The 'Rest of the story'...
Jim gave me the idea of making a large reusable shopping bag out of our chicken feed bags. Which I did and started to use and low and behold, this bag became a hit. Which leads me to this story of how I got to sewing more bags then I actually have on hand. I ran into the right couple at church who also has chickens and thought, 'this bag was pretty cool'. They also happen to own a general store & I gave them the idea of selling them. They agreed and now I'm sewing up a storm. Plus I get outside orders and I'm running out of feed bags. Yikes! Besides my friend T who's stable she boards at, throws away many feed bags a month, & friend E who is the store owner, I am searching for hobby farm owners who might have a feed bag with a great picture to give away as well or a very pretty sunflower bag from Fleet Farm also makes a huge hit with the bird lover as well. And lucky me, most of my hobby farm findings are 'from where I come from', meaning I get to travel back home to get them. But still, people who have ordered are getting what they want & I make a little extra cash. And my back order list gets a little smaller. Never in my life have I had a 'back order list' to complete. It is rather cool on my end of the deal! Waa-Hoo!!
My thoughts (and the help of some friends) of why all the rage of these bags, in no particular order are:
1) They are a plastic woven material, similar to the blue/brown tarps one uses to cover split wood, a trailer, or a boat. The material is quite sturdy.
2) They are totally 100% recycled from a feed bag. The body, handles & pocket all cut from the bag, the thread is the only outside source.
3) They have a great picture to show off.
4) They hold a lot of stuff; groceries, toys, weekend bag, a wet bag for the beach, or the personal everything bag (in my case).
5) A plus (in my mind), they are pretty dang original!!! Which is my specialty. I love having the 'one and only' even though, my chicken bag will be out in the hands of another lady or gent soon since there is one on the store shelf.
So, that's the story and I'm lovin' it.
PS. I even posted my bag idea on a craftsters challenge of making a 'reusable, recycled shopping bag'. Labeled, "Cheep, Cheep, Cheep Bag." Not sure I'll win, but people are commenting and like the idea, some are going to start using their own feed bags. Now isn't that spreading the love of being environmental friendly.