Golden Tote was one of the first subscription services I tried. However, I wasn’t sold on the items I received and the normal tote is an all or nothing kind of deal, so I sent it back.
Fast forward almost a year and I got wind of the Golden Tote Mystery Totes that come out in January with both styles left from the past year as well as a few unreleased items. This year they also had accessory totes and boy did they go fast!
Luckily I’m a master planner who rarely misses out on a good deal. I was able to get three of these mystery accessory totes and am presenting you with my “haul”.
(Also look out for a second post that showcases the items I received in the two Clothing Mystery Totes I purchased. Golden Tote reviews here.)
Here we go!
THE DETAILS: The Mystery Golden Totes come out in January and there are both accessory versions and clothing versions. The accessory tote cost $25 plus shipping, which was $7.95. (I placed two orders that included 2 clothing totes and 3 accessory totes and spent a total of $15.90 on shipping.) Accessory totes were to include 3-4 items and clothing totes were to include 4 items, one of which was a brand new item and the other three that came from past Golden Tote releases. Mystery Totes are final sale.
The regular Golden Tote service comes in two versions: one that costs $49 plus shipping and one that costs $149 plus shipping. The $49 tote allows you to select one item from that month’s new release items and then Golden Tote will include 1-2 more “mystery” items that together provide a collective value of $200. As for the $149 tote, you are allowed to pick 2 items from the line-up (and there are usually more extensive options than the lesser tote) and you receive 3-5 more mystery items that together provide a collective value of $600. Totes are returnable but it is all or nothing, you return the full tote or you keep the whole tote. If I remember right, you are refunded everything except shipping costs. (If I am wrong, please contact me to correct.)
Golden Tote notes that, “working with carefully selected fashion brands and designing our own fashion favorites, we curate an eclectic assortment of treasures and package them all up in a custom tote bag for one amazing price”. Most notably they include items from Puella, a brand often sold at Anthropologie.
Here’s my first item:
None of the items in the mystery totes came with actual tags so it’s hard to know what brands they came from. (And even when I know, they aren’t typically found for sale online.) So I am doing my best on estimating value for some of them. This Plaid Infinity Scarf has a somewhat appealing color scheme and a super soft fleece underside. But I’m not a huge fan of infinity scarfs so will plan to put this up for swap. I found a similar item online so based on that, I’m estimating retail value at $18.99.
Next up are these Look Footwear Cream Trouser Socks. These aren’t anything super special and I was a bit disappointed that I received two packs between the three of my totes but those were the chances I was taking with mystery totes. Still, I can always use more trouser socks in a neutral color so I’ll hold on to these. Estimated retail value is $10 total for both packs.
I’m two minds about this Regina’s Gold Wire Multi Color Stone Bangle Bracelet Set. This is another item that I received two packages of. It’s not terrible but I’m having a hard time with the primary colors of the faux jewels; too bangles are hard for me as they are often too big. The total retail value for these two sets together is $53.90.
Well my luck continues with the multiples; I also received two of these Silver Tassel Necklaces. Again, not terrible…I like the color and sparkly beads but have never been fond of tassels. These two have a total retail value of $45.
This Silver Clutch is actually pretty nice! It’s got a long, silver chain that is detachable. It’s a bit out of season (more holiday-esque) but has a simple enough design that I think it could be held over for future seasons. Retail value is estimated at $45.
These gold, metallic Yasi Temporary Tattoos are all the rage these days. I’m not sure these particular ones are much my style but it’s cool to get an on-trend item in my mystery sacks. Retail value is $10.09.
This 285 Co. Yellow Bracelet is just really not my style. I couldn’t find anything like it online so I’m guessing on retail value at $10. Kinda bummed at this one as it just seams a bit…chintzy.
This Gold Bead Lariat Necklace is pretty cute! I found a similar style for about $39.95.
The last item from my three totes was this Black Cloth and Lace Infinity Scarf. I’m going to estimate the value of this as similar to the other scarf I received- i.e. $18.99.
Ok, so all said and done I paid $82.95 for my three Accessory Mystery Totes. The total retail value of all my items, based on my research and estimation, is $251.92. That’s actually not half bad, all things considered. I am still a bit disappointed by the many duplicate items that I received; as well, not many of these items were really my style. A lot will go up for swap. Guess maybe next time I may opt.
Thoughts? What would you keep or swap?