Tina Mitchell's Profile

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It was a typical Saturday morning and my husband and I were out pillaging through garage sale junk searching for treasures. The day’s mission was not unlike our others – to find some cool old record albums to rock on our vintage record player. I squealed with delight when I spotted a huge box of records, but upon closer look I realized that most of the albums were scratched, warped, or had some sort of mysterious crud on them. Disappointed, I moved on to other items at the sale, but couldn’t stop thinking about those records. They were awesome artists and my wheels were turning – what could I do with them? I didn’t have the answer then, but I bought a few anyway.

About a week later, I decided to experiment a bit. With trial and error, I had successfully crafted my first record album creation….a bowl! After that, I was hooked. For the first few years, I only made bowls. I…

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  • Joined May 13, 2007

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About

It was a typical Saturday morning and my husband and I were out pillaging through garage sale junk searching for treasures. The day’s mission was not unlike our others – to find some cool old record albums to rock on our vintage record player. I squealed with delight when I spotted a huge box of records, but upon closer look I realized that most of the albums were scratched, warped, or had some sort of mysterious crud on them. Disappointed, I moved on to other items at the sale, but couldn’t stop thinking about those records. They were awesome artists and my wheels were turning – what could I do with them? I didn’t have the answer then, but I bought a few anyway.

About a week later, I decided to experiment a bit. With trial and error, I had successfully crafted my first record album creation….a bowl! After that, I was hooked. For the first few years, I only made bowls. I turned them into gift baskets and everyone I knew got one. I continued to seek out not only playable records for my personal collection, but those defects that were destined for the landfill. After my son was born, a friend suggested I sell the bowls online. I opened my Etsy store and continued to brainstorm other ways to upcycle old vinyl.

In 2012, I began creating and selling full time. A New Spin became an official tax-paying business. I expanded my product offerings to include clocks, coaster sets, journals, cuff bracelets, earring holders, key chains, mail organizers, and have an ongoing list of new possibilities. I started doing vendor and craft shows, selling wholesale to local stores, and became a Pride of Dakota member. I am proud of the work I do - all of my pieces are one-of-a-kind, functional, and earth-friendly.

I am so thankful to be able to combine three of my passions into this business – music, crafting, and treasure hunting. I am still amazed and honored when people give me their hard earned money for one of my creations. That truly is one of the best feelings in the world! So next time you are out at a garage sale or thrift store and you see some crazy lady excitedly flipping through stacks of dusty old record albums, give me a shout out!


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