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Giveaway starts tomorrow.

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 50favbags@gmail.com. Here’s what you need to say:

  • Name
  • Address,
  • Bag #

Here’s a sample:

  • Miriam McKenney
  • 1234 Bag Ln Cincinnati, OH 00000
  • Bag #7

The rules:

  1. Follow the rules.
  2. Email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with bag # if you’d like to claim it.
  3. I deliver or mail to you.
  4. Please do not send me a message on facebook, text me, or corner me except to say “I emailed you at 50favbags@gmail.com.”
  5. How come i keep repeating the same thing? because, my loved friends, five years have taught me. repetition is important.
  6. 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!

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day 50! Pentecost

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?

  1. I love bags.
  2. I love giving bags away.
  3. I really enjoy having fewer bags.
  4. Yes, I still have more than fifty bags, but fewer than sixty. And many of those are backpacks or totes.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. I resist the urge to rescue bags. Someone else can come and save them.
  8. 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!

day 42

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?

day 30

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.

day 19

I got this Maurizio Taiuti bag at TJ Maxx several years ago. I love the shimmery sueded leather, cute animal print pattern, and adjustable strap.

Days 20 & 21

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Well, she did it! Our girl graduated from Bowling Green State University, and in her honor I carried this orange – and i do mean ORANGE Latico slouchy tote. I got this one at TJ Maxx a couple of years ago when orange was the color of the season. Like i always say – if you love a color, or marginally like it, get it while the getting is good. I looked for months before i found an orange i could tolerate at a good price. Latico bags are saturated with color, with the most supple, soft, scrunchy leather. It does have black hole qualities, but that’s ok. It’s a looker.

 

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After the Flying Pig 5K, i thought THERE’S NO WAY I’M LEAVING THE HOUSE. Whoops forgot about a friend’s show. Calvin Klein to the rescue, in this soft, buttery, chartreuse leather with khaki leather trim. I got this at Clothes Mentor for IDK around $14 or so. Ok, so the strap is coming loose and it has some scuffs. So what! The color makes it fabulous, especially with neutrals. WINNER

I’ll get caught up yet!

 

Day 12

IMG_0427This part of the blog is an Easter celebration for 50 days of my favorite bags. The hardest part about my personal Easter celebration is having to tell people they can’t have one of the bags. To be clearer – the 40 day Lent bag giveaway is over; it ended on Holy Saturday. Easter Sunday started the 50 favorite bag part, where i use a different bag every day for 50 days. This discipline celebrates the bags, and is an exercise in… a whole lot of things, actually. Having to switch bags daily means I can’t build up a lot of stuff. It forces me to choose and then release at the end of the day. There’s no getting into a bag rut during these 50 days. Anyway. If you asked for a bag since Easter, you won’t be receiving it. Sorry for any confusion.

Today’s bag is an old standby, my first Tignanello. This bag does it all except pay the bills. Read more here. I almost got rid of it this year, that’s how few bags I have left compared to the past. I don’t buy like i used to. I give away more than i used to. The collection is truly whittling down to the favorites. I’m thankful.