Bag Lady and Shopping Siren’s true identities are protected by a pair of stylish, sweater-wearing Doberman pinschers (who only like upside down when it’s cake) and the Customer Service counter at the Sun Journal. You can reach them at baglady@sunjournal.com and shoppingsiren@sunjournal.com.

Bliss Thru Shopping: Stick a fork in it

We'll be perfectly honest: Bag Lady and Shopping Siren have never cooked squirrel. Never had the urge to until ... well, no, we can't say...

Bliss Thru Shopping: 'Stranger Things' things

For the longest time, Shopping Siren resisted the pull of "Stranger Things." She didn't have Netflix and didn't feel inclined to get it just...

Bliss Thru Shopping: Farewell, Drapeau's

If you ever needed to dress like Big Bird — for whatever reason — chances are you went to Drapeau's Costumes.  Same for Santa suits...

Bliss Thru Shopping: Fryeburg Fair, ho!

Between the six-packs of padded bras, the tiger-face leggings and the sweet maple cotton candy, I'm not even sure where to start. Maybe at the...

Bliss Thru Shopping: TV or not TV, that is the question

Shopping Siren has always adored everything about cable, from the corded remote control tethered to her childhood TV to the green slime slopped across Nickelodeon...

Bliss Thru Shopping: Rolling with it

Between Bag Lady and Shopping Siren, we have three hairy pets, two little black dresses and one burning question: What the %$!@ is wrong...

Bliss Thru Shopping: All aflutter

Bag Lady and Shopping Siren are having a glitter and feathers emergency. Odds are, you, too, may be facing a similar bedazzling crisis.* * We're looking...

Bliss Thru Shopping: Fluff, Moxie, whoopie pies — we do Maine right

So Bag Lady and Shopping Siren are doing some entertaining this summer. Mostly, only of people we like. (It's a small number.) If guests are...

Bliss Thru Shopping: Bridgton or bust

Pop quiz: It's 95 degrees out and 100 percent humidity. What do you do? What do you do? Well, if you're Shopping Siren, you drape yourself...

Bliss Thru Shopping: Lady luck?

Here's to hoping today's our lucky day. In honor of  7/7/17, Bag Lady compiled a list of seven current retail-related loves and desires.* * I was...

Bliss Thru Shopping: Wayfair away

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1biejbPFcUI&w=560&h=349]Apologies in advance for the jingle. You know, the one that tells you Wayfair's got just what you need. It sticks in your...

Bliss Thru Shopping: Game on!

As a public service, Bag Lady wants to make sure you have June 19 marked on your calendars. Yes, that's National Martini Day (critical), but...

Bliss Thru Shopping: Chicken envy

Full disclosure: We originally walked into the Tractor Supply Co. two weeks ago looking for a welcome mat. Instead we found a slew of 6-foot-tall...

Bliss Thru Shopping: Just walk all over us

A welcome mat is sort of like underwear for your house. Now just hear us out. It sets a tone. (Perky? All business?) It conveys a...

Bliss Thru Shopping: I suck and other revelations

This week's been a doozy and it's not over yet! So let's hop to it.  I suck Bag Lady may have fried the family Dyson this...

Bliss Thru Shopping: You say Easter, we say mmm

We here at Bliss applaud innovation. For example, we take note and give a standing O when it involves the marriage of chocolate, almonds and...

Bliss Thru Shopping: JC Penney: A love letter

We love JC Penney. There. We said it. No takesies backsies.  Bag Lady and Shopping Siren know the retailer probably isn't so popular anymore, what with...

Bliss Thru Shopping: Smash! Crash! Yup, that was your mailbox

We here at Bliss strive to be nothing if not topical. So this week, we shop for mailboxes. Bag Lady lost a mailbox during one of...

Bliss Thru Shopping: TP or not TP: The toilet paper challenge

There's a single, fundamental issue we can all agree on this Inauguration Day: toilet paper. As in, it's good. And important. And you don't realize...

Bliss Thru Shopping: National No Pants Day and other things worth celebrating

Every January, Bag Lady loses the will to shop, what with burnout over all the consumerism of the last 60 days. And then, I look...