We didn’t do a lot of shopping when we went to Spain in March. On my birthday, we went down to Toledo, where Kaia studied to meet her host mom and see the sights. Of course, some of those sights included a couple of shops. Natura was one shop we didn’t want to miss, as it was full of sustainable products. She got some cute jewelry there and i wanted to check it out. One type of bag I love and don’t see enough of are packable shopping bags that are cute. I have a red Target ones i got at Goodwill for a dollar several years ago, and I recently ripped the bag it packs into off of it, and the handles are ripping.
This Ikat shopping bag folds flat into its own pouch, and it’s not sewn into a little corner like my Target bag. I used it to carry some stuff to the car to chill out there and read. I really enjoy spending time in my car alone. Natura is a cool company with a mission. Check out their website and read about them.
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!
I found this no-name bag at Goodwill in Connecticut last year when we went out during the girls’ spring break. My mother-in-law was not doing so well, and we wanted to help my father-in-law as much as we could. Hiking at West Hartford Reservoir 6 and thrifting gave me solace.
Wooden triangular handles, faux lock, adjustable strap, pebbled pleather, gold hardware, and most importantly – my favorite color, green. I carried this last Easter. It’s a very unique bag, perfect for Spring.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with bag 14. There are several unclaimed bags – get them before I take them to Dress for Success.
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 email@example.com 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!