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My Bizarre Hobby: Collecting Paper Bags

Note: An overdue post just for Jemima.

Collecting paper bags doesn’t sound so bizarre actually but if you’ve been collecting ‘em for nearly 2 decades like me and have no idea what to do with ‘em besides keeping ‘em eons to come then it is BIZARRE.

My whole paper bags + plastic bags collection are here. Maybe this picture didn’t do the justice.

I especially love my Mun Loong paper bags. Mun Loong was one of KL’s most prominent department stores in the late 80s to early 90s. Every season, they’ll have different design of paper bags to woo us. And every time, I’d hope my mom will buy a dress from Mun Loong so that I can have their beautiful paper bags.

These are some of my favourite paper bags from Mun Loong.

I review my paper bags collection once every few years. Actually the number of paper bags has remained quite static. I keep some, I throw some and I add some. What to do? I only have one small area in my cupboard to keep them.

Paper bags with Christmas theme from Isetan, Tangs and Yaohan.


So does anyone of you have this same peculiar hobby – collecting paper bags?

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  • Reply Jemima September 11, 2007 at 9:09 am

    Thanks for sharing, my friend. :love:

    I have some angpow packets of banks that no longer exist. 😀

  • Reply hedonistics anonymous September 11, 2007 at 10:06 am

    i do, to a certain extent. but i eventually use the paper bags that i collect. and i like black and white print paper bags like fcuk, and dkny and i think guess used to print a few nice ones.

  • Reply Angie Tan September 11, 2007 at 10:39 am

    wow… this is interesting… i still remember mun loong’s paper bags from way back then.

  • Reply keeyit September 11, 2007 at 11:21 am

    Nice collection..

    But you have to spend time to manage those paper bags..

    My collection is angpow.. Hmm.. Next time show you all my collection ya.. =)

  • Reply dreamcatcher September 11, 2007 at 1:09 pm

    i have lots of carrefour n giant plastic bags. u want 2? :laughing: good to see there’s no cobwebs around. i see u maintained ’em well. 🙂

  • Reply MonkeyWong September 11, 2007 at 3:21 pm

    I also like to collect those bags, but I lost all the bag after I shifted to new place, dunno where they gone, 🙁

  • Reply Che-Cheh September 11, 2007 at 3:55 pm

    Jemima, welcome :hug: Show us your ang pow collection la. :tongue:

    Hedo, black and white paper bags are classic. Oh yeah I collect perfume boxes as well. Hahaha

    Angie Tan, I miss Mun Loong especially their European fabrics dresses. Comfy.

    Keeyit, Nope I don’t spend much time. If I get a nice one I’ll just chuck it inside my cabinet according to bag sizes. Ok please do show us your ang pow collection.

    Dreamcatcher, aiyah those are norm paper bags la. I collect those hard to get ones. Of course no cobwebs coz they’re in my cabinet.

    Monkey Wong, aiyo too bad. 🙁

  • Reply hcfoo September 11, 2007 at 4:40 pm

    Impressive! :kowtow:

    Wow, u need me to call up The Star and give u an interview for the Metro section? :thinking:

  • Reply wuching September 11, 2007 at 5:12 pm

    can open paper bag museum & charge entrance fee liao

  • Reply Wahlau.NET September 11, 2007 at 5:32 pm

    that is great…u keep collecting and maybe one day ripleys or guiness world record will appear on your door step

  • Reply nawooz September 11, 2007 at 6:32 pm

    i think my wife and my sis needs to join u for a paperbag anonymous meeting. they have the exact same fetish…i mean hobby.

    and frankly speaking, a couple of those mun loong paperbags are familiar to me.

  • Reply Bengbeng September 11, 2007 at 8:28 pm

    cool, this is so original

  • Reply Che-Cheh September 11, 2007 at 9:11 pm

    Hcfoo, hehe thanks. Noooo…I’m too shy :blush:

    Wuching, yes wait another 20 years and I’ll open a paper bags gallery.

    Wahlau.NET, hahaha that is if I have a thousand or more.

    Nawooz, wow really? yahoo I found my gang! :laughing: Your wife/sister also used to shop at Mun Loong?

    Bengbeng, thank you.

  • Reply saoirse September 12, 2007 at 1:51 pm

    Ah, I found someone who share the same hobby with me! :love: I love collecting paper bags, just like you. And I can “cam” some of your collection too. :clown:

  • Reply saoirse September 12, 2007 at 1:55 pm

    BTW, dreamcatcher… we are talking about paper bags, not plastic bags la. :nottalking:

  • Reply Che-Cheh September 12, 2007 at 5:17 pm

    Saoirse, wohoo hi-5!!! actually I collect plastic bags too but not as much as paper bags. 😀

  • Reply Yen September 15, 2007 at 10:37 am

    Great collections! You should meet my Mom she has a bundle of this ones:) Nice entry!

