Shopping: Can I Get a Bag for That?
Two takes on reusable and/or recyclable ways to haul things around:
I have a weakness for bags: tote bags, purses, yoga bags, tea bags, small bags that tuck into themselves so they can conveniently fit into BIGGER bags. Each one seems to beckon with the possibility of organizing my life in new ways.
Having sworn to reform my hoarding habit, I discovered a Web site that should be blocked from my computer. Reisenthel offers a plethora of bags and toting options. They are smart and tailored (not surprisingly, it's a German company). Although I could find an excuse to buy almost any of them, the one that caught my eye for style as well as function is the Bottle Shopper. The simplicity of carrying bottles on the outside made instant sense. I also appreciate the combination of short and long handles.
One more little bag couldn't hurt, right?
-- Leigh Lambert
But wait! There's more....
Speaking of bags within bags, my problem is this: The current crop of reusable grocery store totes in my house is already filled before I head to the store -- either with other tote bags or clothes bound for the cleaners or magazines cleared from a table last Christmas. Sometimes they're just holding other reusable bags -- you know, the ones that don't collapse very well.
That's why I've become a fan of a "bag combo" with a goofy name: The Baggler. A nice man named Mark Eichenbaum of Augusta, Maine, created the set. He says they started selling liked hotcakes in March. A zippered pouch holds three 18-by-12-inch nylon-esque bags that roll up to the size of plump ballpark franks, with slim Velcro'ed straps to keep them shut. A plastic contraption with a nonslip grip provides three hooks to hold the bags in place, keeping your wrists and fingers pressure-point free.
Baggler bags afford the option to shop on a whim without acquiring yet another bag, because they're slight enough to stash in a purse. I've seen at least one similar set on the market, but this carrying handle seems to set it apart -- particularly nice for city folk who schlep loaded bags for several blocks. Of course, you have to have a purse large enough to accommodate the pouch, which could be seen as just one more big bag....
Now, I admit that some days it takes me a while to roll the bags back into their straps, which are attached to a bottom corner on each bag. But then I have a piece of chocolate and things go better.
In about three weeks, Mark says his Baggler will be available in Office Max stores across the country. The set with handle will retail for about $12.99. He's scheduled to do a tour on QVC come January. For now, you can order them online (for less) at the company's Web site.
-- Bonnie Benwick.
September 3, 2009; 12:00 PM ET
Categories: Shopping | Tags: Bonnie Benwick, Leigh Lambert, kitchenware
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