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Thursday Shout Out: Back To School Cool

It’s true-back to school time is upon us. Whether your kiddo (or you!) have already started or you’re watching the days fly by until September, there’s still time to get yourself prepared. Lucky for you, we’ve got a solid collection of crafters who can help us all out.

Mini Cards Lunchbox Notes by TwoPaperAddicts. $3. Young or old, your favorite girl will smile when she sees one of these beautiful notes tucked in her lunch. Granted, she’ll probably hide it from her friends in embarrassment and roll her eyes at you when she gets off the bus, but still-you know she loves it. What better way to let her know that you’re thinking of her, even while she’s away stuffing her brains with all sorts of important information? She’ll never admit it, but it will make her day.

Back to School iPad Cover by Botene. $32.99. As much as it pains us to admit it, we realize that kids these days are more likely to haul around an iPad than a bag full of books. Sigh. But if we’re forced to embrace technology, we’re going to wrap it in handmade goodness-and this gorgeous cover from Botene fits the bill. Padded and lined with velvet, this will keep you looking stylish, your iPad safe, and yeah, we guess we have to admit it-you’ll be pretty smart, too.

Vintage School Poster “Always Do Your Best” by vintagegoodness. $11.95. How many times have you heard it? Mom always said, “Just do your best, and that’s all that matters.” Well, we’ve finally figured out she was right, so it just figures that this awesome vintage print from 1959 is around to remind us when she’s not. Whether you want it for your classroom, your home, or your office, the simple graphics and awesome sentiment will keep you doing your best-and that’s what matters.

Back to School Shirt for the Ultra Cool Kid-Kindergarten Rocks by Revolution46R46. $16. Scary but true: we have three (count them three) kids headed to kindergarten in a few short weeks-and they’ll all be in the same class! Obviously, as the offspring of the Meatbagz Broads, they are required to represent-and we’ve found the shirt to make sure they do. This T is seriously rockin’, and cool enough for even the most hesitant kid to get excited about. Look out kindergarten, here come the Meatbagz kids! Don’t say you haven’t been warned!

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The Greatest Thing On Earth.

In case you haven’t heard-Wait, who are we kidding? Of course you’ve heard!-we’re having a sale, right this very second. 20% off everything in the shop….a super sweet deal, if you ask us. But what you may not know is that we have some new bagz in the shop as well. Could it get any better? Probably not, which is why we’re proclaiming this THE GREATEST THING ON EARTH. You may have a few better candidates for that title, but in any case, we’re very pleased to introduce a few of our new favorites (which are ready to become yours). Check ’em out!

This Awesometown Extra Large Backpack had us at hello, and even though we tried to fight it, it has made us backpack converts. Think of it as the backpack version of our Weekender-so roomy you can fit anything you’ll ever need into it, so stylish you’ll be the envy of everyone you come across, and so perfect you’ll wonder what you ever did without it. And at $50 (minus that handy sale we were just talking about) you really can’t afford not to have this bag.

We can’t lie-we were pretty pleased with ourselves when we came up with this new design for these great vintage Czech bags. Pete Seeger, his banjo, and just letting the world know that you’ve got your own song to sing are all happy things, and this bag is just the cherry on top. $40, peeps. Grab ’em now, because they won’t last long.

Another day, another new design, and another new bag. Score across the board! Vintage typewriter keys spelling out “BE TRUE” across a splash of black makes a strong statement on this vintage bag. Not too big and not too small, it will get you where you’re going while making sure you won’t get lost along the way. $35.

Meanwhile, we have other new bagz in the shop, so be sure to stop by and check them all out!

Thursday Shout Out: Thank You For Being Our Friend

We happen to be insanely lucky-we have the extreme good fortune to know a solid number of talented folks who inspire us, make our jaws drop at their awesomeness, and otherwise make us happy to know them. And even better news, some of them even have Etsy shops, so you can get to know them too. So today’s Shout Out is all about people we know, and people we think you should know too.

Clay bird by REvolutionMadeByHand. $10. What can we say? Our friend Jeromy happens to be a regular old Renaissance man. He sculpts, he photographs, he sews, he paints, he designs…the list could go on. But one of our favorites from his shop right now is none other than this sweet little red bird. Forget the bluebird of happiness, put this little clay songster on your desk, a shelf, or anywhere else you’ll look when you’re in need of a smile. This birdy will deliver.

