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: Chips gone wild

Bag Lady and Shopping Siren were, like everyone, intrigued by Lay's limited-edition New England Lobster Roll potato chips. How lobstery would they be? How buttery? ...

Bliss Thru Shopping: Postponed

Editor's note: Bag Lady and Shopping Siren are off this week enjoying the fantasy of a refreshing trip to Anchorage, Alaska, where it is 68...

Bliss Thru Shopping: Random acts of Dunkin' and other lovely things

Strangers are getting married on television AND they are buying Bag Lady frozen coffee! Probably not the same strangers, but what if they are? That, my shopping...

Bliss Thru Shopping: Where art thou, Juliet's

We love little secondhand shops.  Big secondhand shops? Big love.  So Juliet's Clothing — with its two-and-a-half-times larger space two doors down from its old Auburn...

Bliss Thru Shopping: Red, white and cool

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gL5CO2wlBgE&w=560&h=349]There are few holidays as unabashedly simple as the Fourth of July. You don't have to worry about the food safety implications of stuffing...

Bliss Thru Shopping: Heels for fleeing dinos

When "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" opens next week, all eyes will be on the special effects, yes, and the dinosaurs, the teeth, the drool,...

Bliss Thru Shopping: When I’m wrong and that’s good news.

So there are times in life when Bag Lady is wrong. I mean, not many*, but it happens, and it happened this week. *Not true. Totally...

Bliss Thru Shopping: Nice day for a royal wedding

We started this week with a challenge: What Maine-made wedding gifts could we buy the couple who has everything? And what could we get...

Bliss Thru Shopping: For the birds

Shopping Siren saw her first robin of the season the other day. There was jumping for joy. Literally. Jumping and shouting and pointing and a...

Bliss Thru Shopping: Legs for miles

Last week, Bag Lady asked a fabulously stylish friend's advice on how to finish off an outfit for an upcoming formal event. Black dress and...

Bliss Thru Shopping: We wanna be like RBG

With some trends, you welcome their return with a warm embrace. How have you been? How are the kids? Did that tennis elbow ever...

Bliss Thru Shopping: Bring on the artisanal toilet seats

Thanks to Prince Charles and one particularly peppy cherry menthol, this week Bag Lady was initially torn between shopping for toilet seats or cough...

Bliss Thru Shopping: Nailed it

To describe Bag Lady's nails as the nails of a beet farmer is to insult the noble beet-growing profession. Her nails' utter haphazard raggedness is...

Bliss Thru Shopping: Got snow? Go Backwoods

The other night, Shopping Siren had an epiphany while watching the Olympic Winter Games. Snowboarding is fun. I know a lot of people feel that way....

Bliss Thru Shopping: Hanging with the Holiday Bargain Outlet

Looking for One Direction perfume? Or sweet deals on gourmet honey, fleece-lined rain boots and bottles of sparkling Perrier? Miss the shopping experience that was...

Bliss Thru Shopping: Puppies, Tom Brady — life's little things

It's happened again. Just as every January brings a glut of curbside Christmas trees and the delight that is International No Pants Day, it's once...

Bliss Thru Shopping: Kmart smart

Good news, everyone! Kmart is sticking around. At least the one in Auburn. At least for right now. Huzzah! Kmart is one of those places that's easy to...

Bliss Thru Shopping: You say goodbye, I say hello

It's time to bid goodbye to 2017, and there are lots of ways to do it.  Farewell. Au revoir. Macsalaamo. Don't let the door hit you...

Bliss Thru Shopping: These are a few of our Favorite Things

Just to put it out there, we're not like Oprah in many, many ways — that's a high fabulousity bar to set — but...

Bliss Thru Shopping: Christmas Tree, oh Christmas Tree (Shops)

I don't want to rub it in, but Bag Lady went to Christmas Tree Shops this week. There was sweet $10 off $50 savings. Bluetooth-enabled...

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