Friday, August 23, 2013

ThrifTeeGear Backpack Style Lunch Bag Review + Sherlock Lunch!

Check out my 7th grader's new backpack lunch bag from ThrifTee Gear!

12 year old Beanstalk is not at all interested in taking a lunchbox to middle school, but he does need something to tote his lunch & drink from his locker to the lunchroom. A ThrifTee Gear lunch bag, designed with tweens & teens in mind, is just the ticket - it's cool, unique, and nothing like a little kid's lunchbox. (Although any little kid would probably love it too!) 

Can't find a lunchbox with your kid's favourite character on it?  Well, if you can find them on a t-shirt, you can have it upcycled into a custom one-of-a-kind ThrifTee Gear lunch bag, that's even better! That's what we did last year - and Beanstalk loves his Minecraft Creeper ThrifTee Gear bag.  



I've been wanting another ThrifTee Gear bag, for wash days, so was totally psyched when the amazing & talented Trixie of ThrifTee Gear offered us one of their new backpack style lunch bags to review! And I get to share the ThrifTee Gear awesomeness with one lucky reader too! Yay, giveaway!

Beanstalk & I are both fans of Sherlock Holmes and the BBC series with Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock. We decided to have his ThrifTee Gear backpack lunch bag made from his Sherlock t-shirt (design by Avia Asner):


After I was done forcing my tween to have his picture taken, I stuffed his (clean) t-shirt in the waterproof postage paid envelope provided by ThrifTee Gear and popped it in the mail. Easy-peasy :)

Ta-dah! Barely a week later, Beanstalk's Sherlock ThrifTee Gear backpack style bag was back in our mailbox! Amazing! How excellent is this? ...

The backpack style ThrifTee Gear bag has two pockets - one that's the full length of the bag, essentially dividing the interior into two large sections, and one smaller 3" deep pocket with a soft velcro closure. It's near the top of the bag, perfect for keeping small items (like cell phone) separate and handy:


The backpack style bag has soft cotton rope drawstring ties. Measuring about 13" x 16", it's wider and longer than the original ThrifTee Gear lunch bag, so of course it's also bigger on the inside :)

So how much stuff fits? More than you might think! It's roomy enough for my Macbook Air and my DSLR camera and my water bottle, so I'm definitely getting one for myself next! Below, Beanstalk's bag is shown packed with his lunch in an EasyLunchbox, a size 14 hoodie sweatshirt, his Klean Kanteen water bottle, & iPhone - with room to spare.


And you know that's not just a plain sandwich in that EasyLunchbox :)  He's vetoed cute lunches, but I knew he'd be cool with a Sherlock lunch...

Beanstalk's Sherlock bento lunch is an "I AM SHER LOCKED" peanut butter sandwich (from A Scandal in Belgravia), apple slices, Cotton Candy grapes (delicious!) & cherry plums from our own tree, packed in EasyLunchboxes.

Beanstalk (conveniently) wasn't around when I wanted to get a picture of his ThrifTee Gear backpack packed & worn, so I asked our teenage neighbour to stand in. Thanks neighbour!

BTW, when she handed it back to me she commented "Cool bag" :) 
Teenager approved!
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You really want one now, don't you? Enter my giveaway! 
The prize is a Custom ThrifTee Gear Lunch Bag :)
Winner chooses which style!
Good Luck!

This giveaway is offered to US residents only.  Please do not enter this giveaway if you have won or received free product from ThrifTee Gear within the past 3 months.

44 comments:

  1. I love the design in the Random Weirdness of the Sad Robot, but we'd probably use a Perry the Platypus shirt to make ours!

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  2. I love the designs! Different to what other kids are bringing to school. Will definitely be a hit in my home!

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  3. Anonymous8/23/2013

    This is awesome idea and good recycling and re using too

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  4. I can't decide if my tween would like one of his fave shirts, or one of the cool ones on the site!! Very cool product!!

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  5. These look so awesome, my favorite from the site is the tye-dye, but I'd put my nephew the race car driver on mine!

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  6. The tie dye ones would be a big hit with my teen!

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  7. The tie dye ones would be a big hit with my teen!

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  8. I love the SuperGirl one!!

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  9. I like th Mario (choose wisely ) one :)

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  10. I was super impressed at how reasonably priced they seemed. My daughter does gymnastics and I would use one of her club shirts to have a bag made, which she could take to competitions. Looks like it would work great for her jacket, snacks, drinks, and lots (and lots) of hair clips!

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  11. Can't enter but have to say I LOVE the bag and you already know I love the lunch. And you.

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  12. You just shared the perfect Christmas gifts for my 13, 12, and 10 year old nieces and nephews this year. Thanks so much!

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  13. Laurie8/24/2013

    My son is into soccer, minecraft,and star wars. Saw a few of those on your site. I'm sure he would love them.

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  14. My daughter would probably pick out a tie dye one.

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  15. the Batman one would be a hit here!

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  16. I like the sad robot one :)

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  17. I love the Nantucket sunken ship, but my kids will go crazy at the idea of turning their Adventure Time tees into lunch sacks!

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  18. I like the skeleton one.

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  19. love the Mario one and thanks for the chance!!

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  20. Gah!!! The 'I believe' santa one! I must have it!

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  21. I like the Don't Be Trashy--Recycle one. Great idea.

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  22. Love the STL Cardinals one, but I'll have to look again when I have more time!

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  23. I LOVE Sherlock! The shirt, backpack, and lunch are AWESOME!

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  24. my kids would go nuts for the scooby doo one.

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  25. I loved the Charlie Brown "I am a big deal" design: this is how I feel most days.

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  26. I'm a big fan of the 70s so tie die is my fave.

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  27. I liked the "Warning, you can go blind from my pure awesomeness."

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  28. My boys have been really into AC/DC lately, so they would want that, though I don't think I'd allow them to carry around something that has h-e-double hockey sticks on it.

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  29. my grandson would love the tie dye shirt

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  30. My step daughter just grew out of a couple of her favorite t shirts. She was sad, so this would be a perfect way for her to keep one around

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  31. I love the personalized bags upcycled from a shirt that represents you. My boys outgrow seriously awesome shirts in the blink of an eye. A cool lunch bag or backpack would be amazeballs.

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  32. Kristina Utz8/27/2013

    Mt Dew (for me im an addict), SpongeBob for the kiddo

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  33. Anonymous8/27/2013

    Minecraft all the way! :)

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  34. I like the "Sad Robot" design!!

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  35. Not entering but just wanted to say what an awesome ThrifTee gear bag!

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  36. I am partial to the Boston Bruins :)

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  37. The tie dye shirt is pretty awesome says my 12 year old!

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  38. I would probably get the University of North Dakota lunch bag, for sentimental reasons- Grand Forks is my hometown! Although, I'm sure my son would prefer it if I got him a Minecraft bag.

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  39. Kelly Rettig8/30/2013

    I like 'Don't Be Trashy Recycle'

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  40. Anonymous8/31/2013

    Can I get a premade backpack from them?

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    1. The T-shirts Designs in their own collection can be ordered as a lunch bag or a backpack style bag, your choice!

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  41. How do you pick just one. I like the "Don't be trashy - recycle" and the "Sad robot"
    -Stephanie Nericcio

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