As you know, I am a fan of repurposing. A favorite pastime of mine is searching out vintage items and then coming up with fresh, clever uses for my discoveries. Always on the lookout for inspiration, I often turn to Etsy to view some of the most creative recycled items around. Here are a few fellow Etsians who not only embrace this design aesthetic, they take it to a new level.
From tables to pet beds, Sherri's shop, Love Nostalgic Whimsy, is a testament to what you can do with old luggage. So fun! Where other people may see worthless junk, Sherri sees everything as something.
Jessica, of DIY Studio, constructs whimsical assemblages she calls Artbots. Made with found junk and 100% upcycled, these conversation pieces are loaded with personality.
Jessica puts this "disclaimer" on her Artbot listings: Operate only under the influence of imagination! (Love that!)
Douglas, of Dark Water Engine Works, is an eco-conscious artist. When possible, he has made it his personal policy to remove trash from nature areas. Douglas then uses these finds in his unique creations, like his Kicked Can Clock below, made from a repurposed steel can he found along a bike path.
Douglas's brilliant arrangement, called Power Flower, consists of repurposed electrical plugs, cords, electrical tape leaves and wire resting in a salvaged glass vase.
Heather's shop, called ReaDo, has the subhead Repurposing Inspired by Literature. She transforms vintage books and buttons into unique, one-of-a-kind purses.
So clever. And just look how pretty the inside is, too!
Jeff and Mark, of BootsNGus, have a shop where "handmade and vintage come together." Look at these recycled Bundt cake pans! With the addition of Snap-in Socket cords and standard night light bulbs, they have created this sweet pair of Wall Flowers.
Perfect for the kitchen, Jeff and Mark have transformed a matching set of three vintage Pyrex mixing bowls into reclaimed pendant lights. I love their warm glow.
These Etsy sellers are masters of working old objects into new contexts. I hope you have enjoyed this peek at their inventive creations.