Ever since I was a little girl I’ve had a fondness (read: weakness) for bags and purses. Typically my taste for purses/handbags falls into the classic with simple lines category, but when it comes to tote bags, the zanier the better. As I was going through my giant plastic bin (yes, I’m serious) of tote bags the other day, I discovered there was a bookish theme to several of them, which I thought would be fun to share!
1.) I’d Rather Be in Mitford
Purchased at Barnes & Noble in Springfield, MO, in the early 2000s, this is one I’ve had the longest. Jan Karon’s Mitford series is a longtime favorite, with quirky characters whose humanity and faith intertwine into a humorous and wholesome look at small town life.
In 2011 my parents and I went to Florida on my spring break, which included a visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, where I bought this Gryffindor tote. My folks have never read the books, maybe saw The Sorcerer’s Stone movie once, but still took me to a librarian’s favorite theme park. They’re the best!
I was fortunate to see the original cast of Mary Poppins the musical in London in 2005 and when The Optometrist and I knew it was on an American tour in 2012, we jumped at the chance to go much closer to home. As soon as I saw this at the merchandise table that evening, I knew it was going home with me.
Similar ones can be found via RedBubble.
4.) Library Card bag
When The Optometrist and I traveled to Seattle in 2015, lots of folks told me I would love visiting the Seattle Public Library. We both enjoyed spending the better part of the afternoon walking around this architecturally engaging hub of learning in downtown Seattle and just before closing time I picked up this little gem at their Friends of the Library gift shop.
This exact bag, and/or the companion socks, can be found via Amazon.
5.) Blue Q Shopper
Given to me as a birthday gift by a dear friend and former librarian colleague, I always receive complements when I carry this one around and if people don’t know me it’s a great segue to reply, “Thanks, I’m a librarian!” It’s sturdy enough to not tip over in the floorboard of the car, but accommodating for movement under a chair and can hold big and small items alike. The day this photo was taken it held my work tablet, a legal-sized zipper folio, a pashmina, my yearly planner, a book, and my Yeti water bottle. It’s a workhorse!
If you’re interested in this one, it’s currently on sale for $5.99!
It’s thrilling to live close to a vibrant, independent bookstore and Magic City Books in downtown Tulsa, OK, is doing some excellent work in promoting and encouraging literacy in our region. Of course I’m going to promote them by carrying around this lightweight canvas tote bag!
What’s your preferred method of carrying around your books, knitting, and more?