I first met Pat at the Mulgrave Makers Market early 2016. She impressed me from the get-go, not just with her bags, but her whole personality and approach to life. Always smiling and happy to have a yarn, and helpful if you have any questions about her bags. Three years later and the price of Pat's bags are still the same. The shorter handled ones are a mere $5 and the longer handled ones are $7.50. Considering they've lasted over 3 years and still going, that's bang for your buck right there!
I can tell you from experience and from using it just about every day of every single week of the year, these bags have staying power. They also hold up to 5kgs (and in my case, I tend to carry more) in weight, and being soft but strong fabric, they are malleable to the shape of the items they hold. They have a little pocket so the bag can be rolled into itself and put into the pocket, making it pocket sized for carrying around in your handbag.
I caught up with Pat last week (not having seen her since I met her) after sending out an SOS for more bags; finally! It was like meeting an old friend I'd known forever, over a cuppa at Yellow Bird. I grabbed 5 long handled ones off her this time, and a short. I find the longer ones handy as it keeps me hands free. Pat tells me the elderly prefer the shorter handles as they used to the feel of carrying shopping bags and not many can take the weight on their shoulder.
I am sure Pat won't mind me telling you she's now 80 and still out there staying active and interactive with life. Such a role model. She's as sprightly as ever. She no longer does the Mulgrave Markets, but you can find Pat at the following venues.
Beaumaris Farmers Market - 2nd Saturday of the month from 8am to 1pm. Sandringham Secondary School (Beaumaris Campus), Wood St, Beaumaris.
Mt Waverley Rotary Market - 2nd Sunday of the month from 9am till 1pm, except January. Mt Waverley Village Shopping Centre, Hamilton Place, Mount Waverley. At the carpark by the IGA.
Surrey Hills Holy Trinity Church's Treasures & Tastes Market - 3rd Saturday of the month from 9am to 1pm. Corner Union Rd and Montrose St, Surrey Hills.
I have given away heaps of these bags as stocking fillers and as spontaneous gifts to friends. Pat has been eco-friendly and making recyclable bags long before they came into vogue and became a movement to reduce waste and plastics. She has a knack of choosing quirky patterns and fabrics which I love and they happily fit in with your casual wardrobe. They're handy for carrying your beach gear in as well. An Occupational Therapist for all the years of her working life, this lady has the goods you need, to be kinder to our world.