There are just some things that go together. When I think of New England, I think of beautiful countryside, towering mountains, small towns and big cities, and most of all--our beautiful coastline. It’s one of my favorite places to be!
A drive along our picturesque coastline will reveal many small bays and coves that are full of sailboats, docked and patiently waiting to hit the open sea. Large ones, small ones--even tiny ones! I don’t sail, but if I did--I’m living in one of the best places to do it.
Thanks to the New England Trading Company, Ltd., I can get my sailing fix (sort of) in a gorgeous tote bag made from reclaimed and recycled sails! They travel the back roads and byways in New England in search of truly unique and beautiful pieces handcrafted by local artisans and showcase them on their site so anyone, anywhere can enjoy them. You can read the full back story here on the site. It was founded in Waterford, Vermont in 2009 by native New Englander Karen Mayo, and is a 2012 Winner of StartupNation Leading Moms in Business Competition. How great is that?
I have been trying out a beautiful tote bag from Sea Bags for the last couple of weeks, and I’m sold! Like I said, they’re made from recycled sails, and they’re pretty much indestructible. They’re super durable and of course, water resistant--they’re made from sails!
The one I’ve been using is the Large Blue Star Sea Bags Tote, and it’s a monster! It measures in at 24 inches at the top of the bag (end to end), 18 inches across the bottom, 14 inches tall, and expands to about 20 inches wide from front to back. This bag is so big, that for the photos I took of it, I had to add a very thick throw blanket and a large bath towel in the bottom just to “prop up” my props!
The bag also has braided rope handles for a nice comfy feel when you carry it. You can imagine how easy it is to clean, too. You can spot clean or machine wash, and hang it or lay flat to dry. Easy! Carrying a lot? This one’s for you! Big family with lots of stuff? You need this bag. Lots of weekend getaways? This one’s got your name on it! It’s handmade at Sea Bags in Portland Maine, right on the waterfront. You can feel good about it because it’s recycled! You may have seen these mentioned in Real Simple, Martha Stewart, Coastal Living, and Vanity Fair, as well!
I also have the same bag to give away to one of you lucky readers! The New England Trading Company, Ltd. has been very generous and has provided me with an additional Large Blue Star Sea Bag for a giveaway. It’s a $150.00 retail value. Use the easy widget below for your entries. NOTE! You’ll receive the bag only, not the items photographed in the bag.
Giveaway ends June 5th, 2013 - US shipping only. A huge thanks to The New England Trading Company for reaching out to me and sponsoring this giveaway!
Disclaimer: I received the Sea Bags Tote at no charge, and my opinions in this post are my own, and not a paid sponsor.