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LetsGoBagz

Helping Humanity One Bagz at a Time!

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Project Description

Lets Go Bagz. Our Story

In Feb 2019, I had an idea for a water tote bag and I asked a sew so friend to make me one. Well, she made me 2 bags. Within 5 minutes, I ran into another friend who saw my new tote and exclaimed, "I Want That" I said $20 bucks and she asked for a discount, I quipped. You are already getting a discount they are $25. She opened up her wallet and handed me a $20 and I thought that was easy. And that's how our business was born.

Now what to call it? I was sitting on an OWL Chair (Google it) in my chiropractor's office and they said, "Let's Go Suzie" and I popped off of that chair like a rocket and exclaimed  Let'sGo...That's It! What started out as a let's go to the farmers market and sell these bags on a Saturday has turned into a full-fledge start-up company with big goals and dreams.

Now, after being on Social Security Disability for 11 years,  I had no idea I would return to the RN workforce,  start a legitimate business, and then become a student at the University of Maine in the Innovation Engineering program. I would have thought I was out of my Bipolar Mind. 

Our business was founded on the premise of creating a distinctive one of a kind product, with the thought of helping the environment and creating jobs in the Downeast area of Maine. Our bagz are made from recycled fabric and other material that would otherwise be dumped in a landfill. 

We are hiring Mainers with disabilities such as my own and others that come for disadvantaged situations and folks with low-level felonies. We are in the planning stages of developing a training and manufacturing facility in Maine. And we are partnering up with other companies and non-profits to make our dream a reality. 

87% of all fabric used for clothing ends up incinerated or in a landfill

The fashion industry is the world's second-largest polluter, trailing only to the petroleum industry. Imagine, the shirts and pants we are all wearing today could take over 200 years to decompose, and some not even at all, depending on the material.

 

Deconstructing Jeans

 

 

 

How your contribution will help us

1. Salaries for our seamstresses and marketing man.

2. Funds for our legal team of Rudman and Winchall
       (LLC, Contracts, Patents and Trademarks)

3. Funds for marketing and promotion.

4. . An industrial serger and sewing machine

Products

                                     Upcycled Dungareez Bagz

                         

          Blue Jeanz Water Wine Totez made from a pair of shorts.

             

                          Insulated 4 Pack Craft Beer Carrier

 

 

                    Recycled, Insulated Water or Wine Totez

 

Three Problems, One Bag       

You care about our planet and you want to make to difference.  You care more and more about where your goods are coming from. You are fashion conscious and are always looking for something new. While our bagz aren’t made from new material, they give buyers an environmentally friendly option that will still make a fashionable statement. Our bagz enables customers to carry their everyday objects wherever they go. Overall, we are bringing environmentalism, fashion, and convenience all together in every LetsGoBagz that we make.

Market Breakdown


In the United States, the tote bag industry generated 168 million dollars in revenue for 2018, according to IBIS World. Not to mention that its consumer annual growth rate is set to exceed 5% by 2023. Sea Bags, one of our direct competitors, based out of Portland, Maine generates 14.1 million in annual revenue. We have been in contact with over 25 businesses across four states and Canada who are interested in buying our bagz wholesale. 
Right now we are looking to rent a building that will become our new headquarters and will be used as an office, manufacturing space and retail store. However, we need your help to make this happen.

 Our Team

Suzie Milkowich, RN,

Founder and CEO (Chief Energy Officer)

                   Suzie Milkowich, RN  Chief Energy Officer and Founder


Hi there, I’m Suzie Milkowich, RN and the founder and Chief Energy Officer at Let’s Go Bagz. I am an ambitious, resourceful, creative, intelligent and fun-loving woman. I am an innovator and visionary, who has a passion to bring smiles to others and help them see the value in themselves. I believe in the Law of Attraction, the power of positive thought, despite the hardships I have endured at times in my life. I have finally found the key to balancing my Bipolar disorder naturally with the help of some gifted healers. Through my journey I have regained my confidence and self-esteem, using this positive energy to create new ways to recycle clothing and fabrics, helping to reduce the waste ending up in landfills and turning these textiles into one of a kind designer totez, bagz, pursez, and ragz. I plan to educate and train Mainers with disabilities and low-level felonies, who have been down but are not out, and give them an opportunity to work a meaningful and unique career at Let’s Go Bagz.

 

              Kelsey Allen, Marketing Coordinator

Kelsey is a new graduate from Stetson University with a degree in business management and marketing. He brings to the team, energy, ideas, fresh knowledge, commitment and has been with me every step of the way in getting our start-up off the ground.

