IndyUpcycle

Giving art and craft materials a new life

Indianapolis, Indiana · 10 Sales

Announcement   Welcome to Indy Upcycle. Here, you will find previously owned art and craft supplies, as well as, items created with post consumer materials. We believe every item has a purpose and we try to find good homes for the things people no longer need. I hope you enjoy what you see. If you have any special requests, please drop us a line, we love keeping on a lookout for special items.

Announcement

Welcome to Indy Upcycle. Here, you will find previously owned art and craft supplies, as well as, items created with post consumer materials. We believe every item has a purpose and we try to find good homes for the things people no longer need. I hope you enjoy what you see. If you have any special requests, please drop us a line, we love keeping on a lookout for special items.

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About

Giving materials a second chance.

The brick and mortar version of Indy Upcycle takes previously owned art and craft supplies and sells them at pay-as-you-wish pricing. Most of the items in our store are donated by people who are downsizing, de-stashing, or switching gears and trying a new hobby.

The inspiration behind Indy Upcycle came about when MJ was faced with boxes of accumulated art and craft supplies left over from 10 years of teaching and 10 years of art school. At the same time she was faced with realizing her own surplus problem, her grandmother, an avid crafter, passed away leaving boxes upon boxes of fabrics, paints, brushes, yarn, and so much more.

"This must be a bigger issue than I can even imagine! I should open up a store and sell all of this stuff, but how would I keep it going?"

MJ met a woman, Autumn Wiggins of the Upcycle Exchange in St. Louis, and learned Autumn's donation and pay-as-you-wish policies. After observing at the Upcycle Exchange, MJ found that these policies indeed work and a few months later, she opened up Indy Upcycle in October of 2011.

Indy Upcycle is growing steadily and the majority of the people who visit express that they are grateful to both have a place to bring their items to be re-homed and to have a place to shop for their new crafting needs that doesn't cost a fortune.

While the brick and mortar store is doing well, it won't survive without support from other areas. MJ supplements her income by teaching creative inspiration workshops and, now, opening the Indy Upcycle Etsy shop.

We hope you find something you love and if you are ever in the area, please stop by our physical store and say, "Hi!"

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Shop members

  • MJ

    Owner

    MJ graduated from Herron School of Art in Indianapolis with a Master's Degree in Art Education. After teaching for 10 years, she changed direction and started Indy Upcycle. Her aim is to find new homes for art supplies and inspire people to create.

Shop policies

Last updated on November 6, 2014
Indy Upcycle is a post-consumer art and craft supply store in Indianapolis, Indiana. The pricing in our store is pay-as-you-wish, but the items in our Etsy store are set prices because, well, that’s the way Etsy works. :) If you are in the area, however, stop in! We have WAY more awesome stuff in our store and you can name your price on all that! :)

Seriously though, most items in our Etsy store are things that have been collected and processed by Mandy, the owner of Indy Upcycle. The goal of our Etsy store is to supplement the income of our brick and mortar store to keep it up and running.

Items we sell:
• Art and craft supplies that Mandy makes.
• Art and craft supplies that are surplus of typical Indy Upcycle stock.
• Art or craft kits.
• Special supplies that Mandy collects from at estate sales and auctions.
• Special items that have been donated to Indy Upcycle.
• Products made by Mandy using supplies from Indy Upcycle.
— Personalized book and pillow orders will be shipped within 2 weeks from receipt of materials.
• Support cards.
— Our Etsy shop was created to support our brick and mortar store, Indy Upcycle. If you would like to show your support for what we do, feel free to purchase a Support card. In return, you will recieve a handmade card as a thank you!

Accepted payment methods

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Apple Pay
  • Klarna
  • Sofort
  • Ideal
  • Paypal
  • GiftcardAccepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
• If there is a problem with your item(s), please CONVO us. We do our best to remedy any mistakes or problems.
• We DO issue refunds on full price of the item if:
— there is a serious problem, such as a flaw somehow not noted.
• To receive a refund:
— convo us first and explain the problem
— pack the item as well as it came to you (item must not be altered or damaged or creased or stained or spotted or cat-haired or otherwise additionally different in any way)
— return the item within 7 days.
• Barring any problems we will issue you a refund on full price of the item.
• Sorry, we can not refund the price of shipping as that is money lost on both our ends. :(
Payment
• Since we are a store in Indiana, we must add 7% sales tax.
• We accept Paypal and Etsy Direct Checkout.
• Payment is due within 48 hours of purchase or item will relisted.
• If you want to buy an item but can't pay immediately, convo us before placing your order to make arrangements.
• We cannot guarantee that we will be able to accommodate your request, but we will do our best.
• If we have reserved an item for you, please purchase the item within 24 hours of the agreed upon sale date.
• Please do not buy items that are listed as reserved unless they are reserved for you. If you purchase an item that has been reserved for someone else, the sale will be cancelled.
• As we begin processing orders as they come in, we find cancellations difficult, but if you need to cancel an order, convo us so we can work something out
Shipping
• We do not use shipping to pad our profit.
• We DO combine shipping and refund overpayments.
• We do our best to ship items within 2 business days after cleared payment for most items in our shop.
• Personalized items ship within 2 weeks from receipt of materials.
• Domestic sales ship USPS Priority.*
• International sales ship USPS 1st Class Air.*
• *We reserve the right to ship items as a lower class if we underestimated the shipping costs. We make an effort to contact the buyer first to offer the option to make up the difference in order to ship the item(s) as originally expected. (This is NOT a common problem.)
• If you want your items shipped 2-day or overnight, let us know. We can do that.
• If you want insurance, you MUST convo first. We do not automatically insure.
• We do our best to pack and address shipments properly. Without insurance, we are not responsible for damages or losses incurred in shipping.
• Want your item(s) to arrive all pretty? Purchase the “Gift wrapping add-on” for each package and let us know what items you want in the package in the comments to seller section of your order. (Multiple items can be wrapped together in one box.)