Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Of Books and Bags

Sorry for the somewhat pretentious title. I couldn't help myself because this post is about books and bags. Actually, it's about the Decatur Book Festival and tote bags made out of old Book Festival street banners.
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The 2009 Decatur Book Festival isn't until Labor Day weekend, but things are gearing up for it. You can check out the author line up and event details here: www.decaturbookfestival.com. If you like books and reading and/or funnel cake, this is the festival for you. So mark your calendars.
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Back to the bags. Lauren and I not only love tote bags, we also love any accessory that has a little bit of a past (recycle, reuse, woohoo!) and helps others at the same time. This is why we love Toms Shoes and why we love these Decatur Book Festival totes. Not only are they recycled street banners for previous book festivals, they're made by a Colombian refugee who just recently moved to Atlanta.
So, what starts out as this:

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Photo courtsey of Lenz Marketing

Turns into this:

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Pretty cool, no?

Stay tuned to the Book Festival website for details about how to get your hands on these highly covetable totes. In the meantime, check out this article in the AJC today about the project. It'll make you feel more socially conscious just reading it!

CL

26 comments:

prettylittletangents said...

So cute! I love those bags :)

Lain said...

You would have these already, wouldn't you?!

Great idea and what looks like excellent execution. Beautiful!

kokostiletto said...

out of posters??? cool! i saw a purse in paris made out of coke cans!

The Haute-Shopper said...

What a great idea to recycle old banners to make totes (which in turn removes the necessity to use wasteful plastic bags). I'm a huge fan of recycled bags and reusing totes. And they're so cute to boot! Love both your looks... especially the hats! And those Oxfords kick ass!

Sal said...

The totes are just darling!

lisa said...

Haha these are so cute!

Kym said...

i love those bags! and its my first time here, i just had to visit when i saw "Asian Cajuns" hahah! ;P awesome! take care you guys!

Linda said...

And.....I love your blog.
Done! Your on my list!

http://www.strugglesofacreativemind.blogspot.com/

Hanako66 said...

that's awesome and you two are adorable!

Ela said...

Why is it that your posts always make me smile? You guys always look so happy! It's contagious :) Those totes are too cute, how savvy!

Hippie Frou Frou said...

great way to recycle!! love the outfits ladies!


ps//i totally went to the clermont last thursday and never spotted y'all. showed up around 10:30, figured you had dipped :(


jess s//

Sher said...

Those totes are just too cute for words!

And yes, I've seen the trailer for Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, it looks out of this world! Very much anticipating the movie:)

Allie said...

Ok, those are the cutest damn things I've ever seen!

xtinagirl said...

Aww the totes are super cute! And I love your blog title!

-xtina
www.thisisxtina.blogspot.com

freeteyme said...

these are so cute and to think that these are recycled from old banners makes it even more impressive!

Shin said...

Those totes bags are so darn cute! I want one of them!! xxoxoxo

Dream Sequins said...

Those tote bags are adorable. I've been into tote bags recently, too. They're so much more chic to carry than plastic shopping bags...

Can you save one for me???? =)

Sharon Rose said...

Hi there-those bags are just awesome and very unique!!

modediktat said...

Aaaawww, your outfits are amazing!
The one and only true babe look!

A big YES to the sweet bags! The one with the bird and the bee (I thought it was a fish at first sight...) are my favourites!!

Wishing you a fabulous day!!!
xoxo, Sofie

Wanderlusting said...

VERy cool. Love both your hats :)

j said...

oh i wish i could've gone to the festival! i love books... your blog is a delight.

wreckedstellar said...

the fest sounds fun and i'm not even a big reader :) love the totes, very cool!

captivate me. said...

Oh my god those bags!!! you guys rock :-)

ZombieLace said...

Those are so cute and special!! As a lifetime attendee at the Decatur Book Festival, I would love to take a piece of it home with me like that. Can't wait for this year's festival. I'll be helping out the New South Literary Magazine booth!

Jessica Burkhart said...

Love them! :)

Kat said...

You look so pretty with those hats! Love the printed bags...and I wish I could attend your book fest.