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    Have just signed up to my first craft fair but could do with some inspiration. I make bags and bought some tissue paper to wrap them in when (if) I sell any. But the paper is too small to wrap around the bag. I've looked for larger sheets (can't find any) and have tried with several sheets -but it just looks a bit scruffy. Any suggestions on how I can package any bags I sell so they look good but doesn't cost too much. Grateful for any suggestions.
    Thanks, Helen
    Helen
    http://www.handbagsbyhelen.co.uk
    http://www.facebook.com/HandmadeHandbags
    http://www.folksy.com/shops/HandbagsbyHelen

  • #2
    Replying as I'd quite like to know the answer to this too...I've only just started making bags though and they look no where near as good as yours!!

    (Also I've liked your page on facebook hehe)



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    • #3
      Originally posted by Claire'sCraftyCreations View Post
      Replying as I'd quite like to know the answer to this too...I've only just started making bags though and they look no where near as good as yours!!

      (Also I've liked your page on facebook hehe)
      Hi Claire
      Thanks for the like. Let's hope some creative folk out there have some inspiration they can share. Would love to see your bags - have just been to your folksy site and love the ring! Where are you on Facebook and I'll return the like.
      Helen
      http://www.handbagsbyhelen.co.uk
      http://www.facebook.com/HandmadeHandbags
      http://www.folksy.com/shops/HandbagsbyHelen

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      • #4
        There are some reasonable carrier bags for sale on Ebay or other packaging places. I think I'll order some to put my bags in so maybe the way to go for you.
        http://www.scrumptioustextiles.blogspot.com

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        • #5
          Hello Helen
          When we did craft fairs, we bought some brown paper carrier bags from ebay (very reasonable) and we think they looked good and enhanced the handmade aspect of our stall. They were strong and had stiff brown paper handles. These days paper bags are more in favour than plastic ones!
          Annie and Lyn
          www.rosiepink.typepad.co.uk

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          • #6
            I bought brown paper bags from Big Brown Carrier Bag, they worked out about 8p per bag but it depends what size you buy and what type you go for, I went for the budget 'takeaway' ones. They are a UK company and the order arrived really quickly.
            Happywrap - Reusable Fabric Gift Wrap

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            • #7
              I sell bags so I sympathise. All my packaging is yellow. (My corporate image, ho ho ho.) I've tried paper bags but they have to be pretty big and are hard to find. I've tried plastic bags - bit tacky. I'm afraid what looks really smart is paper carrier bags. Mine have twisted paper handles and are quite sturdy. The first two options cost pennies but I'm afraid the carrier bags creep into the 10s of pennies.

              Think twice if you are tempted to buy in bulk to get the cost down. I have so many paper bags I can't give up selling until I reach 100!

              And you might find half your customers don't want your stuff wrapping. They have brought their own bags.........

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              • #8
                I put my hands up and admit to putting my bags in a plastic carrier but I go for good quality plain clear ones that can easily be reused repeatedly. I feel it's quite important with some goods (especially expensive ones) that their packaging is as waterproof as it can be incase the item is a gift - this paid off at my second fair where it snowed down all day and alot of it was outside!
                As an added bonus clear bags continue to show off your already sold items as the buyer continues to walk around the fair - especially if you put a little flyer in too facing out.
                For smaller items I use pretty printed paper bags in two sizes.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Handbagsbyhelen View Post
                  Hi Claire
                  Thanks for the like. Let's hope some creative folk out there have some inspiration they can share. Would love to see your bags - have just been to your folksy site and love the ring! Where are you on Facebook and I'll return the like.
                  Thank you very much! My facebook page is here http://www.facebook.com/pages/Claire...87240484679755 I think I might have a picture of one bag on there...I definitely need to get practising. I already have a few ideas, it's just getting round to doing them haha.



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                  • #10
                    I've not sold anything at craft fairs, but as a buyer I like to get my stuff in paper bags mostly, although a clear plastic bag is also pretty nice. I hate cheap looking plain white, or worse, stripey carrier bags... I hope this helps.
                    Princess Prudence
                    Keep Calm and Carry on!
                    I just love to sew and make things!

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                    • #11
                      I too use clear heavy duty plastic bags for my products - the quality of them is great, and as alibear says your products get shown off as they wander around. I staple a business card to the top of mine but like the idea of the flyer as its more readable for passing folk. I get my plastic bags from bagit-plastics on ebay.
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                      • #12
                        I've gone for the brown paper carriers with twisted handles option then printed my own sticky label for the front so the bag looks quite professional (well, just my opinion!) - also looks quite good being carried around with your name on the front. Just gone for two sizes so sometimes not always the best fit.
                        Cheered me up on Sunday when I sold very little but caught sight of someone carrying my bag around though
                        Catherine
                        CatkinJane - Handmade Material Things
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                        • #13
                          At one fair there was someone selling bags and they used the clear plastic sheet that florists use - you can buy reels of it from ebay. They laid the bag in the middle and scrunched up the ends at the top and used an elastic band and a bit of ribbon to seal it. They looked very swish though not really practical for carrying.
                          How about wallpaper ? or is that too small as well.
                          Melanie

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                          • #14
                            Thanks for all the replies. I'll look into the brown bags, but I do like the florist film idea - not terribly practical but very pretty so I may try that too. Let's just hope I sell some by the time I've bought 100m of cellophane!
                            Helen
                            http://www.handbagsbyhelen.co.uk
                            http://www.facebook.com/HandmadeHandbags
                            http://www.folksy.com/shops/HandbagsbyHelen

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by CatkinJane View Post
                              I've gone for the brown paper carriers with twisted handles option then printed my own sticky label for the front so the bag looks quite professional (well, just my opinion!) - also looks quite good being carried around with your name on the front. Just gone for two sizes so sometimes not always the best fit.
                              Cheered me up on Sunday when I sold very little but caught sight of someone carrying my bag around though
                              Catherine
                              I can imagine that would be a good pick-me-up!
                              Helen
                              http://www.handbagsbyhelen.co.uk
                              http://www.facebook.com/HandmadeHandbags
                              http://www.folksy.com/shops/HandbagsbyHelen

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