Monday, June 2, 2008

Shopping Totes Can Be Cute, Too!

Melissa Vest Designs has a plethora of BIG (15"x18"x6") TOTE BAGS, which are useful for just about anything that needs toting. Some of them have snarky messages, and some of them are contemplative, but they are each a unique statement in the form of functional art!


You might recognize this Grocery Getter Red Bicycle Tote Bag from the April Issue of Pregnancy and Newborn Magazine!
These cotton tote bags are made in the USA and are embellished via a direct printing process which dyes the design right into the fibers.

Look at this design, perfect for snagging hotties at the co-op. If co-ops have hotties. Not all of them do. Nevertheless, it is always good to be prepared:
Get Fresh With Me! *insert kitten pur here*. That could work some magic. Watch out now! Fresh food is good, too, but everyone loves a little double entendre. There are a lot of little jewels in Melissa Vest's Designs, but I want you to browse the 91 different totes and unearth them yourself!

Melissa Vest Designs donates one dollar from the sale of every tote bag in her etsy shop to a local food bank project. So far Melissa Vest Designs donations have purchased two flats of corn, one flat of soup, and one flat of peanut butter from the proceeds! That is a fantastic start! It is great to support those who support the suffering!


Melissa Vest Designs is giving away a Grocery Getter Red Bicycle Tote Bag (retail $24.00) to one lucky My Greening Reader!
To enter, visit the Melissa Vest Designs etsy shop and comment here telling me a tote design you love that was not mentioned in this post!

One winner will be chosen using a random number generator.

This contest will close on June 11, 9pm CST

144 comments:

Smellyann said...

Oooh, ooh, pick me! I'm a huge tote bag user (I say so all the time on my blog, I promise)!! :D I love them all! Pass the Peace Please! is pretty cool! Thanks!

Grateful Gramma said...

I really liked Peace, Love, the Earth and Artsy Fartsy. Actually I really liked a whole bunch of them!

frugallm said...

I like the explosion of hearts tote!

SpinachNPeace said...

I'm supposed to choose just one? I love them all, but the "Pass the Peace" tote is very me. It's also very creative! Melissa is very talented:)

Kimberly B. said...

So many of those designs are just darling! I like "Environmentally Friendly" and "Cotton is sexier than plastic." Thanks!

Wendy said...

"Heart explosion" or "I'm feeling frisky"? How to decide, how to decide...

"Heart Explosion", definitely, it's awesome.

Mary512 said...

I like the peace, love, earth grocery tote bag. Great giveaway, thanks!

Aubrey said...

I like the explosion of hearts.
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gunzie said...

I love the "explosion of hearts" tote, really nice. You can never have enough totes . Thanks for the giveaway.
ann dot guns at mac dot com

gkstratos said...

My top two are Green Style High Heel and Orange Poppy.

Morgan said...

The orange poppy is pretty but I also like the Environmentally friendly eye-chart bag - especially because people will be drawn to try and read it - spreading the green word!

Molly said...

I like the "pass the peace please" tote.
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michelle said...

I love the two you profiled here, but since I need to pick a completely different one, I guess it would be the Peace, Love, the Earth one.

michelle at northofthe49 dot com

Kyra said...

My nickname as a kid was Bumblebee, so I gotta go with that one. Love them all though! Bee Green!

PS said...

I like New York City Girl and Pass the Peace Please Tote Bags. These are great!!! Thanks!

Kathleen W. said...

The New York City girl and the Poppy designs are my favorite. Thanks!

Julie said...

Love the 'feeling frisky' tote!

Gus and Clay's Mama said...

I love peace love and earth! Very cute and very handy, as we've tried to cut out 90% of our non-reusable bags in this house...

Cuddle Cottage said...

These are some of the nicest grocery totes I've seen to date. I like the Orange Poppy design.

Genevieve P said...

Orange Poppy Tote is my favorite.

samsakara said...

I love the Make Art Not War Tote! But I would love the grocery getter tote! Thats what my siblings and I called my moms old station wagon!

samsakara@twcny.rr.com

Bree said...

I love the Pass the Peace tote! Cute!!

Denise said...

I like the "My bag is always half full" bag! Thanks.

Kristen Taylor said...

the honeybee one! save the bee's!!:)

soo cute!

Stacy said...

The peace sign is cool!

Heather R. said...

I like the yummy vegetarian cupcake bag or ringer t-shirt. Very cool, thanks! heatheraroy at hotmail dot com

grommom said...

pass the peace is really cute.

