Pretty Cards Handmade From Real Trash

Detroit, Michigan On Etsy since 2017

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Pretty Cards Handmade From Real Trash

Detroit, Michigan | 3,006 Sales



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Sadie Frances

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About ReUpDesignsCo

Sales 3,006
On Etsy since 2017

Greeting cards and gift wrap accessories created entirely from repurposed paper trash

Re-Up Designs Co. is a boutique greeting card company made 100% out of upcycled materials. Motivated by Detroit’s lack of recycling, I transform materials that would otherwise end up in the trash, into unique, handcrafted cards and envelopes. No two cards are the same. Nothing is wasted. And everything is made in Detroit.

Always just a hobby, I never really considered doing anything with my love of crafting. When I came up with the idea for this business, I had just moved to a brand new city, and was completely broke during the holidays. As I was struggling with what in the heck I was going to bring to my family Christmas celebration, I read an article about the lack of infrastructural recycling in the downtown area where I live, and it just clicked! Holidays, tons of paper waste, it's all free, make something with it! And that's exactly what I did.

Let's face it, I chose an industry with just about a million card creators all making the same kinds of things. So what makes my cards different? Even handmade greeting cards are no longer that unique of a concept. But what brings my greeting cards above and beyond the rest is my design and production process.

While most card makers go to the craft store or paper store for their production materials, I go dumpster diving! Well, sort of. I have several small arrangements with friends of mine, stores, and businesses in my neighborhood, who allow me to go through their recycling trash before it hits the dumpsters. So I suppose you could say I go pre-dumpster diving.

From here, most of my creative process starts with an idea for a card. Because I use non-traditional materials, most of my design process is spent figuring out what materials work best together to execute that idea. It's a lot of trial and error, that's for sure, but it's never boring! And the result is that every card you receive is uniquely handcrafted and truly one-of-a-kind.

1. Recount my detailed description of my unique production process above
2. My hope is that the TLC that goes into the products I make, will jump out of the cards and make the recipients feel astoundingly special
3. Buying and sending greeting cards from Re-Up Designs Co. will also make you feel good about buying something with almost no energy footprint. You can check the box on your weekly to do list next to "help save the planet!"
4. I take a lot of pride in the products I create, and I have exponential gratitude for those who choose to buy my products. As such I try very hard to provide exceptional customer service.

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  • Sadie Frances


    I live in downtown Detroit, MI but I'm from upstate NY - I love traveling the world & eating amazing food - I love vegan cooking and baking (Ive been a vegan for 8 years) - huge sports fan (Go Blue!)

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Last updated on Jan 15, 2018
Frequently asked questions
Are these cards flat or folded?

All of my cards are a flat style greeting card, and do not fold open. This is due to the unique materials I use to make them. The backs are always blank for personal messages, and each card does come with a handmade envelope.

Do you hand-cut all of your intricate designs?

Yes, I do free hand cut all of my designs using an x-acto knife.

How do these cards send in the mail?

They send like any other greeting card, with normal mailing postage.