No excuses; forgot and fell asleep yesterday, so here is yesterday’s bag.
This bag is the first bag I spent $99.00 plus tax at TJ Maxx. I believe the year was 2007, but I could be wrong. No, I think I’m right – I bought it as a gift for being promoted to being the manager and creator of the library’s homework center.
I’d been looking for a white bag for a while, and thrift stores are not always the best place for white bags because they get dirty so easily. When I saw this Hype bag at TJ, I loved everything about it – the design, hardware, multiple pockets, and drawstring pouches, the fun interior print. It’s one of my favorites that is now too heavy. It needs a good cleaning; nothing some white leather cleaner/polish can’t fix.
If you like this bag, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following info: bag 18, your name, your address. Thanks!
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!
hype satchel hanging out at Music Hall after the May Festival concert
i remember the summer well – 2007. i was looking and looking for a white purse to no avail. then i found this hype purse at tj maxx. i’m almost embarrassed to say how much i paid for this bag. but whatever. $100. or does $99.99 sound better? i had just gotten promoted to homework center manager at the library, and i felt like for once, i could go for it. i was wrong.
don’t get it twisted – i really like this purse. it’s busting out with charm all over. whip-stitched, drawsting, satchel style, lots of buckles and pockets. but the thing is heavy. that summer, i ended up with a neck strain and my ortho doc partially blamed this purse. he wanted me to get rid of it. i gave him a look and he said “never mind. just lighten your load.”
now, i carry it sporadically and don’t overload it, which is sad, because it can really hold a lot. so, be careful what you wish for. it could be a pain in the neck.