Abstract leopard print with shimmer in the leather. Got this at TJ Maxx several years ago when leopard was the trend. Animal prints weren’t my thing until I heard Clinton Kelly from What Not to Wear say that animal prints are all about celebrating the beauty of nature. Here we are in a Denver Starbucks with my friend Sandra Montes.
My daughter Kaia loves Patricia Nash purses. I’ve found a couple in the thrift store – one was a frame bag – and she was so excited. For her birthday last year, she got herself a Patricia Nash wallet. So when I saw this at TJ Maxx, I was like… hmmm… which one of us is going to get this bag? I love round things, embossed leather, and most of all, fringe. She loves Patricia Nash. So, we share it. She can use it whenever she’s home, but it lives at our house. Perfect.
The fringe is excellent for people like me who like to touch things, not people. It’s so soothing to run my fingers through that fringe, braid it, shake the braids out – it doesn’t take much, people. Not much at all.
Shooky (keychain) is excited that BTS won two Billboard awards tonight!! Best duo/group and top social artist. What does this have to do with bags?
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.
What’s this? A pile of purses? Must be time for my Lenten Bag Giveaway!
Year four of the giveaway starts on Ash Wednesday, March 6. I’m giving away a bag a day for a total of 40 bags. Yes, that’s right. Free. The last free bag will be given away on April 20, 2019.
Here’s how this works: Each day during Lent, starting on March 6, I will post a photo of a bag each day with a corresponding number between 1 and 40. If you see a bag you like from a post dated between March 6, 2019 and April 20, 2019, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Here’s what you need to say:
Here’s a sample:
- Miriam McKenney
- 1234 Bag Ln Cincinnati, OH 00000
- Bag #7
- Follow the rules.
- Email me at email@example.com with bag # if you’d like to claim it.
- I deliver or mail to you.
- Please do not send me a message on facebook, text me, or corner me except to say “I emailed you at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
- How come i keep repeating the same thing? because, my loved friends, five years have taught me. repetition is important.
- Any bags not claimed will go to a good cause, unless they end up in a box under my desk at work. Then, they go back into next year’s rotation, or to a friend who needs a spur-of-the-moment bag to go to the opera.
Today, Jaiya and I went to TJ Maxx, sat in the parking lot and decided we ddidn’t need anything and left. We went to Goodwill after that, and after choosing some bags to rescue I decided to leave them there for other folks and we left without buying anything. That’s how it is for me now – i can enjoy shopping and leave it all behind. Thank you, God!
I’m bout to get rid of some bags that I love. Watch for your bag!
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?
- I love bags.
- I love giving bags away.
- I really enjoy having fewer bags.
- Yes, I still have more than fifty bags, but fewer than sixty. And many of those are backpacks or totes.
- 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.
- 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.
- I resist the urge to rescue bags. Someone else can come and save them.
- 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!
I got this yellow pebbled leather convertible shoulder and handle bag by The Sak for Christmas for myself a couple of years ago. Sometimes certain people can give some strange gifts so I’ve learned to be prepared with a gift for myself I’m sure I’ll like. It’s called self care. And what could be better care than a yellow bag to brighten any day of the week?
This Raj brown leather fringe tote doesn’t get excessive use, but I’ve had it a long time. I got it at TJ Maxx around 15 or so years ago. It was fun to use today while out and about shuttling the girls around the world and back.