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James on 18 Jan, 20235 out of 5 stars
Absolutely incredible piece. I couldn't be any happier. The skill level of the craftsman is superb. Packaged very well and made it from Africa to Great Britain to USA to Ohio in one piece. Packaging appears to be re purposed which is a huge plus for me. Even included a nice card with the artists story. You will not be disappointed by this sellers product offerings. My only suggestion for seller is to get some aerosol spray varnish/shellac OR oil and give any steel pieces a light coating once it arrives from the artist. The piece had super bright and shiny teeth in the advert and they are now showing some surface rust. It can be remedied to prevent further corrosion and it is not the end of the world but that would be my only complaint. Will DEFINITELY buy another piece when I find one that speaks to me.
Our story so far......
Many of my younger years have been spent in retail making money for big companies and always striving to better myself, I slowly worked my way up to management of a large DIY chain in the UK but Fatherhood offered a welcomed opportunity for change.
Upon the arrival of my twins my wife's employers offered her a salary mine could not match and for fewer hours, it was a decision that took a lot of thought from both of us but it was eventually agreed that Tracey (my wife) would return to work and I would take on the role of homemaker, this, in turn, offered the perfect opportunity to look at starting a small business from home, something I had always wanted to do after years of making money for other people.
I have always had a passion for recycling and the wonderful things that can be made from other peoples rubbish, when thinking about what I wanted to try and offer and in what direction I would like to take my business I remembered a TV program I had seen about street art in South Africa and the items they would sell made from recycled materials, I felt this would be a fantastic way to pursue my interests whilst also supporting people in less fortunate communities.
It turns out finding someone would not be as easy as I first thought, some of the communities have little access to the internet but thankfully I found someone, Godfrey started B & B Craft & Recycling in 2002, working in the new South African tradition of making crafts from recycled materials such as discarded wire and tin cans gathered from taxi stands and bus stations. As the demand for the products he made grew, Godfrey, “the Can Man” started training apprentices in the art form of weaving tin, paying them a fair price for the products they produced. The training and production provide a sustainable income for a growing number of people in Cape Town.
Since then Modern Vintage has continued to grow, we have found new artisans from various other countries including Indonesia, Thailand, and Zimbabwe and it has become our passion to continue to find and work with these truly talented people offering them a regular and fairly paid income provided by the continued growth and success we are privileged to be experiencing thanks to the support of our growing customer base.
This will always be our policy moving forward and we are always looking for new and exciting items to offer our customers and in turn support even more communities and artisans, we are proud of what we have achieved so far and the continued support from our customers is what makes all of this possible.
And so to all of our customers past, Present & Future, Thank you.
Owner, Customer Service, Marketer
Stay at home father & owner of Modern Vintage, when not looking after the children and being a family man most of my time is spent fulfilling orders, co-designing products or finding exciting and unique new products for our customers.
Tracey assists with packing orders and dealing with customers, she also screen prints our exclusive Modern Vintage tees
Dewas is an expert at his craft, he has been carving wood from a young age following in family tradition. Using traditional tools and techniques he specialises in birds that are then hand-painted. Dewas has taught and employs a number of people in his local community, teaching them skills for life
Faith, Shamim and Rachel founded their business in September 2018. They were three young ladies joining the Social Innovation Academy in Mpigi as scholars and quickly realized that they all share the same passion for art and saving the environment.
Cape Town, South Africa
Godfrey Ncube started B & B Craft & Recycling in 2002 working in the new South African tradition of making crafts from recycled materials, As the demand for the products he made grew “the Can Man” started training apprentices in the art form, paying them a fair price for the products they produce.
In 1998 Johny Established Addiction Brand after developing expert printing and design skills. Johny was quickly recognized for his unique style of biker t-shirts and tattoo style apparel. Johny Thaitex is a world-renowned artist for his works on Biker T-Shirts and Motorcycle Clothing.
A small family run business in Indonesia, Kadek and his wife produce these products together whilst also employing people within the local community. As with all of our Hand made ranges, we ensure our artisans are paid a fair wage, all products are ethically traded.
Manners is an artist specializing in recycled art using beads, wire and aluminium cans, in his spare time he runs work shops teaching the local children his talented skills.
Medule is 39 and from Zimbabwe, we found her by working with another artisan from Zimbabwe - Manners Mukuwiri, they work together in the same arts center, Medule is fantastic and crochet and has found many recycled materials from which she can make some truly unique products.
Naidin graduated in electronics, now retired he makes highly detailed and accurate scale models from recycled drinks cans in his spare time, working entirely on his own he even had crafts the gift boxes these stunning models come in. we are proud to support and work with such a talented individual.
Our good friend and owner of Strange Clothing Co.
Putu run's a small workshop and shop front close to the makers of our tealight holders, he was introduced to us by Kadek and his wife as his products were very fitting, we now work closely with Putu to design and produce new products that we sell along side his existing ranges.
Small family run business
Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Our friend has been working with the makers of these Tin Can Models to provide permanent full-time employment for the original craftsman, Huu Haan, plus permanent part- time employment for his daughter, Kim and three other skilled craftspeople.
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Frequently asked questions
Gift wrapping and packaging
We offer hand stamped gift wrapping, when purchasing please ensure you contact us to advise of the occasion so that we can stamp appropriately.
On some lines we may be able to offer wholesale however due to the hand made nature of the products there may be some wait for production and import, any item purchased wholesale would be prohibited from resale on Etsy.
Returns on Free delivery items
Please be aware that any item returned where free postage has been offered will be subject to a 15% re-stocking fee unless the item is damaged or faulty.
I have accidentally provided an incorrect address what can I do?
If you have provided an incorrect address please notify us as soon as possible and we will do our best to change the address before your item is dispatched.
If however your item has already been dispatched and is returned to us due to an incorrect address a charge will be applied for re-delivery or a 15% restocking fee applied should you no longer wish to have the item. if for any reason an item is lost during transit due to an incorrect address it is with regret that we will be unable to provide any form of refund unless you have paid for an insured delivery service therefore we kindly ask that you fully check your address before submitting your order. Thank you.
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