Tag Archives: Vera Bradley

bag 2 – taken

Over the years, I’ve endured some physical setbacks that prevent me from carrying heavy bags. This year, you’ll see some bags I thought I’d never give away on this blog. I started buying lighter-weight bags, including this Vera Bradley tote I got at Goodwill. I love the button closure and the 70s vibe pattern. So why am I giving it away?

This pandemic means no thrifting. I thought long and hard about whether I would do the giveaway since I couldn’t supplement with thrift buys. That meant to find forty bags, some had to be ones I want to keep.

Being home all the time, looking at all the stuff I have, makes me want to get rid of more things. I realize the essential things in this house are not things at all. They’re people. Through the years, it’s gotten easier and easier to get rid of bags. I give more and buy less – and not just bags.

If you would like this bag, send me an email at 50favbags@gmail.com with bag 2, your name, and address. Bag 1 is still available. Peace!

day 8

My mom taught me to appreciate frame bags. In the last couple of years I’ve bought three from Goodwill but I gave two of them away because of this one. I really like the color palette and the interior pattern and organization is top notch. The outside front pocket offers the perfect place for a phone or keys – even both if you don’t have a giant key ring like mine.

Friends, I’m working on getting bags to you. Please bear with me. I just got part of my shipment of boxes from USPS and a postal scale. Local folks – I’ll get to you, or let me know if you want to pick up at my house. Peace.

bag 39 – claimed

IMG_1571IMG_1574I bought this bag for Kaia, and she kicked it to the curb, and since I wanted one myself and didn’t buy one, I kept it. Well, here we are with two days to go, and I’m letting it go with joy.

Vera Bradley handbag – in the real sense of the word. Two outer pockets on either end and a zipper pocket and three pouches inside. Love the pattern and the style, but brown is not my favorite color so bye bye bye. No, I’m a Backstreet Boys fan.

As I reflect on the past several weeks of giving, I realize that this year I have been more of a joyful giver than in past years. Even the bags that were tough to let go of, I’ve done so with a joyful heart because I’m reminded now more than ever of all of my blessings.

I’m blessed by so much, tangible and intangible. My family. My friends. My jobs. My calling. My material belongings, including clothing and all of the non-essentials I’ve accumulated through the years. So much more. I know those aren’t complete sentences, and the Grammarly widget doesn’t like it. I don’t care.

The point is that learning to joyfully and happily let go of material possessions opens my heart and home to more occasions for generosity. You receiving these bags makes me very happy, and you can be sure I’m being generous in other ways. Generosity is also a huge concept in my work as a fundraiser for an Episcopal non-profit, so it helps to practice what I preach to others.

If you like this bag, email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with bag 39, your name, your address. Peace!

bag 20 – claimed

img_9465How appropriate – it’s the halfway point of Lent, and I’m out of bags selected for the giveaway. The girls each chose a bag from my collection, and I had to choose one to give away. ARGH. I won’t show the other two that they selected, but they made it tough for me to decide to give up this Vera Bradley bag.

Good old Vera – I like this print because it’s simpler than many, and if you know me, you know I love black and white things. Wow, what a statement for a biracial person. Anyway, there’s lots of room inside, and the adjustable strap takes it from shoulder bag to crossbody. I got this one when there were a LOT of VBs at the Woodlawn Goodwill last year.

If you like this bag, email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with the following info: bag 20, your name, your address. Peace!

bag 12 – claimed

bag 37

img_8804

Vera makes her final appearance this year with this backpack that was donated to me by a person who gifted a bag back to me that she got from the blog in the past. While I don’t typically take donations, I couldn’t pass up the chance to offer this bright backpack with adjustable straps and a zipper pocket outside and small pouch inside.

Email me at 50favbags.com if bag 37 calls you.

bag 33 – claimed

img_8736

Day two at Procter. Vera’s back with this blue floral crossbody with lots of organization in a very small bag. Front flap opens to an id and card area, the middle section has room for essentials, and the back pocket holds an iPhone6s, so not the giant phones – those would fit inside. Adjustable strap. I got this especially for this giveaway sometime last year, because lots of folks like this type of bag and it’s not something I would buy for myself. $6? Rescued.

Email me at 50favbags@gmail.com if you like bag 33.

bag 26 – claimed

Searching for the front part of my boot led me to find some bags that I put in the hall closet for the giveaway that got covered with off-season clothing. Lucky me and you. Vera’s back with a small blue crossbody with an adustable leather strap. The pattern is so cool. Never been used – the tissue paper is still taped to the inside zipper fobs. Another Goodwill rescue, I’m sure. I thought one of the girls would like but they side-eyed me like… no, Mom.

Email me at 50favbags@gmail.com if you like bag 26.

bag 14 – claimed

img_4499

So maybe I really went overboard with the Vera Bradley situation. They were $5 and $6 so whatever. This one has an adjustable strap to go from shoulder to cross body. Very roomy inside with some interior organization. I can assure you that my water bottle is in that bag. I need to start posting some of the brown black and gray bags or you’re going to think it’s a complete colorfest. IT’S NOT.

Email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with bag 14. There are several unclaimed bags – get them before I take them to Dress for Success.

bag 13 – claimed

img_4913

Having one of those days. Here’s a quilted Vera Bradley frame purse in blue, orange, pink and white. It reminds me of my mom’s purses back in the day – she loved frame bags and coin purses. Another Goodwill find last year when I invested in way too many VB bags.

Email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with bag 13. Please follow the rules; it helps me manage the giveaway.