Staying Alive in the 905

Discount Shopping

Posted on: December 2, 2009

I can’t put this factory sale in the Bargain Buys category but it is definitely a discount on a quality product.

Two years in a row, while accompanying my husband on business related trips, I admired the very simple but chic bag carried by his colleague.  She used it as a purse and carry-all combined and…. though made of waxed cloth…it looked just like a brown paper bag.  I later discovered they are made in the Cambridge area and then learned of this annual sale.

This event only happens once each year.  Last year I ventured to this very old Hespler neighbourhood and inside an old factory (or is it a mill?) I found the headquarters of the Brave Brown Bag company.  The sale inventory was not vast but I bought gifts for several people.  I enjoyed being in the actual work room where the product is made and meeting the women behind the product. 

Brave Brown Bag (le sac de Charlotte) is a division of the Charlotte McKeough Co. Inc., 125 Guelph Ave., Cambridge (Hespler). Apparently Charlotte started making these bags years ago in her home in Toronto – then had the sense to move herself and the business west to Cambridge.

Last year at this event some of the fabric was available for sale also.  It would make wonderful outdoor table cloths. The bags are becoming popular in New England.  Lucky for me – the factory sale is a short drive from my home in the West 905.  You may want to look at their web site before you go.



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