American Artisans: Italic Waxed Canvas Bags

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Italic waxed canvas market bag

Italic is the ninth in my Sunday series featuring American Artisans. There are so many exceptionally talented craftspeople, designers, and small companies across the country who share my love of handcrafted quality, and this is my chance to introduce them to you. These artisans are creating beautiful, useful and delicious products that elevate the experience of everyday cooking, dining, and entertaining. They’re using skills, techniques, and materials that might otherwise be lost in our era of mass production. Their work makes me happy, and I hope it does the same for you. Each feature will be paired with a giveaway to give you the chance to experience their work for yourselves. I’ll be doing these features every other Sunday for the foreseeable future, so be sure to check back, and enjoy!

Italic waxed canvas market bag

Paper or plastic?  Meet Colin Evan Pritchett from Portland Oregon, he hopes to convince you that you don’t need either.  Colin is a graphic designer by training, who turned his talents to designing a line of waxed canvas bags that are one of the most clever ways to save the planet I’ve seen yet.  His collection includes bags of all shapes and sizes to hold just about everything you need to carry on a daily basis, from groceries to wine bottles, to your working lunch.  Colin’s bags have a wonderful tactile quality and a minimalist design that sets them apart from any I’ve seen before.  They are functional, beautiful, and if you live in Los Angeles like I do, necessary.  Plastic bags are being banned in more and more cities across the country, and we all need to start putting together an arsenal of reusable solutions to our daily toting.   And if Colin has anything to say about it, we’ll all look super chic while we’re at it.  I’m thrilled that Italic is giving away one of their market bags to one of you this week, read on…

American Artisans: Italic Waxed Canvas Bag

Like so many artisans, Colin got hooked early on the thrill of making ‘things’.  “Working as a graphic designer was great, but it also felt like something was missing. As much as I loved graphics, nothing beat the feeling of creating a physical object with my own two hands. After some time as a furniture maker, I decided I needed an outlet where I could more easily produce things and get them into the hands of customers. As soon as I experimented with an Etsy shop and more consumer-friendly products, everything seemed to fall into place.”

Italic resusable coated canvas bags

In this case Colin has taken his inspiration from the humble paper bag and reinvents it, line for line, in sturdy cotton canvas.   Just one of his reusable bags can replace countless plastic and paper equivalents that would pile up in our dumps and landfills.  He sews each bag by hand himself and then coats them with a layer of paraffin and all natural beeswax which makes them water resistant and wipeable.  The waxing also creates a surface that gets better as it ages, and each bag will have it’s own unique ‘fingerprint’ of crackles across the surface.  They have a simple, utilitarian beauty that makes them a pleasure to use.  You can see his entire collection of bags in his Etsy store, here.

making Italic reusuable bags

This idea of celebrating the things we use (and eat!) on a daily basis and recreating them from the ground up is a theme of this series, and this blog, as well.  Colin says “I reject the notion that just because something is utilitarian it can’t also be aesthetically pleasing. If anything, the products we use most should be the ones we enjoy using the most. On the other hand, I also believe in simplicity and living with less. In our quest to make things better and constantly improve design we sometimes clog our lives with excess. I strive to produce things that have been stripped down to their most basic and beautiful qualities.”

waxed reusuable 'brown bag'

The sturdy waxed bags can be wiped clean with a damp cloth, but not laundered.  Colin also sells non-waxed canvas bags that can be put right into the wash.  The bags are available in a bunch of colors: Black, Caramel, Grey, Natural Canvas, Navy, Moss Green, and Burgundy, and Colin will do special orders if you want to create your own unique bag.

American Artisans: Italic waxed canvas market tote

All of us have to make some pretty big changes in our behavior if we want to preserve our environment and Italic Home has given us such an easy way to do our part.  For those of you, like me, who like to tote your groceries on your shoulder, Colin makes a long handled version and he’ll even do custom embroidery!  I love the idea of giving newlyweds a set of monogrammed market bags.  (I’ve thinking a set of navy waxed market bags with off-white embroidery) Now that’s memorable gift!

American Artisans: Italic reusuable canvas wine bags

I’d love to know what solutions you all have found to replace the countless plastic and paper bags we accumulate every day. In the days before Los Angeles banned them, I was shocked at how many plastic bags I could come home with from a single grocery store visit.   Do you own and use reusuable grocery bags, and why or why not?

American Artisasn: Italic Home

Italic is generously giving away one of their waxed canvas market bags to one lucky reader!

To enter, please visit Italic’s Etsy store, HERE, and leave a comment below…you have until Friday the 22nd to enter, and good luck!

(Giveaway ends Friday May 22nd)

*I use to pick the winner, and will announce it here on Saturday. I am not compensated in any way for these posts.

~ The winner of the giveaway is Victoria Mcauliffe — congratulations Victoria! ~

American Artisans: Italic bags

You can see all the past features in this series HERE, and HERE’S a fun google map with everyone’s location!