Cranberry Brown and Red Leather Watch with Rivet Detailing by malamoosebeadery. $40. Bethany of Malamoose Beadery has a way with watches. What could be a throwaway accessory turns into a piece of art in her hands-and, if you’re lucky, on your wrist. We love the thick and thin leather straps on her Cranberry watch, not to mention the rivet detailing and beautiful touch of color. It is simple and yet makes a big statement…which, really, is pretty darn impressive.

Bean’s Big Bag in Sea Leaves and Slate Dots by thetinybean. $45. Listen, we know bags. And when we saw this beauty in our friend Kristi’s shop, we knew we liked what we saw. Generously sized to lug around what you need but stylish enough to keep you from feeling like a pack mule, this bag will be your BBF (best bag forever, in case you were wondering). Pinky swear.

Large Yellow Porcelain Serving Bowl by LittleGoatsPlay. $40. Do you know what’s awesome about Anna? Well, pretty much everything, really, but we were thinking more specifically of how her absolutely stunning pottery reminds us of learning to bake with our Grandmas. They always had the most beautiful, functional, and simple pottery-sturdy enough for every day but so pretty sitting on the table for Christmas dinner. Anna’s serving bowl, with it’s graceful, organic lines and soft yellow glaze would fit right in at Gram’s farmhouse table…and that’s pretty much the highest compliment we can give.

Sale, Sale, SALE!!

We couldn’t wait until our usual blogging day tomorrow, so we’re doing it today! That’s right, folks, we’re having a SALE in the shop! 20% off of EVERYTHING-back to school bound or not!-so take advantage with the coupon code 2COOL. Just enter the code at check out and watch the savings roll on in.

Ah, aren’t sales wonderful things?

The Good and The Bad

You know, it seems like now that we live in this virtual world of ours we should spend our days in constant amazement. We have the ability to meet new people, learn anything imaginable, and experience-even if it’s just virtually-the world as others see it. It can be-and, ideally, should be-an absolutely amazing thing.

And, for the most part, it is.

Through Meatbagz we’ve gotten to be far more socially outgoing than we would be/are in real life. Instead of a couple of broads in a small, upstate New York town (where everybody knows us-or at least thinks they do-already), we’ve gotten to be the gals from Meatbagz. We’re purveyors of cool bagz, designers of awesome accessories, and, even better, we get to get to know-again, even if it’s just virtually-some really amazing people. And honestly, that’s what makes our day even more than making a little money.

Over the last month or so we’ve heard from a few separate customers and folks we’ve featured on our Shout Outs who have been so absolutely lovely it’s made our day. One artist thanked us for featuring her work on the Shout Out by forwarding us a free printable product. Do you know how great that made us feel? Not just because of the freebie, because we never would have looked for or expected that, but because of the genuine and wonderful sentiment behind it. It made us grin from ear to ear that we could give this lovely woman a little of well deserved recognition, and it was so great to have a chance to get to know her a bit in our e-mail exchanges.

We had another woman who thanked us for featuring her and expressed gratitude because lately she had been feeling like Etsy, and the world of the handmade craft, had been becoming a negative influence in her life. For whatever reason, she fell into our view (and our Shout Out) at the exact right time, and she wanted to let us know how much she appreciated being appreciated. And we were so, so happy that we could fill that role for her.

We’ve met tons of other amazing people, too. Some of whom we’ve come to count as friends, even though we’ve never met in person. (Trust us, for a couple of gals from the country, that seems like a weird thing to say even if kids these days would think we’re nuts for even making a note of the difference.)

But with all of the positivity, we’ve also been exposed to some of the negatives as well. We had a potential customer contact us last week about purchasing a bag. They had been burned by a bad purchase with another seller, and things did not end well. Obviously we weren’t a part of the interaction and we wouldn’t want to call anyone out or take sides without knowing the full story, but in any case, the customer purchased a vintage bag from someone and ended up being extremely unhappy with the sale but was stuck with it. Despite our best efforts to communicate with them about the vintage bag of ours that they were interested in, in the end they decided that they had been burned too badly in the past, assured us it was nothing personal, but said that they lacked confidence in buying anything from Etsy again.

A one time customer and amazing photographer who we’ve worked with posted on facebook the other day about how her photographs, as well as the artwork of others, were being stolen by an Etsy seller and printed onto cheap iphone cases. The seller apparently has had other shops shut down in the past but he or she just keeps opening up a new shop after new shop and continues this completely disgusting practice. We can only imagine how infuriating and frustrating this must be for the artists whose work is being stolen from them, and it saddens us to think of people’s work being stolen and sold without their permission.

