Tag Archives: thrift stores

Bag 18 – taken

I featured this bag a few years ago – i remember buying it on a particularly good purse thrift experience at the Mt. Washington Goodwill, which sadly no longer sells this caliber of bags. I bought it because it’s one of my favorite purse brands, Tignanello, and because it reminded me of my mom. She loved spectator shoes and purses, and had them in navy and white and black and white. I like looking at this bag, and it’s a cool purse, but I can look at a photo when i want to be reminded.

One of the cool things about this bag is that it’s a shoulder bag and a cross body. Adjust the strap and you’ve got two looks for the price of free. Email 50favbags@gmail.com if you want to rock the black and white spectator look.

Bag 1 – Ash Wednesday 2017

Hey everyone! I’m excited to start my annual Lenten bag giveaway with a bag I’ve featured before, and am now prepared to give up. I got this beautiful blue bag several years ago, and while I love the color, I’ve used it maybe five times in the last four years. Bag, bye! Read more about this bag and see the interior here.

Here’s how this works:  I’ll post a bag each day until Easter, except for Sundays. If you see one you like, email me at 50favbags@gmail.com. Include the bag #. That’s it. First come, first served. Long distance? I’ll mail the bag to you.

New this year: purse models! The girls are now adult-sized. Help me, Lord. Jaiya is 5’7+’; Kaia is 5’7″. Nia will make a guest appearance when possible. Jaiya models today’s bag so you can get an idea of it’s relative size.

Each Lent that I do this, I’m changed. I’ve bought fewer bags from the thrift stores, and while I’ve considerably reduced my bag inventory, I’m driven to continue to give them away. Buying fewer bags has trickled over into other areas of purchasing. I’m much more mindful of excess and strive to eliminate unnecessary items from my inventory of stuff.

Honestly, giving away these bags gives me more than I could ask or imagine. I’ve renewed friendships with folks i usually only see on Facebook. I’ve lightened my load of stuff. And giving just plain feels awesome. So please, check back each day for a new bag that’s up for grabs. Sign up for emails of new blog posts to get a jump on the giveaway.



day 50

2013-05-20 21.25.22

handmade art fair cross body

today i must end my 50 days with this deerskin crossbody that i bought at the ann arbor art fair in 1991. i don’t let myself think about ann arbor too much. it was such a wonderful time in my life before i got married and had my sweeties. i don’t dwell – it’s dangerous.

using this bag means paring down to the bare essentials. that’s what my life was like then – i had just finished grad school and started my first real job. all i needed on a regular basis fit in this purse. i used it daily for a long time, especially at work. it was like a cool fanny pack – yes, that’s what was going on back then.

12 years and three girls later, i got fashion-minded again, and realized that a large body can make a small purse look like a tic tac. i went back to carrying large purses again. factor kids into the mix and i’m hauling an arsenal to ward off any malady or mishap. seriously – who has kids and isn’t leaving the house without child and adult pain relief? neosporin? cortisone? children’s pepto? can i get a band-aid? i’m always out of those.

i really did have everything i needed today while out shopping with my good friend and “like a mom” Joy. i took her to my favorite thrift stores, and we discovered a new one together – the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop, where the workers are volunteers and all of the profits go to the Society. with my mom dying of cancer, i’m happy to add it to my repertoire. the prices were great. if you have one near you, check it out.

so with this being my day 50, what did i learn? i can do something i set out to do for no other reason than i want to do it. and because i have a hard time saying goodbye, i’ll leave an opening to reflect and write about this experience.

i got the courage to start a more long-term blog. this one is called thriftinnati – devoted to my thrifting exploits and overall bargain shopping. i won’t be posting daily! weekly, likely. www.thriftinnati.com starting soon.

thanks to any and all on this road! and no, i’m not selling any of these bags! maybe some others in my closet, though… stay tuned.