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    Kimberly T
    May 22, 2015 at 9:32 am

    All out their products are lovely! Here’s hoping the plastic bag becomes a thing of the past sooner rather than later!

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      May 22, 2015 at 9:46 am

      agreed 🙂

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    May 21, 2015 at 4:35 pm


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    May 21, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    Great items and colors..
    These artist are all fantastic.
    I agree the market bag is to die for..drooling.
    Also the Jack Dipp Trio.
    I really like that the bags can be wiped clean. I have gone through so many bags that were not constructed well to last. These too look to be winners.

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    Zarah robinson
    May 21, 2015 at 10:00 am

    I’m a bit obsessed with buying reusable bags. So, the Market bags really appeal to me. Wondeful.

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    May 21, 2015 at 6:58 am

    just… lovely! every time i clicked on a bag i found a new favourite. 🙂

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    May 20, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    Beautiful bags, a great gift idea!

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    Andrea Isabel Rust
    May 20, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    I am guilty of not using reusable bags but would not hesitate with this beauty!

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    May 19, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    Nice bag. I love all the neutral tones of all of their bags. The Jack Dopp kits are cool.

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    sarah k
    May 19, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    They have some great items along with the bags the laundry duffle are an item I would love to get.

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    May 19, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    Love the idea and the look.

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    May 19, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Wow these are incredible. Love them!

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    Pamela G
    May 19, 2015 at 6:10 am

    If only we could get the world to go back to the days LONG before these horrid nasty and extremely cheap plastic bags and we all use items like nice practical totes and bags. I would still love to see us going back to the years when folks carried a nice basket and did their food shopping almost daily in order to get the very freshest produce and meats available. Now that I have to eat gluten free in my life due to the Celiac disease I don’t use near the prepackaged items I used to have in my pantry.

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    May 18, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    Want! Actually I want 15. They’d be perfect Christmas gifts. Is it too early to shop for Christmas? GREG

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      May 19, 2015 at 7:47 am

      I’m hoping people use this series as a fantastic gift giving resource, these would make the coolest holiday gifts, and no – NEVER too early!

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    May 18, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    I love these bags. The market bag would be the most useful for my lifestyle however I would seriously consider a small cross body bag for walking jaunts when you only need the bare essentials.

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      May 19, 2015 at 7:47 am

      Maybe he can design that for you Suzy!

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    May 18, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    what gorgeous bags – especially the gray market bag. Wouldn’t mind getting my hands on a candle or two as well!

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    Linda L.
    May 18, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    We never leave the house without a couple of re-usable bags stuffed in my bag. That way I don’t have to ever use plastic bags at a store. I really like the variety he makes – especially the different sizes.

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    May 18, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    Really nice bags! I’m a fan of the gray ones.

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    May 18, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    I love the caramel Market Bag

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    May 18, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    living in California we have to use reusable bags these are great

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    May 18, 2015 at 12:15 pm


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    May 18, 2015 at 9:39 am

    Great idea. Beautiful bags!

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    May 18, 2015 at 9:13 am

    I have been looking for sturdy bags!! Love the colors!

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    May 18, 2015 at 7:48 am

    I love these bags!! Especially the market bag in navy:)

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    Sandra Mailing
    May 18, 2015 at 7:43 am

    Would be proud to use one.

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    Toni | BoulderLocavore
    May 18, 2015 at 7:11 am

    Plastic bags have been banned in Boulder for a few years now and I agree with him completely that just because it’s utilitarian it doesn’t have to be ugly! I might even wear one on my head as shown on those days I feel I’m just not looking my best! Great find Sue, thanks.

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    Linda S.
    May 18, 2015 at 7:04 am

    I love the Brown Bag, especially whimsical in a color other than brown!, like navy, and the Tote Bag, particularly in burgundy.

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    May 18, 2015 at 6:27 am

    I love these bags. So beautifully done. I started replacing paper/plastic bags forty years ago and have never looked back. I always give bags as gifts for friends and family. Great way to “convert” others one bag at a time! Love your recipes Sue!

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    Elizabeth Knowlton
    May 18, 2015 at 4:57 am

    I’d love to give one to my husband for Father’s Day!

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    May 18, 2015 at 4:47 am

    Hi, Sue,
    I came over to get your baked fish recipe and saw these beautiful bags. I have been using canvas bags for many years now. I LOVE these bags. I looked on his shop page but can’t see whether or not he ships to Canada. Gotta have these! I have so many gift ideas 🙂
    Love that you’re featuring this!

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    May 18, 2015 at 4:29 am

    Love Italic’s bags!

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    Virginia Lawson
    May 18, 2015 at 4:07 am

    these bags are AWESOME!!!!

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    Heather S
    May 17, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    Their bags are gorgeous!

