After a month of nagging her, my mother finally sent me her Christmas wish list. On it was a canvas tote bag to hang off a handle of her walker. It’s basically just to carry her wallet, car keys and a handkerchief and anything small she might buy like her meds.
Okay, that sounds easy so I thought I’d knock it off the list pretty quickly. Further reading divulged that she has very particular (some might say peculiar) instructions and precise measurements for her bag. It can’t hang too low or it will whack her knee; it can’t be too short or it gets caught on her thigh; it can’t have any width/depth because then it increases the distance between herself and the walker and disturbs her gait – and God knows I do not want my Christmas pressie to be responsible in causing a fall!
So armed with all the measurements I hit Etsy.com . A search for “canvas tote bag” brought up 17,655 items! If only I had that much time…
Sorting by measurement was not terribly successful as sellers don’t often list measurements in their tags – they use vague terms like “small” “medium” “large” with many inches of variation in each category. And then there was the confusing issue of handles/straps – when someone notes that the handles are 26″ long sometimes that means end to end (or a 13″ drop) and sometimes it means a 26″ drop and a few times I found sellers gave a measurement from the top of the handle to the bottom of the bag! And then there are those annoying sellers who provide no measurements at all and ask you to “convo” them for further information.
I sorted by the price range I was prepared to spend and still got too many choices – 8,168 . Who’d have thought buying a simple canvas bag would be so bloody hard.
I think I’ll go to another item on her list – a string of beads. This has no instruction other than they must fit over her head. I suppose I’ll just wrap the tape-measure around my own head and then hit Etsy again…