I spent 45 years collecting 10,000 vintage plastic bags… people think it’s weird but some are worth hundreds online


MUM has spent 45 years collecting plastic bags, he has a complete collection dedicated to them.

Angela Clark now has over 10,000 to her name – and some of them are worth hundreds of pounds.

Angela Clark has collected more than 10,000 carrier bags over the past 45 years

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Angela Clark has collected more than 10,000 carrier bags over the past 45 yearsCredit: Media Wales
The 55-year-old woman describes plastic bags as her 'babies'

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The 55-year-old woman describes plastic bags as her ‘babies’Credit: Media Wales

The 55-year-old’s obsession began in 1976 when Angela was just 11 years old.

Her family is preparing to celebrate the Queen’s silver jubilee, and the then-schoolgirl was captivated by carrier bags that commemorate the occasion.

And her interest intensified when her father returned from a trip to Jersey with a silver crinoline woman in front of a black bag, which she immediately stuck on her wall.

Angela, from the Sinan Valley town of Aberdare, told WalesOnline: “A lot of times I put them in my bedroom and they had beautiful models and some were pop stars of the day like David Soul.

“They are inexpensive and easy to collect. You can hang them. As I tell people, they are the modern art of the time.”

After just over a year of collecting, Angela collected over 200 carrier bags and appeared on the BBC Saturday morning children’s program Multicolored Swap Shop, thanks to her extraordinary hobby.

He said: “After I went to the show the whole collection was a snowball. The BBC sent hundreds of bags for me.

“I have bags that the designers have sent in handwriting. Someone took the carrier bag from the gift shop and sent it to me with a letter from the House of Lords.

“Someone went abroad for the Olympics and I remembered that I was in a swap shop and got in touch, so I started having bags from abroad.

“This was a time when package holidays weren’t as popular as they are now.

“Aberdare was a small place. Everyone knows everyone and people go on vacation and bring back a carrier bag for me. So I started getting bags all over the world.”

Angela quickly realized the snapshot was small “pieces of history” in her collection and by the time they were first released.

Her collection includes bags from supermarkets such as Tesco and Asda, as well as the Twin Towers in Disney, Woolworths, BHS and New York.

The oldest in her collection is a pink and white striped bag from 1954, the most expensive being hit online for £ 225.

But despite sitting on the potential fate, Angela has vowed never to part with her “babies.”

‘They Are My Children’

“They’re still mine, they’re my kids, but I joke with the kids that what they do with them is up to them,” he said.

Angela promised to not collect anymore, but, according to her husband, she “can’t resist.”

“If I see something and think‘ that’s crazy ’, I’m going to add it to the collection,” he said.

Now more than 10,000 to her name, Angela has a purpose-built storage space in her husband’s factory, where everything is placed in stacking boxes.

“He’s used to me now,” Angela said.

Some of her collections are selling online for £ 225

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Some of her collections are selling online for £ 225Credit: Media Wales
The oldest in her collection is from 1954

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The oldest in her collection is from 1954Credit: Media Wales
In her collection is a bag reminiscent of Charles and Diana's wedding

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In her collection is a bag reminiscent of Charles and Diana’s weddingCredit: Media Wales
Angela has a dedicated storage space to keep her collection in good condition

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Angela has a dedicated storage space to keep her collection in good conditionCredit: Media Wales



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