See what’s inside my Golden Tote Surprise Grab Bag

When Golden Tote announced they were releasing mystery grab bags this month, I couldn’t resist seeing if I could score a great deal on some cute clothes.

How does Golden Tote work?

This isn’t a subscription service, but every month Golden Tote releases new totes that are a mix of items you pick out plus surprise items. Normal tote options are:

 The Golden Tote – You pick two of the five items you receive. Cost: $149

The Mini Tote – You pick one of the two items you receive. Cost: $59

The Surprise Tote – You are surprised with three items that fit your profile. Cost: $89

However, in January they do not release their normal tote options and instead offer mystery totes that include various items from past releases. I opted for the Surprise Grab Bag, which contains three items from the “surprise” item stash (a $120 value) for $45.

I received three stylish surprises in my Golden Tote Surprise Grab Bag. See what I got as well as my thoughts on this monthly clothing service.

Unboxing my Surprise Grab Bag Tote…

♥ The Subscription: Golden Tote
♥ The Cost: Totes cost $45 and up + Shipping
♥ The Products: Clothes and Accessories
♥ Ships to: US and International

RolyPoly Striped Top with Elbow Patches

I received three stylish surprises in my Golden Tote Surprise Grab Bag. See what I got as well as my thoughts on this monthly clothing service.

I received three stylish surprises in my Golden Tote Surprise Grab Bag. See what I got as well as my thoughts on this monthly clothing service.

Babel Printed Leggings

I received three stylish surprises in my Golden Tote Surprise Grab Bag. See what I got as well as my thoughts on this monthly clothing service.

I received three stylish surprises in my Golden Tote Surprise Grab Bag. See what I got as well as my thoughts on this monthly clothing service.

Unknown Brand Colorblock Dress

I received three stylish surprises in my Golden Tote Surprise Grab Bag. See what I got as well as my thoughts on this monthly clothing service.

I received three stylish surprises in my Golden Tote Surprise Grab Bag. See what I got as well as my thoughts on this monthly clothing service.

My thoughts on my Surprise Grab Bag Tote…

I received three stylish surprises in my Golden Tote Surprise Grab Bag. See what I got as well as my thoughts on this monthly clothing service.

Overall, I’m disappointed with the items I received in my surprise grab bag. The items pictured in the listing were much cuter than the pieces I actually received. I placed my order a few minutes after the tote was released and hoped that meant I would get a nicer selection. Weirdly, the dress had the brand name cut off the label, which leaves me with the feeling this dress was supposed to be tossed and not sold. (Update: I contacted Golden Tote about the clipped tag, and they are sending me a new surprise item.) I don’t know what each piece retailed for, but the quality did not feel like a $120 value. However, three pieces for $45 plus shipping is a fair price. While the grab bag is final sale, there is a Golden Tote Trading Group on Facebook, so I may not be completely out of luck.

I wouldn’t completely rule out trying Golden Tote again. I’ve tried The Mini Tote in the past and have scored a couple of cute pieces, and I am curious about the five piece The Golden Tote. However, I think I’ll skip the grab bag next time around.

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44 comments

  1. Too bad the items were not what you were expecting:( But I do love how you looked in these items esp. that dress! Thanks for the honest review.

  2. The label being cut out the dress doesn’t mean it was supposed to be tossed. It is often the deal jobbers make to get high end or designer wear to discount outlets. (My sister worked in retail at Loehmanns.)

  3. Aww, I’m sorry to hear you were disappointed, but as always appreciate your honest review! I think the first sweater you tried on is really cute though!

    XOXO and hope you had a great weekend!

  4. Love that tote!! Too bad the pieces weren’t ones you loved! Ya win some,may lose some. Fun to see what you get!

  5. Sorry you got such a disappointing tote. If something is going to be a surprise and a final sale, I’d be a bit wary, like they are just cleaning out the junk no one else wanted O_O
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  6. Sorry it didn’t work out for you! Hopefully the replacement dress will be better? That’s why I’m still iffy about joining these clothes subscription services.

  7. Yeah that picture is mildly misleading isn’t it?! I am too picky to take a risk I think. For example, whilst I think those leggings look really cool on you, I would 100% not be brave enough to wear them. So it would be a wasted item for me. Sorry to hear you were disappointed too. Would you do the surprise tote again do you think, or was it too much of a negative experience?
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    1. I might try another option from Golden Tote, but I think I’ll skip the surprise tote. At least with the other totes, you can choose one or two of the items you receive.

  8. Bummer that it was such a let down. Though it’s good they are sending you a replacement piece for the dress. I hope you like it much better! Thanks for such an honest review!

  9. I’ll be interested to see what the replacement item is. Odd that the tag was missing. Golden tote is very hit or miss with me. I love the items I choose but rarely like what they pick out. The surprise is fun but definitely a gamble. That said- the top is super cute!

  10. I’ve never heard of Golden Tote, I love the idea and all the cool stuff you got in your bag. I love that RolyPoly Striped Top with Elbow Patches, anything with elbow patches excites me. I could also use that Colorblock dress. 🙂

  11. I received a Golden Tote grab bag myself I yet to share. I love the surprise element. Actually the leggings look really fab on you, and I like the patch arm top too. Glad to hear they are making it right by sending a replacement piece for the dress with the tag cut off. Hope you’ll get something cute! XOXO, Elif

  12. I like the idea of something like this, but I wonder if the mystery tote is a way to clear out old merchandise for the new year? The clipped tag gives me this impression, but so does the steeply discounted price combined with January being such a slow time for retail. I hope you find some treasures in the trading group and that someone sees something to love in the pieces you received!

    <3 Liz
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  13. Hmmm this sounds like one idea that may not be the best idea, it is hard enough buying clothes online and even in stores when you try the clothes on…I have not been happy after the fact, so the surprise element–I don’t see this working. And yes the quality does look to be on the low side.

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    http://www.allienyc.com

  14. Thank you for sharing this! I definitely like the striped top. It can be styled so many ways! The dress should be great for summer. It just needs to be ironed 🙂 I’m not a leggings girl though, but overall sounds like a fun shopping experience.