About Us


The Burlap Bag
502 W 30th Street
Austin, Texas 78705


Tuesday-Saturday 12-6pm
Sunday 1-5pm

[email protected]

The Burlap Bag is a brick and mortar shop of handmade items in Austin Texas. Our goods are handcrafted by more than 80 different artists. We love supporting artists and appreciate high quality items. We recently started our blog to share easy and money-saving projects, as well as make your home more simplified. Click here to see some of the handmade items we have in our shop in Austin!

Also… we just started an online shop for The Burlap Bag!! That’s for you guys who aren’t in Austin and told us you wanted some awesome items.

Check out our Press Page to see some articles written about The Burlap Bag!

The Burlap Bag opened doors in September of 2011 by Josiah and Lauren Lowe. The Lowes had a dream of opening their own business and brainstormed during their senior year of college in 2010-2011 at Stephen F. Austin State University. After graduating, they returned to their hometown of Austin and knew Austin would be the perfect place for their shop. Josiah and Lauren worked hard for several summer months to get the store ready, with lots of help from friends and family.

Josiah and Lauren
Josiah graduated with a BFA in Sculpture. He enjoys working with natural materials, such as wood and stone. Josiah plans out all of the displays for the shop and has fun planning and creating new projects. He does all the manual labor for our blog posts and organizes the shop daily. He’s also the beautiful hand model in all the blog photos. Getting food when people start getting grouchy is a daily job. His favorite pastimes are eating cereal as many times a day as possible and playing/listening to music. Email him! [email protected]


Lauren graduated with a major in Liberal Studies. She started selling on etsy in 2008 and has since sold over 3000 items online. Lauren is constantly searching and creating new projects for the home and for the shop. She also finds most of the items for the shop and communicates with all the artists. The shop playlist is one of her daily roles… and she’s the one doing facebook/instagram/etc. She photographs all the photos on our blog and then writes all the snarky content. Isn’t she a great writer? Email her! [email protected]


And we have both been contributors for Simple Mom! Check out their site for a few posts from us.

Where we are on the web:
Twitter – we are terrible at tweeting.
instagram –  @theburlapbag

Also, look at this SWEET video our friend Andy of Happy Day Media made about us!


  1. Great! thanks for the share!

  2. Hannah says:

    Lauren!! Hey I don’t know if you remember me from community groups or the farmer’s market occasionally at SFA. Anywho, I’m in a community group with Em Cam this semester and she’s told me about your store. I was browsing craftgawker, found the interesting canteloupe bowls, and saw that they were featured in your new store. I hope all is going well and can’t wait to come visit the store the next time I’m in Austin. Happy early Turkey Day :)

  3. Mike Schneegas says:

    Congratulations you guys!! What a GREAT shop!! Hope business is going well. I am sending your site to all my relatives!
    All the best!! Mike

  4. elmarie jara says:

    Congratulations! The shop is beautiful and I love the DIY projects. Wishing both of you the very best.


  5. i recently came to your blog and started reading alongyour articles. i decided i would leave my first comment.

  6. Melanie says:

    Awesome website you two! Lots of Love&Light to you. Congrats on the sweet shop and blog.

  7. Thank you! I simply added your web site to the blogroll. Meow!

  8. Giant Sis says:

    Just found your blog and had to subscribe because I love it so much! Thanks for the posts that make me smile and know that I’m not the only crazy one around!

  9. Deb says:

    Question: I have done this twice; love it except for the brown spots. They didn’t totally go away after soaking, and they were throughout the white of the eggs. What is it? I have worried kids that might not let their small kids eat the Easter eggs! Thanks

  10. Patsy Behrendt says:

    I have just spent the last two hours or more browsing through your blog! I love it! So many projects to copy and paste for later use! I have one comment about the Breath MInts. This may not be for everyone but I do English Bulldog rescue so I have dogs all the time. MY guys all love mints. IN your recipe, you use Xylitol and just so your readers are aware, Xylitol is DEADLY to dogs. Just be really careful if you have dogs in your house because if they are like mine, anything within their reach is THEIRS!

  11. Nancy says:

    i am interested in your fruit bowls…i am an elementary teacher and thought something like this only smaller would be a great way to bring in fun in our healthy food unit. Can you share info on how to make the fruit to bowls? thanks from a Nebraska third grade teacher

  12. lysa says:

    “LIKE” your page on Facebook… Thanks & God Bless

  13. Rosie Bachand says:

    I may be a late comer, but I love what you do and am pleased that you are still going strong with the pomegranate blog. what fun you are

  14. Faye says:

    I really like this blog. Quirky and fun and really good ideas. Telling my friends about you. Hope you are here for a long time,

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