Should have posted yesterday – I’m at Kaia’s OU orientation, so all bets are off.
I know today’s color is red, but I got to the last day and had to use this bag. This is a hype brand bag that I got at TJ Maxx. I’d gotten a promotion at work 11 years ago and I splurged on this purse to the tune of $99. I’ve never spent that much on a bag before and haven’t since.
Fifty days later – really, ninety days later – what have I observed or learned?
- I love bags.
- I love giving bags away.
- I really enjoy having fewer bags.
- Yes, I still have more than fifty bags, but fewer than sixty. And many of those are backpacks or totes.
- I shop less and buy even less. Meaning I window shop and take photos and let people know where to go and get good bags.
- This process has helped me want to give away more and more stuff, and not just bags. I was already that way, but it’s even more of an obsession to purge, purge, purge and not bring as much into the house in the first place.
- I resist the urge to rescue bags. Someone else can come and save them.
- I question every purchase. I ask myself: do I need this, or just want it? What am I losing if I buy this? What am I gaining? I’m even more critical now, even at the thrift store. If something costs $1, and is unnecessary and takes up space, that’s a cost. I’ve bought lots of stuff because it was inexpensive and ended up giving it away.
I could go on, but essentially, I’m better off because of this blog. Over the last five years, I’ve changed my buying and my generosity – both for the better. I still get the urge to shop, but now have the discipline to not buy everything I want.
Will there be a blog next year? Not sure. If I do, it will definitely be the last one.
Peace! Thanks for being with me!
This Coach purse was at the thrift store, and they clearly thought it was a fake. It’s not. It’s beautiful with a purple lining. It’s a lovely bag, with lots of pockets and pouches to keep it from being a black hole bag.
Here’s my faithful Kipling complete with the little gorilla charm. This is a bag that can hold a lot but looks small. Water bottle fits. Crossbody strap – check. A place for everything – yes. This bag works.
Not a year goes by that I don’t use my Jil Sander dome bag. I almost fell down on my way to snatch it from the rack at goodwill years ago. Is is real? Well it’s lined with leather so you be the judge. Who fakes Jil Sander is the better question. Either way it’s a gorgeous bag.
Green is my favorite color, so a green purse at the thrift store has a higher percentage chance of being bought than most other colors. Then there are designers that I prefer that have a higher percentage chance of being bought. So when there’s a green patent leather Cole Haan purse for $5 it’s as good as sold. It’s pretty roomy with space for my water bottle as long as it doesn’t leak. It doesn’t.
I got this yellow pebbled leather convertible shoulder and handle bag by The Sak for Christmas for myself a couple of years ago. Sometimes certain people can give some strange gifts so I’ve learned to be prepared with a gift for myself I’m sure I’ll like. It’s called self care. And what could be better care than a yellow bag to brighten any day of the week?
Found this Fossil backpack at the mount Washington goodwill. I used to get lots of fabulous bags here, but the selection has changed. I was glad to find this even is there’s no key. Lower right corner has the name embossed. I was using this one for weeks before the fifty days of Easter. My water bottle fits perfectly. I really am getting down to the wire – very few purses left.