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Golden Tote Blowout Sale Mystery Tote Review – January 2017

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If you aren’t familiar with Golden Tote, here’s a really quick intro: It is not a typical subscription; each month they release a new collection and you can decide whether or not you want to buy it. You get to pick out 1-2 pieces, and they surprise you with the rest. (The surprise items are completely different from the pieces you pick from). For the $149 tote, you pick 2 items, and get 3-4 more surprise items based on your style profile.

However, for January, they released blowout mystery totes and major boutique deals in lieu of their usual monthly collection release. 


Every month they design a new tote, too. For these mystery totes, they used up their extra totes from the past. I ended up with another one from December 2016.

This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

This is a review of one of their $40 Blowout Mystery Totes. FYI – these mystery totes sold out fast! They are no longer available for purchase.


The Subscription Box: Golden Tote

The Cost: $59 or $149 for their monthly Totes

The Products: Clothing items you pick plus surprises from Golden Tote!

Ships to: Everywhere! Flat rate ground shipping within the U.S. is $9.95. International is $30. Free shipping on U.S. orders of $149 or more and International orders of $149 or more are charged $25.

Delivered via: UPS or USPS

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Striped Drape Front Tee – Value $30?

This tee is comfortable and easy-to-wear. It’s just a little short on my torso, but if I wear a cami under it, it would be totally fine!


Chris & Carol “Love GT” Tee – Value $30?

I adore Chris & Carol tops because they are always so soft and drape so well. Plus, every one I’ve tried on before is a nice, longer length for me. This one is flattering and I love repping some Golden Tote love.


¾ Sleeve Cross-Front top – Value $40?

This is very different than my usual style and I probably wouldn’t have chosen this for myself, so I’m happy to be pleasantly surprised now that I have it on! Creams and off-whites can be hit or miss on my complexion, but I actually like this one – especially for summer! The material is light and breathable, too, so I’ll be saving this for some warmer weather.


Suede Jacket – Value $50?

This is another item that I wouldn’t have picked out for myself! It’s a faux suede jacket that can be worn open or tied shut. This is soft and has a nice weight to it, and the color is gorgeous. It’s definitely something I don’t already have in my wardrobe. I can see this being great in the Fall.


And here’s how it looks tied shut. Since it is faux suede, I carefully steamed this jacket. The material refused to completely release the wrinkles from being folded when I was steaming it. Hopefully once more will get it, and then any future wrinkles won’t be as severe as these anyway!


Little Black Shift Dress – Value $40?

The last item in my mystery tote was this great black shift dress. It has little slit pockets on the front hips, and the proportions feel just right. This is a very versatile piece and can be dressed up or down. 

Verdict: All in all, I had fun with this Blowout Mystery Golden Tote. Because these totes are pre-packed and not selected for you according to your style profile, I was prepared to get some items I wouldn’t normally choose for myself, which means there was some more risk than typical Golden Tote orders. But I was really quite happy overall, especially with the more casual tops. The value is definitely there, at $40 for a 5-item tote? That’s $8 per item, essentially! Fantastic.

What do you think about Golden Tote? Did you grab one of their January Mystery Totes?

Written by Haley Faye

Haley Faye

Haley Faye first discovered Beauty Army and Birchbox in 2012 and instantly fell hard and fast for the world of subscription boxes. Over the years of writing for MSA she has found many subscriptions to fuel her addiction, but her favorites include fashion, geeky, beauty, and mom/baby boxes to share with her son.

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. If you buy something, MSA may earn an affiliate commission. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.


  1. Sometimes i wonder If GT (or any box really) knows this particular tote is being reviewed for all to see so they make sure to send the best stuff. I think I read Most of these boxes are comped so they have to know they’re being photographed and written about

  2. Hey, Haley.

    Have you tried the mystery items from Synergy Organic Clothing? They are $20 for one item or $50 for three. I’ve never ordered from them and am curious if they’re a good deal.

  3. FYI if anyone is still interested in this, even though it says sold out on the site, I was able to order a size large blowout tote (the only size left) yesterday (1/26). I got a shipping confirmation today.

  4. I love the blue coat!!!

  5. I love your options much more than mine.

  6. Not all$40 blowout totes were great. Mine wasn’t great. I think I need to stop with the mystery totes, I must be too picky. The dresses were too short for me. I only liked one thing a little bit and got a tote for one of the months I already had. Oh well😒

  7. I got the $69 boutique tote and totally feel like I got ripped off. An ugly dress, an ok tank, and some flimsy fabric shorts. I wish I had been able to get this blowout tote! I would wear all of those items!

    • Hi Kara – I had the exact some experience with the $69 boutique tote. The $40 5-item tote that Haley got was way better. I’ll keep that in mind the next time they have a mystery tote sale. And Haley – thank you for the review! It really helps me know what to do for the next sale 😄

    • I was disappointed in my boutique tote as well. I received a jacket, a dress and a top, and they were ok but not the best for the price.

    • The blowout tote that Haley got was leftover items from 2015. That’s why it was so cheap. The boutique tote was items from the 2016 boutique. Those items are more expensive than the surprise items. I got 2 boutique totes and out of the 6 items there is only 1 I won’t wear.

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