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Looking for purse handles

BrendaW | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

Goodmorning all! I live in Ontario Canada and am having a real problem purchasing wooden round purse handles. I bought the pattern from Simplicity for a beautiful summer bag with round handles only to find out there is NO WHERE to purchase the handles! I tried EVERY craft store i could find. HELP does anyone know where I can get them?


  1. kai230 | | #1

    Here's one place http://www.mjtrim.com/home.asp that has two round wooden handles, and a truckload of other fun stuff.

    1. BrendaW | | #2

      Thanks! I'll check it out. The only problem is I get stuck at the border with really high duty cost. Its rediculous! I ordered an item that was $5.00 last month and got stuck with a $30.00 duty charge at the border.  If I could find a Canadian distributer I'd be happy. If not I'll just have to bite the bullet and pay the duty.


      1. kai230 | | #3

        Ouch! Do you still have to pay duty if someone stateside buys it for you and mails it to you?

        1. BrendaW | | #4

          It depends how big the parcel is. If it can be sent as lettermail then it won't be stopped at the border, but if it looks like a parcel it will be stopped and opened. Thats when the charges kick in...duty...handling...pst,gst (our taxes) etc etc.

          Awful isn't it.

          1. kai230 | | #5

            Wow, I had no idea.

      2. oJoat | | #9

        Did your parcel come by mail or courier?

        I got a parcel today worth $74 US and the total fee was $16 and that included HST(our PST and GST of 15%), and the post office's $5 handling fee.

        If it comes over the border with a courier company you also have to pay an additional "broker's" fee.

        Try requesting parcels from the US by mail only.


    2. SEWSERIOU1 | | #8

      I too have been trying to find the handles,  neither Michaels or Walmart or Hancock's carry them and that is all I have close by.  The ones at MJTrim are just TOOO EXPENSIVE!

      1. rjf | | #10

        Do you have thrift shops nearby?  I wonder if you could find a purse with those handles there and the price should be right.         rjf

        1. SEWSERIOU1 | | #11

          Haven't seen it at the local thrifts recently, but I'll keep looking.  We only have a couple here in town and they don't have much good stuff.  Anything very good, they send to their stores in Charlotte.  We only have Goodwill and Salvation Army and they have stores in some high-end neigborhoods there that get all the great stuff.

          1. buckets | | #12

            sewseriou1-Try Createforless.com and search for Lacis bag handles in bamboo.  They have both round and half round sets for, if memory serves, under U.S. $10.  Good luck.

          2. SEWSERIOU1 | | #13

            Thanks for the link.  Guess if I really want them, I'll have to pay around $10 a pair for them!

          3. sueb | | #14

            I get most of my purse handles and other supplies from http://www.umei.com.   The more you order the more the price drops.  Their service is great both via email and the phone.  You may want to give them a try.



  2. stitchmd | | #6

    Are there large craft stores in your area that sell supplies for other hobbies? You might be able to find a circular wooden piece intended for a macrame base or some other use.

    1. BrendaW | | #7

      Thanks I'll try that.

  3. Crafty_Manx | | #15

    Joann's (http://www.joann.com) has them.  I think they have stores in the New York area, too; you could log on to their website and do a location search to see if maybe there is a store close enough to the US/Canada border for you to get to without too much trouble.


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