Sunday, February 20, 2011

"Use it up,

wear it out, make it do, or do without."

So, the proverb goes...we in the antique/vintage/retro business are are about that...a comment on a business forum got me thinking about what it is we in this part of the retail world do. The "I am not into antiques" is something we hear often when one learns of the type of store we own. But, I never feel surrounded by old stuff...I always view it as giving something another chance to give pleasure. Like these vintage serving plates...imagine the goodies that were served on these over the years...far more appealing than tupperware or paper plates...

I am trying to find things for store accents that are not made in China, or, if they are made overseas, they are fair trade items. You want to know how hard that is!!! For those who are not aware of what fair trade is, here is the definition...Fair trade is an organized social movement and market-based approach that aims to help producers in developing countries make better trading conditions and promote sustainability. The movement advocates the payment of a higher price to producers as well as higher social and environmental standards. It focuses in particular on exports from developing countries to developed countries, most notably handicrafts, coffee, cocoa, sugar, tea, bananas, honey, cotton, wine, fresh fruit, chocolate, flowers and gold. (Side note...things the unions in this country fought for in the 19th century.)

And, of course, things made by Americans are not going to be priced like the dollar store either. Everyone complains about unemployment, but, at the same time, does not understand we have put each other on the unemployment rolls.

Check these bunnies out...made out of old cashmere sweaters...
This little one is featured with hand felted eggs...both of these products are from women in the good old U.S. of A.
Of course, some may remember the pillows made from repurposed sweaters...

So, the shop is getting its spring face on...and even though winter sunsets can be appealing...from the past week...I am busy getting into the colors of spring...

Some more made in America creations. Check out a piece of moulding with clothespins for a unique memo strip...
Here is a recycled cranberry carrier...I see a sign like this at a wholesale cash & carry show, and I am right on it...
And, for pages of inspiration, the latest issue of Flea Market Style is available in the shop, and it is packed with all kinds of wonderful ideas for the reuse, recycle, repurpose fans!And above all, remember...

2 comments:

gail said...

Hi Susan! I saw your FB post and just had to come over for a visit. I love the recycled bunnies. Great post. I also enjoyed reading about the new shop down the street. I wish I were closer to visit both of you! I have enjoyed catching up with your blog this morning:)

Have a pretty week, hope spring is around the corner! (()) gail

Judy said...

As always, an inspirational Sunday post! Bunnies are sweet - good find- love that last sign too..SPRING is popping at The Dutch Rose!!!