Thursday, June 28, 2012

Green Isn't Just Our Name

Recycled Wares' isn't just a name, it represents who I am. I don't sell vintage because it's trendy, I sell vintage because I truly believe in cutting down on waste and helping good items get back into human hands. There are great things from the past to be found, used and recycled, and I enjoy helping them find a home.
But my green mission doesn't stop there, I extend eco-friendly habits into other areas of my business.
  • Office is lit by natural light during the day and energy efficient bulbs at night.
  • Hand make and hand write most my Thank You cards to save on electricity and printing ink. Click here to find out how.
  • Use post consumer paper to make Thank You cards and business cards.
  • Use cereal boxes and other food boxes to make sturdy cardboard mailers. Click here to learn how.
  • Collect cardboard boxes from local schools, and businesses to ship products in.
  • Compost food waste.
  • Shred junk mail to create an alternative packing material to replace peanuts.
  • Recycle paper, cardboard, plastic and glass that we can't reuse.
  • Pay bills on-line to cut back on paper waste.
  • Shut down the computer during lunch breaks.
My business isn't huge, but I still can make a small impact on the environment with the little things I do. In one month I save at least 6 bags of garbage waste from going to the dump by shredding junk mail, composting, and recycling. That makes me feel good!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

My Secret Thrifting Spots

If you live in or around Abilene, Texas, then it is time to visit the St. Vincent De Paul thrift store located at 1241 Walnut St..  I would frequent this store when I lived closer, and now when I am in the area I stop by and take a peek to see what they have.  The store has a wide variety of items from clothing and shoes, to a large book and housewares section. If you like linens, there are plenty of bins to rummage through.

St. Vincent De Paul is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m..  Remember to take cash with you because they currently are not accepting credit or debit cards so they can maximize their profits. The proceeds from the sales at the thrift store all go to a worthy cause.  The money helps pay rent, utilities and medications for those in need.
Every first Thursday of the month is the $7 Sack Sale. Fill a paper sack to the brim with any used merchandise and only pay $7. There are a few items not included in the sale, but most of the store is up for grabs.  What a bargain!!

If you would like to contact the store, you can reach them by phone at (325) 677-6871.  Find more information about the charity at     

Saturday, June 9, 2012

What Happened To It - Vintage Wallpaper

What Happened To It gives a glimpse into the travel and/or transformation of an item once it leaves Recycled Wares' store. Most items are used just as they are, while others are transformed into something totally different.

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This weeks What Happened To It involves vintage wallpaper from the 1980's and the creative mind and hands of Claire Knox, the shop owner of Nice Thing in the UK. Claire purchased the vintage wallpaper from my store in 2012, and then used it to cover a beautiful side table that will be treasured for years. She painted the legs of the table a lovely deep green and highlighted the rim with a splash of red. The top is varnished for protection, so don't worry about using it for more than room decor.

Claire creates beautiful new pieces from old and unloved pieces of furniture. The pieces are found while rummaging around bric-a-brac shops and reclamation yard searching. She believes in reinventing rather than throwing away and thinks that the little imperfections that come with a vintage find only adds to the charm.

The "Palm" table is available for sale in her Etsy store, as well as other upcycled tables in various colors to match just about any decor. Check it out!

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- to alter or adapt for new use without changing the essential form or nature of.
- to use again in the original form or with minimal alteration.
- to help to pass through a cycle again.

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