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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!

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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.

bag #11

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Since it’s Saturday, I’m going to reflect a bit on how this is going. But not before I introduce today’s bag, this Liz Claiborne chocolate-brown pleather duffle with gold hardware. I got this one at TJ Maxx maybe 6 or 7 years ago for $35. It’s got great interior organization with a zippered divider and 3 interior pockets. The handles are just long enough that they will fit on most shoulders (they fit on mine, so…). It’s about 15″ long.

This is a bag that I’m culling due to duplication. A true librarian knows that when you bring one in, one must go. Most librarians don’t practice this, though. And before you ask, once a librarian, always a librarian. I believe that since I had to get an advanced degree in it I can be it forever in my heart.

Email 50favbags@gmail.com if you’re interested. 

So on day 11, I can say that I really love giving bags away like this. I’ve had bag swaps in the past, and I’ve given bags to friends. I take stuff to Goodwill and to other charities on a regular basis. So giving is no new concept in my life, it’s part of who I am, who I was raised to be.

But giving away bags like this – this quantity to this many people who I know – is different and very cool, so far. Seeing the bag in action is what i love best. When I see my friends and they are carrying a bag from a purse swap or one that I just found and knew was perfect – and it is – it’s like I’m a WINNER! A matchmaker for people and bags. A bag whisperer.

But what kind of person is THAT? Who cares that much about bags and why? I care about bags that much, and have for so many years, because it’s the one piece of the fashion world that ALWAYS FITS. Beyond that, like everything, there’s the artistic elements: colors, quality, design, craftsmanship… thrifting, or bargain shopping in general, is like a treasure hunt. And many of you know that feeling when you strike it rich – it’s a feeling you want to repeat.

Alright, that’s enough musings for today – peace out, people.

TAKEN – thanks!