Are you a crafter? Or one of the new terms out there today is a re-purposer? With the advent of Pinterest and the hundreds of ideas for crafts on the internet, do you find yourself spending too much money on trying to accumulate your craft supplies? As the owner of a Clothing Resale Shop, and a self proclaimed Clothing Matchmaker, I want to introduce you to thinking of your local resale shops, whether they be consignment or thrift stores as a place to purchase your craft supplies. And many times this can be done at a very reasonable cost.
With a bit of creativity and ingenuity, there are a ton of crafty ideas to be found in resale stores, and by getting your supplies there instead of at chain craft stores, not only are you saving yourself a bundle of cash, you’re also helping to rescue items that may otherwise just end up in a landfill if they don’t get sold quickly enough.
Button Hearts – Buttons salvaged from items headed for the dumpster.
Giving new life to old items is one of the great joys of resale store crafting. Turning something old into something new and beautiful, seeing where it started and where it ends up, is a kind of thrill I never get tired of experiencing
You can think of your resale shop as your craft supply warehouse!
Now I know that you can’t find everything that you need at your local resale shop, but it is worth checking them out on a regular basis and also talking to the owners or workers and asking them to let you know when they may get in items that you are looking for to complete a certain project.
Here are just some ideas of items that can be repurposed in a crafty way.
1. Sweaters - Search for sweaters with interesting colors and textures. Then, take them home, and transform them into colorful tote bags, mittens, throw pillows and other accessories; or unravel them for their yarn, and knit something new.
2. Shirts - Sift through all those racks of second-hand clothes for shirts that you can deconstruct for their fabric, buttons and other finer points; or that you can refashion into something more you.
3. Jeans - Denim can be used to make so many things – skirts, quilts, purses – you name it. Dig through the piles of discarded jeans for a pair (or a bunch of pairs) to get you started on a project.
4. Beaded Jewelry & Clothing - Look for necklaces and bracelets with interesting beads that you can take apart and use in your own jewelry creations or take the time to de-bling sweaters, tops, etc. that may have sequins, beads & more.
Necklace crafted from a chain belt and silver belt buckle embellished with buttons and beads salvaged from other clothing items and jewelry.
5. Belts - Look for belts with interesting details such as fancy buckles or designs in the leather that can be made into unique bracelets or handles for bags.
6. Wool Coat, Blazers and Sweaters - Felting wool has become very popular and there are many ways to put this fiber to another use.
Are you looking for ideas of crafts that can be made from clothing items. Be sure to check out the many boards that Glad Rags Boutique has on Pinterest. We have boards for repurposing denim, sweaters, buttons, silk, wool, leather, belts, beads, jewelry, and so much more.
Are you crafty and have projects lined up but don’t have the time to invest in looking for the items? We are starting a craft corner here at Glad Rags Boutique with bags of clothing items to be used for crafts.
These items include BAGS O’ TEES, BAGS O’ SILK, BAGS O’ SWEATERS and more. And of course we have DENIM GALORE!! Those bags are bigger and we are in the process of making up bags of denim pockets and other items. Be sure to check out our other crafting finds with include jars of beads, buttons, jewelry findings and more.
We also have a spinner rack of buttons, beads and other unique findings that have be salvaged from clothing items destined for the dumpster.
Thousands of clothing items come through our store every year and for the most part the items find a new home because someone falls in love with them and they are put to good use in the form that they are intended for – clothing. But we have many items that cannot meet our strict guidelines for resale and when the owner does not want the items back, we try to find another use for the item whether it would be to donate the items to another thrift store, or ones in need. But now we also try to repurpose these items to be used for crafting and sewing projects. Here in rural Jo Daviess County it is quite a drive to get to a Joann Fabrics or a Hobby Lobby or Michael Craft supply store, so we want to make our store a place for you to shop for craft supplies as well. This store space was at one time a fabric store, and today it still is!! The fabric that we carry comes in the form of clothing – but sometimes that clothing can be repurposed to be a whole new clothing item with a creative mind and some sewing skills.
Over the next few months, we plan to work on blogging about some of these craft ideas, sharing tutorials and ideas for you so that you can make these easy crafts for everyday use or to make as gifts for others. We are looking into forming some craft classes locally and putting together other ways to network and craft using these ideas and items available locally. Be sure to stay tuned.
In the meantime, my kids gave me a great gift for Christmas. They bought me a plane ticket to Florida!! I will be leaving next week to spend 5 days in warmer temperatures visiting with my snowbird parents and other family that lives year round in Florida. And what do I plan to do when I am not visiting? My mom and I are going “treasure hunting” in the many thrift stores in the area that they live in. With all of these craft ideas from Pinterest I am going to see what I can find to bring back for crafts and more. I will have to be careful with how much I buy, or I will have to mail it back as I don’t want to have to pay for additional luggage on the way home. So when the store re-opens on Saturday, February 1st be sure to stop and in see what craft items we have in stock!! With the cold weather upon us, and more time indoors, it is the best time to craft, and put new purpose to “old” things.