Not Your Average Tote Bag

Never go back to your “free bag with purchase” again with these 6 unconventional bags.

By Christina Marino

Spring is in the air and with that your favorite local farmers markets are back in town. Just the smell of fresh produce is sure to stir your excitement for summer meal ideas – but how do you transport your new purchases home in style? These unconventional tote-bags are sure to mix things up with designers ranging from internationally known to at-home locals. Never go back to your “free tote-bag with purchase” again. If you are looking for a market near you check out our Northern Virginia Farmers Market Guide.


Blending In
Rose Garden Lunch Tote, $38; photo courtesy of

Dooney & Bourke have got you covered with their “Rose Garden Lunch Tote”. This tote, which is small in stature, is a perfect match to those easy Sunday mornings when you just need a few apples for your evening pie.

All Natural


Bamboula ltd. & Madewell Woven Shoulder Bag, $78; photo courtesy of

No two bags are alike with this Bamboula woven bag from Madewell. Made with natural fibers from Africa this handmade tote is one-of-a-kind and is sure to stand out in the farmers market crowd. 

No, not the gas station


Red Chevron Tote, $19; photo courtesy of

Chevron is taking prints by storm this season and whether it is covering bags or featured on dresses it adds a sophisticated flare that basic stripes just can’t. This World Market “Red Chevron Tote” is just what you need when you want to add some spunk to your look.

Hands Free
Sirens Leather Backpack, $298; photo courtesy of

For those days when you say you’re “just browsing” and you come home with handfuls of bags let this Anthropologie “Sirens Leather Backpack” keep your hands free for your splurge purchases.  

Virginia is for Lovers
Custom Made Cotton Tote Bag with Removable Divider, $47; photo courtesy of Dani Miller

Virginia local, problem solver, and designer Dani Miller will organize your life – and she’ll do it in style. KSC Designs “Custom Made Cotton Tote Bag with Removable Divider” will assist with even your most unique farmers market purchases. See flowers you just can’t live without, but don’t want the dirt mixing with your fresh strawberries? This tote bag’s removable divider will keep those pieces separate while still fitting snug under your arm.


Farm Fresh


Farm Fresh 2 Quality Crafted Tote Bag, $25+; photo courtesy of Debbie DeWitt

Vintage enthusiast Debbie DeWitt owner and artist of Angel Art and Design took her passion for painting and drawing combined with her graphic design experience to create one-of-a-kind designs. Take this vintage inspired farmers market sign tote-bag on your next trip for a definite dose of jealous onlookers.