Tag Archives: Lent

bag 24 – claimed

Yesterday I mentioned a practice I’ve deployed in years past when I’ve looked at my bags and decided I didn’t want to get rid of any of them. I’ll go to the thrift store and get a few for the sole purpose of the giveaway. Some of you might think “hey, that’s cheating!” – to which I reply, “it’s my giveaway, I make the rules.” We’re both sorta right.

Sometimes, I’m traveling and need an extra bag because I didn’t take enough photos or didn’t bring enough bags – spring breaks in Connecticut at David’s parents’ house comes to mind. My mother-in-law loved to thrift, and we usually hit at least one thrift store while I was there. God rest her soul, those days are gone.

Now, I have no choice but to dig deep and keep going with my Lenten discipline. When things get tough, we’re called to do the same. It might not seem like a difficult thing for many people, but I’m not many people. I’m the only me there is. The next seventeen days of this giveaway, you can believe I’m sacrificing things I’ve grown to enjoy. And that’s ok. There’s much more at stake than my bags these days, so I can woman up and give of what I have.

This virus reminds us that things don’t mean as much as people. Last night, after getting the news that my COVID-19 test came back negative, I got the best sleep in over two weeks. But then again, my bags are art. They give me comfort. We all have those things that provide us with comfort, no matter how much we have or don’t have. More critical than bags are my three loved and surly children. And my husband, who may or may not put the soap back in the right spot. And all my dear family and friends. So on with the giveaway.

Here’s a cute pastel yellow (trust me) Fossil bag for someone who loves a place for everything. Large inner pouch, front flap pocket, back zipper pocket with credit card slots, and room for more stuff – this bag will keep you organized. The leather is thick and soft. The adjustable strap of cotton canvas and leather converts from shoulder bag to crossbody. $6.99 at St. Vincent de Paul. I was just about to put my stuff into it and use it, but whatever. I have another yellow bag that I bought myself for Christmas a few years ago by the SAK, so it’s all good.

If you like this bag, email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with bag 24, your name, your address. Thanks and peace.

bag 19 – claimed

Some folks like new stuff; some folks like vintage. So for you vintage lovers out there, here’s a handmade Etienne Aigner envelope purse that converts from a shoulder bag to a clutch. If you’re a longtime follower of this blog, you know my mom LOVED Aigner and had an extensive collection. This bag is not one of hers, but I saw it at the thrift store, and it reminded me of her. So, of course, I bought it.

We used to watch a show called Clean Sweep. In the show, one of the hosts named Philip something or other said you don’t have to keep an item to keep the memory if all it does is create clutter. He encourages folks to take a picture of the item and let it go. Doesn’t let it go sound much better than get rid of it? I think so. If none of you like it or any other bag I post, I’ll donate them to Dress for Success.

If you love handmade bags and would like this one, please email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with the following info: bag 19, your name, your address. Thanks!

 

bag 18

IMG_1258No 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 50favbags@gmail.com with the following info: bag 18, your name, your address. Thanks!

bag 38

This Ogio backpack was at the St. Vincent de Paul on Este just hanging around waiting to be rescued. It’s a great backpack with padded straps and exterior cupholders. Those are backpack musts for me – and I need two cupholders. This is in pristine condition. If you’re in touch with yourself the ESPN W will only encourage you. Yes, Eric Carle’s Very Busy Spider hangs in my office.

Email me at 50favbags@gmail.com if you like bag 38.

bag 37

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Vera makes her final appearance this year with this backpack that was donated to me by a person who gifted a bag back to me that she got from the blog in the past. While I don’t typically take donations, I couldn’t pass up the chance to offer this bright backpack with adjustable straps and a zipper pocket outside and small pouch inside.

Email me at 50favbags.com if bag 37 calls you.

bag 36

Ok so the guys out there don’t feel neglected, here’s a computer briefcase by Incase. Room for your laptop, cords, headphones, and lots of other papers/magazines/small books and other items of that ilk. Large zip pocket in front and a little phone or key pouch on the back. A couple of little marks on the front won’t prevent you from carrying your stuff stylishly. Dawn or oxyclean will likely solve it.

Email me at 50favbags.com with bag 36.

bag 35 – claimed

Cole Haan small leather snakeskin bag with an adjustable strap that I rescued from goodwill.

Email 50favbags@gmail.com if you like beautiful quality of bag 35.