Sunday, December 6, 2009

Holiday Market - Eugene 2009

Since finishing up the season in the Saturday Market in Eugene, Beth has been working on tote sets and getting ready to test the waters at the Holiday Market at the fairgrounds in Eugene. This will be our first appearance there and we've decided to be there for one weekend only, the last weekend before Christmas. Come on out and see us on either Saturday or Sunday the 19th and/or 20th. We'll be there from 9 AM to about 5 PM in the Farmer's Market section.

We'll have some holiday specials and certainly something different for those hard-to-buy people on your Christmas list. You can only get these babies from Bzz Bags, so find us online or see us at the Holiday Market in December. We'll keep a light on for you - wait, that one's been used. We'll keep a bag open for you - lame, but you get the idea.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Last Bzz Bags Saturday Market for 2009

It's been a great first year for us at the Saturday Market in Eugene. We'd like to thank the team that coordinates the event and allowed us to be a part. We were unable to attend this weekend due to being a bit under the weather, so sorry if you came by. But remember to come visit the Bzz Bags website - because I know you'll miss us.

Beth is working on some new combinations of tote bags (we like to call them Bzz Bags' bags for bags - 4Bs) with coordinated bulk food and produce bags. The first tests look very cool and work well for sure. We'll get some pictures of them here and on the website soon, but for now, here's one under construction.

Just wanted to thank everyone who was motivated to either buy our product or make their own in an effort to help save our planet one bag at a time. Remember to BYOB every time you go to the store. After you've done it 6 or 7 times, it starts becoming routine and you'd feel like you were missing something if you didn't pack them up.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Halloween at Saturday Market

Well if you think we folk at the Saturday Market in Eugene are weird, you should have been there on Halloween; yep even weirder if that is possible. What fun. In my attempt to do my "homework" by taking pictures, I can honestly say that my dog ate my homework.

Great strange story, but here is. About a year ago, with three dogs, two of them puppies at the time, we went to our son's graduation from the police academy in Salem. When we got home, we couldn't find our Exilim camera. It remained lost for at least two months. We found it in the backyard at our house under some straw. It had chew marks on it, but surprisingly enough, it still worked! But who was the evil doer (yes this could be a Halloween story for sure)?

After a bit, we decided to see the pictures from the graduation and what do you know, there were now three additional pictures at the end. Two pointed straight up at some trees in the backyard and one more - the one picture that would hold up in puppy court - the side of a red face. Only one of the dogs is red, so, busted! Its a little out of focus, but we're thinking about getting her some formal training.
The camera worked fine for about the next year, then last week - certain death. A new camera is on the way and I promise to get more pictures once it arrives. Until then, enjoy this shot of the Evil Eleanore probably tired after eating a phone or something. It took time, but eventually the dog ate my homework.
Come visit the Bzz Bags' website and help support our camera recovery program

Monday, October 26, 2009

Fairies' Arrival

We just got back from Southern California and took some Bzz Bags time, to find some great new fabrics for our bags. B can't wait to start working on the new Bug-Eyed Fairies. Way cute.

Keep an eye out for them on the website soon. In the meantime, come on by and see us this Saturday at the Eugene Saturday Market. It'll be good to get back after a couple weeks away and see our new old friends and we plan to make some new ones. Don't forget to get your bags out of the drawer and take them with you to the store. They don't do any good unless you take them with, so make sure they are #1 on your shopping list.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Not at the Market

We will not be at the Saturday Market for two Saturdays this month. The Bzz needs a rest and a chance to pick up some new material, so off we go to the deep south (of California). We'll miss the rain and the people, but we'll be back on the 31st, so make sure to stop by.

Not much new to share this week, but we will most likely have some new fabrics to add to the arsenal, so keep a close eye on our website for the latest.
Pictured here is our 6-bag set of Earth Day Jungle. This is fun and colorful set as you can see. Come on by or check it on the web.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Saturday Market - 10/10

Another market day come and gone. Good turnout on a day that required some patients to get the sun up and started. Eventually the coffee kicked in and the sun and people got more active. Thank you to those that came out - no Duck game to compete with in town this time.

Wanted to take a second and introduce our Bzz Bags coffee bean bag - one of our newer family members. As with all of our other bags, it is 100% cotton with an elastic band at the mouth of the bag for easy access. Just need to wrap a tie (supplied by the store) to the top with the product number. We reuse our tie a number of times to create less waste that way too.

So join the recycle, save and BYOB generation. One way is through our website at Another is to stop by the Saturday Market in Eugene and see us. Heck, make your own or find another vendor online, just do it (sorry Nike).

