Autumn Equinox Give-a-Way: Upcycled VHS Tape Handbag

I mentioned this adorable handbag a few weeks ago, and now it’s up for grabs.  These bags are handmade by artist Lisa Miqueli from old VHS tapes!  It’s a fabulous idea for creating new life from something that’s no longer useful.  This one is called the Candice, and it’s lined on the inside with leftover fabric bits. 

TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this blog post by midnight Sunday, October 2, 2010. You must include an e-mail address or phone number so we can contact you. Drawing will be held on Monday, Oct 3.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  We’re expecting (OK, hoping anyway) that the winner will provide feedback on this bag. Our intention is to bring them in for sale before the holidays – both this design and some others as well.  The artist is willing to work with us to address anything we’d like to change, so your input will be extremely valuable.

If you want to know how this idea came about, here’s a little story from our artist:

It all started one day when I ran out of yarn and wanted to start a new project, not wanting to go to the store, I looked around the house to see what I could use. I had twine, so I made a basket. I had plastic bags and had actually seen them crocheted so I tried my hand at that. One thing led to another and I have come to this. I think tapes are one of my favorite mediums to work with, I love the fabric it creates. The texture and shine are wonderful. Then I started noticing all the VHS and cassette tapes in the thrift stores that I frequent. Always the same ones there, never seeming to sell. I thought, if they don’t sell them they will eventually throw them away. More usable stuff in a land fill!

So I started buying them up. I make my rounds at least twice a week and buy up the 8-tracks, cassettes and VHS tapes. As well as necklaces (for straps) and any clothing that will make a nice lining.

I love taking new materials, visualizing and sketching a new design, and then watching it come to life. A lot of care is taken to choose just the right recycled materials to make my bags.” — Lisa Miqueli

I’ve looked at it, held it and played with it a bit myself and here are my thoughts.

PROS: 

  • Pretty roomy inside
  • Lots of pockets inside and out
  • Nice, funky look to it
  • Seems pretty sturdy
  • Black goes with everything
  • Definitely a conversation piece!
  • And of course, great re-use of materials

CONS:

  • The hole for the button closure could be bigger and/or more flexible.  It’s a little hard to close.
  • The strap is a bit stiff (great for the bag part, not as good for the strap) and doesn’t fall as smoothly as I’d like, though I’d like to hear the winners opinion on this point.

With all that said, it’s now time to leave your comment for this fantastic give-a-away.  Guys, you’ll definitely want to participate in this one too, as this makes an awesome, totally unique gift for any women in your life. 🙂

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Written By Adrienne

5 Comments on “Autumn Equinox Give-a-Way: Upcycled VHS Tape Handbag

  1. ann

    September 24, 2010 at 7:55

    We live in Canada and have wanted to post you a comment for awhile now. Whenever we've had a question it's been answered promptly and honestly by you. We have never returned an item purchased from your online store and rarely ever wait for a 'sale' price since your pricing is very fair for each product. Your website is the first place we look whenever we're in need of something eco-friendly and useful. Thanks for the many years of wonderful service. Ann and her mother (annurq@yahoo.ca) and (sassamom@yahoo.ca)

  2. kathi

    September 24, 2010 at 11:48

    this is innovative – this recycled vhs tape bag. i love that you are so creatively repurposing items. i thank you and the planet thanks you!

  3. Audrey

    September 25, 2010 at 3:49

    Wonderful ecofriendly idea! I'd love to have one of Lisa's handbags!!
    Audrey
    aarongfett (at) aol (dot) com

  4. Camille

    September 30, 2010 at 4:24

    Would love to win this bag. Really curious about how it would carry and funtion, Camille in Canada (bibsam61@yahoo.ca)

  5. Adrienne

    October 5, 2010 at 2:40

    Hi – Adrienne here. Rather than making a separate post for each winner, I'm going to start posting the winner at the end of the comments to keep the blog a little cleaner.

    I'm counting the first entry as 2 since both daughter and mother left e-mail. Unfortunately, Kathi left absolutely no way to contact her. 🙁 So 4 entries…

    And the winner (using Random.org) is #2, which is Ann's mom.

    Congratulations and thank you for participating. 🙂

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