So what was in my #itsinthebag bag for Share The Dignity this year and what did it cost? I have tried to list the price I paid for everything but I did collect the items for this over many months, so some I had to guess because I just didn’t take note and/or forgot! This is not endorsed or sponsored or anything by them, I just love the simplicity and effectiveness of this collection. (So much so that I applied to volunteer with them on the weekend.)
2017 #ItsInTheBag For Share The Dignity
Firstly, the bag! I wanted to get something a bit bigger and nicer than last year. And also with a zip. I think zips are important on all bags, and with something the scale of the #itsinthebag campaign, I hope that zips also help a lot with transport. Practicality matters to me. As with many of the items (both in this bag and in my life!) it’s from Kmart. I found it on sale for $7, but I think they were $15 full price. I particularly liked it as it has both long and short handles. I like the idea of the really nice handbags but I’m a practical person at heart. And also, no one knows the situation that the person who receives the bag will be in, maybe a long handle will free up their hands for other items. I think convenience is a big thing in life.
I got a shower cap, eye mask and bath fizzer/bath bomb from Kmart for $2 each. I’m not a matchy matchy person but I think most people are, so out of the couple of different ranges they had of these products, I chose the jasmine and coconut ‘flavour’ as it was the only one I could get all three in.
Also from Kmart, I found some rose gold (ish) chunky jewellery one day when I was looking for something else. I can’t remember what these cost, I think they were $4 each new but I have a feeling I paid $1 each as they had been marked down. They were actually the first thing I bought for the bag this year, which is why I can’t remember what I paid for them!
Then when it go to October, I figured it was time to start buying some of the practical stuff for the bag. While picking up some veggies for lunch, I came across a heap of great stuff on sale in Coles.
This cute tin of Moxie Mini tampons were only $1.70. Cute bargain.
The Kotex liners were only $2.66:
Colegate Toothpaste was $2.80:
The Oral B toothbrush was on sale for $1.50:
I bought this bag secondhand for $5, but it was new. It didn’t quite fit my wallet unfortunately so I thought I’d pass it on and give two bags!
I was buying some prescriptions in a chemist and when I got to the register they said “Oh you can take something from this basket for free”. Strange, but I obliged. I took this sports towel with the idea of adding it to my itsinthebag bag. I have some great travel towels so it’s excess to my needs.
I lurrrvveee the Terry White I Need range. 99c each for some great essentials – a 4 pack of tissues, ear plugs, foot file, nail file (emery board, so it complies with the no sharps for this collection) and a lint roller.
This is the full range of sanitary items I have put in the bag. Overnight pads, tampons of all sizes, and some sample pads I can’t remember where I got them. The two packs of Carefree tampons were only $2.55 each. I think the overnight pads were $2.25.
This little coin purse was an unwanted gift. I just don’t use these small purses. So I’ve added it to my bag (inside the mini handbag inside the bag) and I hope whoever gets this bag finds use and luck from it.
The soap (a 4 pack) and deodorant were both Dove. I can’t remember the cost for these, but based on regular retail costs, the soap would have been $6.80 (though I have a feeling I got it on special) and the deodorant $4.20.
The shampoo and conditioner were $2.50 each, and textured spray was 99c. It made me giggle (I was picturing sea salt being corn chips sprayed into hair).
And, of course, no blogging post is complete without a flat lay photograph of the entire bag. Of course, I also literally covered the entire bag with the contents, but I’m just taking that as a positive sign that hopefully someone will love this.
In total, this bag cost me approximately $58. Which is why I built it up over many months. I some people like to count how many they can do, which is also great, but I like to put all of effort (and budget) into one. Like last year, I’ll also be adding a personal note.
Everything has now been put in zip lock bags (in case of leaks!) and is sitting ready on my table to be dropped off when the drive opens.
There are so many other things you could add. Hairbrush, hair ties, moisturiser, notepad, pen, diary, book, magazine, gift card, suncream, hat, scarf, umbrella, mouthwash, floss, sunglasses, wipes, hand sanitiser… but mine is full! (No food, medication or sharps are to be in the bags.)
Collection points for #itsinthebag 2017 open this Saturday, November 18th. The collection points will be available on the website here when the drive opens. The drive closes on December 2nd (so they can get these to people for Christmas), so there is still heaps of time to do up a bag and send some both some love and practical support to someone in need.
Are you filling an #itsinthebag bag this year? What does your bag look like? Do you think my bag should be marked as a teen one? I’m unsure but think it could go for either!