TJ Maxx brings me a lot of mental healing. I don’t always spend a lot of money in there; it’s just fun to look around at stuff. I used to spend a lot of time in the bag department, which is right at the front door. Now when I go in I go right past the bags unless I have a reason to go over there.
This yellow convertible bag by The Sak was a Christmas present from me to me around four or five years ago. I bought it for $60, put it in the closet in a bag, then wrapped it and put it under the tree. When I opened it, i oohed and aaaahed and was so excited. I played with it like it was a new toy, which was fun due to the shoulder strap which snaps underneath the bag when not in use. I usually carry it by the handles. It’s a great bag to brighten any day, but I tend to carry it on rainy days for a reminder of what the sun looks like.
Since we’ve been sheltering at home, I really love getting on the TJ Maxx website and browsing. My girls and I have always relied on TJ for therapy, especially when we don’t want to spend a lot of or any money. Or, we go for a phone case or cord but browse around. We also get our chia and other gourmet foods there. I think i said this before but i really appreciate how they closed their website and still paid their staff, and then are slowly coming back, only taking a certain number of orders a day. There are certain stores I don’t patronize when I know how they treat their employes. Glad to know TJ isn’t horrible.
Meanwhile – I kept looking at the straps in this picture like what is that white stuff on the handles? There’s nothing on there. Then after a while I realized it’s the glare from the flash. Time for bed.
One more day!
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.
Ok I had to take advantage of these photos from 2013 to explain why I love baggallini so much:
- they don’t use capital letters in their logo – LOVE
- the ergonomic zippers – LOVE
- small but hold a bunch of stuff because there’s a place for everything or it’s magic
- perfect size to throw into a larger tote or backpack when you’re traveling or commuting or have a diaper bag or something
- crossbody straps that cross MY body which means they’ll probably cross yours
- so well made, you can find it at the thrift store looking brand new or $4-$10 because they can’t tell the difference between this and Thirty-One or some random off brand
- you can also get them at TJ Maxx or Marshalls so if you need it to be new you can still save
- travel bags that don’t look super gonza – look it up, but the word defines itself
Love you, baggallini.
Cheers to another good baggallini. I took this one to the Episcopal Communicators conference in Denver last year, which would have been in Savannah last week. I’m telling you, baggallini is my favorite travel bag line as far as nylon bags go. They are so cute and functional, with excellent security and RFID protections in their new bags. If you get one at the thrift store, check to see if the RFID tag is in there. Many of the bags come with a detachable wristlet which is RFID so you can hook it to your keys or put it in your pocket and keep it light. Another thing i love about them is that baggallini does not start with a capital b. I have a thing against capital letters. I don’t capitalize my name if i can avoid it, or I but spellcheck will do it or me. Sometimes i don’t feel like fixing it.
Anyway, I got this one at the St. Vincent de Paul, i think. But if you want a newer one, find them at TJ Maxx or other discount stores or online shops like 6pm.com. Much respect to TJ for still having their website closed.
Baggallini is one of my favorite thrift store brands to search for – after Fossil, of course. All of the baggallini’s i have came from Goodwill or St. Vincent de Paul, so while i could recognize the quality, i had no idea of their worth until i visited the baggallini site for some random reason I can’t remember lately. Those bags are expensive!! I see them at TJ Maxx for $19.99-$34.99+ and I’m like yeah, I’m good finding them at the thrift store. This bag you see here would be around $45-$50!! Seriously, check it out for yourself. Of course stuff is on sale now for Mother’s day, but DAAAAGGGGG. Found one on Poshmark for $50! What! I paid $4.
This bag is so cute with the little built in handle and detachable crossbody strap. It’s great for putting into a bigger bag but it barely fits my wallet let alone anything else. I do have a travel wallet that fits in there by guess who – yeah Fossil, that i got at Goodwill for $3 and then I can fit lip stuff and keys. The style and the color keep this bagg – as they like to spell it – in my collection.
Kaia loves Patricia Nash bags. She has one I got at the thrift store and one she bought herself when she graduated.
She and I were at TJ Maxx and saw this round fringe crossbody, we both wanted it, so we decided to share it. I bought it, and I let her use it whenever she wants.
Latico purse from TJ Maxx. Yeah, a few years ago, orange was THE color, and I had no orange because it’s not in my color wheelhouse. So I thought I’d get an orange bag. I looked and looked and looked and the bags I liked were SO expensive. I settled on this one, and I think it was $60, but $59.99, so it didn’t feel as expensive. Yes, it did.
The leather is lovely, and the color is deep and bright. But it’s a black hole. Click the black hole tag for an explanation if you need one; I’ve explained it multiple times in previous posts.
If you like this bag, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with bag 28, your name, your address. Also, a reminder that Sunday is a feast day – so check out the blog for unclaimed bags. Email me at the above address with the same info but the bag # you want. Peace!
No excuses; forgot and fell asleep yesterday, so here is yesterday’s bag.
This bag is the first bag I spent $99.00 plus tax at TJ Maxx. I believe the year was 2007, but I could be wrong. No, I think I’m right – I bought it as a gift for being promoted to being the manager and creator of the library’s homework center.
I’d been looking for a white bag for a while, and thrift stores are not always the best place for white bags because they get dirty so easily. When I saw this Hype bag at TJ, I loved everything about it – the design, hardware, multiple pockets, and drawstring pouches, the fun interior print. It’s one of my favorites that is now too heavy. It needs a good cleaning; nothing some white leather cleaner/polish can’t fix.
If you like this bag, email me at email@example.com with the following info: bag 18, your name, your address. Thanks!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the following info: bag 11, your name, your address. Thanks!
Latico leather hobo. Got this at TJ Maxx during the orange craze. It’s super soft and a bit of a black hole, but the color pop pop pops.