BagsyMeFirst

Handmade literary gifts for book lovers

Buckingham, England
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Announcement    Do get in touch if you have a particular book in mind for a bag or mug :)

I'm always happy to write notes and send items directly to your loved one - just let me know at checkout.

Thank you so much for browsing and for your orders - I really do do a happy swirly dance when they come in! Kate x

Announcement

Last updated on 10 Apr, 2022

Do get in touch if you have a particular book in mind for a bag or mug :)

I'm always happy to write notes and send items directly to your loved one - just let me know at checkout.

Thank you so much for browsing and for your orders - I really do do a happy swirly dance when they come in! Kate x

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Kate Lowe

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About BagsyMeFirst

Sales 2,868
On Etsy since 2013

Bags and purses handcrafted out of books

As a bookworm and inveterate 'maker of things' I was inspired by celebrity book clutches to evolve my own recipe for turning books into bags. The purses and clutches in my shop are my own concept and design and are being enjoyed in 39 countries (so far!)

The way I see it: Your favourite book and your purse are such personal items and bringing them together is a winning combination. That moment when someone realises your purse has been beautifully made out of an actual, for-real book... *Big smile!*

Bagsy me first! has appeared live on 'BBC Three Counties Radio' and in print in 'Cotswold Life', 'The Lady' and 'Világunk és Értékeink' magazines. We've also been featured in 'Book Riot' and a 'Studentbeans' Harry Potter feature that was so hot it almost melted the internet. We were over the moon to be awarded #WOW Winner (Women in Business) by Jacqueline Gold on 29th June 2016.

Shop members

  • Kate Lowe

    Owner

    Happiest when barefoot and making things

Production partners

  • Ceramic bisqueware made in the UK

    Basingstoke, England

    Beautifully handmade unglazed white earthenware.

  • Ceramic bisqueware

    Sudbury, England

    Bisqueware and ceramic goods

  • Local print shop

    Milton Keynes, England

    Quality local printers

  • Packaging supplier

    Coventry, England

    Packaging supplier

  • Printers

    London, England

    Quality printing on high quality 'feel good' stock

  • Print shop

    United Kingdom

    Printed by a carbon-neutral company using an organic and vegan-friendly process.

  • Print shop

    Dagenham, England

    Quality printers

  • Fabric printers

    Ilkeston, England

    Lovely, quality fabric printers who print my designs.

Shop policies

Last updated on 09 May, 2022
Please bear in mind that these are (well made) handmade bags and purses that are constructed out of (usually) old/vintage books that weren't originally designed to be, well, bags and purses! So please be gentle and don't expect them to be as robust as a mass-produced handbag. (They ARE much nicer than a mass-produced handbag, though!)

I don't use rare books and the innards/stories can be rebound in fabric. Please let me know if you would like your rebound story included with your bag.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Visa Mastercard American Express Apple Pay Klarna Gift card
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Dispatch items back within: 14 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalised orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale
Returns and exchange details
If you aren’t happy with your bag, please return it to me in unused condition within 14 days, for a full refund (return p&p at your expense). If something ever needs fixing on your bag, I'll do my best to repair it for you asap (even if you've been using it without due care and attention. Bad girl!) You'll find the return address printed on a round sticker on the back of your parcel.
Payment
PayPal & Etsy Direct Checkout
Delivery
My book bags and purses are sent tracked second class 'to sign for' via Royal Mail within the UK and standard delivery via the Royal Mail overseas. UK deliveries should be with you in 5 working days, and overseas between 10 days to three weeks.

You can upgrade the method of posting at checkout to first class or tracked delivery.

Your bag or purse will arrive wrapped in white tissue paper and nestled in recycled shredded paper inside a cardboard box manufactured using a high percentage of recycled materials within a grey poly wrapper for protection.

Buyers will be responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply and I cannot be responsible for delays through customs.
Additional policies and FAQs
If you'd like your item for a particular date let me know, and I'll see what I can do 😊