rookierags

RookieRags

210 Sales

rookierags

RookieRags

210 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars
(77)

Announcement   Welcome to our world of repurposed treasures! We've expanded our merchandise to include some unique items for infants and children, as well as cashmere and felted wool for all ages.

A lot of care goes into individually designing and handcrafting every RookieRags product from recycled fabric and other discarded pieces. Each item is one of a kind and is crafted to ensure durability and style.

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A NOTE ABOUT COLOR: Even under ideal circumstances, the color you see online may not be indicative of the true color of the item. When a specific color is out of the ordinary, we use the color chart provided by Chirag Mehta at http://chir.ag/projects/name-that-color/. This may be helpful when making your decision.
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If you've purchased from us in the past and are buying again, please contact us first for a repeat-buyer discount.
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We're more than happy to ship internationally. Please email us prior to ordering to obtain additional shipping costs. Your item will be adjusted prior to purchase.
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A NOTE REGARDING iPAD ENVELOPES
Our iPad envelopes will also accommodate the following Netbooks:
-Acer Aspire One
-Samsung NP and Samsung N110
-HP Mini
-Toshiba Mini
-Sony Vaio
-Dell Inspiro Mini 10

And more! Please measure your device prior to ordering to ensure a good fit.

Announcement

Welcome to our world of repurposed treasures! We've expanded our merchandise to include some unique items for infants and children, as well as cashmere and felted wool for all ages.

A lot of care goes into individually designing and handcrafting every RookieRags product from recycled fabric and other discarded pieces. Each item is one of a kind and is crafted to ensure durability and style.

________________________________________________________________

A NOTE ABOUT COLOR: Even under ideal circumstances, the color you see online may not be indicative of the true color of the item. When a specific color is out of the ordinary, we use the color chart provided by Chirag Mehta at http://chir.ag/projects/name-that-color/. This may be helpful when making your decision.
________________________________________________________________

If you've purchased from us in the past and are buying again, please contact us first for a repeat-buyer discount.
________________________________________________________________

We're more than happy to ship internationally. Please email us prior to ordering to obtain additional shipping costs. Your item will be adjusted prior to purchase.
_______________________________________________________________________

A NOTE REGARDING iPAD ENVELOPES
Our iPad envelopes will also accommodate the following Netbooks:
-Acer Aspire One
-Samsung NP and Samsung N110
-HP Mini
-Toshiba Mini
-Sony Vaio
-Dell Inspiro Mini 10

And more! Please measure your device prior to ordering to ensure a good fit.

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Recycled Black Leather Narrow Cuff with Watch
US$25.00
OOAK Recycled Cotton Key Wristlet BFF
US$15.00
Recycled Black Leather Cuff Wide With Eyelits
US$28.00
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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(77)
hamlethaven

hamlethaven on Jul 17, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Outstanding workmanship and excellent quality. I'm thrilled with my new handbag.

hamlethaven

hamlethaven on Jul 8, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I am thrilled with my new handbag. It's expertly crafted, and has oodles of room. It hangs well on the shoulder. This is my second bag from Rookie Rags and it won't be the last!

susansonger

susansonger on Jun 6, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I absolutely love this eyeglass case, it's perfect for my sunglasses, it's made very well, the material is fabulous, it's a great size, the owner was very pleasant to deal with and it was shipped out the same day. I can definitely use a couple more! Susie Songer

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About

Life Really Is Like a Box of Chocolates

RookieRags was launched in 2004 while recovering from breast cancer surgery. The impending arrival of my first grandchild kept me busy making diapers and clothes for Simone while my body healed.

The breast cancer and first grandchild (along with a simultaneous corporate layoff!) were life-changing events that prompted a self reinvention. Several serendipitous encounters and encouragement from family found me exploring the benefits of working exclusively with repurposed materials.

Sewing has been an important part of my life since childhood, although it was previously a means to an end rather than a creative outlet. Without the demands of a 9-5 routine and raising children, I was finally able to redirect my innate nature to look at what is and transform it into something better.

Since I had never worked with leather nor made handbags prior to opening my shop, a lot of research and practice were required. Patterns and dismantling old handbags helped me understand the basics, and from there my imagination took over. None of my handbags are currently made using pre-existing guidelines. Each piece of recycled leather, primarily from used clothing, will only allow limited designs. A skirt might have just enough leather for a clutch purse, but a large coat can sometimes be morphed into more than one item.

In an ongoing effort to minimize waste, I introduced crib shoes into my shop. And my relationship with several local boutiques led me to working with felted wool and cashmere. To thoroughly embrace a wasteless environment, my fabric remnants are transformed into hats and bibs. I feel fortunate to live in an area where people tire regularly from their wardrobes.

What I design and create was never intended to start an empire. Every item I offer is made one at a time, and with tremendous care and attention to detail, style and durability. I never offer anything in my shop that I wouldn't either use personally or give as a gift. When my label is placed on an item, I know someone will be extremely pleased with the outcome. My designs are all unique, just like every person on the planet.

For a long time, I had one sewing machine that went back in a closet after each project, along with one large sewing basket. My current workroom is overflowing with bins of treasures to be translated into something more useful, along with eight machines that are in constant use. Ask anyone who loves to create with a sewing machine as much as I do, and you'll find another person who is always looking for another relic to add to his or her collection. With two machines in storage, any day now I will welcome number 11 into my life, a vintage machine I've had my eye on for a few years. I'm so thrilled with the possibilities she'll provide.

Almost ten years ago, a new box of chocolates started with several bitter tasting samples. But what followed were sweet morsels that allowed me to reclaim my life while I reclaimed what others no longer found useful. Whenever I'm out in public, I find my eyes drifting toward the handbags women carry, and often remark about what a great lining someone's shirt would make. Creativity is a never ending journey, and I feel so honored and humbled every time I make a sale. A part of me goes into everything I make, and I'm pleased to be a part of a number of lives around our fragile planet.

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  • Christine

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    With a long history of sewing, RookieRags was a natural segue into what I call my ABC (After Breast Cancer) endeavor. Launched in 2004, the journey began while making clothes for my first grandchild.

Shop policies

Last updated on July 17, 2015
Thank you for visiting my shop. A lot of time goes into the creation of each item you see - from initial rescue to final repurpose. My goal with each item is to create something that's unique and of the highest quality possible.

Accepted payment methods

  • Money Order
  • Check
Payment
PayPal is the preferred payment method; however, personal checks or money orders will be accepted and shipment made after confirmation of funds transfer.
Shipping
All large items are shipped via USPS Priority Mail, with tracking number provided. Smaller items are shipped via USPS First Class, and in some cases there is no shipping charge. I will gladly ship to locations outside the US, via US Postal Service. Please contact me to request additional shipping charges.
Refunds and Exchanges
RookieRags is not responsible for lost shipments or items damaged in transit. All items shipped Priority Mail are insured when shipped, and a replacement will be sent upon reimbursement by the carrier. If you're not completely happy with your purchase, a replacement of equal value will be provided upon receipt of the returned item. Additional shipping charges apply.
Additional policies and FAQs
Custom orders are always welcome. Items are not guaranteed against occasional minor flaws in the fabric, which are to be expected given the nature of our merchandise.

We welcome wholesale inquiries on all of our items.