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Saturday Market - Eugene 10/3

Summer has left us, as you could see Saturday with the change of leaves, cooler weather and a Saturday Market that had most of the Oregon Duck football team cruising through. Unfortunately, we didn't get any pictures of the team as we were still setting up to help save the planet one bag at a time. Not a bad turnout with rain predicted that never really materialized. We had a few droplets, but that was about it. The wind made it a little chilly, but it really didn't deter the market fans. So if you came out, thank you.

We wanted to share a picture of our newest set of bags to the Bzz Bag family. These are organic material. We'll be selling them in a set a seen here as well as individually - in two sizes. Take a look later this week on our website. We should have it updated by mid-week to include the new bags. I know a lot of people are really interested in using organic materials, so this is very exciting for us. Please visit us next Saturday or check it out online.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Saturday Market - Eugene 9/26

Wow, what a beautiful day it was in Eugene this past Saturday. Saw some friends today taking in the sun and the atmosphere. As you can see, the flowers were out and about, walking around - with a little help.

We're going to be at the next two markets, then take a little vacation, but back for more later in October. Hope you don't miss us too much.

There was another home Ducks game this weekend and made for some more interesting traffic. But if you come down during game time, no problem, just escape before the end. Eugene doesn't sport much in the way of traffic, except . . .

We should have some organic bags ready to go on the website this coming week, so stop by online and check it out. What a great way to help save the planet. Its one you can do easily, one bag at a time. Reduce your use of plastic bags in the landfill - and its really fun with a ton of different patterns to choose from. See ya'll soon.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Saturday Market - Eugene 9/19

No self-defined "good open market" would (or wood) be complete without a "tree guy" roaming the neighborhood. Just one of the many things you missed if you haven't been to the Saturday Market in Eugene. Lots of vendors sharing their talents, products and eccentricities. Now, this past Saturday was a little wet for the tree guy; he might have just grown roots.

But, we were there none-the-less and missed seeing you if you decided to stay home or go to the Oregon Duck game. Next time, stop by on your way to or from the game really support the area artisans and the green world. If you insist on staying home, then visit us here or on our Bzz Bags website.

Our organic bags are just around the corner and our cotton bulk food and produce bags are ready to start using today. Hey, have you put in your two cents worth yet on how to remember to bring your bags to the store? You can post your thoughts on our contest post.

See you next weekend, right?

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Saturday Market - Eugene 9/5

Dispersed in this post are pictures from the Eugene Celebration parade. I'll let you figure out what the heck they all mean . . . It was a wet day at the market this Saturday and not as much activity as we would have liked. The Eugene Celebration was going on at the same time and the parade was in the "back yard" of our booth.This year's theme was "Strange We Can Believe In," and no, I have no idea what that means, but it sure fits Eugene. But we weathered the storms and held the front lines - where were you? In the safety and dryness of your homes? I guess I can't blame you for that one. So come out and see us next weekend and we'll call it even.
Hey, don't forget to go to our contest post and help us figure out the best way to remember to bring your bags to the store. It only does good to have some if you use them. Gotta start changing the mindset and old habits (hope I didn't offend any nuns out there reading this). We just extended the contest to last through the end of October to makes sure we get a stockpile of great ideas. Next subject is organic bags. We're just about done with our first set and will have them up and available on our website - - in a week or so. These will cost a little more as the fabric is a bit pricier, but for those that find organic material important, it should be no problem. We're excited about being able to offer this new product along with all our other 100% cotton fabrics.

Hope you enjoyed the pictures. Never a dull moment in Eugene.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Saturday Market - Eugene 8/22

Another Saturday Market in Eugene, another beautiful day to spend outside. About 82 today with morning clouds - perfect.
Met a lot of great people this weekend, so if you weren't there, you missed out. Here's some pics for you to soak in. I'm telling you, it was nice and the fountains help for a great ambiance.
These guys were probably just taking a break from their intensive Bzz Bags shopping experience. There we are in the background. Hope you stop by next weekend. See you there.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Organic Bags Coming Soon

Exciting news for those who are organically driven. Bzz Bags is going organic with new certified organic fabric. We will continue to use the popular elastic banding sewn into the opening of the bag, so you'll get the best of both worlds.

No pictures to share yet, but it will be coming soon. Come on out to the Saturday Market in Eugene or visit the us at to see what we've come up with for you.

So, until then, keep remembering to BYOB - Bring Your Own Bags. Whether you're buying from Bzz Bags, making your own or buying from someone else, the important thing is to remember to grab them, take them to the store and use them over and over again. We've got one planet and we should all think green - do the right thing - help save our planet one bag at a time. Recycle what you can't reuse and think about leaving this place in better shape than it when you first got to it. That's just got to make you feel good.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Plant to Help Pollinate

Here's a test. What kind of plant do you think this is. Is it under water? Is it from a rain forest?

Okay, we'll pull the picture back a little and see if this helps.

