Take Your ‘Moz Market’ Bag to the Farmer’s Market!

From Maputo, Mozambique, our ‘Moz Market’ Carry All Bags are one of our coolest market finds yet!

These woven straw bags are available in a variety of great fall colors (orange, purple, and double purple), and are very large, at approximately 22″ x 18″ (Because of the nature of handmade products, each bag may vary by an 1” or size in size).

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The orange ‘Moz Market’ Carry All Bag is such a gorgeous color!

ABOUT THE CRAFT

Basket weaving is one of the oldest and widest-spread crafts known to man, with examples of this dating back as far as 20,000 years. Most popular among Native American tribes, Egypt, the Middle East, and Mexico are also well-known for their woven goods. Materials like grass, straw, stems, animal hair, thread, and wood are often used in basket weaving.

Similarly, the practice of “straw plaiting” (the method of braiding straw) has been used in many projects around the world, including places like England, Tuscany, and Oceania.  Straw hats, paper-making, doors and table mats, and bags are just a few of these projects.

HOW TO WEAR

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Head over to your local Farmer’s Market to fill your bag with yummy goodies! (Source: Pinterest)

While we believe in using our ‘Moz Market’ bags for absolutely everything, we think Farmer’s Markets are the most perfect place to showcase your new tote! Fill her up with your favorite fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers from late-Summer and early-Fall at your favorite local markets.

Here are a few Markets in Chicago to visit:

  • Daley Plaza, Thursdays, 7AM-3PM until October 31
  • Federal Plaza, Tuesdays, 7AM-3PM until October 31
  • Willis Tower Plaza, Tuesdays, 7AM-3PM until October 31
  • Division Street, Saturdays, 7AM-1PM until October 26
  • Lincoln Park, Saturdays, 7AM-1PM until October 26
  • Wicker Park & Bucktown, Sundays, 8AM-2PM until October 27
  • Loyola, Mondays, 3PM-7PM until October 14

For more Chicago-based Farmer’s Markets, click here.

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The bags are available in a three beautiful colors: Orange, Purple, and Double Purple.
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Which color is your favorite?
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Isn’t the detail fabulous?

Show us your Farmer’s Market style, and how you wore your ‘Moz Market’ Carry All using #stylewithmaven!

-Heather

Let’s Escape This Summer!

While Chicago is great, there is nothing I love more than a good vacation where I can spend all my time exploring different cultures and shopping! Doesn’t that sound nice? Lucky for us, there are so many fantastic places to travel to around the world to gain insight on how other people live and spend their time.

Here are 3 cities that will introduce you to a whole new world:

 

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Photo from: http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/North_America/Mexico/Estado_de_Jalisco/Puerto_Vallarta-935573/Shopping-Puerto_Vallarta-Markets-BR-1.html

Puerto Vallarta

I’m happy to say I spent 8 days in 2011 exploring the wonderful city of Puerto Vallarta in Jalisco, Mexico. A gorgeous beach town, this paradise was filled with loads of flea markets and farmer’s markets providing me a firsthand look at the culture. One market is the Rio Cuale Flea Market, which features silver jewelry, leather goods, sandals, pottery, and other handcrafted items. Don’t forget to visit the Malacon while you’re there! And always remember: Barter, barter, barter!

 

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Photo from: http://www.destination360.com/south-america/peru/shopping

Lima

Besides being beautifully scenic, Lima, Peru in South America is a great place for markets. The Pisac Market is their most popular, featuring artisan-made musical instruments, beautiful rugs, handbags, and masks, to name a few. Traveling within the town is fairly inexpensive, it’s been said you can get by with just $15 in your pocket in a day, and hostels and hotels are cheap, too!

 

Photo From: http://www.santafehomestore.com/Blog/The-Markets-of-Santa-Fe-New-Mexico
Photo From: http://www.santafehomestore.com/Blog/The-Markets-of-Santa-Fe-New-Mexico

Santa Fe

Home to many Native American artisans, Santa Fe, New Mexico in the United States is perfect for anyone who wants to travel without leaving the country! You’ll find jewelry, home decor, and folk art with strong Southwestern influence, as well as Mexican imports, like woven rugs, pottery, and glassware. If you’re traveling in July and August, be sure to catch Santa Fe’s Spanish Market and Indian Market for even more variety!

 

-Heather