Weekend Giveaway: Thirty-One Gifts Retro Metro Bag and Medium Utility Tote (4 Winners)

As I told you back in April, I am in love with the Thirty-One Gifts Retro Metro Bag. It is SO practical for a day trip, a library bag, or even to use in place of a purse.

I used my Retro Metro Bag during every trip/speaking engagement over the summer. I loved that I could roll it up into my carry-on and then use it as a tote for all the miscellaneous stuff I bring with me when speaking. Best of all, it was cute — and I can even stick my laptop in it in a crunch.

So I was really, really sad when an ink pen broke in it and it got a 5-inch blue ink stain on it. My assistant and I tried every trick in the book to get the stubborn ink stain out. There was just too much ink that had spilled so all of our scrubbing, spraying with Shout, hair spray, and every other cleaner was for naught. The ink wouldn’t budge.

Finally, I had to retire the bag. It was a sad day. :(

Then, Kirstin Tracy, who sponsored April’s giveaway and is a Thirty-One Gifts consultant, contacted me about doing another giveaway. She graciously offered to send me another bag to replace my ink-stained bag.

I was thrilled, to say the least! I chose this style (pictured above) and I love it. And I’m going to ban ink pens from it! :)

What Is Thirty-One Gifts?

If you’re not familiar with Thirty-One Gifts, they are a company that offers durable and adorable bags and totes in a variety of styles and kinds. They can all be personalized, too.

Best of all, they offer monthly specials. This month (through November 26, 2012), for every $35 in products you purchase, you can get one of their brand-new Medium Utility Totes for just $5. These totes are great for storage, for bringing Christmas presents and goodies to someone’s house, or even for carting all your grocery bags into the house!

Want to Keep in the Loop About Specials? Join Kirstin’s Thirty-One Facebook Group!

Be sure to join Kirstin’s Facebook Group to find out about monthly products specials and more from Thirty-One Gifts. And if you would be interested in hosting an online party or becoming a consultant with Thirty-One Gifts, you’ll definitely want to contact Kirstin for more details on that.

Get 10% Off Any Order Placed By November 19, 2012

In addition, she’s offering 10% off any orders from MoneySavingMom.com readers.

Here’s how to place an order and qualify for 10% off:

::Go to Kirstin’s Thirty-One Gifts site.

::Click on Place an Order and then click on the MSM Shopping Event.

::Place your order by November 19, 2012 and get 10% off!

::Please note: Kirstin will have to manually deduct the 10% off after the online event is closed so you won’t see the 10% discount until after she manually submits the orders.

All orders will be shipped in time for Christmas, in case you were interested in purchasing something as a gift for someone special!

Kirstin is giving away a free Medium Utility Tote and a Retro Metro Bag to five readers here this weekend. If you win, you’ll get to choose the fabric you’d like plus any personalization you’d like!

To enter to win a free Medium Utility Tote and a Retro Metro Bag, just click on the graphic below and type in your name and email address. Four winners will be chosen and posted on Monday. This giveaway ends Sunday, November 18, at 11:59 pm, CST.

Enter the Giveaway

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  1. says

    I would absolutely love to win this giveaway…or have someone offer to give me a Retro Metro Bag and do a giveaway on my blog! 😉 I was just recently invited to a 31 Party. I would have loved to order the Retro Bag, but could not justify spending the money.

  2. Sharayah A. says

    Can I first just say that I LOVE your giveaways! They are so simple to sign up for, unlike some of the other sites I follow that uses Rafflecopter. & I LOVE thirty one products as well! Thank you for the opportunity to win some of these amazing products! God Bless!

  3. Rebecca Goernandt says

    OK, this may be a dumb question: but if I were to order $31 worth of totes, would I be able to get the Medium Utility Tote for $5, plus 50% off any purse, plus 10% off if I order by Nov. 19th? I just couldn’t figure out if I could get all of those deals “at once”. :=)

    • Amy says

      I apologize, Rebecca. (The purse offer was from a different giveaway.) You can get a $5 medium utility tote with a $35 purchase and 10% off if you order by November 19. Hope that helps!

        • says

          That was totally my bad. I copied and pasted in the part about how to order from April’s giveaway and somehow didn’t even see that the part about the purse discount still got stuck in there.

          And then I was all confused when you said something about 50% off purses…!! I’m such a doofus sometimes!

          Anyway, we fixed it now. Thanks for mentioning that so we could get it fixed.

    • says

      I’ve found that hairspray is the most powerful for ink stains. If Shout or hairspray won’t do it, nothing will — at least nothing that I’ve ever tried! It was the worst ink stain I’ve ever dealt with, so that was probably why — I’m pretty sure the entire ink pen spilled out onto the bag and it was deep, deep rich dark blue ink. Live and learn, eh?!?

  4. Amanda says

    Lesson learned, carry only purses that match your pen. Does 31 have any cross-body styles? I can’t be the only person who hates hand and shoulder bags, but I seem to end up stuck with messenger and diaper bags. They’re roomy, but pretty would be nice too!

    • says

      Hi Amanda!! Yes, we have TWO different cross-body style purses, the organista cross-body & the organizing shoulder bag, but are great for hands-free. I am the same as you, love shopping or traveling without my purse falling off my shoulder. Let me know if you have any questions, ktracy31gifts@gmail.com.

  5. Lucy says

    I have been SO tempted to order from Thirty-One Gifts every since I saw a catalog about 3 years ago. I love the idea that you can choose the fabric you love plus have embroidery on the bag to make it totally your own! I have a skin disease I was born with and need to carry extra bandages and supplies with me wherever I go. A regular purse will not hold it all, so I was thinking about one of the Thirty-One Gifts products. However I’d prefer one that had a zipper closing so if I dropped the bag my supplies wouldn’t tumble out. I also don’t want people taking a glimpse of the supplies I have to carry with me in addition to my purse staples. To be honest I couldn’t rationalize spending that much money on a tote, so I never purchased one. Is there a shipping charge in addition to the product & the embroidery? This is a wonderful giveaway, and I’ll keep my fingers crossed that I might be a winner! Thanks for the opportunity.

    • says

      Hi Lucy!! We have lots of bags with zipper tops and I think we could find just the right one for your use. We have great specials on our totes to make them very affordable and 60% of our catalog is $30 and under, so we can find a tote/bag for everyone’s price point:) Email me at ktracy31gifts@gmail.com and we will get you taken care of!!

    • says

      Hi Jamie!!! Our bags can be returned for any reason within the first 30 days of purchase and if there is any kind of defect, they can be returned up to 3 months after the purchase. But if something goes wrong past that point, I would take care of you as your consultant!! Totally stand behind our products!

  6. Candice says

    I just went to my first 31 party last Sunday and I can’t wait to get my bags! I would have loved the Retro bag but just couldn’t afford it with Christmas right around the corner. I would love to win this!

  7. Julie C says


    You need the thermal mini zipper pouch for your ink pens; it comes in Black Happy Dot, too! We love Thirty-One Gifts at our house! I think we own 98% of the catalog. 😉

    • says

      Hi Heather!! The Snowman print comes in just the Medium Utility Tote for this month’s special. But we do have a cute Gifts For All & Red Parisian Pop print that are great for the holidays and come in lots of other products. We also have a snowman coin purse and a tote, mini zipper, pouch and stationery that you can design with little snow angels. Feel free to email me at ktracy31gifts@gmail.com with any questions!

  8. Carollynn McMahan says

    Is there a way to see larger examples of the fabric choices? I thought “clicking” on the tiny squares would change the large picture of the tote to the chosen fabric, but it doesn’t. Really hard to choose a fabric with such teeny-tiny examples.

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