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Frocks and bonnets, smocks and sonnets,
Socks and cinchers, drapes and pinchers.

Bits and bobs, odds and sods,
Pinnies and ribbons, lockets and mittens.

Scripts and scraps, charts and maps,
Birds and feathers, paisleys and leathers.

About Re:finery Designs:

Started in 1981 in a small room and greenhouse above the Inkwell Coffee House in West End, Long Branch, NJ,
Re:finery Designs is a place to share the many splendored things that I have received and accumulated in my years on earth. I’ve included the fabulous clothing that was mine, my family’s or friends, or just plain rescued from oblivion, the crafty things I’ve created over the years, and various bric-a-brac a…

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  • Born on June 28
  • Joined September 16, 2008

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fabric, paper, beads, souvenirs

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About

Frocks and bonnets, smocks and sonnets,
Socks and cinchers, drapes and pinchers.

Bits and bobs, odds and sods,
Pinnies and ribbons, lockets and mittens.

Scripts and scraps, charts and maps,
Birds and feathers, paisleys and leathers.

About Re:finery Designs:

Started in 1981 in a small room and greenhouse above the Inkwell Coffee House in West End, Long Branch, NJ,
Re:finery Designs is a place to share the many splendored things that I have received and accumulated in my years on earth. I’ve included the fabulous clothing that was mine, my family’s or friends, or just plain rescued from oblivion, the crafty things I’ve created over the years, and various bric-a-brac and housewares that I have collected during countless trips to rummage sales, thrift stores, and flea markets. Many of my wares were at one time new and in vogue, but as the years have passed are now “vintage.” Divine!
I choose the name Re:finery by using the divination of opening a dictionary and pointing to a word. It worked for the Grateful Dead and has worked for me. Truly a serendipitous act! I love random coincidences!
After a year in the rooftop shop, Re:finery Designs was located in closets, basements and attics until the perfect location was found for it’s re-emergence: Etsy!
I had pondered ebay sales, but never jumped the hurdle. I yearned for a lovely store to set up my racks and shelves. But Etsy was brilliant. They delighted in the same handmade, recycled, creative things that I did. They are a true beacon for artists and connoisseurs everywhere.
Peeling off the many layers of clothing I've collected over the years.

Other Recommendations:
To everyone interested in the clothing, culture and decor of the 1970s to read "The Great Funk: Falling Apart and Coming Together (on a Shag Rug) in the Seventies" by author Thomas Hine, especially Chapter 5: Nights in Green Dacron and Chapter 6: Jungles Within. Very enlightening.

Thank you to all the wonderful etsyians for including Re:finery Designs in their Treasuries! My pieces are now in over 27 curated lists!

My thanks to Dedicated Follower of Fashion for featuring my Adidas Swimsuit in the June 25th, 2009 post "50 under $50 - The Best Swimwear this Summer." Find it at http://www.dedicated.typepad.com.

My thanks to Tamara for featuring my hot pants in her October 22th, 2009 post "trio of parcels." Find it at http://www.verhext.com.

Thanks Angel at http://www.musesilkpainting.blogspot.com for featuring my So Eighties Denim Jacket in her December 11th, 2009 post, Perfect in Paradise - Friday Fashion Finds.

Big props to the lovely Mrs. Leprechaun who is modeling the green coat she bought from my shop in her January 29, 2010 post. Truly the lucky charmer at the end of the rainbow! Visit her at http://www.whatsyourtalenightingale.com.

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