Give up? Well, first of all, the bees love them when you let them bloom, but you've given up a good meal for it, so your decision. If you just let them go, the artichoke plants have a unique bloom and the pollinators seem to love it. So from our garden, to you your computer - the blooming artichoke.
Here's a couple more plants that the critters love. Remember, if we didn't have pollinating critters, there would be no need for Bzz Bags, because you wouldn't have any good food stuff to put in them.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Saturday Market - Eugene 7/18

Got a lot of feedback from our give away of bags from last week. We heard and saw people using them at the market today and it really feels like a grass roots push. Can't wait to start hearing from people at the grocery stores in the area.

It was warm today in Eugene - low 90's, with a decent turn-out. Here's a picture of a local pirate. Okay, probably not a pirate, but he did have a bird on his shoulder. They don't allow dogs at the market, so I'm only guessing here, but this must have been his next best choice - man's second-best friend.
Speaking of birds, we've started to Twitter - so feel free to check it out on the site. You can also see the most recent twitters just to the right of this - second from the top.
Have a great one folks and don't forget to Bring Your Own Bags (BYOB) when you go to the store. Lot's of folks are starting to now and its definately the thing to do. Get ours, make your own, buy from someone else, just do it. Its fun to watch things change and head in a more responsible direction and its even more fun to know that you're part of the change.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Saturday Market - Eugene 7/11

Lil, my grandaughter came to the Saturday Market this weekend. I never mentioned that you can get your face painted while you're standing in the long line to buy Bzz Bags. Hard to understand, but Lilian would have more fun getting her face painted instead of helping us sell bags. I would have chosen a bag painted on mine, but she, for some reason, chose a unicorn - kids, what ya gonna do?

BYOB - just Bring Your Own Bags and everything else is gravy.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

4th of July Market

Summer's here in Eugene, Oregon. Our Saturday Market was at about 94 degrees today. Hey, this is why we moved away from the desert!!! Oh, well, we also moved here because we love the seasons, so much to my dismay, summer is a season too. Here's a quick shot of people waiting at the start of the Saturday Market on July 4th.

In addition to crafts and other hand-made items (like Bzz Bags), they have some great food and a large locally grown fresh produce area. This picture shows where we sign up in the AM, and behind that is the produce section. We set up off to the left around a grassy area this time.

Hope to see you next week. Come on by, we've request slightly cooler weather for that weekend.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Promoting BYOB

Here's a fun way to promote Bring Your Own Bag. Lots of us like to wear stuff that says how we feel. Well, dang it, I feel that we should bring our own bags to the grocery store and do what we can to save the planet. This is Bzz Bags way of saying how we feel - and we think it looks kinda cool too.

So jump on board and pick a shirt or a hat or whatever you find on our Cafe Press site we call BYOBzzBag. Have some fun with it, I know we have already. See you at the grocery store.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Saturday Market - Eugene 6/20

We had great weather this past Saturday for the Eugene Saturday Market. No rain, in the mid-60's with some sunshine peaking through every once in awhile. A little light on attendance this week, but lots of food, fun, music and good company. This is a great open air market venue with hand made items from around the state. Come on by and visit us or just listen to the music.

Here's a picture of one little corner of the market this past week. We had a small 4' booth and talked to a lot of people about using resuable bags and being good friends of the environment. Cool stuff. And another shot of some of the local musicians. We look forward to seeing you here next week.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Eugene Saturday Market 2009

I'm happy to say that I've joined the Eugene Saturday Market (Eugene, Oregon). They are celebrating their 40 year anniversary this year This is a fun venue for artisans and is adjacent to the farmers market. Both support local businesses. Please come on by and check out the event any Saturday from now through November from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Hey, don't forget that June is National Pollinators' Month. So, help the bees and plant some flowers.
Visit our website at and see what we've go new to offer. Or better yet, come visit us at the Saturday Market - fun in the sun.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Web Site Up and Running

Well, I'm not sure "up and running" is exactly correct, but it is functional. is finally a reality. Just having the opportunity to get the message out in a different format is really exciting. All of our various bag set combinations are up to date and available for purchase. I'm also thrilled to help anyone make their own shopping bags - the point is to use less plastic that fills up the landfill and stays there for years and years.
I've notice that there are a growing number of sites out there now that offer similar type bags for sale. Some of them are on my links here. I love it! I hope more and more show their faces and continue to help save our planet, one bag at a time. Remember to BYOB - bring your own bags - when you shop.

We're also going to have some animal only bags on - my sister-in-law's long standing site for animal preservation. Nothing like a picture of a tapir with a plastic bag in its mouth to make you want to keep this stuff out of the landfill.
Enjoy your bag journey helping keep our planet clean and alive for future generations. Thanks