Ideas for new collectors

New to the world of bag collecting? Want to get a head start on your collection? Here are some ideas.

bulletGet a starter pack. Send me an email, and I'll send you a randomly selected free starter pack from my surplus bag stock. There won't be anything rare, and you may end up with some duplicates, but at least you'll be able to show your friends a few more of these lovely cultural artefacts. Make sure you include your mailing address in your email. Offer good as long as stocks last. Several other baggists also offer starter packs. Check out their websites (see below) for details.
bulletJoin the barfbags egroup: an email group of other people who are not ashamed to admit they steal bags designed to hold regurgitated contents of the human digestive tract.
bulletCheck out eBay's bag auctions. If you've got some spare cash and are not morally opposed to paying for stolen goods, then buying a stack of someone else's unwanted bags is a good way to build a collection quickly. Be warned, though - competition can be fierce for rare items. (Note: does not buy or sell bags. All my bags (OK, I admit it - except the must-have Virgin Atlantic Design for Chunks series) are acquired by begging, borrowing, stealing or trade, not by purchase.
bulletVisit other collectors' websites. It's always a good idea to check out a cult before you join.
bulletLook at's handy Tips for collectors: Hints on how to acquire bags both honestly and dishonestly.