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Kimberly said...

I really like the bee design because there is a shortage of bees out there and I think that would also bring attention to that as well. Plus it's adorable!

Amira M said...

my favorite is the "pass the peace, please" i always loved that play on words

Neen said...

I love the green is groovy one. I still love lava lamps, my daughter took mine and uses it as her night light now.

EJW said...

I think "Get Fresh with Me" is hilarious, but I think since I ride my bike (to get groceries, even with a kid on board!) in Mad City, I vote for Madison Chick.

Sharee said...

I loved the "cotton is sexier than plastic" tote design.

JenO said...

I love the eye chart one! All tho all are totally cute!

Kat Bryan said...

Very cool totes. My favorites are 'Make Art Not War', Big Peace and 'Colorful Hearts'.

Thanks for having the contest.

Mrs. Csirke said...
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Mrs. Csirke said...

I love the yummy vegetarian design!!! Not only do I love cupcakes, but I do believe that it is yummy to be vegetarian! What a great design!

Bhav said...

I really like the Pass the Peace Please Tote Bag.
Thanks!
bvbabybv at gmail.com

Karin said...

"Green Style High Heels in Bloom Tote Bag"--- like that one a lot!

Annabelle said...

Great totes! I could spend a lot of time in your shop.

My idea would be to add the shop logo's on the bag as a means of advertising their shop. If my logo could be added to a bag, I'd buy it.

Annabelle

bethany said...

I love the explosion of hearts tote-what a great Etsy shop!!

nor_lou said...

Blue Hydrangea Tote Bag is so pretty (wow 91 bags to look at)

Stacey said...

^^ I love the Pass the Peace, Please! tote!

The Nikkster said...

I would choose the orange poppy cause it's California's state flower!!!! I love using my totes to go shopping even if the baggers don't.

sydneysmommy0 said...

The Pass the Peace Pleaseis great, I love reusable bags. They are for so much more then grocerys, ut that to :) Thanks

Kristy said...

Oh I like Green Style High Heels in Bloom Tote Bag! Thanks for such an awesome giveaway!

artsymommachic said...

I love the Make Art Not War bag!!

julie said...

Love shoes..green High Heel for me
3beez at bellsouth dot net

kamewh said...

I love the Peace, Love, the Earth Grocery Tote Bags! :)

Brooke said...

I LOVE the Explosion of Hearts!

Alexia said...

I love these bags! The Eco-Chic Zebra Print, Cotton is Sexier than Plastic and My Bag is ALWAYS Half Full caught my eye!

Amber said...

I love the lava lamp one!

Anonymous said...

My daughter loves orange flowers so she would love Mommy to carry the orange poppy tote bag. Too cute! Thanks.

theholstkids at yahoo dot com

melonkelli said...

I like the orange poppy bag.

tarynhopper said...

I like the "Cotton is sexier" bag. And the orange poppy bag. The Hydrangea one is nice too.

Michelle ~ [ real neat ] said...

Aha! The Be Silly CUSTOMIZABLES Kids Tote Bag for sure!

email : getneat at realneat dot com

Stacy said...

Love the Pass the Peace Please Tote Bag.

Toystory said...

I really liked soooo many of them.. Pass the Peace Please, I'm feeling frisky, artsy fartsy, the hearts explosion, ~~~ darn the designs/thoughts were all just so much fun to see and read. Thanks.

jeske_posse said...

Love the Be Silly customizable tote.
jenni_aja at hotmail dot com

laura said...

Great bags! The two you featured are probably my favorite, but another design is the orange poppy. Thanks!! laurachilton {at} hotmail {dot} com

M's Mommy said...

These are really gorgeous! I like the Orange Poppy design.

windycindy said...

Oh My!!!!! One tote design is cuter than the next and I love them all. I choose the "Orange Poppy" because of its' simplicity. The "Large Peace" sign is adorable, also. Please enter me in the fabulous drawing. Thanks very much.....Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Panjo Kids said...

Pass the Peace, Please!

ticole96 said...

The "green is groovy" bag is cute! I really like all of the designs... thanks!

ticole96(at)msn(dot)com

Bebemiqui said...

I love the Green is Groovy bag.
Great giveaway! Count me in. bebemiqui82(at)yahoo(dot)com

Jennifer Bogart said...

I like the orange poppy very much! Explosion of hearts is nice too :).

lace said...

There are so many great ones. I like bee green, be silly customizable tote, and the colorful hearts tote.