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    Joan a Browning
    May 17, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    love these bags! Being a native Oregonian I am happy to see the designer is from Portland!

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    May 17, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    Great bags and I especially like the navy waxed market bag. The resurgence in artisans creating and making available their quality items feels like a 21st century Renaissance and a re-taking of America, by….Americans! Thanks for doing your part in highlighting these folks and their wares!

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    Chris Scheuer
    May 17, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    I love these bags Sue and have never seen anything quite like them. I’d feel quite stylish toting one of these to the market!

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    JD Georgia
    May 17, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    Love the market bag!

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    May 17, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    Love these bags 🙂

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    Colleen Garland
    May 17, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    I LOVE love love these bags!! They are so pretty, and they fold so nicely. Great Etsy shop!

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    May 17, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    So tired of seeing those pesky plastic bags everywhere. These bags are both fun and functional, and help keep those plastic bags out of landfills! 🙂

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    May 17, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    How cool are they? Everyone of them is unique and useful. Great giveaway. I like the lunch bag.

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    md white
    May 17, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    Wow. I love every one of them!! And I have a “bag problem” already!

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    May 17, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    These bags are quite lovely, and look very durable.

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    victoria mcauliffe
    May 17, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    Once again absolutely wonderful!! I could use several of these. Lunch bags for work market bags for shopping. I can’t stand those plastic ones, hate to throw them out have them piled up in the basement. The colors are super! Thank you Sue for all the great artist. I will definitely be getting several of these.

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    Gina Guthrie
    May 17, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    I love the market bag in natural.

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    sharron orcutt
    May 17, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    love the market bag! used to keep all the plastic bags cause didn’t want to put in garbage. then i found a great way to repurpose those plastic bags. plarn! now i have bags made from plastic bags that are reusable and if they get dirty just wash and hang but i would love to get one of these bags

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    May 17, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    Love the look of these bags. We have reusable bags/totes that we bring to the grocery store and the farmer’s market. Would love to add one of these.

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    May 17, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Very nice!

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    May 17, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    Flat bottom
    Couldn’t ask for a better designed grocery bag!

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    May 17, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    Shoulder toreally is how I lug my groceries home!

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    May 17, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    I love this concept! My county in CA (San Luis Obispo) does not allow plastic bags and these are perfect–durable and attractive.

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    Lena P.
    May 17, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    I love these bags & the color choices. The laundry one would be great for college!

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    Margaret R
    May 17, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    ooh,, the market bag in caramel would be fun!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    May 17, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    I am loving that market bag – perfect for everything! Thanks for another great post featuring American artists – sharing on Facebook!

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      May 17, 2015 at 3:32 pm

      Thanks for the share!

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    May 17, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    I love those bags. Here in Japan, we now do all our shopping by bringing our own bags for the most part. Can I be in Japan and enter?? I would love one of those bags. I have some canvas bags, but none are waxed!!

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      May 17, 2015 at 3:05 pm

      You can enter, Pamela, and it’s so good to hear that a change in habits can happen on a large scale — good luck!

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    Alison H.
    May 17, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    These bags are beautiful! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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    May 17, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    I love reusable bags and these are fantastic. I like the flat bottom so they stand up.

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    Donna Worth
    May 17, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    I love this idea for having attractive, reusable bags that aren’t plastic!

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      May 17, 2015 at 2:29 pm

      Good point – so many of them are that cheesy plastic, almost no better than the disposables 🙂

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    May 17, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    The Market bag is the perfect size for a trip to Trader Joe’s.

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    May 17, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    I applaud you for putting a spotlight on American artisans and their beautiful work. Lovely simple useful brilliant. Well Done!

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    May 17, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    Thanks for the give away….navy wine tote would be perfect for summer outdoor concerts! Will be buying some for future. Thanks Sue!

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    Madeline Pendergrass
    May 17, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    Wonderful idea & really needs to happen in the USA!

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    May 17, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    I especially love the grocery bag as it’s more beautiful and sturdy than the reusable bags many of us now utilize. And, I relish all the color choices, particularly the navy, gray, and dark tan. Thanks for the perfect union of beauty and utility!

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    May 17, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    What great bags! Thank you for the chance to enter your giveaway!

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    May 17, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    Great find again, Sue! I just browsed his Etsy shop….fantastic pieces. Reminds me of things I’d see at my Grandma’s place in Occidental an age ago. I used to love the feel of the waxed canvas.

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    May 17, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    I love every version! My husband would particularly love the lunch bags. Thank you for sharing and for hosting the give-away!

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    May 17, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    These are fabulous! I loved every bag! So useful. My husband would love the lunch bags.
    Thank you!

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    Michele Duffy
    May 17, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    These are fabulous!!! Thanks for sharing this with us!

