The Friday after Christmas, my sister, my daughter and I headed to Opry Mills for a little shopping.
First place we hit? Vera Bradley Outlet.
The sign said...
I had a couple hundred dollar bills from Christmas in my purse so I decided to splurge and spend one of them!
Everything was half off retail and the clearance was half off the clearance price + 20% more off! That's where I hit gold.
After about an hour, this was me...
Flash forward to last week. My daughter and I dropped her Daddy off at the airport.
We pass by the same mall on the way home so I decided to switch one of the bags I got that was too small.
I walk in and the sign says...
60% off everything in store!
I was like, "Crap!!!!" 'Cause it was payday and I had money in my pocket. :)
So I switched the first bag and got another one just because it was too good to pass up.
Flash forward to this weekend. My sister had a birthday. Guess where she wanted to go for her birthday?
Yep. You guessed it. The Vera Bradley Outlet. She had a 20% off her whole purchase birthday coupon!
60% off + 20% off = Tracie's in trouble.
I started out by just picking up a couple phone cases which I really, truly needed because mine broke.
Then I decided I wanted a purse to match one of the cases. (That's just wrong - I know!)
Then I decided (much to my mother's amusement) that I couldn't live without a purse in clearance that my sister pointed out that was $11!
So here's my haul and heaven help me to stay away from that place until I get my birthday coupon in April!
(I promised my sister we'd go back then!)
The Messenger Bag - Retail $84 - Clearance Price $59.98 - 50% off $29.98 + 20% off - $17.99!!!
This is the bag I'm most excited about because my briefcase broke recently and my laptop fits perfectly in this!
Pocket Shoulder Bag - Expresso - Retail $80 - Clearance Price $54.98 - 50% off $27.49 + 20% - $16.49!
Hotsy Totsy Hobo - Retail $48 - Clearance Price $15.98! - 50% off $7.99 + 20% off - $4.79!!!!!!
Holiday Tote - Retail $42 - Clearance Price $29.98 - 50% off $14.99 + 20% off - $8.99!
Clutch Wallet - Retail $44 - Clearance Price $24.98 - 50% off + 20% off - $7.49 each!
I have a bag that matches each of these.
A smaller wallet just because...Retail $26 - Clearance Price $14.98 - 50% + 20% off - $4.49!!!
Sheer madness, I tell ya.
And that was just the first trip! I was GIDDY. Now this week, I got...
Saddle Bag - Retail $80 - Sale Price $28! (I've been wanting this print forever.) + a phone case for $11!
Microfiber Saddle Bag (the sales girls said they never get this color in this pattern in the outlet - sold out online - score!)
Retail Price $84 - Sale Price $28!
I've decided this style of bag is my favorite Vera of all time. I can open it and see everything inside and because of the shape - it all stays organized and upright. Very flat inside plus tons of pockets inside and out! I love, love, love it! I can't trash this purse. I believe it will make me more organized!
I wanted another phone case so I got this one and then the case was so cute - I wanted the purse to match it!
Doesn't that phone case just scream "buy a purse to go with me?" (I heard it!) Purse was $22/case $11.
I was on my merry way to the register when my sister goes in the clearance section which I purposely was not looking in and says, "Did you see this? It's $11!" Dang-it-all-to-heck! No I didn't see that - HAND IT OVER!
Ironically, this might be my favorite one! I love the style! So roomy and the colors are delish. $11 people!
I could have spent a good $50 more for sure. I wanted an umbrella, a pen and pencil set and a keychain.
But you know sometimes, you just have to be frugal. ha-ha-ha!!!
My plan is to carry a purse a week until I rotate through them all and oh by the way, I need to add in the purse I bought last winter that I was saving for spring and then totally forgot about and it still has the tag on it. Ooops!
After all is said and done, I had an a-ha moment while writing this blog post.
I think Vera purses remind me of my beloved patterned paper!
I just love a good pattern - don't you? You know you do!