  • Reply Che-Cheh September 15, 2007 at 11:43 am

    Yen, thanks. They’re my love. hahaha

  • Reply lissa September 15, 2007 at 9:32 pm

    I like those Mun Loong bags – I don’t blame you for collecting them – they’re so stylish.

  • Reply pelf September 15, 2007 at 9:49 pm

    Do you know that cockroaches love to hide in between those paper bags? LOL..

  • Reply Che-Cheh September 15, 2007 at 10:38 pm

    Lissa, if only I can show all my collection in a museum :laughing:

    Pelf, hahaha no worry there. I’ve got mothballs!

  • Reply reena June 13, 2011 at 11:42 am

    hi! i am also a paperbag collector. it started out when my mum gave all her collection to me for me to continue. i have lost count of the quantity. Maybe i’ll shoot some and posted it here to share.

    • Reply Che-Cheh June 13, 2011 at 11:52 am

      Hi Reena, thanks for dropping by. Wow so you’re a 2nd generation paperbag collector from your family. Cool.

      Yes do share with us your collection. 🙂

  • Reply Carol McConaughey February 10, 2013 at 1:55 am

    Just read about your interesting collection. I too started collecting paper bags in 1976 on a trip to England. The pen pal friend my husband and I were visiting told me she thought paper bags would soon not be made anymore because of the popularity of plastic and we both started collecting any unusual bags. I now have 4 huge boxes of bags. What a silly thing to have. I was going to throw them away one day, or burn them, but was talked out of it. I stopped collecting them years ago!! Yesterday I received a small package from England. My pen pal friend just passed away and her daughter sent me some very interesting bags her mother had saved through the years. I laughed out loud when I saw them and decided to see if there was anyone else out there with this silly collection.

    • Reply Che-Cheh February 11, 2013 at 5:53 pm

      Hi Carol, thanks for sharing your wonderful bittersweet story.

      This post is 5 years plus old and I’m very happy to say that this hobby of mine is still going strong. 🙂

  • Reply Carol McConaughey February 12, 2013 at 7:49 am

    Good for you!!! Certainly makes life interesting to have people who do these unusual things.

    I even have all my bags sorted according to what kind of store they are from.
    Maybe I should paper a room with them so everyone can see them… Well, maybe not~~~~
    Thanks for listening to me ramble on!

    • Reply Che-Cheh February 13, 2013 at 12:48 pm

      I arranged mine according to size. Haha

      You’re always welcome. 🙂

  • Reply Mandy Koay March 5, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Wow it’s great to have found this article. I thought i’m the only weirdo who’d hold my shopping paper bag with care in the way that i’d avoid even a lil fold or crease to the bag for keepsakes! :DDD

    • Reply Che-Cheh March 5, 2014 at 8:10 pm

      Hi Mandy, Hi-5! I used to care about the fold and crease but not anymore. Haha

  • Reply Suan February 6, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    i was asking my friend what to do with my 3 big cartons of paper bags from more than two decades, and from shops here and overseas. She directed me to your blog site. So, if anyone knows what to do with their collection other than stuffing them into a box or cupboard, please let me know. Too sayang to throw.

    • Reply Che-Cheh February 6, 2015 at 6:07 pm

      Hi Suan, maybe we could open a museum one day. 😉

  • Reply Joanne November 28, 2015 at 1:12 am

    Oh my. I just fount out I’m not the only weirdo. Gonna move to a condo now. Don’t know what to do with all my paper bags that I have collected for more than 2 decades. Lim’s Suan said. Feel very sayang to throw them away. 🙁

    • Reply Che-Cheh November 28, 2015 at 8:30 pm

      Hi Joanne, If I’m you, I will still keep them.

      • Reply Joanne November 29, 2015 at 1:02 am

        Wish to. But got no place to store them😞

        • Reply Che-Cheh November 29, 2015 at 11:10 am

          Hmm… what if you store them on top of cupboard or below the bed?

  • Reply Musaiyab Udyawar October 3, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    Hello everyone, glad to see so many ppl with like minds. I won’t call myself a wierdo, so neither should any. We are the few lucky guys who are crazy for an interesting item which others could not even imagine to think about. It’s creativity. It’s like an Art Collection… 🙂
    It’s been a decade for me and I have about 2 huge cases of bags. I realised now that I should do something with it and came across this blog while searching for collectors. Sadly, there’s not many around or haven’t discussed the passion. We need to have a platform for us to share our stories. Thumbs up to Amy for the blog.

    • Reply Che-Cheh October 3, 2016 at 11:00 pm

      Hi Musaiyab, it’s nice to find someone sharing the same hobby. Cheers! 🙂

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