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An Ice Cream Tee, Many Canvas Bags, and More Things to Buy This Week

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Ellie Krupnick is executive director of editorial operations for Vox Media's lifestyle brands, and focuses on keeping Eater running smoothly. She previously edited Eater's shopping content, as well as lifestyle content on Racked, Mic, and HuffPost.

This post originally appeared on July 9, 2019, in Add to Cart — the weekly newsletter for people who love shopping (almost) as much as they love eating. Subscribe now.

You will be extremely unsurprised to know I am a serious canvas tote bag enthusiast — or perhaps “hoarder” is more accurate. I’m in possession of not one but two New Yorker totes (from that time I accidentally re-subscribed to the magazine while trying to renew); this “Mediocre White Man” tote, that I have gifted to more women than I can count; a “Yes Way Rosé” tote I got for free and grab when I’m in a give-no-shits, judge-me-see-if-I-care mood; that Jewish Food Society tote, with its unmistakable “Schmaltz, Latke, Sabich...” slogan; a ratty old Whole Foods one (with handles, so I can’t throw it out!); and at least four from places I used to work at. Oh, and all the food ones, from companies like Justin’s, Kind, Chobani, and a slew more, all obtained at events.

And yet I still want to add a few restaurant totes to the mix, like this Four Horsemen bag or the Russ & Daughters one I wish wasn’t sold out. Because canvas totes are the best kind of merch, it is impossible to own too many, and I will hear no other arguments. They pack flat, you can jam twenty onto a single hook or roll them into a ball, and they’re machine-washable (just don’t put them in the dryer). And let’s be honest, tote bag virtue signaling is the best kind of virtue signaling: Broadcasting your loyalties with a canvas bag is subtler and less deliberate than a T-shirt, but more immediately effective than, say, a restaurant pen or matchbook. Not to mention they help you feel environmentally-friendly when grocery shopping.

Now send me all your favorites so I can go buy some more.

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