Kristin said...

Love these! I really like the "love" one.

michelle said...

Pass the Peace Please. Green is my favorite color!

chickamonpie said...

Orange Poppy Tote Bag is so awesome. I love totes and I'm glad to see your work. Would love to win!

lisa said...

I really like the peace, love, earth one

matilda sue said...

So many wonderful choices - but my favorite is the cotton is sexier than plastic!

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katy said...

Very cute, creative designs! My fav is the Yummy Vegetarian Tote!

Tanya Peila said...

I like LOVE YOURSELF

Kristie said...

I like the Love Love Love Reusable Bag.

Lilith Silvermane said...

Peace, Love and Earth, and the Cupid is my Homeboy...

Those are adorable! I'd love to start carrying those around!

BrineS said...

I like the LOVE LOVE LOVE tote! So Cute!

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One Zany Mom said...

My fav. is definitely Pass the Peace Please! I'm a big tote user but all of mine are pretty plain.

ababe28 said...

I love the Bee Green tote...it's adorable and I want one!
ababe28(at)hotmail(dot)com

The Downtown Boutique said...

These are great! I really like the Orange Poppy bag, and the Cotton Rocks bag. I also like the Love, Love, Love bag.

Please enter me to win.

Thanks!
Angie

Eileen said...

I love the Cupid is my Homeboy & Blue Hydrangea.

Awesome giveaway!

pintolinda said...

I love the Orange Poppy tote bag. Plese enter me in the contest.

Jacque said...

Love the Bee Green Grocery Tote. Cute! Cute!

jacque said...

I'm not anonymous!

ThisOldHenHouse said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Make Art Not War Bag :-)

This shop has been in my favs forever!! Awesome feature!

jassmg2024 said...

I totally adore the orange poppy!

Betty N said...

Since my husband does a lot of the shopping I want to pick one he would use also. My two favorites would be Peace,Love,Earth and the Eyechart Tote

Lorraine said...

Heart Explosion.

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Nikki said...

I love the "Pass the Peace" tote. I am trying to use the totes whenever possible when shopping. I've bought a few but I never seem to have enough totes when I pick up groceries.

yyeres said...

i like Explosion of Hearts. thanks for the contest

Emilie said...

I really love the get fresh with me bag but a close second is the orange poppy bag. Thanks for the contest! I look forward to having another tote to go grocery shopping with.

Connie said...

I love the "love, love, love" bag. I also really like the get fresh with me bag, too. I've been wanting to use more totes so this would be great!

Anonymous said...

MY FAVORITE TOTE IS "LOVE YOURSELF", BUT TO BE HONEST I LOVE THEM ALL.

Andrea said...

I had to pick two because I like them both a lot the "love, love, love" and the "peace, love the earth" . Cute, cute bags!

Jenny Jones said...

I love these bags!! i want one!!!

Mama Zen said...

I like "Peace, Love, the Earth!"

Not So Anonymous Michelle said...

Ooh I'm a tote-a-holic! I'd love that grocery getter for the farmer's market! I love the explosion of hearts tote & the artsy fartsy!

Ginny said...

I love bags! I really like the honey bee tote & the Peace, Love, the Earth Grocery Tote Bags

The Mama Hood said...

Explosion of Hearts Tote Bag is so cute!! I love it!!

judybrittle said...

the explosion of hearts is so cute. thanks so much for the chance to win one.

Jeanette J said...

I like the Environmentally Friendly Eye Chart bag..cute

Charmed said...

I love, love, love the explosion of hearts.

Jen Mc said...

I like the Environmentally Friendly Eye Chart Tote. I think it will definetly make people look and check out the page.

melanie magee said...

cool giveaway. everyone needs a bag. i needed one this weekend at an art workshop; was carrying too many plastic bags of stuff and thought, "i need a big canvas beach bag' or something. these looks great. thanks for the link.
mel at shades

Kristinia said...

The Bee Green tote is very cute! Great find!

Rockin' Mama said...

LOVE the Green Style High Heels in Bloom Tote Bag!


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Lori Jolliffe said...

"My Bag Is Always Half Full".
These totes are terrific. They'd make perfect teacher gifts for the end of the year too:)

Shel said...

"Love Yourself" is my favorite but they're all fantastic and pretty.

Anonymous said...

I love the Green Styloe High Heels.
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Doreen said...

Green Style High Heels in Bloom Tote Bag!! :)They're all sooo cute!

Megan said...

