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Thirty-One Organizing Shoulder Bag

Updated on May 15, 2014

Introducing my favorite purse . . .

Thirty-One is a company that sells different kinds of bags and organizational tools by way of home shows. It is a faith-based company, and continues to provide fresh, new designs and fabrics with each season. I purchase my Thirty-One products from my friend who lives down the street, and I absolutely love the products! I have lots of different items from Thirty-One, but one of my favorites is the Organizing Shoulder Bag. Read on to find out why it's my favorite purse!

EVERYTHING YOU NEED, BUT A MANAGEABLE SIZE

I bought this bag specifically for a trip to Walt Disney World, because I did not want to be burdened with a heavy purse or backpack. I also wanted the safety of being able to wear the bag across my body, to prevent having it snatched off my shoulder or being picked clean behind my back. I love the quilted pattern, and the fact that I have it monogrammed to my taste.

The best part is having my hands free! It's like a backpack in that regard, but safer because the bag is not behind my back where I can't see it.

Adjustable Strap
Adjustable Strap

WIDE STRAP IS VERY COMFORTABLE

The wide strap distributes the weight in the bag so that your shoulder never gets tired or sore. Many times, I have found myself shifting a purse from one shoulder to the other, wondering why I had to bring the kitchen sink with me. But that has never happened with this purse, thanks to wearing it across my body and having a good, wide, adjustable strap. If you would like to wear the purse on one shoulder, you can shorten the strap and do so. Or if you would like to wear it acorss your body but feel safer with the strap shorter, you can adjust it after you have it on. I did this at Disney World, so that it would not get caught under the bar on the rides. The adjustment is a quick, easy slide of the metal buckle, but it holds fast once you have moved it.

Photo Credit: Perrin Conrad

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Back outside pocket
Back outside pocket

Outside pockets are perfect

One open and one zippered

The outside pockets are ample. There is a deep, open pocket on the back where you can stuff your keys or anything else to which you need quick access. On the front of the bag, there is a zippered pocket for smaller items which need to be more carefully guarded. I use this pocket for receipts. They are so lightweight that they might fall out of the open pocket when I remove my keys. But the zippered pocket is a quick, safe place to store them. I also slide my smartphone in the zippered pocket for extra safety.

Inside space is great!

The interior of the purse is secured by a zipper on the top. But inside the purse, there is plenty of room for my checkbooks, wallet, hairbrush, lipsticks, pens, and various other items. There are two open-topped pockets (my smartphone also fits in each of these) and another zippered pocket capable of holding checkbooks, pens, and more. I just love the striped lining in my bag, too! Thirty-One always chooses a nice, complementary lining fabric for each bag.

I would add a picture of the inside, but none seem to do the bag justice . . . trust me, you can squeeze a lot into this bag!

Photo Credit: Perrin Conrad
Photo Credit: Perrin Conrad

How big is it?

It's the perfect size!

It’s often difficult to tell how large or small a bag actually is in pictures, so I have included a picture with other items to show what a nice size this bag actually is. When we were at Disney World, I had everything I needed, and the bag was never overstuffed. I had all the typical essentials in addition to a big Ziploc bag with a change of clothes for my 4-year-old. I also wedged a bottle of water into the bag each day.

Here, I pictured the bag next to a normal-sized lipstick, checkbook, and pen so that you can see the size.

Organizing Shoulder Bags

These are fabrics or patterns that are retired and are no longer offered by Thirty-One.

Need a Thirty-One lady? - You can call mine!

One of the best things about Thirty-One products, in my opinion, is that you have a rep to whom you can direct your questions. Sometimes, it's nice to be able to find discontinued patterns that you love online (like on Amazon or Ebay), but I especially like having a friend who can give me the new catalog for every season and keep me up to date on monthly specials. You can't beat personal customer service. Don't forget, your Thirty-One rep can order your bag with your monogram just the way you like it.

If you don't have a rep, contact mine! She is in South Carolina, and her name is Kristi.

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      mel-kav 3 years ago

      I've never heard of Thirty-One products. I am currently looking for a new purse. I will definitely have to check this brand out.

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      Perrin 4 years ago from South Carolina

      @choosehappy: I like the Floral Fanfare, too! I have a smaller bag in that pattern.

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      I hadn't heard of this brand, but I do love this size when I'm shopping or traveling...love the floral fanfare one listed first above!

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      ryokomayuka 4 years ago from USA

      I have never heard of them before. They look nice.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      You are more than a loyal customer of Thirty-One! Great review :)

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      You are more than a loyal customer of Thirty-One! Great review :)

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      Perrin 4 years ago from South Carolina

      @anonymous: It did come through, thank you!! Something weird must be going on . . . I wasn't sure what you were referring to in your other comment with the heads-up. Let me know if I clicked anything weird on your lens other than like, blessing, or left anything other than a good comment...I am just in love with your lens about the elephants!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I loved your personal review here and wanted to make sure the blessing came through, now it's a dupe, they have been buggy lately but only the one counts.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      There's nothing better than a review from and enthusiastic and happy customer. It looks like you've found the best of both worlds with Thirty-One products. That you planned ahead for the perfect bag to take to WDW speaks volumes, trendy and all you need without being oversized or heave...purse perfection! Nicely done!

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      Perrin 4 years ago from South Carolina

      @KimGiancaterino: I like that pattern, too. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Perrin 4 years ago from South Carolina

      @julieannbrady: Thanks for stopping by! Thanks for your comment. :)

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      julieannbrady 4 years ago

      I was not familiar with Thirty-One products ... catchy product name. I've always been a fan of organizer bags. Stylish is important too.

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      Ooh, I like the black Parisian jacquard print. Thanks for an introduction to the Thirty-One product line.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      delightful designs and lightweight!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      They don't look like any other bags, and very nice quality

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      Oneshotvariety LM 5 years ago

      Convenience for sure! Nice lens! :]