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Bag it Up

by Julie on October 17, 2012

in Chew on This, Travel

They banned plastic bags in my town sometime last year. And we’ve all adapted nicely, thank you.  I have a sizable nest of reusable grocery bags living in the trunk of my car. Some are recycled plastic. Others are cloth. But today at Trader Joe’s, I spied this:

cute trader joe's jute bag

Momma’s gotta brand new bag…

It cost more than the plastic reusable bags they sell, but I bought it anyway because it was so cute. “People say they’re using it like a purse,” said the guy at reg.

totally cute Trader Joe's bag

Well heck, that works for me…

Cute, functional, and a HELLUVA lot less expensive than Kate Spade. Plus it has this poem printed on the side:

All the breath and the bloom of the year in the bag of one bee.

Wow. Is that, like from something? Should I know the reference? Did they just make it up?

I don’t actually care. I love charming non sequiturs as much as the next gal. So yeah, I’m thinking this is my cool new bag. BUT, I already have a cute farmer’s market bag…

borough market jute bag

And it’s from LONDON!

Yeah. That’s right. From the awesome Borough Market, in London, where I went on a trip last Christmas with the fam to visit the in-laws.  It’s a pretty damn handy bag. I’ve made well good use of it this year.

But I dunno. I sort of like the feel of this new TJ’s bag. It’s more constructed. Smaller, yet roomy and functional. What do you all think?

My two bags…

I know. There’s room in my life for more than one bag. But I’m also a creature of habit. What say ye? Trader Joe’s or Borough Market?



{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Bruce October 17, 2012 at 5:17 pm

My money’s on the Trader Joe’s bag. Then again, I’m a junkie for surplus style. They had me at stenciled letters.


Julie October 17, 2012 at 5:29 pm

The London bag still has the Stalin pin on it, though. Remember that?


Julie October 17, 2012 at 6:22 pm

I mean Lenin! The Lenin pin!


Shari October 17, 2012 at 5:41 pm

I didn’t see that Trader Joe’s bag and I was just there today. I need that bag!


Jayna October 17, 2012 at 7:13 pm

Some girls have all the bags. TJs is pretty small… who goes to the store and needs just one bag? I think London has a fighting chance here.


Virginia October 30, 2012 at 3:02 am

If you ask me, they both look itchy 🙁
But I collect bags everywhere–you just never know which bag is best for which occasion. A basic red Target bag got endless compliments in Australia and Brazil, and I think it’s kinda fun to take my Aldi Australia bag to Aldi Florida. You can never have enough bags. Go out and buy another one.


Bridget June 22, 2014 at 4:20 pm

Hi, a friend yesterday had the same tj bag, i luv it, and have called few tj, but there not in stock 🙁 if anyone knows anyone saleing one, thx. , Bridget


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