LeatherBagLady

Handmade leather bags. Possibles and medicine bags

Springfield, Missouri · 1487 Sales

LeatherBagLady

Handmade leather bags. Possibles and medicine bags

Springfield, Missouri 1487 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars
(796)

Shop owner

Sally

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Announcement   Neck bags were $30...now half off. Other items are 25% off original price.
Home of hand made leather bags where you'll find possibles bags, medicine bags, turtle shell bags, some purse style bags and neck pouches. All are hand made by me.

" This shop is not registered to collect VAT/GST in any country and as such VAT/GST is NOT included in our pricing. Buyers are responsible for any VAT/GST/Customs charges levied by their country on overseas purchases. Please make sure you acquaint yourself with your government's rules before purchasing to avoid surprises when your order arrives."

If you have questions, please send me a convo. I am a hobbiest and do not have an endless supply of supplies which is why I do not do custom orders. I do combine shipping.
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Announcement

Last updated on Feb 18, 2017

Neck bags were $30...now half off. Other items are 25% off original price.
Home of hand made leather bags where you'll find possibles bags, medicine bags, turtle shell bags, some purse style bags and neck pouches. All are hand made by me.

" This shop is not registered to collect VAT/GST in any country and as such VAT/GST is NOT included in our pricing. Buyers are responsible for any VAT/GST/Customs charges levied by their country on overseas purchases. Please make sure you acquaint yourself with your government's rules before purchasing to avoid surprises when your order arrives."

If you have questions, please send me a convo. I am a hobbiest and do not have an endless supply of supplies which is why I do not do custom orders. I do combine shipping.
Follow me on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/LeatherBagLady
Follow me on Twitter: @LeatherBagLady

Sally

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Sally

Gold deerskin hide 12.1 sq ft
$60.00
Gold deerskin hide 9.3 sq ft
$46.50
Bone Arrowhead
$1.79
Badger fur remnants
$10.00
Raccoon fur remnants
$10.00
72 bone rings 2.5 mm hole
$2.79
Partial Goat kid skin hide
$28.00
Antler rosettes burrs sheds
$10.00
Skunk hide pelt tanned cased
$27.00
Partial badger hide #2 remnant
$30.00
Partial badger hide #1 remnant
$30.00
Assorted loose seed beads
$4.50
Turquoise bear beads fetish
$3.00
Purple top cowrie shells
$4.00
Deer leather remnants
$21.00

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(796)
lilalbatross

lilalbatross on Mar 25, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

This was my first Etsy order ever. And I am hooked...thanks to LeatherBagLady. I ordered this bag to be my travel companion...to stow my eye glasses, to provide comfort while on airplanes, to wear in Alaska. The bag is lovely and perfectly made. I received the package very fast, and it was packaged well and safe for its long journey north. Thanks for making this a great experience and providing such lovely handmade products with unique flavor and at a good price.

Crystal De la Cruz

Crystal De la Cruz on Mar 23, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Second bag I've purchased from you; second time impressed! This one, a gift for the hubs; he loves it! Thanks again! =)

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About

One woman shop

Please know that right now I am just a hobbiest. I am not a retailer and I do not wholesale. Deer leather does stretch some and varies by the hide. Also the suede side does shed and varies by the hide also. I am now in a smoke free building, but the listings that state I am not, were made in a smoking building, so please keep this in mind when ordering.

Supplies have just skyrocketed! So, unfortunately, I have to raise my prices as well. If I could, I'd go back to the 70's when you got a lot for your money, I would sell these really cheap!
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I started making bags back in 1979. Then in the mid 80's opened a store and sold tepees that I made, mountain man clothes, mocs and fur hats. I was given the Indian name of "sewsatnight" by a Utah Indian (Urschel Taylor) since every time he'd come by at night, I was sewing. He made "fancy dancer" sculptures and now is in Arizona. You can google him. He taught at the Brigham City Indian School until they closed it down to put in a golf course.!!!
Now, all I can make are bags, but you will not be disappointed in any of them. If I don't like the finished product, I won't sell it, but that hasn't happened yet.

My technique has really improved over the years but as I age, I get slower (arthritis).

I love working with leather and wouldn't know what else to do.
A lot of my bags are ONE-OF-A-KIND, although some may be similar in style.

I showed a friend of a friend (native american) photos of bags I had made in the past and he asked why I wasn't still making them. I told him I had no clue! That is what got me started. I sold on ebay first, had my own website (but it got expensive) and now I am here! The majority of my buyers are native american which is a huge compliment.

When my husband and I had a B&M store in Brigham City, Utah, I made tepees, ran the store, did rendezvous and still made leather goods and I have no clue where I found the time to do all that. Maybe that's why I was always sewing at night, ha!

I do not do special orders because I always procrastinate. I make bags as they come to me.

I don't know if the record has been broken, but at a Heber City, Utah rendezvous, I was told I had made the largest trade ever. Since it was just my husband and myself, I traded our 18' crow lodge for leather (lots of it), a couple furs, some hair on hides, turquoise jewelry, 2 Allen under hammer pistols, a 14' lodge, lean-to and more misc. items.
Doing rendezvous was fun, but we always had a sales lean-to and were on traders row. However, my husband always wandered off and I never really got to enjoy looking and trading, but I loved the nights at these. My favorite was in Saginaw, Michigan. Although they were from the fur trade era up there, I truly enjoyed being in my home state and listening to everyone singing around the campfire. It didn't hurt that I also won several raffles!

