Small business spotlight: Make playtime cleanup a breeze with Swoop Bags

May 20 2020, 2:41 pm

With so much time at home, your kids are probably playing with more toys than ever. Keep the pieces together with minimal clean up by placing them in Seattle-made Swoop Bags.

Seattleite, mom, and graphic designer Sarah Kirk came up with the idea for the bags after remembering one made by her grandmother Betsy.

“Thirty years ago, my grandmother gave my brother a handmade storage bag for his heaping pile of Lego pieces. Thirty years later, when my own son got knee-deep into Lego, my mother gave him a redesigned version of my grandma’s original bag,” said Kirk in a blog post. “[The bags] are a reimagined, modern version of the original toy bag my grandmother made.”

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Kirk’s grandmother Betsy and the bag which started it all. (Swoop Bags)

“As a graphic designer who loves and breathes modern design and a busy mother of two Lego-loving kids, I sought out to create a bag that was modern in style, simple to use, and very well made.”

She ended up coming up with a design using high quality 100% cotton canvas and nylon cording that not only functions as an easy carry-all but also works as a playmat with a raised canvas edge which serves as a border, keeping toys contained.

 

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All bags are currently made in the SODO district in Seattle and are tested by Kirk’s boys, who occasionally help count inventory and pack up orders.

 

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The bags come in three sizes: mini, medium, and large.

Mini bags retail for $30 and are 16″ wide when opened. They hold over five pounds of Legos.

Medium bags retail for $38 and are 22″ wide when opened. They hold over 17 pounds of Legos.

Large bags retail for $52 and are 36″ wide when opened. They hold over 17 pounds of Legos.

 

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In addition to bags, Swoop has begun making face coverings, which are currently available in white, green, orange, purple, yellow, and gray. The fabrics come from local Seattle company Clothworks, which sells fabric that is sourced, woven, and dyed in the US.

With each mask sold, Swoop Bags will donate a mask to a local business, hospital, or shop in need in the Seattle area.

 

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