Handmade and Upcycled Utilitarian Gear

San Diego, California · 675 Sales


Handmade and Upcycled Utilitarian Gear

San Diego, California 675 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars
Heather Filbey

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Heather Filbey


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5 out of 5 stars

kelly on Aug 17, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

I purchased this bag that straps onto the handlebars of my bike and also has a strap to wear over the shoulder. It is a adorable. Heather and Casey are wonderful. They went over and beyond to help me out. My whole experience with Reclamation Dept. has been completely satisfying. They do good quality work and their products they have are gorgeous.

Shawn Anzaldo

Shawn Anzaldo on Jul 18, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

So excited for this hip bag! It's darling and just what I wanted. Heather and Casey from Reclamation Dept responded quickly when I reached out to them and shipping was just as fast. I would recommend them to anyone and wouldn't hesitate to order from them in the future.

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Handmade and Upcycled Gear from my Backyard Garden Shed

Reclamation Dept is a line of utilitarian accessories handmade from upcycled materials. Vintage military gear makes up the bulk of the components I use, due to its durability and the over-abundance of surplus that collects dust in warehouses all over the world, but I am always looking for new creative ways to recycle.

My workshop is a custom-built shed in the backyard of our San Diego home, that is incorporated into our sustainable garden. All of my products are designed and made in the workshop, and I take great care to use eco-friendly processes throughout every stage of production.

Reclamation Dept has changed ownership twice since it was first started in 2010. It was originally founded by my dear friends Mychelle Fly and Ben Pitts who had taken my sister Casey on as an intern. In 2013 Mychelle and Ben decided to travel the world and pursue different creative ventures, so they passed the torch onto Casey and me. The 3 years I spent running the shop with my sister was absolutely wonderful, and I am so grateful that we got to spend so much time together before she started her family. In 2017 Casey left Reclamation Dept and I took the operation with me to San Diego.

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  • Heather Filbey


    Heather Filbey is an environmentalist, a gardener, a nature lover, a bicycle enthusiast and a craftswoman. She lives in Southern San Diego with her fiancé and their 2 chihuahuas, Rosie and Pancho.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 26, 2018
Reclamation Dept is committed to providing sustainable handmade goods and unique vintage finds for the eco-conscious consumer. We use mostly vintage military stock and salvaged leather but we are always looking for new creative ways to upcycle!

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept returns or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns are accepted within 10 days of the shipping date and before feedback is left for the item. Send us a direct message with your reason for the return before sending the item to:

2024 E Ave
National City CA 91950

Once the item is received, your will immediately be refunded.

Clothing items must be unworn/unwashed.

Buyer pays shipping both ways.
We accept paypal and all major credit cards.

You do not need a PayPal Account to pay for your items through PayPal:

You can choose the PayPal Option during checkout. After you submit your order click the “Pay Now” button. Scroll Down and you will see the option to pay with a Credit or Debit Card WITHOUT having to sign up for a PayPal account.
We ship via USPS utilizing recycled packaging whenever possible.

Delivery confirmation is included in the shipping cost. Tracking information will be emailed to you as soon as the item is shipped.

We ship all over the world.

All of our items will be shipped out within 2 weeks of the purchase date. Express shipping is available at an additional cost.
Additional policies and FAQs
We offer minor customization of the items we currently carry. Send us a message and we'll do our best to accommodate.