MakeDoWares

vintage | repurposed | handmade

Mount Vernon, Washington · 54 Sales

MakeDoWares

vintage | repurposed | handmade

Mount Vernon, Washington 54 Sales On Etsy since 2015

5 out of 5 stars
(17)

MakeDoWares is taking a short break

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Note from shop owner Thank you for visiting Make Do! The Etsy shop is on vacation for the next short while, as the owner's home and shop are in transition and inventory is every which way. The shop will reopen once we move and can get organized, which we predict to be by the end of summer. All orders and messages between now and then will be addressed at that time, as well as the addition of many new-old beautiful products for sale. In the meantime, please find Make Do on Instagram, Facebook, and Gmail for updated posts and to contact me. Thank you for hanging in there!
Talk soon,
Kelsey from Make Do

Note from shop owner

Last updated on May 31, 2017

Thank you for visiting Make Do! The Etsy shop is on vacation for the next short while, as the owner's home and shop are in transition and inventory is every which way. The shop will reopen once we move and can get organized, which we predict to be by the end of summer. All orders and messages between now and then will be addressed at that time, as well as the addition of many new-old beautiful products for sale. In the meantime, please find Make Do on Instagram, Facebook, and Gmail for updated posts and to contact me. Thank you for hanging in there!
Talk soon,
Kelsey from Make Do

Kelsey Kok Shim

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Kelsey Kok Shim

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Updates

Vintage apron worn by a "Make Do" dress form--vintage laundry hamper stuffed with newspaper.

About

Make Do || Wares and Design

Follow me on Instagram at make_do_
Facebook at www.facebook.com/makedowaresanddesign

"Make do" means to make use of what's in front of you, to do without, to make ends meet, to be resourceful, to create something out of nothing (or very little). It is a philosophy I try to live by for the sake of creativity, originality, frugality, and good stewardship of what we've been given. It is the philosophy behind quilting; stitching together scraps of cloth that would otherwise be thrown away to become something new, beautiful, warm, and strong. It can be applied to home decorating, throwing a party, cooking, growing a garden, putting together an outfit, making a card, organizing a pantry, nurturing a relationship--in any task where you are willing to be creative and flexible. It's letting things be perfectly imperfect. It's accepting things as they are and making the best of them. It's being grateful for what you have instead of wishing for something else. It's working to make all things both beautiful and functional.

You will see from the collection on MakeDoWares that I have a bent toward mid-century American home goods with quirky details and a story, no doubt, to tell. I like objects that make a home feel warm and lived-in and that might just as easily be a daily-used utensil as an art piece. I hunt and gather from thrift stores, yard sales, estate sales, sidewalks, dumpsters, free piles, abandoned homes (I'm going to get myself in trouble), all ends of the earth. I sift through the rubbish and emerge with things of value, beauty, and character; things that might otherwise be lost. I present them to you here and want you fill your home with them. Whether you, too, are a collector/hunter/gatherer of useful, pretty things, or are simply drawn to this style and don't have the time, energy, or eye for pursuing the chase, I hope you enjoy what I've found.

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Shop members

  • Kelsey Kok Shim

    Owner, Creator

    I live with my husband and business partner in Mount Vernon, WA, surrounded by mountains, ocean, family, and friends. We both work, create, store, photograph, edit, and plan from our little apartment, which can be challenging but is also really fun!

  • Alvin Shim

    Photographer

    Alvin is the talented photographer and editor for Make Do images (except for the occasional iPhone photo I sneak in). He also uses his skills to build websites and marketing materials for nonprofit organizations in our community.

Shop policies

Last updated on March 18, 2016
Whatever question or situation you have, I am available and would love to talk with you! I promise to be accessible, to share with you whatever information I have, and to work with you to find the safest, most efficient way to get these treasures in your home.

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
Sales tax is set to 8.5% for Washington state customers; it will not be applied to buyers from outside of Washington.
Shipping
Please allow up to three business days after purchase for item to be shipped. We will contact you after purchase and on date of shipment to provide you with additional information.

Shipping costs for US are listed for each item. International shipping is available but not listed; if interested in having something shipped outside of the US, please contact us before completing purchase so we can work out the logistics and give you the most accurate information possible.

Unless otherwise specified, all items will be shipped via Flat Rate Priority Mail through USPS which includes insurance and can be tracked to determine expected delivery date.

Shipping upgrades are available; if interested in having something shipped Express, please contact us before completing purchase so we can work out the logistics and make a plan that will work for you.

Local delivery/pick-up is available; if interested in picking up an item locally and foregoing shipping costs, please contact us before completing purchase to make arrangements. We will reserve the item for you and remove shipping costs once we have a plan that will work for you.
Additional policies and FAQs
Many Make Do Wares are vintage and one-of-a-kind, meaning that only one of the listed item is available through this shop. All items are either for sale in various physical markets or in storage. For this reason, there is a possibility (though it has not occurred!) that on the same day an item is purchased on Etsy, it has been sold in person and is no longer available, or is found to be damaged or otherwise compromised and no longer matches the quality and description listed.

We do everything we can to ensure this does not happen to our Etsy customers by taking loving care of our items and using the mobile app to remove sold and unavailable items from the listings, but there is chance that we would not be able to catch it in time. I so wish I could recreate these beauties for everyone, including myself!

Should this unfortunate incident occur, we would extend our heartfelt apologies to you, provide you with a full refund, help you find an item similar to the one you requested (even if it's not through our shop!), and invite you to continue following Make Do Wares for future treasure hunting.

Thank you for shopping small, independent, and repurposed! We couldn't do what we love without you.