Feedbags, Man Purses and Home Invasions

| 6/7/2012 11:51:52 AM

Tags: reusing, Cam Mather,

 Many years ago when I was doing a lot of electronic publishing I did some work for a charitable organization. They were preparing for a large fundraising gala and so I attended a meeting of the organizing committee at the home of one of the members. I had been asked to design the program for the evening. I remember two things about the meeting. First was all of the talk about home invasions.  They spent ages discussing their home alarm systems. They really seemed to live in fear of being a victim of a home invasion. It’s not something I had ever thought to worry about because there’s not really anything of value in my home. Except the books and most of those we got for a couple of bucks each. But these women had lots of money and jewelry and artwork and fur coats and so I guess that’s why they were a little concerned.

The other thing I remember from that meeting was how often they mentioned “Holt Renfrew.” I’m not much of a shopper and so I didn’t know anything about Holt Renfrew, but they all seemed pretty into it. Holt Renfrew is a high-end Canadian department store. Wikipedia compares it to Saks Fifth Avenue, so obviously, I’ve never been in one.

The other day I was reading one of my day old (and therefore free to me) newspapers and I happened to notice a full-page ad for a new fundraiser that Holt Renfrew is running. They are raising money for a food related charity, and they’re doing it by selling hand bags designed by someone apparently I should know, but don’t.


I would never be critical of a corporation being involved with a charity (well of course I would, but I won’t comment on this one) but this bag intrigues me. I, in fact, already own a bag just like this and I acquire them regularly. My basmati rice comes in them. I find them incredibly wasteful and I wonder why the rice companies in India package their rice this way, but I’ve given up trying to understand it or change it. I just get the bags when I buy the rice.

As a hoarder in training, I have a real problem throwing anything away. I have a stockpile of these basmati rice bags. And now, I can take my basmati rice bags and turn them into purses! And I will become very wealthy doing it. Because the people who shop at Holt Renfrew have lots of money! So much in fact that they worry about people invading their homes to take it.

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