Repurposed Vintage Bobbins, Mill Relics, & Unique Finds

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We love seeing what fun and festive ways our customers use our bobbins! christmas_tree What will you create this Holiday season?
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About MillingAroundMaine

Sales 1,148
On Etsy since 2020

Since 1975, our family mission has been to transform pieces of mill history into fun and functional treasures.

As the idea of “reduce, reuse and recycle” has become a part of our culture, bobbins and other textile artifacts have lent themselves to enhancing our style and decor. Milling Around has up-cycled forgotten pieces of our past into charming candlesticks, nostalgic jump ropes, as well as intriguing pens and kaleidoscopes. As our matriarch once said, “Bobbins are seasoned workers in dignified retirement.”

We are always interested to hear how our customers use bobbins beyond the ideas we have dreamed up in our workshop. A few of those creative inspirations include hat stands, peg racks, wind chimes, and Christmas tree ornaments.

Some of the retailers who purchase our products take bobbins to an artistic level. We have seen spindles used as integral parts of whimsical robot figures made from carefully selected flea market finds. Bobbins and shoe lasts have been spotted in the interesting window and shelf displays, decorating many popular clothing stores, found at mall and Main Street locations. Not long ago, an assortment of bobbins was assembled to create an elaborate sculpture, an enigmatic piece of sidewalk art, gracing the front of a downtown building. And that is just to name a few...

Over the years, Milling Around has sold its goods to small gift stores, antique and collectible shops, department stores, online catalogs, museum stores, and more. In the process of saving these antiquities from the fate of the landfill, our products have been shipped all over the world. Bobbins have been admired and enjoyed by enthusiasts from Anchorage to Melbourne and lots of places in between!

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  • Dirk Poole


Production partners

  • Custom Cordage

    Waldoboro, ME

    Custom Cordage is a nearby Maine company that produces handmade rope keychains for Milling Around. We sell them in our retail shop and are extending their availability to our Etsy customers.

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Last updated on Aug 12, 2020
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Product Condition

Due to the nature of our products, variations in color, wear, and character will be found. All items pictured may be slightly different in color upon arrival. We try to photograph our products in natural light for the best representation of color and texture. Please view photos using the zoom feature to see close-up details. All vintage items are sold "as is".

Holiday Shipping

Please note that during the holiday season, shipping time may be longer. All items currently listed are ready to be shipped and will be sent ASAP. Thank you for your patience in receiving your order.

Custom Orders

We occasionally have a large quantity of bobbins and quills available. If you wish to order larger lots or create a custom order, we are happy to discuss this with you. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us.