We traveled rendezvous from Bridger, the western nationals, to California, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio, Indiana and back to Idaho. My first rendezvous was at Rock Creek in Utah. Oh what a muddy mess, ha! They eventually moved it to Blacksmith Fork Canyon (I believe) but I never made it there.

My husband and I moved from Missouri to Idaho to be closer to my son, grand kids and great grand daughters. My husband passed away 9-18-09 and I stayed another 3 yrs. Never saw the kids much, didn't drive the canyons in the winter, and I'm night blind. It was always cold where I was, so I asked myself, why do I stay? I decided then it was time to come back to Missouri. It has really changed in the many yrs. that I've been gone. We left here in April of '99 and I came back in June of 2012

I used to wholesale to the general store in Branson, Missouri's Silver Dollar City,The Indian Store in Aneheim, Ca. and a gift shop in Kissimmee, Florida. I no longer wholesale though. If you wish to buy a ton of items in my shop, I will discount up to 15% depending on the total sale or offer free shipping. I will not make up say 10 of the same item. They have to be in my shop and ready to ship because I do not do special/custom orders.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy browsing my shop. Maybe you will find the perfect bag...I hope so. Enjoy!!


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  • Sally

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Leather Bags

    I hand make all of my bags. I cut, punch and lace all of them. I design and decorate them too. I moved to MO. from ID in 2012 It's too cold in Idaho. I'm now 66 yrs. young and will do this until my hands won't let me. Browse my shop.

Shop policies

Last updated on December 10, 2016
I take pride in the quality of my work. PLEASE NOTE!!!!!
Most leather does shed, and some more than others. Please know that with use, this will stop. Hand and neck oils will seep into the leather and give it that used look. Many of my bags would meet rendezvous "primitive" requirements

I make all the bags by myself and I try to make each one a little different. Most are ONE-OF-A-KIND bags. Some may look similar but are never identical. I do not use patterns, so I can make my bags as they come to me. I do use patterns for the neck pouches and ball bags to keep the sizes consistent.

My bags are made of deerskin which is from standard to premium grade and are from different weights. This deerskin is NOT the same as garment leather, although most of it is garment weight. So that you aren't disappointed, I suggest you read up on the different kinds of leather used for manufacturing. Every bag is made and ready to ship. None of my bags are sewn on a sewing machine.....they are all hand punched and hand laced.

What are splits? Tanneries slice the smooth, grain side off of leather to sell to glove and jacket manufacturers. The remaining leather is called a "split". Tanneries sell this by-product for about 1/2 the price of full leather - Splits also have only about 1/2 the strength and durability of full leather.

If a craft or buckskin clothing maker is selling clothing "sueded on both sides", ask whether or not it is Indian tanned. Chances are that it is only splits. It's how some dealers lower their prices to make more sales.

If they use true Indian tanned they will tell you, because they want you to know their products are more authentic. If they simply say something like, "double-sueded", or "similar to Indian tanned", you can be sure they're using splits or tannery leather.



Thanks for looking.

You will not find other bags that are made like mine. I assemble mine differently and all straps are laced into the side seams, whether they have braided or thong straps.

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  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
I take credit cards directly, but you can also pay through paypal without giving your info. to paypal.

I accept:
Paypal, credit/debit cards, etsy gift cards

By mail -m/o, cashiers checks, cash (not very safe)

International buyers no Money Orders

I can either refund any shipping difference for combined shipping or you can request the items you want and I will set up a reserved listing for you. Reserved listings are good for 7 days. After that, they are put back into inventory.

International buyers are responsible for any taxes, duties, tariffs. etc. These are not included in the shipping cost. It is also up to the buyer to know if certain furs/items can be shipped to their country.
Shipping
I ship usps only. I ship 6 days a week (when I can), not including holidays. I also ship early in the morning, or by carrier pickup. If you purchase in the afternoon or late morning, your pkg. will ship the following day.

I apologize for the high shipping rates for International orders, and there will be a postage price hike again this year, which will affect International costs. If the shipping is way over that stated in my listings, I will refund partial shipping.
Refunds and Exchanges
I do not accept returns unless I have made a gross error in the description of the item. Any return will be based on individual circumstances. Never return an item without a pre-authorized okay from me.

Returns must be made within 5 days of receipt of item and returned in the same condition in which they were received. They must also be returned by the same shipping method.

If I made a mistake in the description, I will pay return shipping, otherwise, the buyer pays the return shipping.

Please read the descriptions thoroughly as all dimensions and materials are given.
Additional policies and FAQs
Please know that my items are hand made by me, but I am not a member of any Native American tribe/nation. However, some are influenced by the Native American tradition.

If you would like something in my shop, but can't pay that day, I will do a reserved listing. Reserve listings are good for 7 days. If the item(s) isn't paid for within that time frame, it will be put back into inventory.


I'm sorry, but I do not do custom orders. I make my bags as they come to me. I also do not offer wholesale prices as I am just one person and can only make so many bags by myself and my bags are already reasonably priced.

My bags are all hand cut, laced and designed by me. All straps are laced into the seams, they are not made with a hole punched in the back of the bag and knotted.
In fact, my bags have no finish knots unless it might be to hold a bead on the fringe or for a button closure.

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