My small collection of printed paper bags from bakeries arose more from a habit of keeping souvenirs than any intention to form a collection. It's simply a by-product of something much more significant - eating at good bakeries.
It began with a paper bag from the Dunsborough Bakery, one of the best bakeries in south Western Australia. I kept the bag as a momento of a fine eating place, and because I liked the design printed on it. One thing led to another, and before long I had a small pile of paper bags from bakeries I visited on my travels.
Like other things, I don't collect them indiscriminately. I only collect paper bags from bakeries if all three of these conditions are met:
- I have personally visited the bakery,
- I consider it to be worth visiting again due to the good food or overall eating experience,
- Something is printed on the bag to identify the bakery (a collection of plain white bags wouldn't be very interesting).
Being selective has kept the collection small and meaningful; like a sort of personal good bakery guide. Unfortunately, many very good bakeries (notably Augusta, WA) are not represented in my collection because they use plain non-printed paper bags, which I see no point in collecting.
Here is a selection of bakery bags I have scanned so far.