Tag Archives: Leather

bag 12 – claimed

 

Calvin Klein structured hobo in chartreuse. This is a sooooffffftttttt bag, and the leather is spectacular. Front and back pouches perfect for keeping phone and keys separate but accessible. I picked this up at Clothes Mentor a few years ago. It’s great with black instead of yellow, so you don’t get the bumblebee effect. Have fun this modern, colorful bag. The little leather tassels in the front could use a bit of Tacky glue or Gorilla glue or something like that.

Email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with bag 12 if this catches your fancy.

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bag 6

I found this Gianni Bini brown bag at goodwill and I bought it because lots of you like purses with organization. It’s small but packed with pockets, pouches, and slots for cards. I just drove to Tennessee for Listening Hearts training so I have to do this quickly. Email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with bag 6.

bag 4 – claimed

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Here’s a bag modeled by my sweet baby Jaiya that may or may not be a Balenciaga. If it’s fake, it’s a great fake. The zippers flow like butter and the leather is soft and supple. It’s probably fake, but whatever. I got it for $20 at the St. Vincent de Paul in Mt. Washington last year after leaving it, thinking about it and going back for it. But after all of that research and thinking and driving I haven’t used it. I can’t explain why so instead I’m offering it to you. If you don’t care if it’s real or not and just like big soft slouchy totes with menswear touches, email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with bag 4.

If you scroll back through older posts from this year and it doesn’t say clamied in the title, the bag is still up for grabs. So go for it.

bag 2 – claimed

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I have a giant pile of bags in my room. I guess it’s David’s room, too. So he’s upstairs and I said “bring down a bag for the giveaway, please” and he comes down with THIS. This is one of those bags that I put into the pile to be sacrificial but honestly I thought “I certainly must have more than forty bags in this pile, so there are a couple I won’t have to give up. Hee hee hee!” and THIS was one of those bags. So God must have whispered “Get the gray one with the super soft leather and cool hardware that she really likes – yeah, that’s the one.”

It’s by Reiss and it’s lovely. It has a buckle on each side to convert it from purse to tote. I got it at Clothes Mentor which if you didn’t know, is filled with really really great bags that are affordable. If you like high end designer bags check them out. I don’t play with the stuff they have to lock down in a resale store. Y’all can have Michael Kors.

Email 50favbags@gmail.com with bag 2 if you like this one. Bag 1 is still up for grabs.

day 50! Pentecost

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?

  1. I love bags.
  2. I love giving bags away.
  3. I really enjoy having fewer bags.
  4. Yes, I still have more than fifty bags, but fewer than sixty. And many of those are backpacks or totes.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. I resist the urge to rescue bags. Someone else can come and save them.
  8. 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!

day 49

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.

day 48

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.