I love the Blue Hydrangea Tote!
Thanks for the great giveaway!

Melissa said...

Love the Green Style High Heels

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Anonymous said...

Make Art Not War is my favourite! Great totes!

annest@telus.net

elizcosta said...

SInce we don't have a co-op, (Iknow, boo hoo) I'll have to go with the one that looks like the eye chart! Can use while wearing my Plastic bags blow T-shirt...

Michele said...

Love these!! They're so cute!! If I won I'd love to have the Green Style High Heels in Bloom Tote Bag! Love shoes, love flowers, love going green.....sounds like the perfect bag for me! Thanks for a great giveaway!!

Michele R.(CA)
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paranoidokkida said...

I like the BIG Peace Reusable Cotton Tote Bag!

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mannequin said...

I like Peace, Love, the Earth also. But, I can still *mention* the other favorite right? It's the one being given away I really really like best!

Lisa said...

I like the Environmentally Friendly Eye Chart and My Bag is always Half Full.

queenoftheclick said...

I love the totes at Melissa Vest Designs Esty shop. I particularly love the New York City Red Bicycle Bag because it's very trendy and cute. I live in Brooklyn, NY and I would love to bring that bag with me to the food coop.

Winnie said...

I like the Pass the PEACE Please tote bag, although the Get Fresh with Me bag featured on your post is my favorite!

angelaandconnor at gmail.com said...

I love the "i'm feeling frisky" heart bag!

I blogged about your contest on Prize-a-Tron!
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Erin said...

Me! Me! I LOVE Cupid is My Homeboy, because, he truly is :)

Becca said...

Poppies are my favorite flowers, so the Orange Poppy bag would be the first one I'd choose.
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Joanne said...

What stylish tote bags and such a great idea. Here is Australia, they are finally just starting to phase out plastic bags in supermarkets which is great. I love the Green Style High Heals in Bloom - just lovely. Thanks for such a nice competition.

Susanne said...

I like "Explosion of Hearts." Great bags!!

aspritzofsis said...

"Cotton is Sexier than Plastic"---How true!
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blueviolet said...

Peace, Love, the Earth is cute Cotton is sexier than Plastic. Those two are my favorite ones outside of the ones you mentioned in your review. It was hard to get used to bringing totes with me all the time but now I can't imagine ever going back. Great giveaway.
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camper223 said...

I'm always looking for gadgets and items that are unique and make life easier. I really like the my bag is always half full tote,
I'm a tote, backback and beach bag freak. I can aways use them for so many uses.
Thank you....

Pat Connors said...

Heart Explosion

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TheAngelForever said...

I am really getting into the green bags now. Thanks for a great new Etsy shop. My other favorites are Artsy Fartsy and Peace Love and Earth.

Thanks for the fun giveaway!

- Marybeth I. said...

Yummy Vegetarian! and Orange Poppy totes are my favorites

kitty said...

I like the orange poppy design.

craftylady5780 said...

I love the "Artsy Fartsy" or "My bag is ALWAYS half full" (even though it is always full - literally). These are wonderful! You know they don't call me the "bag lady" for nothing!

Katie said...

Sweet Baby Stinky Bum CUSTOMIZABLES Baby and Toddler Tote Bag is so cute. Thanks katie_mmartin at yahoo dot com

bison61 said...

I use tote bags all the time for my shopping - I like their Green Style High Heels in Bloom Tote Bag

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Heather said...

Artsy Fartsy is me, all the way. Thanks for a great giveaway!

Stacy said...

The peace sign...it's a bold statement today. I use these totes for everything!

Samantha P said...

the Pass the Peace tote is the cutest~

Brooke said...

Definitely MAKE ART NOT WAR.

kaylee8 said...

I really like the orange poppy tote design!

klp1965 said...

i love the Abstract Floral Reusable Cotton Tote Bag nice and bright :)

Hetal said...

absolutely adorable

Sara DMS said...

Ooh, tough! The "Bee Green" bag and "Pass the Peas Please" are both so cute!

sara_demaster at yahoo dot com

calgirl said...

Get Fresh With Me Citrus Reusable Grocery Tote Bag and Explosion of Hearts Tote Bag are my favorites

girlof80s said...

I love so many of these tote bags. The Environmentally Friendly Eye Chart Tote Bag is so cool. I love that design. I also love the Cotton ROCKS Tote Bag and the Love Yourself Reusable Tote Bag. This is a great giveaway and I really hope I win. I could get a lot of use out of the tote bag. Thanks.