Holiday gift guide: bags at The Paper Sparrow

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They're our bag, baby. (Sorry, couldn't resist.)

We were Victorian Strolling through Troy last weekend when we popped into The Paper Sparrow to see what new home made goodies Kate had added to her collection.

What we saw on the wall had us digging for our wallets.

Handmade handbags. The bags at The Paper Sparrow are always fabulous, but the current crop, made of everyday items (napkins, dish towels, bed sheets, curtains, etc.)
is adorable. They're made by Kate, who owns the shop. We're really loving the ones with the brass "kiss-lock" handles. They look awesome and close tightly to keep you from losing stuff. They're the kind of thing that could work with a special occasion outfit or jazz up an everyday look.

Who are they for?
Sure, the handbag obsessed will love these, but they're great for anyone who likes to add a little fun with accessories or just appreciates pretty and useful. It can be tough to buy a bag for someone else, but these have so much personality it's easy to match them with the right person.

Where can you get them?
Only at The Paper Sparrow, 288 River Street (next to Market Block Books) in Troy.

How much?
This was a really nice surprise. The bags range in price from $10 to $40. They look more expensive than they are.

Also try:
There's all kinds of fun homemade stuff at The Paper Sparrow -- cool ties, headbands, jewelry and clever little things like coffee cozies to keep you from burning your hands on your to-go cup.

While you're there, check out the art gallery in the back room. This month Kim D.'s photos are on display. They're also for sale, along with postcards and her new book.

Find It

The Paper Sparrow
288 River Street
Troy, NY 12180

Tues. - Fri. 10-5
Sat. 10-4
Closed Sunday & Monday


Is that map correct? I thought the Paper Sparrow was next to Market Block, not on the water... editors: Something went wrong. All fixed. Thanks for the tip.

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