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bag 11 – claimed


Fringe. I don’t always love it, but when I do, it’s likely¬†on a bag. I bought this brown Raj fringe bag at TJ Maxx at least seventeen years ago, probably more. It’s a fun bag, but a bit of a black hole (meaning it’s cavernous with not a lot of organization inside) and I have another bag with fringe that I like a whole lot better. Even though I have loved this bag for years, it’s time to let it go.

I admit that I thought I would never get rid of this bag. I have a friend who really loves this bag and she said if I ever get rid of it to let her know. I was like, “yeah, girl, right… I’ll do that.” So I did that, but it’s up for grabs to you, too, because it’s a woman’s prerogative to change her mind.

One of my Lenten learnings through the years is that we don’t need all of this stuff. The more I give away, the more I want to give away. The more bags I give away, the better I feel. Many of you practice generosity during Lent; I love seeing what you’re doing. I pray that I can continue to be this generous throughout the rest of the year.

If you like this bag, email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with the following info: bag 11, your name, your address. Thanks!

day 34


day 34 – brown fringe leather by raj

i went to a concert and then a party last night and got home pretty late. i got as far as typing in day 34, and the next thing i know it’s time to go to church. so, here is yesterday’s bag – a a brown leather fringe tote by raj. i looked it up online and it’s still for sale at their website – the connie bag for $200. i know i didn’t pay $200! i remember seeing this purse on the clearance rack and not believing it. it had a couple of pieces fringe missing, so i got it for a steal at $40.

now, i’ve been going back and categorizing my posts so that i can see how many bags so far came from tj maxx, target, or a thrift store. 22 came from thrifting, 6 from tj maxx, 2 from target, and 3 from various places. so when i do buy from tj maxx, i really think about it and don’t make purchases lightly.

that said, this is a swinging bag! it’s cavernous inside, with a zipper pocket and pouches, which made it perfect for a day of concerts and parties. first, my daughter sang with bel canto and the Cincinnati Public Schools Honor Choir. wonderful. then i went to a concert by the Cincinnati Choral Society featuring music written, arranged and conducted by my dear friend Howard Helvey. i can’t get enough of his amazing talent.

with this baby, i could haul my stuff, water bottle, coffee cup, jacket and later wine and bread for the party. the picture was taken at the party at my friend jean’s house. she has this cool bench that looks like a church pew. a fun bag for a fun day. peace.