BagsyMeFirst

Book bags & purses... & bookish delights!

Buckingham, England On Etsy since 2013

2,076 Sales | 5 out of 5 stars

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This shop got multiple 5-star reviews in the past 7 days.

BagsyMeFirst

Book bags & purses... & bookish delights!

Buckingham, England | 2,076 Sales

Announcement    Thank you for popping into my shop! *Hello!* I'm still open, but things are taking a bit longer. F'rinstance; I'm consolidating trips to the Post Office with your orders (and they are taking longer to get to you) and supplies are taking longer to get to me. The postal service has its hands more than full at the moment! Please be patient and expect items to take longer to arrive - several days, if not weeks, if you're outside the UK. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

I'm very happy to write notes and send items directly to your friend/loved one, just let me know when you checkout.

Thank you so much for browsing and for your orders - it means so much to me (I really do do a happy swirly dance with every order!) I hope you're staying safe ((virtual hugs)) Kate x

Announcement

Last updated on 23 May, 2020

Thank you for popping into my shop! *Hello!* I'm still open, but things are taking a bit longer. F'rinstance; I'm consolidating trips to the Post Office with your orders (and they are taking longer to get to you) and supplies are taking longer to get to me. The postal service has its hands more than full at the moment! Please be patient and expect items to take longer to arrive - several days, if not weeks, if you're outside the UK. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

I'm very happy to write notes and send items directly to your friend/loved one, just let me know when you checkout.

Thank you so much for browsing and for your orders - it means so much to me (I really do do a happy swirly dance with every order!) I hope you're staying safe ((virtual hugs)) Kate x

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5 out of 5 stars
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Updates

Here’s my sunny sewing room with the doors thrown open and Hollie Dog walking through, just as I click! Just to let you know I'm sewing away, fulfilling orders and consolidating a trip to the Post Office to once a week while I can. Stay happy and safe xxx
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About BagsyMeFirst

Sales 2,076
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 37 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

  • MOO

    London, England

    Quality printing on high quality 'feel good' stock

  • Tiny Ceramics

    Buckingham, England

    Lucy from Tiny Ceramics supplies the mugs; I paint them; she glazes and cooks them in her kiln = one great big hug in a mug!

  • Fabric printers

    Ilkeston, England

    Lovely, quality fabric printers who print my designs.

Shop policies

Last updated on 09 October, 2018
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

Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
  • Other Method
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Return 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 😊