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About TheRuralAdvantage

Sales 1,575
On Etsy since 2009

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The story of the repurposefulPUNK

Born from a family of pickers, artists and craftsmen, creating is second nature to me. I've been dumping my hard earned cash into my "hobbies" for years. In 2009 I was determined to have a self-sustaining hobby and hopefully make it profitable. So I decided to do mother nature and myself a favor and found new ways to create wearable art from used clothing.
My mother taught me the basics of sewing when I was barely a teenager and bought me my first sewing machine when I was in college. Other than the basics, I've taught myself everything including drafting my own sewing patterns and screen printing.
I recently built my own 350 sq. ft. studio in my home and it's perfect! I'm currently using 2 sewing machines (Husqvarna Viking Emerald & Singer) and 2 sergers (Singer & White).
My most prized possession in my studio are my electronic scissors. During my 1st Halloween season on Etsy selling my costumes, I found myself with a seriously painful case of tendonitis in my right thumb. These scissors are a life savor and I highly recommend that every seamstress get a pair.

Since its establishment in 2009, my clothing label has been successfully profitable. I have no plans to quit designing clothes anytime soon. I'm having too much fun.

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  • Carmen Merie

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    Hey! I'm Carmenmerie & repurposefulPUNK is my shop! ★ I love vintage clothing & making new items out of the cool things I find whilst thriftin'. My favorite thing is turning an outrageous 80s sweater into a cute girly dress. My aim is to included u

Shop policies

Last updated on May 10, 2022
Hi! I'm Carmenmerie and repurposeful PUNK is my shop! My goal is to included upcycled.. repurposed.. or eco-friendly fabric and materials in all of my designs.

Arizona residents please note: there is sales tax on all items. This will be applied directly to PayPal or Etsy Direct Checkout invoice.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Visa Mastercard American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I would be happy to accept a return if it is not "as stated" in the listing or the measurements are inaccurate. I do not accept returns for "i don't like it", I but I will honor occasional exchanges for store credit. We do ask that all items be sent back within 5 days of receipt on your end, unworn and in its original condition. There will a $5 restock fee.. since all of our items are one of kind and it takes time to relist each item.

This is a courtesy to my amazing customers...I urge you to still read listings very carefully so you can shop with confidence. Thank you.

PLEASE NOTE: Custom, Customized and/or Made to Order items are non refundable/ exchangeable and the transaction can not be cancelled once purchased.

Items are packed as safely as possible (usually in recycled packaging materials), but if something gets broken in route please communicate that to me! I would be happy to fix it for you or send you a replacement.
Payment for all items is expected upon ordering. If for some reason you need more time I can reserve the item for you (but no longer than 7 days) and a firm payment date must be reached. If there is a special situation, please convo me and we can work something out, but please stay in contact. If contact is loss, I will cancel the sale and repost. At this time, only Paypal and Etsy Direct Checkout is accepted.
Items will be sent once payment has cleared. I ship USPS within the US First Class Mail and Priority Mail Internationally. Tracking numbers are always available for US deliveries via your Etsy or PayPal invoice (depending on payment method). International packages to Canada can be very unpredictable in timing for delivery. When I ship USPS International to Canada which is quoted at 6-10 days, but usually takes approximately 3 weeks. Please keep this in mind when purchasing items around holidays as I can not guarantee delivery dates.

I Ship out to the ADDRESS you have listed with your Etsy account. PLEASE Make sure it is the CORRECT address before you Complete PAYMENT or it may go to the WRONG ADDRESS!

Delivery Confirmation is provided on all US bound orders and provides proof the item was delivered to the address provided. I am NOT responsible for delivery problems associated with the Post Office or stolen items delivered to mailboxes or door steps. In these situations, items will NOT be replaced or refunded.
Additional policies and FAQs
SIZING - sizes are always in USA sizes. Here is a conversion chart if you need to know sizes in other countries.

XS = US 2 = UK 4 = Europe 32 = Italy 36 = AUS 6 = JAP 5
S = US 4 = UK 6 = Europe 34 = Italy 38 = AUS 8 = JAP 7
S = US 6 = UK 8 = Europe 36 = Italy 40 = AUS 10 = JAP 9
M = US 8 = UK 10 = Europe 38 = Italy 42 = AUS 12 = JAP 11
M = US 10 = UK 12 = Europe 40 = Italy 44 = AUS 14 = JAP 13
L = US 12 = UK 14 = Europe 42 = Italy 46 = AUS 16 = JAP 15
L = US 14 = UK 16 = Europe 44 = Italy 48 = AUS 18 = JAP 17
XL = US 16 = UK 18 = Europe 46 = Italy 50 = AUS 20 = JAP 19
XXL = US 18 = UK 20 = Europe 48 = Italy 52 = AUS 22 = JAP 21

CARE/ WASH INSTRUCTIONS- CARE/ WASH INSTRUCTIONS- I suggest gentle washing in the machine and laying flat to dry. Any items with bows pinned on should be removed before washing. For pieces with appliques or handwork I recommend hand washing only.