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.
This Vera Bradley frame purse practically made me buy it at the Woodlawn goodwill this past winter. I really love frame bags and couldn’t leave without this purse. It’s very roomy and boasts a front pocket perfect for a phone or keys. This look was perfect for a spring Sunday that started off at church.
Please note: Lent is over, and so is the bag giveaway. Check previous posts to see if a bag is available. If it does not say claimed, it’s still up for grabs til April 6.
I found this no-name bag at Goodwill in Connecticut last week, mistakenly placed in the backpack section. People love to hide stuff and in this case, i got lucky. Wooden triangular handles, faux lock with a key that doesn’t seem to go with the bag, adjustable strap, pebbled pleather, gold hardware, and most importantly – my favorite color, green. It looked great with my white Easter dress. The flowers from the altar were given to my dad, and he gave them to me for our Easter dinner table. I took this photo on the steps of my church, Calvary Episcopal in Cincinnati. Happy Easter!
Today’s bag is a white Nine West shoulder bag with a frame bag in the middle with two outer zipper sections. A small scuff on the back is easily buffed away with polish. Modeled by Jaiya.
I hope you enjoyed my Lenten giveaway. I sure did, even though this Lent was yet again atypical. I wish you peace and blessings for the coming Easter season.
Please look back through the posts and see if there’s anything unclaimed that you’d like to have. Currently available are bags 6, 7, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 39 and 40. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in any of those bags. They will go to Dress for Success next week.
Starting tomorrow I’ll be using a different bag every day for the 50 days of Easter. Looking back on the bags I’ve done through the last five years, many that I used in the 50 days of Easter end up in the 40 days of Lent giveaway. I’m excited to see how this year goes, and what more I’ll learn through this process. Happy Easter!
Lucky Brand that I’ve tried twice to give away. Third times the charm. Bucket style with fabric and suede with lots of hardware. Email me at email@example.com with bag 8. I really love the style but my back can’t take it.
Well… here we are. Holy Saturday, the day before Easter. In celebration of Easter, today’s bag is a white faux leather Rosetti crossbody/shoulder bag. it’s about the size of an iPad. Brand new from the St. Vincent de Paul, it has no blemishes and even has this weird tassel/keychain.
As promised, here are a few bonus bags that i have left over. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in any of these.
bonus bag #1
bonus bag #2
bonus bag #3
bonus bag #4
I had a lot of fun giving away bags – so much so that i think i will continue at my leisure.
HERE’S HOW YOU CAN TELL IF A BAG IS A GIVEAWAY:
day #1 – day #50 – NOT UP FOR GRABS. If a blog post is titled “day”, it’s not a giveaway.
bonus bag – UP FOR GRABS. If a post includes the words “with bonus bag” there’s something up for grabs.
Everything will be clearly labeled. Even though i try very hard to be clear, there are folks who get confused. Just don’t take offense when i tell you no, you can’t have this one.
Starting tomorrow, I’ll be celebrating 50 days of Easter with 50 day of fabulous bags. I did this two years ago. I’ll use a different purse every day for 50 days, even when i travel. I get lots of “feedback” from people who like to give their opinion about how many bags i have. WHATEVER!!!!! It’s my business! So i’ma let the haters hate while i celebrate my good fortune at thrift and discount stores.
hype satchel hanging out at Music Hall after the May Festival concert
i remember the summer well – 2007. i was looking and looking for a white purse to no avail. then i found this hype purse at tj maxx. i’m almost embarrassed to say how much i paid for this bag. but whatever. $100. or does $99.99 sound better? i had just gotten promoted to homework center manager at the library, and i felt like for once, i could go for it. i was wrong.
don’t get it twisted – i really like this purse. it’s busting out with charm all over. whip-stitched, drawsting, satchel style, lots of buckles and pockets. but the thing is heavy. that summer, i ended up with a neck strain and my ortho doc partially blamed this purse. he wanted me to get rid of it. i gave him a look and he said “never mind. just lighten your load.”
now, i carry it sporadically and don’t overload it, which is sad, because it can really hold a lot. so, be careful what you wish for. it could be a pain in the neck.