The Story of the Conference Bags

EAS 2012 Conference Attendees received more than the usual seminar tote bag. Each participant was given a hand-made burlap bag as a result of an idea by VBA's Diane Meyerhoff. She tells the story...

bagsmallAbout three years ago, while kicking around ideas for EAS 2012, Bill Mares and I talked about how much we dislike inexpensive conference bags. From there, an idea was born – why not make them out of used coffee bags and then burn them as smoker fuel?

Who knew that the next 2 ½ years would be filled with old sewing machines, thousands of yards of thread, a hundred bobbins, and incredible dust bunnies?

Some have said the bags are too nice to burn. I disagree. Please, go ahead and burn your bag with gusto as a final tribute to EAS 2012.



And, of course, the thank you’s…

  • To Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and Speeder & Earl’s coffee shop for donating the coffee bags free of charge...
  • To Mike Willard and Bill Mares for coffee bag hauling – and a long future of burlap dust in their vehicles…
  • To Marty and Oscar at our local re-use store, ReSource, for keeping an eagle eye out for old working sewing machines…
  • To Valarie Wilson for a night’s worth of sewing…
  • And, to the person who really made this possible – with tremendous encouragement and many days of sewing, the best friend a girl could have  - Cecilia Plum

THANKS!

dime-smallDiane is being much too modest! The bags are a tremendous hit at EAS 2012 and are popping up all over Burlington. There are rumors of "bag scalpers" offering them for hundreds of dollars. In any event, they are guaranteed to be collector's items.