Tag Archives: repurposed items

By the Side of the Road

The thrifting ethic runs deep in my family – I think we may actually have developed a gene (which sounds so much better than “addiction”, doesn’t it?) My niece, Alivia, may actually put most of my family to shame. I … Continue reading

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The Marketplace

The Marketplace by MCC CE is the latest venture from MCC BC. For the uninitiated, Mennonite organizations LOVE their acronyms: MCC CE is Mennonite Central Committee Community Enterprises. The BC is British Columbia. (The reality is that no matter how … Continue reading

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I Can Do That

My friend Julia is a creative person with an old soul. She has done a number of creative things over the years including scrap booking and card making. She’s always loved thrift shopping, looking for vintage things and antique furniture. … Continue reading

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Scottish Thrift – The Cupboard Pub

There are economies of scale when it comes to thrift, in particular when one considers repurposing. I’ve seen children’s clothing made from pillow cases, jeans turned into rugs and bathtubs turned into flower planters. And then there’s repurposing whole buildings. … Continue reading

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Eco Fashion Week – good thing or fad?

Eco Fashion Week begins this coming Sunday in Vancouver. According to their website, its mission is: …to educate the Apparel and Textile industry on how to shift towards more healthy ways to design, manufacture, distribute, market and sell their products. … Continue reading

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Spring Break Thrift

Depending on where you live, spring is in the air. Crocuses are popping up everywhere in BC’s lower mainland and coastal areas, cherry trees are in bloom, forsythia about to burst… but I know that most of the rest of … Continue reading

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Upcycling: taking Recycling to the Next Level

My tagline says “reuse, refresh, rethink, repeat.” Upcycling, I believe, is a great example of reusing, refreshing and rethinking. Today’s Vancouver Sun has an article titled “Upcycling hits the home show”, all about a number of designers who were challenged … Continue reading

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