Add a Little Tote for Fun!

I don’t know when this started but it seems lately I have been carrying a tote almost everywhere I go.  I promised myself, as a retired teacher, I was done with totes.  But maybe it began with keeping my granddaughter and wanting to make sure I had everything I needed for my day, with her,  like my book to read, my iPad, snacks and a few other essentials.  But whatever the reason, here I am, loaded and ready to go.  I have such a collection I have acquired.  But this most recent purchase is my favorite.

I found this beautiful Ankara Bucket tote on sale for 50% off which fit my $25 and under range.  I purchased it through  It was handcrafted in Nigeria and I just love it!  Not sure if the sale is still on, but keep checking back to see if the sale occurs again.  For me, the timing was right.  By the way, there were many fabric patterns and colors to choose from which made it hard.  I know I am going to keep my eye open for another color for the summer.

According to Wikipedia, the history of the word tote is ironically African in origin, probably Gullah.  A tote is usually  made of sturdy cloth with leather handles or bottoms.  But they certainly range in fabric type and color.  With everyone gearing towards being more environmentally sensitive, totes have surged in popularity.

I know as a teacher for many years, a tote was a mainstay of my possessions to carrying work home to grade.  For me, then, it was functional.  Now as a retired person, a tote definitely is a fashion accessory and more thought goes into choosing them.

I took this with me on a recent trip to Biloxi, Mississippi and New, Orleans and it was perfect!  Everything I needed for my daily excursions fit perfectly and the tote was a great fashion accessory which got lots of compliments.

So how about you?  Do you have a favorite tote in your wardrobe?  If not, check out Y-clover.  

You will be glad you did!




  1. Nice tote. A woman at our church makes them and sends them to Africa to be sold. I too have a huge collection of them, and they do come in handy. I store a lot of different items and books so when I am looking for something in a particular topic, I go and grab the tote. I also used them for grand-kids stuff as well. Thanks for the article. Is that a long top or a dress you are wearing? (red)


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