Sail Away Home

Sooo, yesterday while I was perusing my inbox, I happened upon a promotional email from a company called Sea Bags. I glanced at the sender’s address and then moved on, saving it for later so I could get a look at their latest bags. Imagine my delight when I scrolled down to the bottom of the page and spotted this!

SeaBags Kitchen Vignette

Yup, that’s my kitchen vignette at the cottage starring two iconic anchor Sea Bags! I had shared the pic with them on my Instagram, and they in turn shared it with their following! But, how did this all happen?? A little back story…when you’re in the business of buying and selling stuff, sometimes you get really lucky and a great deal falls into your lap. Such was the case with two salty old Hood sailsSea Bags Hood Sail Insignia

one 20 foot and one 30 foot-that Coach had picked up at a local estate sale a few years back. They had some discoloration and a few holes (not great for a windy day on the open seas : ) And no, they were not intended to be used for their original purpose…after all, we were turned away from our local sailing club because Coach and I have kayaks…which apparently you cannot use with a sail. My intent was to use the salvageable parts and turn them into something functional and beautiful for our daily use. And so they sat in the barn, patiently waiting for me to find the time to transform them, which just never seemed to happen. Until now…meet Sea Bags

SeaBags Logo

a Portland, Maine-based company dedicated to salvaging old sails and transforming them into beautiful tote bags and accessories-exactly what my original intention was when we salvaged the sails!

SeaBags Promo Page

I have admired these unique bags for quite some time and have followed the company on social media, hoping eventually to score one of their gorgeous bags. A few weeks ago, when we were unfurling the sails for yet another impromptu barn sale, it struck me that I had recalled seeing an ad or FB post for a sweet deal…you bring in your old sails to any Sea Bags location, they trade them for your choice of already made bags…or, they will custom create a bag just for you from your old sails!!

SeaBags Chalk SignOff we went to Freeport, Maine (you can actually bring your sails into any local Sea Bags retail outlet and they will assist in the trade-in process)

SeaBags StoreFrontto barter our sails away. But oh, the decisions! This wall of bags greets you when you walk into the shop,

SeaBags Wall Cubbiesbut there are all sorts of bags of different sizes and shapes and colors.

Seabags Coastal PinkLoving these little cooler tote bags with a hole in the base to allow for drainage.

SeaBags Cooler BagsThe final choices? Silver and blue & white and blue anchors-…Seabags Anchor bagswhich now proudly hang by the back door of the cottage for anyone to grab on their way out for shopping or beach-going or well…sailing!

SeaBags Promo PageThe best part…these old, worn out sails, which most likely would have found their way to a dump or land-fill…have found a new home…back in Maine…and a purpose for another lifetime. Have a terrific Thursday everyone…and if you happen to head to a local SeaBags shop to pick up one of these gorgeous bags…you can actually purchase them…no need to bring an old sail…tell ’em Sue from Country Design Home sent you!! Susan xoxoxo

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