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!
Found this bag at Clothes Mentor and got it even though it’s heavy. I could not resist the perforated leather. You can zip and unzip without having to hold anything. Next time you unzip your anything, ask yourself: did I have to use my other hand to get it done. By linea pelle.
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.
This bag by Insiders NY is one of the coolest bags I own. I got it at goodwill for $6 around six years ago. Checking again online, this bag still sells and the price is $250 now. They take photos and print them on soft, buttery leather. The bag is a little small, but not too small for my water bottle. It also has a little leather pocket inside or a phone. It’s perfect when I need a boost like I did today.
Here we have my Miu Miu little bag that I use when going out. It’s small but super dope and authentic. I’ve done all the checks. Got this for a few dollars at the thrift store. This reminds me that I need to go back and link older posts to the new ones. Not so easy when using the phone to compose. Anyway, this is a cute, high quality bag that I’ve enjoyed wearing.
Fossil saddlebag crossbody leather and canvas with brushed nickel hardware. I know that wasn’t a sentence; I’m too tired to be creative. I’ve always been fascinated with the mail pouch look. If it were bigger I’d use it more. Water bottle is too big.
When I saw this bag Clothes Mentor, I admired it but left it in the store. But I was intrigued when it was still there a couple more times after that. Pilcro and the letterpress? Never heard of it. Did my research and found out it’s an Anthropologie brand. You see how it worked out. After black and red, yellow is a great color to invest in. If you love a color but it looks… well… not so great on you, get the bag.