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Choosing a Craft Tote

Choosing a craft tote is almost like choosing a purse or handbag.  It can be a very personal thing.  First of all, the looks of the bag must appeal to you and secondly it must serve it's function.  There are other things to consider when buying a craft tote as well.  Here we will try to give you an overview of things to think about when shopping for a craft tote as well as some of the options that are available to you.

(Shown at right is the Generations Now Craft Tote.)

Things to Consider

Function

What function will the craft tote serve? Do you plan on leaving it in your home, or traveling with it?  What would you like to store in it?  

Size

The amount of supplies and tools that you plan on storing in your craft tote will help to determine the size of it.  If it is meant to be portable, then you may need to sacrifice bringing along some items due to size restrictions.

Visual Appeal

Does the overall style and look of the craft tote appeal to you?  Is it in fashion, or does that even matter to you? Have you seen one that someone else has that you especially like?  If so, find out the manufacturer or designer's name and do a search to see if you can find it either online or in a local store.  

Quality

If you are looking to keep your craft tote for a very long time, you may want to consider investing in a leather one.  It is somewhat cheaper to purchase a vinyl craft tote, however it will not last as long.  Not only should you be looking at the quality of the fabric, but you should also look at the quality of the construction.  Does it look well made?  Does the manufacturer offer a guarantee?  Do you know anyone who owns one that can attest to it's quality?

Style

(Shown at right is the Creative Options Crafts Tote)

There are many different styles of craft totes available.  Depending on how you answer the above questions will help you determine the style that is best for you.  If you are looking for something portable and just to carry around a few tools, then a handheld little tote may be just thing for you.  You could also look at a briefcase style craft tote or one with wheels if it is a larger one that will be carrying heavier supplies.

Where to Buy a Craft Tote

When looking to purchase a craft tote, you may want to take a look at some in person to get an idea for what is out there.  That's not to say that you can't purchase it online, but you can get a better feel for it if you can actually try it out, hold and walk with it.

Look for craft totes at department stores like WalMart, at craft specialty stores like Michaels and JoAnn's, and also at your local scrapbook supply store. If you don't find exactly what you are looking for, you can also do a search online and even find something suitable on eBay.  

One thing about buying a craft tote is that you will probably never get rid of it.  They are so useful, that even if you are done with the particular hobby that you first purchased it for, there is no doubt that you will find something else to use it for.

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