Kudos to Kelsey. We are blessed to have Kelsey on our team
 

 

Research and Development
Sewing Department

           Our Seamstress/Research and Development Team

​​​​​​Lori Martin comes to our team with over 35 years of sewing experience and worked at Supreme Slipper, using all types of Industrial Sewing Machines and is a valuable team member with her "I can make that" attitude. She is in charge of Water/Wine/Beer and Shopping Totez. Lori has suffered from depression, anxiety Chrohn's disease and colitis, which has prevented her from being employed outside of her home. Kudos to Lori


Trooper Aka Kristina Garland 
 I am from a small town in downeast maine and have a Bachelor's degree in environmental recreation and tourism management . in addition to sewing I like to draw, bike,hike and cross country ski. I am passionate about helping people experience that may be out of their comfort zone. This is where my Registered Maine Sea Kayak Guides license that I proudly have held for 9 years come into play. ( based out of Bar Harbor, Maine. 
LetsgoBagz has provided me the platform to put my creativity to work using discarded denim jeans and keeping them out of landfills and upcycling them into clutchez and pursez. I am proudly part of a team that has genuine and positive members who inspire and support me in many ways. 

We are blessed to have Trooper on our team.

 

 

Volunteers 

Ansel Tenney is a 7th grader at The Bay School in Blue Hill. He loves fashion, sewing, and designing. He has been helpful on many levels with sorting, cutting and assisting as a design consultant. We are blessed to have him on our team.

 

                                     Oh my, I am even learning to sew.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ruth Bush
​​​Is our Art Wizard put a nickel in her and out pops art!

Ruth Bush Fine Art, Product Design, Licensing Art
801 Mahoning S. Lehighton PA 18235   610-377-2600

Licensed Imagery on products at:
Sears, JC Penney, Burlington Coat Factory, Kohls,
Ross, TJ Maxx, Bed Bath and Beyond, Home Goods,
Home Sense, Michaels, Grand Canyon Railway,
Ballard’s catalog, Christmas Tree Shops, Overstock,
Art.com

We are blessed to have Ruth on our graphic team. 

 

Updates

The Campaign FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Where do you get your discarded clothing and textiles? We get all of our clothing and fabrics from local thrift stores, retail businesses and private donors.
  • What if I would like you to make a special bag out of my deceased ones clothing? Contact us at Hello@LetsGoBagz.com and we will arrange to accept your items and then create one of a kind bagz from your loved ones well loved clothing.
  • What do I do if I don't like the bagz that were sent to me? We want you to love your LetsGoBagz and will send you a return label for an exchange.
  • Can I special order a bagz with a personalized embroidered message? You bet you can. Just email us regarding your desires and we will make it happen. Hello@LetsGoBagz.com
  • What if I want to order a bunch for a special family or business event?  Just email hello@LetsGoBagz.com
  • What if I own a business and want to order bagz wholesale? Contact us at Hello@LetsGiBagz.com 

You ideas are also welcome! Got an idea, let us know. Not happy, let us know. We want all of our customers to be super satisfied. Thank you for all your support. We thank you and so does mother earth.

 

 

02/19/2020
LetsGoBagz Static Sticker
$10
10.00 USD or more
LetsGoBagz Static Sticker

You will get one of our not yet designed static stickers and a personal shoutout with a tag on our Facebook page!

Your contribution will make you famous "or is it infamous" on the LetsGoBagz.

Make your mama proud!

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25.00 USD or more
One of a Kind Dungareez Clutch and Shout

You are one lucky duck to be getting one of our one of a kind dungareez clutchz. They are handmade in Bar Harbor by our very own Trooper (Registered Maine Guide by day) and Sew Crazy at night!. Rumor has it that Tom Sellak may have worn these. You too will be surprised to see just where I will do your video shout out. Wink, Wink!

 

Thank you for your support!

 

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50.00 USD or more
4 pack Insulated Craft Beer Totez

You will be the coolest person at the party when you show up with a LetsGoBagz Craft Beer Totez. So if you are not into Camo, not to worry we will go to great lengths to get you the color you love. Chicks love these, so guys be sure to get her one and insert her favorite cold brewski. Totez for cans or bottles, sizes vary. And Suzie will give you a Facebook shout out from one of the many breweries in Maine.

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100.00 USD or more
Up-Cycled Dungareez Bagz

Won't you be the cat's meow with this one of a kind tote made from up-cycled denim and designer fabric.  Our designers really knocked us out with this tote!  Help the globe and take this tote to carry all that loot from your shopping excursion.  Don't forget to tell the envious checkout clerk where you got your exclusive, one of a kind tote! Oh, and we'll give you a personal shout out for your support on Facebook too!

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150.00 USD or more
Shopping/Beach Totez 1/2 Sail,1/2 fabric

Onlookers will think you're the bee's knees with your snappy tote bag made from 50% recycled sails (yes, from a sailboat) and 50% Recycled Dungareez!  AND your designer beverage tote only enhances your style (and helps you to stay hydrated wherever you may be). Suzie will give you one of her infamous video shout outs on Facebook (that in and of itself is reason enough for this reward!)

