Do you find yourself spending time looking on Pinterest for ideas to repurpose something that you have at home in your closet? Do you ever go to craft shows and see something that someone else has made that inspires you to try a new craft? Every day here at my store I find myself inspired to create “new” things from “old” items and don’t want to see clothing that just doesn’t have a use or a new home. As a self-proclaimed Clothing Matchmaker, I am always looking for ways to use clothes in unconventional or creative ways. Some items that come to my consignment store don’t meet our strict standards and cannot be put out to sell. At that time I find my mind wandering to find what other use there might be for anything on the clothing item. Can I remove the shoulder pads to be used in another garment or craft? Are the buttons something that would come off easily? Does it have beads? Over the past several months I have spent hours taking items apart so that some value can come from garments that had outlived their usefulness as a clothing item. Because of that we now have a new rack at the store of many items ready to be re-purposed in new ways. And with the availability of Pinterest and all of the craft ideas out on the Internet I have also tried to find ideas to repurpose the reclaimed buttons, beads, and many baubles into new pieces. That gave me an idea!! Why not have a contest??!!
I am sure that I am not the only person who loves to make something “new” from something that has outlived it’s usefulness. I have decided to have a RePurpose ReDesign ReFashion Contest!! The idea is to come into Glad Rags and purchase something – it can be a clothing item or some pieces from a previous clothing item and make it into something new!! I decided to have three categories of entries. The categories are as follows: TShirt Refashion, Denim Refashion and Christmas. We end up with many TShirts at Glad Rags, especially during the summer months and we want to see how many different ways you can repurpose them. When I first started my blog, my daughter Sarah did a tutorial on making a shrug from a Tshirt. I even have a Pinterest board dedicated to TShirt Repurposing – be sure to check it out. But don’t limit yourself to my ideas. Denim is another item that we get in great quantity year around. We have denim jeans, skirts, shorts and more. There once again we have a Pinterest Board that will get you started with ideas.
And last but not least, we want to see your Christmas ideas. Did you know that Christmas is less than 5 months away? It is never too early to start planning for new ideas. Last year we decorated a tree for the Warren Festival of Trees and used repurposed clothing items as decor. It was great fun – but now we want to see your ideas. Check out what we did last year on our previous blog post and also our Pinterest Christmas Board.
Are you ready to get started? Here is what you need to do. Make a trip to our store and check out the clothing and crafting items that we have available. You must purchase an item from our store to get started. Pick up an entry form and get to work. Be sure to take a photo of your initial piece before you begin crafting. Once the item is finished take some more photos of the completed project. Be sure to send in your entry form along with the photos The contest begins now and all entries must be received by September 10th. All entries will then be put on display at Glad Rags during the voting process. The items will be judged, but voting by the general public will be a large factor in picking the winners. Voting will take place from September 13th-October 4th. Winners will be announced on October 6th. Photos of the entries will also be posted here on our blog as well as on Pinterest and Facebook. Click here for the Contest Guidelines and Entry Form.
Speaking of winners – do you want to know what you can win? There will be a First Prize and Honorable Mention in each category.
- First Prize winners in the TShirt & Denim ReFashion Categories will receive a Organizational Craft Caddy containing sewing notions and gadgets. (Retail value approx. $50)
- First Prize winner in the Christmas category will receive a VTech Inno Tab 3 Learning App Tablet for Kids ages 3-9 (Retail value $49.99).
- The Honorable Mention winners will each receive at $25 Glad Rags Boutique gift certificate.
- All those who enter will receive a 30% off discount coupon good for their next purchase at Glad Rags Boutique.
So let’s get crafting!! I can hardly wait to see all of the creative ideas out there. Be sure to check back here for updates. All entries will be posted on our blog, Facebook and Pinterest.