Altered Perceptions

Denver, Colorado · 150 Sales


Altered Perceptions

Denver, Colorado 150 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Note from shop owner We are on vacation! Send a message with any requests for orders.

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Sep 16, 2015

We are on vacation! Send a message with any requests for orders.

James and Katie

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James and Katie


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Dianna Hudson

Dianna Hudson on Jan 23, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

I love my owl and am using it to decorate my Thanksgiving Tree. It's adorable! Thanks so much!

Stephanie Theriault

Stephanie Theriault on Dec 23, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

I loved the owl i recieved it was so cute! Awesome accomodations with the colors i chose as well. Thanks!!


Laura on Aug 5, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

Even cuter than I was expecting. Thanks so much.

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From Trash to Treasure: Preserving the Planet through Sustainable ReCreations

In 2009, Altered Perception was unofficially developed as a craft fair project of a newly-wedded couple. After overhauling tradition in favor of eclectic and woodland-inspired décor for their wedding, Katie and James filled their crafting hole with local craft fairs for the Christmas season. Felt Christmas trees abounded while Katie developed her obsession with crafting artsy earrings and James perfected his newfound gift for turning trash into treasure through his signature cardboard owls.

Years later, Altered Perceptions established an online presence by adding their ornaments, tree toppers, and artsy home décor and jewelry to the growing list of Etsy contributors. With a mission of sustainability and vision of reduced consumption of resources, we aim to use at least 75% repurposed goods to develop the items you will find in this shop. Using this type of material as a building block poses new challenges each season, but the joy experienced from reducing our impact and saving trash from landfills is immeasurable.

Our materials are ever changing- sourced from donations, resale shops, and our own recycling bin. What this means for you is guaranteed low prices and a vast variety of altered goods. Be sure to stop by often for new items and sales!

We've had a lot of custom tattoo sketches completed this year - is yours next? We've added multiple woodland creatures as well as custom cardboard requests (big and small). Let us know how we can make your vision a reality.

Shop members

  • James

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Photography

    I am the blood, sweat, and tears of this shop. The owls and other home decor are inspired, designed, and developed by my artistic side. It's been a long year full of backpacking adventures, new homes, and an organic garden project -- but we're back!

  • Katie

    Owner, Curator

    I am a 23 year old graduate student and admissions counselor for an online university. I love nature, backpacking, and photography. Eclectic jewelry is my style, and I make the jewelry seen in our shop! I also keep the Etsy shop up and running :)

  • Cody

    Maker, Wood-worker

    I am the heart of the wooden spoon operation. My love and passion for ancient craft has lead me to design and create the wooden spoons shown on our Etsy site -- for any specific requests, message our shop!

Shop policies

Last updated on November 8, 2013
Our shop is based on a minimalist philosophy with an emphasis on waste reduction. While some products will be made from 'new' goods, most products will contain "found" items or recycled goods, repurposed in a unique way. Further, we seek to please customers by offering personalized or altered items by request - just message us! We are definitely willing to work with requests and individual needs. ENJOY & live a life of altered perceptions.

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Payment must be received before order is shipped.
USPS First Class Mail unless another option is previously agreed upon in private message.
Refunds and Exchanges
If you are unsatisfied with your order, we accept returns for full refund. Unfortunately, shipping cannot be refunded and you will be expected to return the item to us prior to receiving your refunded amount.
Additional policies and FAQs
Custom orders welcome!