“ Brand: Waterstones / Type: Tote Bag „
As a lot of shops and supermarkets now expect you to provide your own bags I usually carry a tote bag or similar with me as you never know when you might buy something unexpectedly! Also the free bags that the supermarkets provide nowadays are so thin and cheap that you can't put very much in them at all without them splitting or tearing, but I think this is done purposefully to condition us all into providing our own bags.
I do have quite a few tote bags as I find I can fold them up and pop them into my work bag or handbag and they don't take up too much room. I actually bought this Waterstones Crown a Day tote bag from a local summer fayre and only paid £1.50 for it. I liked it as soon as I saw it as it is the kind I use and I don't think you can every have enough bags, and also I am quite patriotic. Although it was second hand it looked immaculate and not used at all. I have looked online and these retail at £6.99 from Waterstones and other online sites so I think I definitely got a bargain here. It was made to celebrate the Jubilee and has nine different styles of black crowns on the front, labelled Monday through to Friday and the other two are labelled birthday and Christmas. It has the words Elizabeth Regina written underneath the crowns as if it has been signed personally! The one thing that is missing which I didn't realise when I bought it is a small badge which says "I love Liz" which had obviously been taken off by the previous owner, however to be honest I would have probably removed it from the bag before I used it as I think this is a bit gimmicky and it looks far more classy without it.
The bag is approximately 12 inches wide by 14 inches tall and is a soft canvas material but is quite strong and robust. I have used this bag a lot to carry my library books and I usually have at least six books at a time (I do usually renew them though especially since they have changed the lending time from four weeks to three weeks - whose idea was that, its been four weeks for decades!) I have also used it a lot when I have popped into the supermarket on the way home from work and have filled it to the top with various items including heavier items such as washing liquid and vegetables and the handles have shown no signs of stretching or breaking. I can just about get the straps over my shoulder which is how I usually carry it but it is comfortable to hold with your hand as the straps are made of the same canvas material.
This bag is machine washable but as yet I have not had cause to do this, but it is good to know that you can throw it into your machine and not have it unravel when you take it out. I think this bag is quite humorous and quirky and is a good strong bag which can be used for a variety of purposes. Although it was made for the Jubilee it really is a timeless bag and one which I am more than happy to use.
My mother in law is kind enough to pick up little bits and pieces for my husband, my daughter and me from time to time. One such item that she bought me with my daughter in mind was this tote bag from Waterstone's a while ago. I take my daughter to the library from time to time, although she has plenty of her own books as well, so my mother in law bought this for me to use to carry books to and from the library and then I could also use it for my own shopping as well, by folding it up in my handbag. Here in NOrthern Ireland, we now pay for plastic bags so having your own shopping bag is a must when you go out, so this has actually served two purposes for me.
This Waterstone's Crown a Day Tote Bag cost my mother in law £6.99 as I have since seen it in the shop. My mother in law is a big royal fan and in one way I wasn't surprised that she bought this bag because as far as I understand it was made to celebrate the Jubilee, having 9 black crowns on the front, seven are labelled with the days of the week, and the other two for birthday and Christmas. On the other hand, there is a certain informality about this bag that some royal fans may not like and therefore I was somewhat surprised my mother in law didn't mind this. There is a little badge on one of the top corners of this bag that says 'I love(heart) Liz'.
As I said, this bag was bought by my mother in law for me to use to carry my daughter's borrowed books to and from the library and also keep in my bag as a shopper bag when I am in town. This is a canvas tote bag with two handles that can be slung on the shoulders or simply carried. Obviously I would never overload it and my daughter's books are never overly heavy unlike adult books. Also if I use it in town to carry something I have bought I wouldn't put anything overly heavy but at the same time I do think it is fairly resilient and will hold a reasonable weight. Being canvas it doesn't have the same stretch so it will only hold certain items and won't stretch to fit wide items or bulky items, and so really is an ideal bag for carrying the like of books.
Despite it being canvas there is a richness to this due to the crowns, and I have had quite a few nice comments passed to me about it, even in shops when I have put things inside it at the till rather than buy a carrier bag. I love the fact I can fold it up fairly small to fit into my handbag to then pull out when I need it.
This is a unique tote bag that I would recommend!
I bought this bag from Waterstones a while ago and have found it super useful (and patriotic!).
The bag was produced specially for the Jubilee celebrations earlier in the year, but has a timeless quality to it which means I can use it beyond these celebrations.
The bag is made from a sort of canvas material which makes it very lightweight but super durable. It is probably best described as text book shaped - a long rectangle stood vertically. It has shoulder straps made from the same material too. The bag isn't huge but perfect for carrying my books to and from the library or for your everyday essentials.
It has a super cute design on the front printed in black and blue ink. It looks to be hand drawn and this definitely gives it a unique and interesting feel, very vintage-esque. The design is of 9 crowns with the days of the week under each and then birthday + christmas under the other two. It also has the queen's signature printed quite largely at the bottom. The overall effect of the design is very cute and funny, definitely in the spirit of recent events and certainly patriotic. The bag also has a very cute detachable 'I (heart) Liz' badge on it, which I think is lovely and very funny added twist.
Aside from being very humorous and stylish the bag is also super handy and functional for me. I have a million jobs and a full time university course so I am constantly carting various things around in different directions. This bag is perfect for me as it can easily carry large weights, it extremely durable but also looks very nice.
I do worry slightly that the cream coloured canvas might attract and show dirty of spillages very easily - which it absolutely will. That bag, however, is machine washable and is also only for casual use so I've decided not to worry too much. I have another canvas bag from waterstones and though the inside has suffered a little over time the outside is pretty much untouched so I have high hopes for this one.
This bag cost me £6.99 which is frankly an absolute bargain. I like that it is topical, that it has a sense of humour and that it is extremely useful for everyday use. I think some people might wish it was slightly larger in size, though for me it is perfect for carrying books to and from uni so no complaints from me!
Overall, a great tote bag with loads of personality.