Tag Archives: Leather

bag 37

I bought this Fossil at the St. Vincent dePaul near me. Why would i buy ANOTHER black Fossil? My favorite black bag that looks a little like this is wearing out. When i saw this one, i thought ok, I’ll keep this for when that one gives out. What was I thinking?

This bag has a gusseted pocket with a zipper pocket above it on front, zipper pocket on back, two slip pockets inside, one great for a phone, and an interior zip pocket. Adjustable strap complete with the Fossil key and a lock fob. The more I describe it the more I like it. Plus, grommets.

If you like bag 36, email me with your name, your address, and bag 36 in the subject line. Three bags to go. Peace.

bag 34

Here’s another Fossil art piece. Small kiss closure bag. From last year:

Fossil vintage style frame bag in cream with a kiss clasp closure, two front pockets, and a short shoulder strap for when I want to look cute and not carry a lot of stuff. It’s much more beautiful than it is functional – when I put all my stuff inside, the clasp doesn’t stay closed. I keep scarves in it so it can hang out in my room and be attractive. I don’t remember where or when I got it other than that it was a thrift store.

Email me at 50favbag@gmail.com with bag 34, your name and your address. Peace, see you Monday.

bag 32 – taken

This bag is an art piece for me, and I can’t keep all the art. This is a very cute Fossil cognac leather satchel with a zip closure. Doctor bag style opening, so it opens wide. Zipper pocket inside with woven handles. I got this at Goodwill years ago for $6, I think. It’s been sitting on my dresser, stuffed with scarves that I of course did not wear because i could not see them. I’m an out of sight, out of mind person, especially when it comes to scarves.

If you like bag 32, email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with bag 32, your name, and your address.

bag 25 – taken

Got this baby at TJ Maxx years ago. She’s still looking pretty good.

My first post about this bag:

this Carla Mancini bag was calling me from the clearance rack at tj maxx. it’s a small bag, but it holds a magazine if you roll it. i’m also a sucker for whipstitching. so whipstitched pebbled leather? and it’s mustard? it was over…

i don’t remember when i got this, which means probably around 10 years ago.(coincidentally, i my youngest is almost ten.) i also can’t remember how much i paid for this bag. but whatever it was, i have gotten my money’s worth. my rule is never more than $40 unless i feel it will have a very low cost per wear.

calculating cost per wear is a way to justify spending a little more on a quality bag that you really like. let’s say a bag cost $50. if you wear it 10 times in a year, divide the cost by 10 and you’ll have your cost per wear, or $5. if you keep it multiple years, then the cost per wear keeps going down. 5 years x 10 wears per year = 50 wears, so $1 per wear.

If you like this bag, email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with bag 25, your name, your address. peace.

bag 20 – taken

Here’s another offering from my vast Fossil collection. Can’t remember if this was Joy’s or if i got it at the thrift store – probably with Joy. We did a lot of thrifting together. This crossbody has a back zipper pocket with card slots and room for tissues and masks. The front pocket has magnet closure and slight gussets for keys, unless you have a giant key ring. Lots of room inside for wallet and other essentials. Brassy/gold- toned hardware.

If you like bag 20, email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with bag 20, your name, your address. Peace.

bag 15

Ok, here’s a cautionary tale about buying stuff from Poshmark. You are really taking a leap of faith, and while you do have some protections as a buyer and as a seller, folks can get one over on you if you don’t pay attention. AND, if an item is very inexpensive, trust that there is likely something the seller isn’t showing you in the pictures. Buyer beware as they say.

Linea Pelle is a brand of bags with incredibly soft leather. They also have perforated styles, which I love. It’s got some typical wear from usage, like bottom corner wear. There’s a mark on the bottom that no one will see unless you hold it up to someone. I love yellow and it looks great with this taupe/cream color. Very roomy and would hold a 13″ laptop.

If you’re interested in bag 15, email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with your name, your address, and bag 15. Peace. This is yesterday’s bag so one more today to get caught up. Sunday is a feast day so back on Monday with bag 17.

bag 14

You already know I love vintage bags, and here’s one Kaia pulled from the pile for today. I have no idea of the brand, but do know its patent leather as in real leather vs pleather. I don’t know how old it is, but it’s at least 60s or 70s because that’s when i was a little kid and my grandmother’s purses looked like this on the inside. The interior fabric is stiff with some backing, one zipper pocket and one slit pocket. What sold me was the frame with clasp closure. I love frame bags. Brown really isn’t my color, though, so off it goes.

If you dig vintage and like bag 14, email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with bag 14, your name, and your address. And now i’m all caught up.

bag 10

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.

If you like bag 10, email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with bag 10, your name, and your address.

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.

Peace.

day 50 – Pentecost

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Here we are at the end of the 50 days of Easter celebrating Pentecost with a red Liz Claiborne hobo. Liz made this bag with some of the softest leather I’ve ever felt. I took these photos in 2015, which is likely when I got this bag, as it’s the earliest post I can find, but a couple of years later, I remembered that I got it for $8. A fitting choice to welcome the hot fire of the Holy Spirit.

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Just look at the detail on this stitching and check out the logo – it’s thick brushed nickel with a cutout design for the LC. Below you can see the detail in the ring and studs that hold the bag and strap together. And don’t get me started about the zipper—butter with a pull very similar to the logo plate in heft and feel.

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COVID-19 gave me a year where I completed all posts and most of them on the day or the day after. I’d rather miss a few days being busier and have no one get this illness. Since my only control with COVID-19 is to stay home and away from people, I need to find wins amid a lot of loss. I wish COVID-19 was the only issue that made me sad and angry, but there are lots to be sad and angry about these days. I will continue to pray for my enemies, seek joy in small things, and love my loved ones even more.

I have a feeling I’ll be back to the blog before next Lent. Making no promises, but my feelings usually hit the mark. Especially lately. Peace all and thank you for joining me on this journey I call life through my love of hauling stuff around in what I consider to be beautiful vessels.

day 47

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TJ Maxx teaches me a lot about shopping at the thrift store. The reason I find so many excellent bags is that I know what to look for. Sometimes, I end up buying a few bags from TJ. This Maurizio Taiuti called to me from the clearance rack for $39 at least nine or ten years ago.

Animal prints really never go out of style, and even if one particular print makes a comeback it’s never wrong to wear something that celebrates the beauty of nature and creation. It’s got a long crossbody strap and a slip pocket just the right size for my phone. Here it is in 2019 when I was out there for Episcopal Communicators in Denver at Starbucks when Sandra wanted something sweet after lunch.