at Goodwill and actually paid $20 for but may have gotten 50% off. I brought this bag down and put my stuff in it, and looking at it made me want to go somewhere. So I decided to drop off a bag to my friend who claimed bag 1.

On my way home, I took my favorite route that I used to take all the time when I picked the girls up from high school. As I drove through, I marveled at how bright nature looked. Look at these trees! Even at dusk, they were glowing. After I turned the corner, I stopped and snapped this pic of where I’d just been. I’m really glad I stepped out for these few minutes. I hadn’t been out of the house since Easter.

This backpack has two large compartments and a smaller pocket in front and on the back. The squared-off corners allow for more stuff to fit than rounded backpacks. It even fits into my laptop backpack. I dig it!

day 2

If you’ve been with me any day before today, you know one of my favorite bag brands is Fossil. Yes, I love rocks and bags, and Fossil ties those loves together. There’s another reason I love Fossil bags – her name is Joy.

You might recollect me talking about Joy in past posts. She was my neighbor, aunt, confidant, mentor, teacher, and most of all, dear friend. She took care of me when I was young and treated me like a peer once I grew into adulthood. We loved to sit at her house and talk. She was a stay-at-home mom who worked harder than anyone I knew. She loved to shop from catalogs – we would sit and read them together, or she’d show me what she was going to order to see what I thought.

We also loved to go shopping together – mostly thrift shopping and to TJ Maxx. Notice a trend? Joy and her family had one car for several years, so I’d pick her up, and we’d go out for the day. She always treated me to lunch. Joy taught me so many things – how to eat healthy, exercise, and, most of all, that I need to create a corner in the world for myself.

When she died, I was beyond devastated. She left her husband and three sons, so when they were ready, I went over and cleaned out all of her closets. Several other family and friends had been through her purses, which was selfishly tough for me. I would have liked to have a couple of bags we’d bought on our adventure or that I’d given her. Just like her, they were gone.

Several bags remained, including this Fossil shoulder bag. I never paid attention to how many of the brands of bags she had were ones that I also liked. Even though this bag is smaller than the ones I would usually carry, and I almost gave it away during Lent, I kept it. I really do believe that you don’t need material things to remember a person. But the three bags I kept still smell like her. One of them still had tissues, mints, throat drops, and an emory board. Rest on, my dear friend. Rest on.

day 1

IMG_1588Preface: the giveaway is over – you have until Monday evening April 13 to choose from unclaimed bags before I take them to Dress for Success.

Happy Easter!!

Starting today, I celebrate my collection of bags for the 50 days of Easter, which ends on Pentecost. For the past eight years, I’ve carried a different bag every day for the 50 days of Easter. Changing bags every day is no joke! Even though I’m not going anywhere, I’m going to continue my practice. One thing I’m doing in my work life at Forward Movement and Calvary Episcopal Church is staying consistent in our messaging. I think I need to do that for myself, too.

Today I was thinking about this – It’s Easter – and my family and I had dinner together, but we did not dress up. We thought about it but decided not to. Which makes me wonder – why do we dress up? Why do we put on our Easter finest? Do we do it for others, or for ourselves? Maybe now is not the time to ask this question when my mental state is not the best, because the answer would probably be different. Anyway.

Today’s bag is from Fossil. I used it to deliver chocolate crosses to my youth group. I got this messenger bag from Goodwill in the last six months or so. It’s canvas with leather trim, with a padded laptop sleeve and an adjustable strap. Very gender neutral, which I love. Not that David will ever use it – he has his own bags. Yeah, that I bought for him.

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 17 – claimed

Two years ago, one of my favorite conferences took place in Hendersonville, NC, at a retreat center called Kanuga. I’d driven down, which meant I had a car to go to the store. I’m not saying what store, let’s just say we were stocking up. Anyway – lo and behold, there was a tiny Goodwill in this strip mall! I went in and promptly found three purses I wanted to purchase, and left one behind trying to do better. This vintage Fossil is one of the ones I bought for under $4. It’s a very cool bag in that it has two straps – one for shoulder and another longer one for a crossbody. This cognac color goes with¬†everything, unlike other shades of brown,¬†which DON’T go with navy or black. I’m done talking about it, just take it.

If you like this bag, email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with the following info: bag 17, your name, your address. Thanks!

PS if you got a bag from me and you’re wondering where it is, I’m on COVID-19 quarantine as a result of 1. a trip to Spain last week and 2. I would have done it anyway. Thanks for your patience or impatience. You’ll get your bag eventually. Peace!

bag 14 – claimed

Clearly, this is the year you will see just how much I like Fossil bags. Here’s one of my favorites from their Key-Per line. Coated cotton bottom with brown pleather (i think) accents, this bag is excellent for rainy days or any day that you want fashion + fun. Zipper pocket inside and outside. I found this at Goodwill several years ago and have really enjoyed it. I love coated cotton because it’s lightweight and durable. The blue in the flowers is that robin’s egg color perfect for Spring.

Good news for me – I kept one in the same style with different fabrics. I’ll miss this bag, but if you like it, email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with the following info: bag 14, our name, your address. Thanks!