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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 33

If you were at Goodwill and saw an Oscar the Grouch jersey tote, what would you do? You can see what I chose. But, I’m going to share the love with you right here. I love Oscar. This dude lives in a garbage can and has a palace below. What he has going on is a lot of honesty and an ability to learn.

If you like bag 33, email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with your name, your address, and bag 33. Peace.

bag 30 – taken

Enjoy this cute baggallini crossbody. Two zipper pockets on front, one on back, card slots, pen loops, and another zipper pocket inside. Small and mighty. Adjustable strap. Awesome for travel.

If you like this bag, email me with bag 30, your name, and your address. Peace.

bag 27

from eight years ago, about this purse by guess who – Fossil:

rippin’ and runnin’ is what was up today. mondays are often like that, but with ap exams and a graduating senior in the mix it got a little hairy. so i did what many a mom would do: dropped the middle one off at cello and went to starbucks, got a tall mocha, and went to the park with the youngest to hit the swing set .

this purse is a favorite that i intentionally put off until the latter part of the 50 days to spread the love. it’s a fossil, fabric with leather trim. yes, it came from my favorite goodwill for $8. or maybe $12, i can’t remember. either way, i really have enjoyed this bag because it’s very well organized. it has three exterior pockets – one big pouch in the back, a zippered pocket and flap pouch in front; and three interior pockets. it’s not too cavernous that i lose my giant key ring in the bottom.

closeup of front pocket and handles

we’re fortunate that the street where my daughter takes cello lessons has a park, so on nice days my sweet baby loves to swing. i love to swing too, but sometimes i’m working or reading while she swings. today i joined her, and i’m really glad i did. swinging gives me such a great feeling. there’s nothing like the wind rushing through my whole person – it takes me right back to being 6 again.

she begged me to take a picture of the purse on her lap like i did her sister yesterday. here’s a closeup of the front pockets and handles held by one of the sweetest hands on the planet. thank you, God, for my girls. i don’t think about what i would do without them.

I really love this bag, but don’t wear a lot of brown ever so… if you like bag 27, email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with bag 27, your name, and your address.

bag 21 – taken

from last year:

Today’s bag is by Zina Eva, a designer I’d never heard of before I googled them to find out about this bag. They are expensive, and have mixed reviews. But nonetheless, I am happy with this bag at the price point of $8. What can I say, I’m a sucker for top-handle bags.

What’s cool: wooden handle, triple magnetic closure to make sure your stuff isn’t too heavy to keep it closed, and the beautiful suede lining. What’s not as cool: the exterior doesn’t look as real as it actually is. But, when it’s full of stuff it has a nice rounded shape on the bottom with the structured top – I think it looks classy. THere’s also a detachable shoulder strap – not long enough to crossbody for me. Overall, it’s pretty. Who knows, could end up in the giveaway someday.

Someday is today. If you like bag 21, email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with your name, address, and bag 21. Peace.

bag 19 – taken

Here’s another Fossil – i do love to collect them. This is a messenger bag crossbody in a thick cotton twill with leather trim. Lots of compartments, laptop section, and a place for everything. I used it once last year to deliver chocolate crosses to my youth group on Easter. I hope someone can enjoy it. I got it from Goodwill and it’s in great shape.

If you like this bag, email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with your name, address, and bag 19. Lots of other great bags still available.

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.

bag 7 – taken

Already at the place where I’m giving away bags I’d buy today if i saw them in the store. Here’s one of my favorite Fossil bags. Coated cotton in a very cute print. I love the birds and the flowers. Somebody get it before I decide to keep it. Why am I like this!

If you like bag 7, email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with bag 7, your name, your address. If you’re not in Cincinnati i appreciate help with shipping. Peace!

day 48

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So here we are with a favorite favorite bag that I didn’t use because I thought I might use it to go somewhere, but that didn’t happen. But I did decide to go and lay hands on it. It’s looking worn where some of the stitching came loose, but I don’t care. Of course, it’s a Fossil. It’s a bag I use for weeks and months until something happens where I need to switch. It’s big, and holds my water bottle and still fits inside my backpack. The adjustable strap is long so it acts as a crossbody and a shoulder bag.

Because I knew it was getting a bit worn, I already have a Fossil backup that I found at the St. Vincent de Paul sometime in the last six months. Being honest, it’s not as cool as this one. What I love most about this bag is that there’s a place for everything. Phone in the front zipper pocket, change in the pocket in front of the phone, keys in the snap pocket, and so on. There’s so many pockets and pouches – eight total. I searched the blog and found out that i bought it on April 16, 2013 for $6. Wow.

Sometimes what I do is try to find the bag online by describing it and finding a picture that hopefully has the name of the bag, then find a replacement. Ok I’ve only done that for shoes now that I think about it, but this bag is one I would try to replace or get repaired. Someday.

Mask is by Mother, a denim company in LA. Highly recommended.

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.