These days, most of us carry reusable bags when we shop. [And if you don’t, get on it!] For everyday shopping needs, the compact, square-bottomed grocery-bag-sized jobs are perfect. They’re easy for baggers to pack and small enough to not get too heavy. But sometimes you want something bigger and, well, cooler. Blue Q to the rescue.
Pittsfield, Massachusetts-based Blue Q makes a dazzling array of durable, commodious “shoppers,” as their site calls them. The bags are about 16″ x 16″ x 6″—plenty big for farmers market or flea market runs. Designs range from fun to quirky, stylish, retro, hippie/bohemian and downright girly pretty, most with a healthy dash of subversive smartass thrown in for good measure.
And Blue Q is green too. According to their site, “the majority of the bags contain 95% post consumer waste in the form of used plastic bottles and grain sacks. And 1% of the sale of Blue Q bags support the conservation work of The Nature Conservancy.” And all this cool ecofriendliness can be yours for a mere 12 bucks a bag.
Shoppers aren’t the only thing Blue Q sells. Other bags include totes, shoulder bags, overnighters, zipper pouches [like this charming Sunshine pouch] coin purses and “other bag things.” Besides bags, they carry a staggering assortment of stuff—water bottles, home decor, bath and body products, books, tin banks, magnets, breath sprays, temporary tattoos, car air fresheners… So what holds this eclectic mix together? First, a real sense of fun in everything they sell. Cool design too. Just as important, though, is great customer service. Marion’s sister Lena introduced us to Blue Q and praises their customer service every bit as much as she does their wonderfully random merchandise.