I am not a category-5 shopaholic, but I do enjoy staying in fashion and getting new clothes and accessories often. Since I have been green conscious, I am always thinking of ways I can feed the shopping monster inside, without the guilt of filling landfills and adding to the production of new materials.
One solution to this is seeking out upcycled jewelry and accessories.
I got these earrings at a vintage store in Gainesville and was happy when the clerk informed me they were made from used material. After running into the artist (Nancy) who makes them at the Farmers’ Market last Wednesday, I got a little insight into how she uses upcycling to make earrings, bracelets, necklaces and hair pins.
She buys used, vintage materials from a few different stores. A few things she mentioned were men’s neckties and vintage fabric with patterns (such as scarves). She then turns the fabric into these button-like earrings, necklaces and cloth bracelets.
The concept of upcycling is taking something that would normally go to waste, such as old fabric, and making something new out of it that raises its value.
I am always on the hunt for really unique jewelry and I definitely found it this these earrings.
Here’s a link to the LuellaBird Etsy shop for some more pretty upcycled things.