Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Things We Love

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Things We Love

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Byline: Brandy Hilboldt Allport and Gary T. Mills

Round and round the baggage carousel goes. Black nylon suitcases ride it like uniformed soldiers on a train. Which one is yours? If that cluster of red yarn you tied on the handle three vacations ago hangs on, your luggage will be a bit easier to spot in the monochromatic mishmash. However, you really should consider an upgrade. Luggage tags cost way less than a first-class ticket, plus they are useful and fun. If you do not already have one in your Vera Bradley pattern, check out these choices.

BUSINESS AS USUAL: This classic leather tag ($8.95) by Swing has a magnetic button closure. Snap it open to double check that you are indeed picking up the right bag. Available at Borders Books and Music, 8801 Southside Blvd. Call (904) 519-6500.

BOW WOW, WOW! Whether you prefer basset hounds or bulldogs, this tag ($4.95 by Westport Pet Co.) will help you spot and fetch your luggage quickly. Available at Richard's Gifts in Palm Coast, 4982 Palm Coast Parkway N.W. Suite 4. Call (386) 446-1861.

NO MONKEYING AROUND: With this great ape ($14.99 by Fluff) guarding the handle of your bag, no one would dare mistake your suitcase for theirs. Other shapes include a pig, a poodle and a high-heeled shoe. Available at Artsy Abode at St. Johns Town Center.

FANTASTIC PLASTIC: Only your name is visible until you swivel open the top and bottom covers of this neon E-Z ID Tag tag from Embark. If you want something more conservative, we found it in black, too, but the bright green is obviously much more visible. Available in sets of two for $3.99 at Target.

ALWAYS ON TRACK: After you purchase this tag, visit www.swissarmy.com or call 1-888-698-0717, ext. 3063, to sign up for a lifetime lost bag tracking service. The molded plastic Global ID Tag ($10.99) comes in black and sapphire at Bag 'n' Baggage at The Avenues mall.

LINGO LESSON: Haul, tow, schlep, lug, drag and heave. If you don't pack lightly, you'll have to heed the advice on these labels. The fold-over paper design is similar to those one-use handouts the airlines provide, but the bold, graphic design makes these infinitely more cool and fun. …

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