Recycled Market (Get excited!)

Oh boy oh boy oh boy!!!

I feel like a kid on Christmas morning!  I have discovered a new toy — read: “website” — that is a marketplace for buying and selling recycled, upcycled and repurposed goods!  Yes!!!  So many GPP dreams coming true all in one place!

This is me literally jumping for joy. (Don't take this as an example of my dancing skills.)

Ok… calming down time…

(but no, really, when I found this website, I literally said to Josh “Oh boy oh boy oh boy!!!”)

Recycled-Market.com is a new website recently founded by two individuals, Erica and Lester, who are based in Australia.  They were seeking an online marketplace where 100% of the products were reclaimed or recycled.  Unable to find such an outlet, they sought to fill this need themselves.

Here’s their fabulous mission statement:

(directly from recycled-market.com)

Recycled Market is a unique online venue that encourages buyers and sellers to reduce, reuse, redesign, refashion, rework and recycle as much as possible. We are a are global marketplace focused on showcasing stylish handmade and ethically manufactured pieces made from recycled materials. Our aim is to offer a wide range of recycled products, ranging from readjusted clothing, upcycled jewellery, accessories, through to artwork, toys, homewares and gifts, created from recycled or reclaimed material, supplies needed to produce recycled goods, patterns, tutorials, and so much more. Recycled Market showcases independent artisan’s creative, exclusive eco-design.

Recycled Market:

  • Promotes and sells handmade, and ethically manufactured recycled products
  • Encourages artisans to utilise recycled materials
  • Offers consumers the chance to purchase unique products which are friendly to our planet
(If that mission statement was a person, I’d give it a big hug.  Or buy it a drink.  Hm…)

Did I mention how much I love their logo? Yeah, I'm smitten...

If you browse over to their website, you will see that most of the items are rather pricey, i.e., non-GPP friendly.  I attribute most of this to the fact that this is a brand spankin’ new website, so they have not acquired that many sellers… yet.  However, with their smashingly good mission statement and the nudge of a few folks via social media and word-of-mouth (wink), I’ve no doubt that the website will grow, as will the price range (hopefully, for the benefit of penny pinchers like myself).

In addition to the higher-than-I’d-liked-them-to-be price tags, the website also comes with a few other quirks: prices are listed in Australian dollars as well as U.S. dollars.  However, from what I can tell, you simply select your form of currency to make a purchase; there are no other hoops to jump through.

Despite the fact that this website is a little more expensive than desirable, it meets another one of my requirements in that all of the items are recycled, reclaimed, repurposed, re-whatever (they kind of all mean the same thing, and I talk about them a lot here, here, here, and here).

Recycled Market also meets another requirement that I seek to fill as often as possible: it is an opportunity to give my business to some place other than a  big box store or corporation (and you have to admit, regardless of your ideology, you’re probably getting a little disenchanted with a lot of their business practices).  But… breaking away from the discounted prices of a bigger store can be difficult, especially if you’re strapped for cash.  However, I feel that any impact is a big one, so if you can only do this every once in a while, that’s better than if you had never tried in the first place.

(Occupy Small Street, anyone???)

Ok, so check out the website:  Recycled-Market.com, and let me know what you think.  If you like what you see, bookmark it, keep checking back, spread the word, all that good stuff.

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***P.S.—  I have set a lofty goal of posting every week day … from now on.  Do you think I can do it???  Or will you miss me on weekends?  Or is this more GPP than you can handle?  Stick around.  I’ve got some tricks up my sleeve.

 

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Things that (P)inspire me: Vintage Yardstick and Ruler Furniture and Accessories

This isn’t exactly a newsflash, but as I mentioned before, I love Pinterest.  (If you don’t know what this is, go check it out!).  I love it not just because I can see others’ “pins,” but I can organize my own, especially when I’m on a new Google image search kick, which happen surprisingly often.

(Or is it surprising?)

This week I am all about the many uses of vintage yardsticks and rulers!  As you will see from the pictures below, not only is it a way to upcycle old items, but it’s also a way of repurposing furniture that would normally be headed for the dumpster or the Craigslist “free” section (I have two end tables that have been saved from a similar fate now that I’ve discovered this idea).

Most of these (P)inspirational images use the yardsticks and rulers as a new façade for the piece of furniture, whether it be a dresser, desk, or end table.  Others use the yardsticks or rulers as the very base of the item or as a decorative accent.  Check them out!

Corner House Blog -- click on image to take you there!

This is quite possibly my favorite discovery!  This blogger, from the Corner House, used some old and some new yardsticks and stained them to get the warm, vintage look.  I especially love this because of the blue of the dresser and the metallic gold ampersand (check out the “before” pics — quite the transformation).

I love the use of these to jazz up the rise of a set of stairs.  I found this particular image at Tied Up With String.

And in case you’re wondering, it’s easy to find these vintage rulers (by the lot, even) for a few bucks at Ebay or Etsy, or you can buy them new and stain them.  But you should buy cheaper and older ones instead.  So there.

unit of measure ruler table

This table, found at Decor Hacks, is especially fun with the contrasting stainless steel legs and frame.

TIP:  If you’re going to use these as a table top, I definitely recommend a few layers of poly/varnish/somethin’ somethin’ so the surface is non-porous.

ruler tabletop

I found this side table at Country Living.   Check out their site for a full tutorial!

Picture Frame / Vintage Yardstick / Wood / Hogs & Sheep

Etsy.com never lets me down (I talk about it at great length here).  I found this picture frame — among many more — at an Etsy shop called Repurposed Antiques.

I think I need a saw.

This is an example of using a yardstick as the base for something, in this case: a necklace rack.  You can find this lovely thang at Jenny and Pearl.  Looks like it requires few supplies (read: cheap DIY).

Yardstick Miror

“Starburst” mirror made with vintage yardsticks and rulers.  You can find this at Budget Wise Home (image via DIY magazine).

Oh what fun!  I hope you enjoyed my findings.  Let me now what you think!  Comment below and please feel free to share your own ideas on adding a little oomph to existing furniture.  Have you ever used yardsticks or rulers in decorating?

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