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250.00 USD or more
1 Lg/1 Sm Fabric/Sail Totez and H20 bagz

$250 What what?!  You ROCK!!!  Well, you will feel like the best thing since sliced bread with your Let's Go Bagz sail/fabric totez!  These super cool totez are made from recycled sails that have traversed the coastal shores of Maine and God only knows where those jeans have been.

You will get 1 large totez, 1 small totez and a Insulated H20/Wine totez.  Won't you be thrilled when Suzie shares your reward and gives you a personal video shout out on Facebook in her Bikini on top of the Blue Hill Mountain. (Only kidding about the Bikini, but ya never know).

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500.00 USD or more
One of each Tote

You really are showing us the LOVE!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!  Suzie's happy dance has commenced. Don't worry, we're keeping THAT off of Facebook. You'll enjoy the full Let's Go Bagz experience to take on all of your adventures!  You'll receive one designer fabric beverage tote, one dungareez tote, one custom clutchz, one small sail/fabric tote and one large sail/fabric tote.  With your reward, Suzie will celebrate your generosity with a personal shout out video on Facebook.

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Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care and I want to help Suzie obtain her goals. She has been studying and working hard learning all kinds of things about how to run a successful business.Thank you for  helping to ease her stress of starting a business by donating what you can. Thank you sincerely. Please share with your friends.

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Rewards

10.00 USD or more
LetsGoBagz Static Sticker

You will get one of our not yet designed static stickers and a personal shoutout with a tag on our Facebook page!

Your contribution will make you famous "or is it infamous" on the LetsGoBagz.

Make your mama proud!

99 Left
1 Supporter
Select this reward
25.00 USD or more
One of a Kind Dungareez Clutch and Shout

You are one lucky duck to be getting one of our one of a kind dungareez clutchz. They are handmade in Bar Harbor by our very own Trooper (Registered Maine Guide by day) and Sew Crazy at night!. Rumor has it that Tom Sellak may have worn these. You too will be surprised to see just where I will do your video shout out. Wink, Wink!

 

Thank you for your support!

 

80 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
50.00 USD or more
4 pack Insulated Craft Beer Totez

You will be the coolest person at the party when you show up with a LetsGoBagz Craft Beer Totez. So if you are not into Camo, not to worry we will go to great lengths to get you the color you love. Chicks love these, so guys be sure to get her one and insert her favorite cold brewski. Totez for cans or bottles, sizes vary. And Suzie will give you a Facebook shout out from one of the many breweries in Maine.

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0 Supporters
Select this reward
100.00 USD or more
Up-Cycled Dungareez Bagz

Won't you be the cat's meow with this one of a kind tote made from up-cycled denim and designer fabric.  Our designers really knocked us out with this tote!  Help the globe and take this tote to carry all that loot from your shopping excursion.  Don't forget to tell the envious checkout clerk where you got your exclusive, one of a kind tote! Oh, and we'll give you a personal shout out for your support on Facebook too!

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0 Supporters
Select this reward
150.00 USD or more
Shopping/Beach Totez 1/2 Sail,1/2 fabric

Onlookers will think you're the bee's knees with your snappy tote bag made from 50% recycled sails (yes, from a sailboat) and 50% Recycled Dungareez!  AND your designer beverage tote only enhances your style (and helps you to stay hydrated wherever you may be). Suzie will give you one of her infamous video shout outs on Facebook (that in and of itself is reason enough for this reward!)

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0 Supporters
Select this reward
250.00 USD or more
1 Lg/1 Sm Fabric/Sail Totez and H20 bagz

$250 What what?!  You ROCK!!!  Well, you will feel like the best thing since sliced bread with your Let's Go Bagz sail/fabric totez!  These super cool totez are made from recycled sails that have traversed the coastal shores of Maine and God only knows where those jeans have been.

You will get 1 large totez, 1 small totez and a Insulated H20/Wine totez.  Won't you be thrilled when Suzie shares your reward and gives you a personal video shout out on Facebook in her Bikini on top of the Blue Hill Mountain. (Only kidding about the Bikini, but ya never know).

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0 Supporters
Select this reward
500.00 USD or more
One of each Tote

You really are showing us the LOVE!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!  Suzie's happy dance has commenced. Don't worry, we're keeping THAT off of Facebook. You'll enjoy the full Let's Go Bagz experience to take on all of your adventures!  You'll receive one designer fabric beverage tote, one dungareez tote, one custom clutchz, one small sail/fabric tote and one large sail/fabric tote.  With your reward, Suzie will celebrate your generosity with a personal shout out video on Facebook.

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0 Supporters
Select this reward
Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care and I want to help Suzie obtain her goals. She has been studying and working hard learning all kinds of things about how to run a successful business.Thank you for  helping to ease her stress of starting a business by donating what you can. Thank you sincerely. Please share with your friends.

0 Supporters
Select this reward