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I opened this shop to sell shirts I remake (the crafts) and vintage clothing and accessories I find (the collectibles). I've recently added upcycled necklaces made from thrift store finds and jersey material from T-shirts. Newest style: key charms made by covering found keys with words torn from from old books.

I have long been fan of vintage clothing and accessories, going back to the days of playing dress-up with prized pieces owned by my mother and grandmother--the jewelry, the handbags, the scarves! Then came the discovery in my teens that I could be stylishly set apart from the rest by wearing something from a different era (and not found at the mall).

As for my shirts, well, I'm basically a jeans-and-tee girl and started remaking my own tees, from the R.E.M. shirt from the '80s to the Radiohead shirt from a couple of years ago. I…

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  • Joined March 8, 2010

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recycled denim, recycled fabric scraps, organic cotton, recycled cotton

About

I opened this shop to sell shirts I remake (the crafts) and vintage clothing and accessories I find (the collectibles). I've recently added upcycled necklaces made from thrift store finds and jersey material from T-shirts. Newest style: key charms made by covering found keys with words torn from from old books.

I have long been fan of vintage clothing and accessories, going back to the days of playing dress-up with prized pieces owned by my mother and grandmother--the jewelry, the handbags, the scarves! Then came the discovery in my teens that I could be stylishly set apart from the rest by wearing something from a different era (and not found at the mall).

As for my shirts, well, I'm basically a jeans-and-tee girl and started remaking my own tees, from the R.E.M. shirt from the '80s to the Radiohead shirt from a couple of years ago. I like my T-shirts to be more feminine, fitted, and flattering than the boxy and baggy ones usually made, so I began to transform them with some DIY work, using a pair of scissors, needle, and thread. I'll cut the sleeves, create a new neckline, and sometimes embellish the shirts with pieces of discarded fabric scraps for a ruffle effect. It's my version of upcycling. I like the way they look peeking out from under a cardigan or jacket.

The shirts I start with are pre-owned ones from thrift stores and a few are new ones made of organic cotton (the organic tees and tanks here are from American Apparel).

Because vintage clothing is a form of recycling and the shirts I work with are reused or made of organic cotton, I am proud to be a purveyor of eco-friendly products (green, earth-friendly, eco, recycled, upcycled--you get the idea). There's something very satisfying about taking denim scraps from a discarded pair of jeans or leftover material from a shirt's sleeves to embellish the collar of a shirt. Reuse, recycle, recreate--rock on!

I'm also a proud member of the EcoEtsy team; check it out at www.EcoEtsy.com.

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