Oregon, United States · 42 Sales



Oregon, United States 42 Sales On Etsy since 2012

5 out of 5 stars
Gladys Hammond

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Gladys Hammond


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5 out of 5 stars

Carla on Dec 27, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Love these...very well made.thank you

Louise Decker

Louise Decker on Nov 12, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

Very well made. Fast shipment, too!


pflueger on Oct 1, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

I love this bag & it's getting tons of use! No, it's not compact, but it does have a flat bottom, a large capacity & is extremely sturdy. Plus, I love being able to see inside. thanks!

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GladiolaSmiles is born!

Several years ago, I needed a container of a specific size to carry my husband and my vitamin supplements on a trip in such a way that it would be convenient and easy to move about. My eyes happened to spot the new dog feed bags that my husband just emptied were this poly/woven tarp like material that was very sturdy and waterproof. I decided I could open the bag out flat and measure, cut and sew whatever size I wanted.
After several trials and errors, I developed a style and system for cutting the bag material so that the beautiful graphics would show on one side of the tote and the carry handles would be double stitched into the bag for strength. The only material I needed to add was thread for the sewing. At first I tried invisible, nylon thread, but soon found it would tear out very easily.
At first, I made these totes for family and friends. They were wonderful market totes for bringing home the groceries and leaving the plastic bags at the store. When I found some of the beautiful horse graphics being thrown away at my daughter's horse boarding facility, I started grabbing them whenever I was out there. Then Purina did a breast cancer research bag with the beautiful pink bags with barrel racers and I went bonkers for those. Since I had a sister who was fighting breast cancer, they were very important to me and I eventually got pink chickenfeed bags, too.
The first time it occured to me to make money with the totes was at a family reunion when we had our friendly auction to raise funds for the next reunion. I donated two of the tote bags and the friendly bantering and bidding took in more than I dreamed it would for one of these totes. After that, I started trying to come up for a name to call an ETSY store. Several ideas came up, mostly devoted to sewing, but they were already taken according to Google. I have been accused of always smiling and have been called Gladiola many times, so one day the idea of GladiolaSmiles came to me and it stuck. This way I can add other sections to my store down the line, like painting and other crafts. At least that is what I am hoping to do.
So far I have had some good experience selling totes on Etsy. My new adventure has been acrylic wildlife paintings on rock slabs. My sister showed me a couple she had purchased and told me the artist was "retiring" and there was a need for someone to fill the gap. So, I have been experimenting and enjoying getting my feet wet in the fine art area again. So far, I have sold a couple to friends and one at a "show/craft fair" with good reviews. I am going with Gladiola as my signature on the artwork, as it fits, and will be promoting and adding the slabs in a new section of my store. The hard part is knowing how much to ask as a selling price. I guess that is always a problem with newcomers!

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  • Gladys Hammond

    Owner, Owner/designer/maker

    I noticed dog food was coming in sturdy woven material with wonderful graphics on them. I could utilize the material so it didn't end up in the landfill and found other animal feedsacks with graphics including horse/chicken/rabbit, etc.

Shop policies

Last updated on December 3, 2012
Thank you for visiting my store. You will find market totes that are made from reclaimed material that can only be thrown in the landfill. They are not recyclable at this time. These totes are carefully made with double stitching for extra strength with attractive graphics, wonderful for bringing home the groceries and leaving the plastic at the store. They can be made custom sizes. All you have to do is send me a convo requesting a specific size. The ones I have on hand are 15X15X8 and will stand alone for filling and emptying.

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At the present time I am only taking the PayPal payments. Since I am in Oregon, there is no sales tax on my products. It is my desire to do everything to make your purchase as satisfactory as possible for you, so if there is ever a problem just convo me to let me know.
The USPS will be utilized and I don't put any insurance on the packages at this time. I will get a tote in the mail as soon as possible, and if the product is premade, many times this will be the same day as ordered and you will be notified of a shipping time and time of expected delivery. I have not tried to ship out of the USA yet.
Refunds and Exchanges
If there is ever a problem with a tote, please let me know as soon as possible in a convo and we will work out a way to fix it. It is my desire that you are totally happy with your purchase.