Walking into the Upcycle Exchange as a crafter is like walking into a dream… and then the lovely lady behind the counter comes up to tell you that all of the items in the store are pay-as-you-wish and you know you’ve just died and gone to crafters heaven (cue the Gentleman finding the nearest place to sit – he knows we are going to be here a while). From fabric to paper, jewelry to trims, stamps, beads, and everything in between, all rescued from the scrap pile and presented beautifully for potential new owners. My only regret is that this lovely gem is so far away from home (I discovered it while visiting the Gentleman’s family in St. Louis). Luckily for crafters everywhere, this exchange is a growing operation, and could be coming to a town near you! Can’t wait that long? Creator Autumn Wiggins designed the program to make it easy for anyone to start their own. I was lucky enough to snag her for an interview for my first ever “Share the Craft”.
Who: Autumn Wiggins
Position: Owner, The Upcycle Exchange
What: An amazing open-source operation based in St. Louis that takes donations of crafty goods & supplies and sells them for pay-as-you-wish prices.
Why: So crafters who want to use upcycled materials can have an easier time sourcing supplies for their projects, and the best part: crafters/designers/anyone&everyone has a place to drop of spare supplies, scraps, etc. keeping it out of the trash and leaving them with an eco-clean conscience!
|See what I mean… Crafters Heaven!|