Today’s bag is a Banana Republic tote that I got a few years ago for $8 at Goodwill. Love this tote! This picture is from last year on this same Sunday, taken in the youth room at my church where i work as the youth minister. Of course we met remotely on Zoom today. But usually we would be here, eating donut holes and honeycrisp apples, talking about the Way of Love, sitting in our Ikea chairs they chose. We have such a good time.
Anyway this tote is really great – two pockets on the outside, and one on the inside. Great for travel as it packs very well. It’s very sturdy and stylish. Can’t wait to get back out there and use it in the world. But then again, I can wait as long as I need to. Stay safe.
My mom taught me to appreciate frame bags. In the last couple of years I’ve bought three from Goodwill but I gave two of them away because of this one. I really like the color palette and the interior pattern and organization is top notch. The outside front pocket offers the perfect place for a phone or keys – even both if you don’t have a giant key ring like mine.
Friends, I’m working on getting bags to you. Please bear with me. I just got part of my shipment of boxes from USPS and a postal scale. Local folks – I’ll get to you, or let me know if you want to pick up at my house. Peace.
When we’re able to travel again, even across town, you might like this bag by Travelon. Crossbody with lots of pockets and pouches. Two sides for the main pouch to keep things separate and easily accessible.
If you like this bag, email me at email@example.com with bag 29, your name, and as the girls say your addy. Peace.
You’d think it would be easy to stay on track, but no, the days blur together, and I’ll realize at 1am that I forgot to post. I even took these photos Friday morning because I was so excited to find one more bag I’d intended to give away.
That epic trip to the thrift store with Jaiya yielded this bag by the SAK. This one is one of their hand-crocheted bags, and Jaiya thought it was stunning. I have to agree. Cream with brown trim with the cutest little pockets on the front that I have no idea what you’d put in them other than change. Zipper pocket on the back, and a beautiful cotton print lining. I thought for a minute about keeping it, but NO!
I talked about the SAK in another post; visit their website about the hand-crochet process. This one is a bit heavier than others I’ve found – take care that you don’t snag it, which many in the thrift stores are. This one isn’t and looks brand new.
If you like this bag, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with bag 21, your name, your address. Thanks!
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 email@example.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!
Giani Bernini is a high-quality Macy’s brand of bags. I find them often at Goodwill and St. Vincent, but not always in this excellent condition. This coated cotton bag has lots of zipper pockets and pouches, leather straps and accents, and a very colorful cotton interior. There’s even a detachable coin purse! If you like bags that have lots of organization with a place for everything, this bag is for you.
Yesterday I offered a coated cotton bag and I admit I’m drawn to them thanks because they’re lightweight, durable, and easy to clean for folks like me who are prone to spills. The two-toned neutral fabrics will go with just about anything so it makes a good everyday bag for any season.
When I’m in the thrift store looking at bags, I always check the brand and if I’m not familiar with it, I research it. Lots of quality bags come your way due to my willingness to sit and research – which many thrift store folks do not do, hence they price high-quality bags at a low price.
If you like this bag, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information: bag 14, your name, your address. Thanks!
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 email@example.com with the following info: bag 14, our name, your address. Thanks!
Here’s a cute woven bag from J Crew. I was in high school in the 80s and Pappagallo bags were a THING. Of course, we had no money for that, so I had a knockoff brand with not the same number of buttons so it was OBVIOUS that it was fake. I still loved that bag, though.
So when I saw this at Goodwill it reminded me of those days so I bought it. The reason I take most of my bag photos on the same door is so you have an idea of the size and scale of each bag. If the doorknob looks big, the bag is small. Hence, it’s up for grabs, cute as it is.
I use lots of bags for other purposes – my vintage Fossil collection holds my scarves and jewelry. Bags are art to me, and this one fits that category well. Spring is coming, this bag will get you right in the Spring mood.
If you like this bag, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following info: bag 13, your name, your address. Thanks!
If there’s a bag giveaway, you can be sure that there will be a few by the sak. I really love this brand for the quality and for the linings – they’re usually colorful and fun. This small/medium crossbody bag is no exception with soft pebbled leather, brass hardware, adjustable strap, and sky blue lining. I also like the braided zipper pull and organized interior. Got this one thrifting at the St. Vincent de Paul. The sak also makes coated cotton bags with wild designs, and my favorite one is what I call the peace bag. Lots of bags have peace signs but this one actually has the word peace with lots of birds and other whimsical images. I also have a the sak wallet that I got at Goodwill for $4 several years ago and it’s still in excellent shape.
The other thing I really love about the sak, in general, is that they don’t use capital letters for their logo sometimes. They are also very socially and environmentally conscious and care about people around the world. Check our their vision here.
If you like this bag, email me at email@example.com with the following info: bag 9, your name, your address. Thanks!
Let’s just go ahead and get this one out of the way. I have a thing for the mailbag or saddlebag style of purse. This Fossil bag is leather on the front and canvas on the back and interior. That’s yogurt on the bag; daggone Siggi is no joke, but it will clean with no problem. The strap is very adjustable and takes this bag from a shoulder bag to a crossbody.
I found this Fossil several years ago at the Mt. Washington Goodwill. Those were the days when the girls were still at Sands Montessori and I still went out there on a regular basis. I used to get out to the thrift stores once a week. My thrifting frequency is one of the most significant changes since I started this blog. Each year I go a little less often. GIving up this bag is a direct result of my new normal of infrequent thrift shopping. If you like it, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following: bag 3, your name, your address. Thanks!
Be sure to check back; bags that are still available won’t say “claimed.”