Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Do you have… Protection?

Protection for your craft!!! Sheesh :P

Your art represents you, and so does your packaging.


Ok, well I’m not that obsessed with packaging, I tend to pay more attention to the art… but I do think you should take pride in how you package items when your selling. So, I suggest you check out ClearBags… their bags are made of excellent quality, literally crystal clear, and “does not easily rip, tear, wrinkle, or fog like other plastics.” PLUS, they are 100% virgin polypropylene which is naturally acid and lignin-free, which makes them safe for photo storage…. And if that wasn’t enough, the regular bags contain 10% recycled polypropylene, and ClearBags also carries a line of biodegradable bags made from renewable wood pulp! (caution, bio-bags are not archival quality)


I personally use ClearBags to protect my items when I sell them, or am transporting items to a gallery for showings. These aren’t just plastic sealable bags, these bags are made to showcase your art. Not only do they make your art look professional, but they are safe from dust, moisture, finger prints, etc…

The feature I absolutely love is the protective closure. The re-sealable seal is located on the bag, not the flap! So when removing your art you don’t have to worry about your image/item getting any adhesive on it.


The other thing I love about these bags, is the storage space! I sell my greeting cards in packs of 4, with envelopes, tied with a ribbon… and have plenty of room to fit in some business cards & mini cards with room to spare!

Now for the downside… You have to purchase these in bulk. They are very reasonably priced, but you have to buy in lots of 100. Now I don’t know about you, but I could only wish for my items to sell fast enough that I would need 100 bags! So being the thrifty person that I am, bought 2 sizes… 11 7/16 x 14 1/4 and the 5 7/16 x 7 1/4, and I just fold the bags down if needed and tape it with my archival mat tape :)

Also, they have a minimum order of $40. Orders under $40 will incur a handling fee from $3-$7… not awful, but I got bugged by it for about a second.

Soooooo, I suggest if anyone is planning on buying, buy in bulk…. or get together with some sellers of art and make a group order! (and let me know so I can get in on it!)

Also, ClearBags does offer a ton of other products that I have yet to try… like boxes, food bags, gusset bags, mats, backings, frames, pretty much everything you can think of for your packaging needs… and more. So if you’ve tried one of these items, please share your experience, I’d love to know if these are just as good as the bags! :)

A couple of promos to add in:

  • Good through May 15th, we are offering a 5% discount on all Protective Closure Crystal Clear Bags. (Including bags in show kits). Use promo code: 545647
  • be featured: ClearBags Featured Artist of the Month

And I always like to end on a good note… so I do want to mention that if you are like me and love to see before you buy, ClearBags does offer FREE samples!!


  1. I didn't even think about buying bags online-interesting ;) Thanx for the info K.

  2. I am definately going to check out the website.


  3. Wow! I had never heard of these! One of the best things is that the adhesive isn't on the flap! I hate when there's adhesive on the flap!!