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« on: May 15, 2006 06:41:18 AM »

Hello crafty people!
I love making bags/totes. However, I am not too happy with my closures. I have been using either Velcro, buttons or a tie.
Have any of you used magnetic closures? I would love to work with them but not sure what I would need or where to start. Every time I decide to use something new I always pick up too many items or the wrong ones.
Any suggestions??
And I am participating in a craft show and this is the first time I have a good amount of bags to display. How do you ladies display your bags where your table doesn't look cluttered?

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« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2006 07:08:53 AM »

I personally like the 3/4" magnetic closures--the smaller ones seem too light duty to me.  If you're only buying one or two to just check them out, I would get them at WalMart (I hate to go there, but their prices are cheaper by more than $1).  You can also get them at Michael's and use a coupon to get 40% off.  They're easy to install--just follow the directions on the package.

As far as displaying bags at shows, I recently hosted an in-home show and used several coat racks for display.  I think things look better at different heights, so if you can get a coat rack in addition to a table, that will look good.  Also, put the bags near the back of the table on top of something (a basket turned over, a cardboard box covered in some cool paper) to create more levels.  Lastly, I found it helpful to put a few pieces of tissue paper in each bag to help them keep their shape since people are going to be handling them.  I found tissue paper at the dollar store, but you can also just go to the craft store.

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« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2006 07:13:44 AM »

Thanks! I think you've made some great suggestions. Now I am on the hunt for a coat rack and tissue paper!
I will also look into the larger magnetic closure. I like the feel of the larger ones as well.
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« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2006 07:32:47 AM »

I love the magnetic snaps.. I always use them!!  But I wouldn't buy them at walmart, I buy mine from this ebay seller...http://stores.ebay.com/Ah-Kwok-Supplies_Magnetic-snaps-Ordinary_W0QQcolZ4QQdirZ1QQfsubZ3QQftidZ2QQtZkm
I have never ever found them for less anywhere!  And shipping never takes as long as he says it will.
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« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2006 07:57:30 AM »

Thanks I will look at the link.
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« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2006 03:51:09 PM »

I was only suggesting Wal-Mart if you wanted to just buy one or two closures to see if you liked it.  If you're ready to take the plunge and buy in bulk, there are many places that are cheaper.  I like tallpoppycraft.com.
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