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One Man’s Trash was born of a long standing passion of all things creative, a love of big, funky jewelry, and a desire to reduce waste. When my daughter was born in December of 2010, I left my full-time job and found that motherhood allowed me the flexibility to sit down and GET CREATIVE. (Now I have two, and I don't have time to sit at all!)

Looking around, there is so much waste in our lives and all those little bits add up! I scour thrift stores, junk heaps, and even my own home, for bits of inspiration. I collect string, rope, fabric, ribbon, beads, and hardware from old clothes, and put them together in interesting ways to form lovely one-of-a-kind artifacts. Many items otherwise headed for the trash have been up-cycled into treasured keepsakes, by simply seeing beauty in scraps and bits, and combining them with a few special hand-picked supplies. Sometimes the constraint of having only what…

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  • Female
  • Born on November 22
  • Joined May 23, 2011

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junk, hardware, metal, string, beads, wood, plastic, clay, cloth, buttons, fabric, zippers

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About

One Man’s Trash was born of a long standing passion of all things creative, a love of big, funky jewelry, and a desire to reduce waste. When my daughter was born in December of 2010, I left my full-time job and found that motherhood allowed me the flexibility to sit down and GET CREATIVE. (Now I have two, and I don't have time to sit at all!)

Looking around, there is so much waste in our lives and all those little bits add up! I scour thrift stores, junk heaps, and even my own home, for bits of inspiration. I collect string, rope, fabric, ribbon, beads, and hardware from old clothes, and put them together in interesting ways to form lovely one-of-a-kind artifacts. Many items otherwise headed for the trash have been up-cycled into treasured keepsakes, by simply seeing beauty in scraps and bits, and combining them with a few special hand-picked supplies. Sometimes the constraint of having only what you can find in your possession actually inspires a MORE creative design.

I believe a great design is about tapping into your creativity rather than the preciousness of the materials. If I were stranded on a desert island I would make jewelry out of twigs and rocks! I am inspired by my travels abroad and my studies in Decorative arts, Interiors and Architecture. I often start with a sketch or idea and somewhere in the process; the design takes on a life of its own.

I try to employ the trash to treasure philosophy throughout my entire process. Your purchase will most like arrive artfully wrapped in recycled paper and fabric scraps and often shipped in a reused box from my pantry.

I hope you find your little piece of treasure in my "trashy" creations and enjoy having them as much as I enjoyed making them. Also please check out my other shop "shopOMT" on Etsy for vintage treasures, home decor, and original art!

~Rachel Anderson

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