If you were at Goodwill and saw an Oscar the Grouch jersey tote, what would you do? You can see what I chose. But, I’m going to share the love with you right here. I love Oscar. This dude lives in a garbage can and has a palace below. What he has going on is a lot of honesty and an ability to learn.
If you like bag 33, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, your address, and bag 33. Peace.
from eight years ago, about this purse by guess who – Fossil:
rippin’ and runnin’ is what was up today. mondays are often like that, but with ap exams and a graduating senior in the mix it got a little hairy. so i did what many a mom would do: dropped the middle one off at cello and went to starbucks, got a tall mocha, and went to the park with the youngest to hit the swing set .
this purse is a favorite that i intentionally put off until the latter part of the 50 days to spread the love. it’s a fossil, fabric with leather trim. yes, it came from my favorite goodwill for $8. or maybe $12, i can’t remember. either way, i really have enjoyed this bag because it’s very well organized. it has three exterior pockets – one big pouch in the back, a zippered pocket and flap pouch in front; and three interior pockets. it’s not too cavernous that i lose my giant key ring in the bottom.
closeup of front pocket and handles
we’re fortunate that the street where my daughter takes cello lessons has a park, so on nice days my sweet baby loves to swing. i love to swing too, but sometimes i’m working or reading while she swings. today i joined her, and i’m really glad i did. swinging gives me such a great feeling. there’s nothing like the wind rushing through my whole person – it takes me right back to being 6 again.
she begged me to take a picture of the purse on her lap like i did her sister yesterday. here’s a closeup of the front pockets and handles held by one of the sweetest hands on the planet. thank you, God, for my girls. i don’t think about what i would do without them.
I really love this bag, but don’t wear a lot of brown ever so… if you like bag 27, email me at email@example.com with bag 27, your name, and your address.
Here’s another Fossil – i do love to collect them. This is a messenger bag crossbody in a thick cotton twill with leather trim. Lots of compartments, laptop section, and a place for everything. I used it once last year to deliver chocolate crosses to my youth group on Easter. I hope someone can enjoy it. I got it from Goodwill and it’s in great shape.
If you like this bag, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address, and bag 19. Lots of other great bags still available.
Reading old posts about why I’m keeping a bag always makes me feel a type of a way when I’m getting rid of it. I’m talking myself out of letting it go with my own words from the past. That’s why this year’s posts are so much shorter. These really are the bags I said I’d never get rid of.
Here’s a Perlina i got years ago at the thrift store. Read more about it here in this post from 2013, the first year i started the blog. It’s a great bag and I’ve enjoyed using it. It’s got feet, one big section in the middle and two zippered sections on either side.
One more thing. This is not a scam. This is my Lenten practice. I reserve the right to block you in my email if you harass me about getting a bag. Naturally, this comment is based on folks saying they think I’m a scam and harassing me in my email.
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 email@example.com with bag 9, your name, your address. Peace!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with bag 2, your name, and address. Bag 1 is still available. Peace!
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!