If you have bought from the Tin Teddy Die Cuts shop, on Etsy, in the past 3 or 4 years, you will have received your order in a paper bag, with purple stripes.
The paper bag is there to keep your order together, and help protect it on its travels. But there is a reason why that bag looks the way it does. And I thought I would tell you what that reason is.
When I was a little girl, back in the 1970s, my little sister and I would go shopping in the town with our parents. If we had been REALLY good, we would get a “Bunker bag” from the local sweet shop. This was a simple, striped paper bag, containing a few penny chews, a sticker or two, maybe temporary transfers or a mini comic.
Getting a “Bunker bag” felt like such a treat. Especially as there was a family rule that you mustn’t open it until we got home. So my sister and I would walk back, clutching our precious “bags of mystery”. We knew the contents would be silly little things. But it was still unbelievably fun and exciting.
A couple of years ago, I found some paper bags that looked just like the Bunker bags. And purple is my “corporate colour”. I just had to get them.
So now, when anyone buys from Tin Teddy Die Cuts on Etsy, their purchases are in these little purple paper bags. Sealed with a thank-you sticker.
And I hope that the recipient feels a little of the excitement that I had as a child when opening the bag. Even though they, of course, already know what they ordered!