Super light, super durable, and super comfortable. Perfect for storing bottles of drinks of your choice, cartons of milk, canned food, and other heavy stuff.
- Large open-top main compartment with 2 smaller pockets inside
- Piping on the seams to maintain the bag's structure
- Handles with PORON® foam padding for extra comfort
You can also check out our Original Large Shop Bag.
Large Open-Top Main Compartment
The main compartment of the Original Small Shop Bag can fit a lot! It's perfect for your farmer's market haul, to-go lunch, books, or folded up clothing.
The inside of the Original Small Shop Bag has two deep, open-top pockets you can use for items like wine or water bottles. When not in use, you can fold the entire bag into one of these pockets (see video here) if you want to save space, or store it inside your larger bag until you need it.
There are 2 O-rings in the interior of the Shop Bag. On one of the O-rings is a Key Strap and the other is unoccupied so that you can clip on a pouch, if you want.
Piping on the Seams
We've piped the seams with the same stiff plastic material used on hat brims. This piping gives the Shop Bag just enough structure to stand up while you're filling it.
PORON® Foam-Padded Handles
In addition to its good looks and organization, you'll notice that the Original Small Shop Bag's PORON®-padded handles make it comfortable to carry, even when it's quite heavy. Designed to be an ideal length that will allow most people to carry the bag in their hand or wear it over their shoulder, these handles successfully prevent that awful hand-slicing or shoulder-tugging experience of lugging traditional non-padded fabric handles. The PORON® will never break down or wear thin, no matter how many trips you make to the store.
8" Snaphook/Snaphook Key Strap
As with most of our bags, we've included a key strap. 8" long from tip-to-tip, a snaphook on either end. Good for attaching your keys to.
The Original Small Shop Bag is the perfect bag for adding your own modular organization or clipping accessories into the O-rings, if you want. We recommend taking a look at our collection of organizational bags.
- Jen T.3 years agoRated 5 out of 5 starsUseful for everything!
I use the small original Shop Bag for pretty much everything. I carry it folded in a larger bag (in the elasticized pocket inside my Synapse 19, for example) for overflow of items that accumulate during the day, to use during trips to the store, or to hold my kid's school papers/jacket/lunch box at preschool dropoff and pickup. Since the pandemic began, I have been using it daily to carry my devices, notebooks, and miscellaneous stuff around the house (as I frequently need to move around to accommodate all of us working and learning from home). It's currently holding: a travel mug in one of the side pockets, a 3DOC with small personal items in the other side pocket, a Chromebook (vertically, in a laptop sleeve), noise-cancelling headphones in their case, phone/office supplies/notebook in a small Freudian Slip, and a light sweater. The open top means that everything fits in easily and things can protrude out of the top and I can still carry it. The best thing about the Tom Bihn shop bags, as opposed to the many other reusable shopping bags or tote bags out there, is the handles. They actually fit over your shoulder and are comfortable to carry without slipping off.
- JenniferVerified Buyer3 years agoRated 5 out of 5 starsThe Handiest Small Tote Bag You'll Own
Want to make cashiers happy? Buy this bag. Several cashiers have told me that they love my Original Small Shop Bags. As the bag is designed to stand up on its own it's easy to load with groceries. And the interior pockets are perfectly sized to hold a bottle of wine. Plus with the durable 200 Halcyon fabric no more spilled groceries when the flimsy bags the grocery store gives you rip!
Not only is the Original Small Shop Bag the perfect grocery bag but it's also a handy tote bag for everyday use. Use it to carry snacks/toys/water bottles while you're running errands, veggies from the farmer's market, library books, picnic lunches, hobby supplies, etc. And if you tuck the bag into one of the interior pockets it's easy to toss it into one of your bigger Tom Bihn bags or a suitcase.
- S M E.Verified BuyerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts High Quality Craftsmanship, Durable, Compact, Versatile, Thoughtful Design1 year agoBought For MyselfProduct Standouts High Quality Craftsmanship, Durable, Compact, Versatile, Thoughtful DesignRated 5 out of 5 starsOriginal Small Shop Bag
I'm really enjoying having a smaller bag since I don't always need my large bag, or I need both when I get carried away at the grocery. I'm not as fond of the Cerylon fabric, which feels like taffeta. I prefer the 210 ballistic of my large bag. Nevertheless, I'll keep using them both because I love both my bags.
- Mrs W.3 years agoRated 5 out of 5 starsSmall Shop Bag makes a great EDC
I have both a black and purple original Small Shop bag (I like to switch it up) which I use exclusively as an EDC for work. It's handy for carrying my work laptop and charger along with my lunch, purse (Side Effect), a Cubelet used as a med kit and other bits and bobs. I clip my keys to a small strap fastened to one of the O rings. Work folders easily slip in there too. I've tried it as a travel bag - not very successfully because apparently travel bags need to be attached to my body, i.e., backpacks & crossbody bags, so I don't forget them. A few years ago, I left the purple Small Shop bag in an airport sitting area twice on the same trip!- luckily the people next to us saw I left it behind and brought it to me as we stood in the boarding line (yes, both times). It's also easy to clean, I use very diluted dish detergent to wipe it and rinse then hang to dry.
- Christine T.3 years agoRated 5 out of 5 starsOne of my most used bags
I was surprised on how often I use this wonderful bag. It’s large enough to carry a good amount, but not so large that when full, it’s not too heavy to carry. I have used the bag for grocery and Target runs, but I find that I use it for work a lot. It carries my lunch or any extra items that I need to bring . The best part of this bag is that it folds down small enough to fit into the larger of the Q-Kits.. I can carry my lunch to work, then fold it up and put into my purse for the trip home. Since it’s so packable, I find that I take it more places and use it more often.
Sewn in Seattle
Our bags are designed and sewn right here in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.
That allows us to be control freaks in the best way possible; we have direct control and oversight of the quality of our materials, our products, and the jobs and working environment that we help create. It also offers us a unique spontaneity: when we have an idea for a new product or accessory, we can design it, figure out how to build it, add it to our website and be ready to ship it out our front door all within just a few weeks. How cool is that?
Intrigued? You can find out more about the unusual way we do business on our Company Philosophy page.
THE BIHN Guarantee
Everything you buy from us here at TOM BIHN is satisfaction guaranteed. We’ve been in business since 1972 and we stand behind what we make.
If something goes wrong and it's our fault, we'll fix it for free. Repairs due to normal wear and tear or due to other things that are not our fault will be performed, when possible, at a reasonable charge right here in our Seattle factory where your bag was made. Defects in materials or workmanship are uncommon and almost always evident while the product is still new. Keep in mind that bags and packs are often subject to extreme wear in everyday use: do not expect them to last forever. Only true love lasts forever! You can expect a TOM BIHN product to give years and years of hard service.