Vintage Textile Furniture, Pillows & Accessories

San Antonio, Texas | 517 Sales


Vintage Textile Furniture, Pillows & Accessories

San Antonio, Texas 517 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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Clare Watters

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Reinvented Textiles for the Home & Body

Material Recovery is a joyous project to unite antique textiles from other cultures with vintage and antique furniture and accessories salvaged from second hand stores.

Household objects, which are discarded and unwanted are upcycled and the textiles I utilize, are for the most part in need of some restoration. Each scrap of the cloth is made use of and I am continually challenged to find the perfect object to couple with each accompanying textile. I especially pleased and inspired that my furniture and accessories are constructed from items that have been saved and revitalized.

All of the furniture and lighting pieces are restored and reconstructed by hand, and each object utilizes some part of my ever-changing stock of antique and vintage ethnic textiles. My collection of recycled handmade objects includes one-of-a-kind upholstered furniture, pillows, lampshades, decorative accessories and original textiles.

I also quite enjoy the process of designing, dying, printing and manipulating fibers. In addition to the décor items I truly enjoy making items for personal adornment. I am also on Etsy under the username PanaceaTextile selling a new line of modern textiles, which I create utilizing traditional textile processes. One of my greatest desires is that all the objects in my life embody a sense of truly inspired living.


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    From a family of collectors and with a BFA in Fibers, it seemed only natural to merge my love of antiques and my fascination with everything textile.

Shop policies

Last updated on December 29, 2012
All items are one-of-a-kind and are handmade from vintage and antique textiles. I take the utmost care in choosing original textiles that are in good condition. Please note that any variances in color or texture are part of the aesthetic appeal of a handmade object.

Accepted payment methods

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Paypal
Returns and exchanges
If your purchase does not work in your space or even just does not look as you imagined you can return them within 10 days of initial purchase for Material Recovery store credit. We would be happy to put your store credit toward some other items you like.

Buyer must convo Material Recovery before returning item. International orders are non-refundable, non-returnable. Merchandise must be returned within 10 days of initial purchase and be in perfect condition. Damage incurred within this grace period will be the responsibility of buyer. Sale items and items purchased with a coupon code are non-returnable and non-refundable. Buyer is responsible for return shipping cost. Buyer is responsible for shipment cost of exchange purchase. Store credit is valid 90 days from date of original purchase.
Items purchased and unpaid for are canceled and relisted 24 hours from purchase time.

Paypal - You don't need a paypal account to use paypal. Credit cards and echecks can be processed through paypal without having a paypal account.

PLEASE NOTE: using paypal e-checks seems to cause an unusually long delay (usually 7 days) in payment and will delay shipping and receiving the purchase for up to three weeks. Because of this recurring payment delay issue I prefer that payments are not made with e-checks.

DISCOUNTS - If you are using a discount code please note that some codes are not usable on sale merchandise.

Texas residents will automatically be charged 8.125% sales tax as part of the paypal receipt.
HERE'S HOW IT WORKS: The shipping costs I use are very close to my cost and are usually within a $2 margin. I use UPS for most items because of insured values, standard rates, and convenient regular pickup from my day job. I buy boxes that fit my pillow sizes specifically which cost up to $12 dollars per. I do this so i can price the shipping box standard for each size pillow and to get the shipping size rate as low as possible. A properly sized box prevents us from putting bends in your object. Our pillow forms are high quality and over filled with feathers and down - bending them will create stress on the antique fabrics, cause stretching or create unsightly creases, etc. which may cause permanent damage. I also insure my work for their retail price so that I can, and the customer can be reimbursed fully if something is lost or damaged. I am not charging you for packing your items and I am working hard to keep the shipping costs as low as possible.

SARIROPE & BUTTONS: Shipped within 5 days
United States- All U.S. orders are shipped USPS Priority. These items can be doubled up in rate boxes. Only one Sarirope skein can fit in the smallest box. Up to 9 SariRope can fit in a medium box so ask me about multiple shipping.

United States- All U.S. orders are shipped UPS.
International - All orders outside the U.S. are shipped USPS International Priority Services. Some items can not be shipped due to their larger size. Shippable items will be noted per each item's listing.

SMALL FURNITURE & FOOTSTOOLS: Shipped within 5 days
United States - Shippable UPS - Shippable items will be noted per each item's listing.
International - Not available.

FURNITURE: Shipped within 10 days
United States - Greyhound Express Freight Services - Shippable furniture items will be noted on each item's listing. Buyer is required to pick up package at their local Greyhound Bus Station.
International - Not available.

Oversized furniture items are regional/local pickup only from San Antonio, Texas.

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING TERMS: Items shipped within 5 days. YOU MUST SEND ME YOUR INTERNATIONAL TELEPHONE NUMBER FOR CUSTOMS. SHIPMENT WILL NOT BE MADE WITHOUT IT. Not all items can be shipped to all locations due to specific packaging size restrictions. Material Recovery is not responsible for delays by Customs. Customer is responsible for any addition duties or taxes assessed by Customs. Items rejected at Customs to avoid additional fees are not the responsibility of Material Recovery and WILL NOT BE REIMBURSED. International shipping delivery times are approximate. International shipping delivery is from 6 to 15 days from shipping date. Buyer will receive notice of shipment along with tracking info.

We take extra care to package your orders carefully. Items damaged in shipping must be claimed within 10 days of shipment. In case of damage, please advise us immediately and hold parcel (with packaging intact) for inspection by carrier. Buyer must retain original packaging to receive refund.

Missing shipments or shipments lost in transit must be claimed within a 15 day window. Tracking down a missing shipment beyond that time can be difficult to say the least. Please let me know as soon as possible if you did not receive your package. Material Recovery is not responsible for shipments sent to invalid or incorrect addresses. In this case, reshipping costs are the responsibility of the customer. Please make sure your Paypal and Etsy shipping addresses are correct.
Additional policies and FAQs
Special Orders for specific sizes are welcome. Due to the limited yardage of the antique fabrics I use, some sizes or multiples of some pillows will probably not be available. In some cases where an abundance of fabric is available, similar pieces can be made from the same textile. Please inquire.


I do offer wholesale terms for brick and mortar retailers. At this point I am still a one person operation and can not offer keystone wholesale prices or consignment. Rather, I offer a 15% off furniture, 15% off shades and 20% on pillows with a six piece minimum. Sale items are excluded from trade discounts and wholesale. Furniture freight arrangement is the responsibility of the retailer.

Material Recovery on Etsy is the only place other than retail shows to currently purchase our items. If you would like to receive email invitations to our retail events please email me at MaterialRecovery [!at]

Many thanks in advance for your interest.

Clare Watters
Material Recovery