Recently, I went to the Palm Beach Gardens Green Market and met Marge Panzenhagen. She was selling hand-knitted, upcycled plastic-bag, fashion purses and carry bags.
A beautiful pale yellow shopping sac with a Florida oyster shell on the front caught my eye. There were also cute clutch purses in various colors including a gorgeous red and white one. All were made from old plastic shopping bags that she knitted into cloth.
Panzenhagen lives in a Juno Beach retirement community. The plastic bag knitting started as a hobby and branched into a business idea with the encouragement of friends. Smiling, she said, "I can special order bags from my neighbors." She explained further, "I ask them to shop at certain stores so I can get different colored bags."
She said there had been a lot of interest in the two weeks she had been at the market but only five sales. This led her to decide not to return to the market in the future. I snagged the beauty above, at a special end of market price of only $10.