Building a bag from scratch is like assembling a bird's nest, only the end product is more durable, less likely to deliver splinters, and a portable option for unhatched eggs. Crack into the possibilities with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $35 worth of pre-made or custom-designed bags at MIO Bags. This Groupon can be applied to the cost of shipping (usually $10–$15).
Owner Elizabeth Anne Algren Iovino relies on sturdy oilcloth, a laminated cotton canvas, to build her durable carry-alls, purses, totes and accessories. Named after Rhode Island towns and villages, the bags are available in pre-made and custom-designed styles. Scoop up the Quidnessett ($30), a roomy market tote available in a sea of splashy hues that's large enough to drape over the shoulder for visits to the grocery store, gym, and bowling-ball shop. The beach bound will want to try on the Bonnet Shores, a preppy shore-ready staple. Peruse fabric swatches here and personalize your bag with everything from crisp-green cabana stripes and classic gingham to camouflage for quick trips to the firing range. Unlike jeans and eyelids, bags boast a multitude of uses. Use yours to store a secret collection of Pogs or to demurely clutch in awkward situations.