New Life For Old Clothes

California, United States · 38 Sales


New Life For Old Clothes

California, United States 38 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars

Announcement   I take clothing, both old and new, and give it new life via the age-old art of tie dye. Here, you can find anything from t-shirts, pants, shoes, hats, bags, and more! Have an idea of your own, or a special request? Throw your idea at me and I'll try to make a custom piece that works for both of us!


I take clothing, both old and new, and give it new life via the age-old art of tie dye. Here, you can find anything from t-shirts, pants, shoes, hats, bags, and more! Have an idea of your own, or a special request? Throw your idea at me and I'll try to make a custom piece that works for both of us!

Emily Culhane

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Emily Culhane

Tie dyed 45" inch shoelaces - rainbow
Tie dye shirt - mens large colorful rasta leaf
Tie dye shirt - small heart shape
Tie dye purse - blue and yellow
Tie dye shirt - mens small green checkerboard
Tie dye shirt - mens small spider green brown
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Average item review
5 out of 5 stars

josephcash2 on Feb 16, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Arrived on time and was exactly what I was looking for, great fit and great shop! Highly recommended

Denae Fife

Denae Fife on Apr 8, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

Love the shirt. Super soft and bright. Fast shipment easy transaction!


bcnme17 on Oct 24, 2013

5 out of 5 stars

fast shipping and condition much better than described. thank you for good experience on Etsy.

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For the Love of Colors

7 months of winter. Cold, snow-covered, dark, colorless winter. Growing up in Alaska was a constant battle with these, plus all the other things that come with winter (dangerous roads, depression, being stuck inside to avoid frostbite...). Luckily for me, my dad has always had a creative side and many outlets that he shared with me to prevent me from being bored. Tie-dye was just one of them. Ceramics, woodworking, and metalworking were a few more my dad shared with me, while beadwork/jewelry-making, painting, drawing, and later photography are creative outlets I discovered for myself.

So, I've been dyeing for fun since I was a little girl. I had tie-dye parties for birthday parties, and gave these handmade items as gifts rather than spending money on toys in the stores. My friends have received more things tie-dyed as gifts than not, most likely. And even more likelier, they have all probably gotten tired of it by now (afterall, tie-dye isn't everyone's thing, even if I think it should be).

The name, New Life For Old Clothes, comes from a phrase my dad uses when talking about tie-dye, "Tie-dye gives new life to your old clothes!", especially when talking about his dirty, greasy, stained work shirts. Since he's the one who got me into it, I thought it only fitting to name my shop after his favorite phrase regarding this wearable form of art. There is a lot of tie-dye out there, especially with Etsy aiding us artists in displaying and selling our work, but I try to stand out by dyeing a wider variety of unique items than just typical t-shirts.

My inspiration for what I do comes from all around me, everything I see, wherever I am. This could be the natural world (flowers, vegetables, leaves, and even entire landscapes), other artists, Facebook groups, friends, and my own imagination. I love to picture what I want it to look like, tie it up how I think it should go, and see what happens, pure trial and error style. Unwrapping my dyes is like Christmas, only better. I love tie-dye. I love the colors, the patterns, the act of creating something, of sharing this love with others. I love it all.

Long story short: I am a one-woman operation, trying to brighten up the world, one customer at a time, especially those who live in extreme Northern (or Southern) latitudes, and have to face extremely long, dark, colorless, and depressing winters. If I can help brighten up someone's day, either literally or figuratively, then my goal has been achieved.

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  • Emily Culhane

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Photographer, Advertising & Marketing, Shipping & Handling

    Biologist by night, artist by day. My name is Emily, and this is my story.

  • Shay

    Model, Helper

    Shay helps me clean up my tarp by walking across it and leaving rainbow-colored footprints all over my floor. She also sits real still & lets me take pictures of her all dressed up, and keeps me company when I dye into the wee hours of night.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 11, 2016
Hello! You have found your way onto the Etsy store page of New Life For Old Clothes. Here, I make tie dye, on anything and everything you can think of. I dye everything from the typical shirts, socks, bandannas, to pants, shoes, underwear, bedsheets, blankets, hair accessories, and even full body jump suits. See my Facebook page ( for examples.

I have been dyeing for over 12 years now, and don't plan on stopping any time soon. My goal is to spread as much color into the world as possible (those of you from Northern climates and 7 months of snow would understand the need to combat the depressing darkness). If your world (wardrobe, house, etc) is not bright enough for your liking, see if I have something that you could add to it to make it so!

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
Currently I only accept PayPal, due to the ease, security, and anonymity of transactions.
I ship through USPS, priority mail flat rate shipping boxes or envelopes.
If you buy 2 or more items, each additional item ships for half price.

I will ship your purchase no more than 5 days after I receive payment. I work during the week out in the forest and am not typically able to ship things until between Friday afternoon and Monday morning.

If you would like me to ship something in another manner other than flat rate, I will refund you the difference if that difference is drastic (aka: more than $2). This applies to both domestic and international orders. Please still contact me before finishing your purchase or in a note to seller during your purchase to request this.

I am still working out the kinks of my shipping methods, I am still slightly new at this. Please bear with me.
Refunds and Exchanges
I am not responsible for damaged or lost items due to the Postal Service's negligence.

I generally do not refund or do returns because I try to make my descriptions as clear as possible, photograph any and all damage to used items, and encourage you to ask any and all questions prior to purchase.
Additional policies and FAQs
Disclaimer: Everything I send is likely to have at least one dog hair on it (usually about 3-4 inches long and curly, generally white) because I own a very hairy dog, but I assure you that everything is washed and ready for wear when I send it out. (It's just, my entire house is covered in dog hair, really....)

Disclaimer 2.0: Exact colors of my items will vary from those shown due to different computer screen brightnesses/resolutions and the fact that most of my photographs are taken using the flash which alters the colors a little.

Custom Orders:
If you have any special requests or would like a custom order, I can create a custom listing for you, or edit a current one before you finish your purchase.

Custom orders could be anything from a special color combination, sizes, but also images, text, or logos you may want on your items, which I can design in Photoshop myself and put that on your item via iron-on transfer paper.

Please send me a message, email me, or find me on to look at more ideas/examples of what I can do and for more information about custom orders.

Also, if you would like to contribute anything (donate old clothes, supplies, etc) to me, send me an email at newlifeforoldclothes [!at] or see more information on my Facebook page. I will gladly pay the shipping and send you a coupon code in return for your generosity.