Our point is this: There’s good and bad that comes with Etsy, the internet, or hey, just interacting with people in any form. It makes us sad to think of the people we’ve come across who have had a hard time, even if that hard time is not of our making. And it makes us so incredibly happy and grateful to have a positive impact in people’s lives just by a Shout Out feature, getting them a bag that makes them feel great, or even just letting them know that we care what they have to say. So as you head out into that real or virtual world today, do us a favor, peeps: try to make it a good day for everyone you meet. You better believe that we’ll be trying to do the same.

Be nice to people. BitsoTruth. $12.

 

 

FBF: Our Vintage Czech Bread Bag

What can we say? We’re not purse people. It’s true. But the beauty of Meatbagz is that they’re perfect bagz for peeps like us: they carry all the crap we need to drag around with us and never feel like purses…they just feel like awesome bagz, unique fashion statements, and they’re so comfy that we barely notice them. That’s pretty much a win/win in our book.

Our vintage Czech bread bag fits right in to those categories, too. The super wide strap (which, yes, is fully adjustable) is always comfortable across our shoulder, no matter how heavy the bag gets. (Trust us-we’ve packed these suckers full, carried them for hours on end, and not a sore shoulder yet.) But in all honesty, our first thought when we got these for the first time:

“Oooooh, look at the sweet little wooden toggle buttons on these babies!!!”

Yeah, the great, worn in canvas, the perfect dimensions, the wonderful printing surface all meant nothing to us, because damn, we love those toggle buttons. We’re nothing if not practical when it comes to our fixations. You see, in our humble opinions, those buttons are what make what would otherwise be an ordinary (granted, still cute, but ordinary) bag a super cool candidate for the Meatbagz Hall of Fame ™.

And honestly, it makes an awesome dude bag to boot-after all, anything that’s vintage military was designed to be a dude bag at the beginning! Just ask Sam, our resident male model: even he admits they’re “pretty sweet”-high praise, if you ask us.

Our vintage Czech bread bag is most definitely one of our Favorite Bagz Forever. Check out the shop for one of your own, or, find your OWN favorite bag and let us know what you think of it!

Thursday Shout Out: Happy Birthday To…!

Let it just be known that June 7th just so happens to be the birthday of one of the coolest broads on the planet. That’s right, folks, today’s Shout Out is dedicated to our very own Mackenzie, and today’s picks are all awesome items that she deserves to have wrapped up with a fancy bow. Not to get too sappy, but Meatbagz wouldn’t exist without her, so if you happen to be proud owner of one of our bagz, rock it a little extra today and send Mack some happy birthday vibes.

it takes courage Linocut Print by PerlaAnne. $20. ee cummings definitely had a way with words, and Stacey Bradley of Perla Anne captured his sentiment perfectly. This hand cut and hand pulled linocut print is simple and sweet, and yet strong and bold at the same time. Kind of like a chick I know….and hopefully you know someone this fits too.

Vintage Ceramic Stoneware XXX Jug Pitcher and Six Mugs by MyOhMiles. $49.95. Here’s a relatively little known fact: Mack happens to be one of the finest makers of Apple Pie Moonshine around these parts. Sure, only the lucky few get to sample her wares and those of us who do usually drink it from good old Mason jars in the back yard, but if she had this set she’d be running a flat out classy establishment. We love the classic brown and white stoneware, we love the “XXX” markings, and darn it-we pretty much love the whole deal.

Red Converse Limited Edition Glicee Print by josartcorner. $30. When I first met Mack she pick pocketed me in the hall by my locker. There’s of course a long story behind this, but I decided that we were going to be friends as I watched her run off, her cons flashing, her hysterical laughter bouncing off the walls. (She wasn’t a particularly good pick pocket.)¬† Wouldn’t you know it, it’s been many a-long year and she still cracks me up…and I can’t see converse without thinking of her. So it stands to reason that this beautiful glicee print of an original oil painting of red cons deserves a place of honor in this shout out. The strong colors, the comfy slouch of that canvas, and, of course, the classic star logo evokes the glory of the all star in every way.

Hand Stamped Bracelet with Secret Message by WyomingCreative. $15. It’s a simple fact that when you’re lucky enough to have an amazing person in your life you should remind them of just how amazing they are on a regular basis. When you can’t be there in person, let this bracelet serve in your stead. With a hammered textured exterior it is beautiful on its own-with a hidden message (fully customizable, if you have some super secret code you want to utilize to make it even¬†more covert) to make it perfection.

So, Mack, happy birthday. I am crazy lucky that you’re my friend, and you, my dear, are amazing.