Thursday, February 7, 2013

January Little Black Bag $29.95 bag

It's Little Black Bag time!  So I stared this bag at the end of January and received it in February.  They were running a promo I just couldn't resist.  For the 1 year anniversary/birthday they were putting an additional $25-$60 value in any bag you opened.  The amount you received depended on how long you were a member.  Since I've been a member since the beginning I was given $60. There was   

If you are new to the LBB game here are the basics.  They have two types of bags you can buy.  This is a subscription service but you can skip the month and you won't be charged.  You just have to remember to skip by the 5th of the month.  The first type of bag is $49.95 plus $4.95 shipping and tax (CA & NY) and the second one is $29.95 plush $4.95 shipping and tax (Ca & NY).  On this write up I'm going to talk about the $29.95 bag.  

They also allow you to buy a single bag for $59.95 or $39.95.   

For the $29.95 bag you pick out one item to put in your bag from the gallery ranging in price from $8-$40).  The deal is for $29.95 you will receive between $50-$70 consisting mostly of accessories, beauty and jewelry items.  Once you pick out your one item you click "add to bag" and the company picks out 2-3 more items to put in your bag so it's value is at least $50.  Now the catch is you don't get to see what those other items they picked out are until you pay for your bag.  They show you the brand and value so you can look through the gallery to see what the possibilities are.  The items will change depending on the value of the item you pick out.  Once you pick out your item and purchase your bag this is where the twist comes in .  You are not obligated to keep any of the items in your bag you can trade them with other members on the Little Black Bag website for items in their bags.  Unlike the $50 bag the trading period for the $30 bag is only 3 days.  This can work both for you and against you.  If you don't have the time to invest 7 days to trading this is nice BUT it doesn't give you much time to work your trading magic and get your perfect bag.   Once the 3 days is over your bag closes and ships. Now if anytime during those 3 days you are happy with your bag and want it sent it to you just click ship my bag and off it goes to your happy little hands. 

The trading part of it sounds more confusing than it actually is.  Say you get a necklace picked out for you that you really don't like.  You can go into the gallery pick something you like and offer to trade it for something in your bag.  You don't actually talk to the people you are trading with it but you just put your trades out there and hope someone else with an open bag accepts.  Tons of trading goes on so don't worry about not being able to trade your items, that rarely happens.    

The good: 

Like to shop? The definitely fills the shopping need.  It feels like you are shopping every time you check the website to look for items to trade with other members. 

The value:  Your bag is guaranteed to be worth at least $50.   

The brands. The brands are well very well known.  Kenneth Cole, Disney, RJ Graziano, R&Em, Gorjana, Sakroots, Jessica Simpson and they are always adding more.  Also they add new products few times a week.       

Multiple treasures:  You can score multiple treasures and use them for gifts at a fraction of the cost. 

Variety. They have handbags, sunglasses, cell phone cases, iPad cases, earrings, wallets, nail polish, home :items, etc.  You will find something you like. 

The price:  $30 is much easier to risk than $50.  It seems the $30 bags are more for jewelry and accessory items.  This is perfect for me because I own purses that I"m partial to and don't normally buy new ones.    

Received your items but didn't like it:  LBB will let you return the item for an exchange or refund.  The refund will be prorated based on the number of items in your bag and price paid.  For an exchange you will receive another mystery item in your bag with a value of within $5 of the exchanged item.  I've done the exchange process and it was fairly painless.  I had to pay for the return shipping but once the company received the items they sent an email confirming receipt and I received items in my next bag of similar value.   

The not so good:

Pictures: They show pictures of the items and list the sizes but I would like to see them on a model (real or fake) to see the scale.  I have received a couple of pairs of earrings that were bigger than I thought they were going to be.   

Want more, more more?:  For now you can only open one bag at a time however there is no limit to the number of bag you can open.  

It's addicting.  'Nuff said

I thought these berets were so cute and turns out not only are the cute, they're soft too.  On the website it said the brand is Collection 18 but the tag inside says Jones New York.  One I'm keeping and one I plan on gifting.  The item in the middle are convertible mittens.  These aren't very warm but I'm in California so they are fine for our weather. 


I have always wanted an ear hat. This one is made by Steve Madden.  I like wearing headbands and I really liked the Pink Pewter ones I received in other bags so I traded for this one.

I got these earrings in a trade and wasn't thrilled with them but once I received them I actually liked them.  I had been wanting this Buddha tea light holder since they added it to the gallery, I'm so happy I was able to trade for it.

I thought this bracelet was super cute. Reminded me of Hello Kitty. 

Trio of earrings.  I'm not sure I'll wear the Robert Rose ones.  I like the Hamsa hands and the ones on the right are going to be a gift for my mom and they were my first pick.  (She doesn't read my blog)

All my Little Black Bag Treasures with retail price listed: 

Steve Madden Patterned Ear Flap Hat. Value = $36.00 - Yay, ear flap hat!  The boyfriend voted no when I put it on but I don't care I'm wearing it. 

Jones New York Multi Feather Beret in Blue Hues. Value = $24.00 - This one will be a gift and I think she will really like it. 

Jones New York Multi Feather Beret in Pink Hues. Value = $24.00 - I can't believe how soft these are. 

Collection 18 Spacedye Fairisle Convertible Mittens. Value = $30.00 - I so needed this last month for an outside event I went to.  I kept having to take off my gloves and it was annoying. 

Tozai Buddha Tea light Candle Holder. Value = $25.00 - I absolutely love this.  It looks so pretty with a tea light candle in it. 

Spring Street Fringe Hoop Earrings. Value = $18.00 - I like these much better in person.  I'm going to a Fleetwood Mac concert this summer and I think they will be the perfect for the gypsy look I'm going for. 

Robert Rose Bow Cuff. Value = $32.00 - This is a very cute cuff.  It will be perfect with a summer skirt or dress. 

Stein & Blye Crystal Drop Earrings. Value = $25.00 - I think my mom will really like these. 

Pink Pewter Crystal Circles Headband. Value = $24.00 - I love headbands when I don't feel like doing my hair.  This one is a little fancy for that but I like it. 

Robert Rose Oval Earrings. Value = $18.00

Flying Lizard Design Hamsa Earrings. Value = $24.00 - love these!

The total ending value of my LBB is $280.00.  The starting value of my bag was $258 which included $115 in exchange items and a referral item valued at $24.00 (Thanks Joy H.!).  So if you don't count the exchange and referral items the value is $141.00, not too bad for $37.00 investment.  I am very happy with all my items except the oval earrings.  They are nice looking but not something I would wear.

Verdict: I love the Little Black Bag $29.95 bags!

**I pay for these subscriptions myself and am not any type of sponsor paid or unpaid for Little Black Bag


  1. You paid $29.95 plus shipping for all of those products?

    1. sure did! A good trick to use is pick an item that people really want and a lot of times you will get multiple item offers for it which will give you more trading power.

  2. Oh I see. Thanks! :) I'm thinking of joining but don't want to pay for the $50 bag and I want to get a lot for the $29.95 one if I join