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    May 17, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    What a great idea! I will give these as gifts to all I know

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      May 17, 2015 at 12:37 pm

      I think they make really great gifts, thanks for stopping by Elizabeth 🙂

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    May 17, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Inspiring that someone cares enough to be creative and act!

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    Amanda Mitchell
    May 17, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    Beautiful bags! I would love to take these bags shopping.

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    May 17, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    Thank you for introducing us to these useful and beautiful bags!

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    Lori Brooks
    May 17, 2015 at 11:56 am

    I have to say that I, too, love the burgundy bag! Shoulder straps are always necessary for me. Makes it so much easier to carry groceries or anything else.

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      May 17, 2015 at 12:05 pm

      I really like that he does these in different deep colors, I think the navy is great, too.

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    Carol H
    May 17, 2015 at 11:55 am

    Beautiful bags – artfully done

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    May 17, 2015 at 11:49 am

    The totes are the perfect size and so smart!

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    May 17, 2015 at 11:42 am

    I love the simplicity of the plain bags.

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    May 17, 2015 at 11:28 am

    These bags are stunning! Would love to have one.

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    Marsha Golem
    May 17, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Wonderful Bags. Perfect for grocery shopping.

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    May 17, 2015 at 11:22 am

    I have become a collector of bags, and these are absolutely beautiful. The burgandy is my favorite. So great to find all natural candles too. Adding a bookmark to this site. Thank you, Sue.

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      May 17, 2015 at 12:06 pm

      You’re welcome 🙂

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    Carol G
    May 17, 2015 at 11:17 am

    They have quite the selection of various bags. I wish them great success!

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    May 17, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Great assortment of wonderful, usable bags!

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    May 17, 2015 at 11:09 am

    I love the bags that actually look like paper bags. But they’re not! Gorgeous!!!

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    May 17, 2015 at 11:00 am

    Love the burgundy & natural colors, . & that they have the longer straps so you can carry them over your shoulder.

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      May 17, 2015 at 12:07 pm

      The shoulder straps really help, I’m amazed how much I can carry that way!

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    May 17, 2015 at 10:58 am

    …love this idea…it would have many uses. Thanks for showing us.

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    May 17, 2015 at 10:51 am

    April 1 my community started the plastic bag ban….10 cents for a paper bag, if I forget my bags! I like this market bag with its square bottom and “paper bag look” ! Thank you for the fun of your contests!

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      May 17, 2015 at 12:08 pm

      Thanks Joy — I am always forgetting my bags, I need to tape a reminder on my windshield!

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    Kelly M.
    May 17, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Oh I Love the Burgungy bags….Navy too. These bags are wonderful. Would be so nice to win one! Lunch and Grocery bag sizes would both be so handy have.
    The candles sound lovely — Mmm…Clove it seems to be a rarely seen candle scent. Being in the tin can, it would be a great gift for men…definitely masculine enough.
    Colin–nice clever useful products!

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    Teresa Davis
    May 17, 2015 at 10:47 am

    What lovely bags. My reusable bags are in need of an upgrade!

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    Barbara Blue
    May 17, 2015 at 10:47 am

    These bags are lovely. And I do live in Los Angeles so I am always building my collections.

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    May 17, 2015 at 10:44 am

    these bags are gorgeous and such a wonderful way to get away from using plastic

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    May 17, 2015 at 10:40 am

    What a bunch of very neat items in this shop! Especially like the Dopp bags too.

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    Jan R
    May 17, 2015 at 10:29 am

    These are wonderful!

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    Tracy Cottongim
    May 17, 2015 at 10:27 am

    I especially love the rich caramel brown color. I read many of the glowing reviews.

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    Jessica @ Bikini Baker
    May 17, 2015 at 10:19 am

    I love these! My city of Solana Beach is plastic bag free, so these would be awesome to take to the grocery store!

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    Denice Metz
    May 17, 2015 at 10:08 am

    I love this bag need to have it

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    Kim Teigen
    May 17, 2015 at 10:06 am

    What wonderful bags! I love using my own bags while shopping rather than using plastic bags.

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    May 17, 2015 at 9:25 am

    What a great collection. The market bags and drawing bags are my faves.

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    May 17, 2015 at 8:02 am

    What a fabulous product! A wonderful solution to leave plastic behind 🙂

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    May 17, 2015 at 7:53 am

    Love the tote and market bag.

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    May 17, 2015 at 7:17 am

    You find the best things on Etsy, Susan. I love this shop.

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      May 17, 2015 at 7:35 am

      Haha – Etsy’s kind of a jungle, but there are a lot of gems, thanks Susan!

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    May 17, 2015 at 6:56 am

    We should all do our part to leave the planet in good condition for all future generations. Reusable bags is a good start.

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    Karen S
    May 17, 2015 at 6:53 am

    I really love the “brown bag”! Love the simplicity.

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    May 17, 2015 at 6:22 am

    What beautiful bags!