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Old 05-24-2007, 12:31 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I spent a few months reading, researching and hunting down the perfect reusable bag. We have alot of things to pay for right now so i decided to save my $60 and try to really recycle and here is what i came up with..
6 natural cotton bags from FREECYCLE

New Canvas Tote with pockets from the thrift shop for $1.50!
I think it was meant to be a gardening tote..but it is sooo cute. I have gotten a load of compliments on it. Hard bottom!
TOTE
Side view

.10 from the thrift store..
Can hold ALOT

and my favorite find..
Mesh PRODUCE BAGS 3 for $1 at the dollar store!!


The mesh bags are really laundry bags , but are very lightweight, well made and durable.

Total = $2.60!!:
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Your first 2 pics are not working for me but I love the mesh bags idea for produce! I wonder if my dollar store has those lol.
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Yeah the 1st two links aren't working.

I like the mesh bags though. I'd like to find a replacement for the plastic produce bags. They seem so wasteful.
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Fixed the links..thank you
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I'd like to find a replacement for the plastic produce bags. They seem so wasteful.
I had a lightbulb moment last week. Those little bags we had started cleaning out and saving. I brought a bunch of them to the store and used them for my veggies/fruit/bulk stuff. I dont think anyone actually noticed the bags didn't necessarily match the store ones ( I had an assortment). And I didn't have to wrestle the produce bag roll, or try to find a roll that's not empty.
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Mesh laundry bags for produce bags is GENIUS! I will totally check at my dollar store. I am set on larger shopping bags, mostly obtained the same way yours were (yay thrift stores!), but I hadn't come up with a good solution for produce bags yet. That's brilliant, thanks.
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I love the idea of getting the mesh bags for produce. I hadn't thought of that.
I was admiring a friend's cloth grocery bags the other day and commented I'd been looking online at some but they were pricey. She said hers came from Whole Foods and were only $1 each. I haven't checked it out for myself yet but hopefully this weekend.

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Very cool! My DH works security at a resort and items that are left behind from conventions are put into lost and found for 30 days. Security gets to keep lost and found items after 30 days so he brings a ton of canvas bags (and other goodies) home. I love your produce bags
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cool!
my dollar tree once had cloth bags...for just a $1.
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Awesome! I never thought about laundry bags. I bought a couple of Ecosaver produce bags at Whole Foods. It was $4.99 for 2 bags. Whole Foods does sell large reusable grocery bags gor $1.
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The laundry bags also work good to hold family cloth and wipes in in the bathroom!

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: I couldn't stomach spending $60 for grocery bags either! We just use canvas bags we already had....from conferences and such. They work great.
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the produce bags are genius! i was just looking for cheap produce bags to sell at our CSA opening for an itty bitty profit... off to the $ store, crossing my fingers!
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Very good idea. I score thrift store and the remenant bin at the fabric store for cheap stuff that's bottom weight. I've found some great stuff and turned it in to useful reusable bags.

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The reusable bags at Whole Foods are only $1. Three is all I ever seem to need at a time. So 3 bucks. Not too bad.

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