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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Our purpose and repurposing

The purpose of our store is actually more than one explanation:

- We offer items in good-to-new condition at below retail prices
- Money from consigning goes into your account (store credit or payment)
- Shoppers can buy less retail items so hopefully manufacturers will stop over-creating
- You want your items to be donated to local people in need
- We offer a way for children to give up outgrown items and build their own account (c/o parent)
- Our store is conveniently located, a friend local shop
- We are a woman-owned small business showing others that they, too, can achieve a goal
- We keep items out of the landfill
- Our commitment to the community includes supporting schools, non-profits, and other programs (currently the Marin/SF Food Bank and Secret Santas of Novato)

Repurposing is not only a creative outlet but also does much of the above! We have stopped selling crib bumpers (for safety sake) and right now I am sitting on three of them, taken in because..."what to do with them?" I researched online {THRIFTY FUN} and found the following suggestions for crib bumpers:

"Recover the foam with other adult prints and take them to nursing homes they make great bedrail guards for those that thrash and bump their legs and arms and helps prevent bedwounds and bruising that can be painful for the elderly."
"Cut them down, fill them with rice and herbs or essential oils, and make some heat packs. Great for helping children off to sleep or keeping little feet warm or, with the right herbs, helping with a chest cold."
"They could be cut into even lengths and the lengths sewn together as a lightweight blanket or portable changing pad."
"Use the bumpers as "trim" on things like laundry baskets, storage bins or diaper pails in the nursery. Since they are part of your set, they will coordinate the entire room for a "designer" look. Don't forget to save some of the bumper for a valance over the window!"
"Why not take a solid color fabric that matches the print best and along the pads, running horizontally, sew on little pockets to house small toys, stuffed animals, shoes, pictures, anything that will look cute in the pockets. Hang the whole pad on the wall. Just make your pockets are the same size and spread them out the same distance along the pad."
"How about simple, small stuffed animals? They'd be easy to cut and sew -- think of a cookie cutter teddy fish or gingerbread man, just larger. Stitch seam binding around the edges."
"Line big baskets with them and use the baskets as toy catchers or organizers."

So....I have three bumpers. Are you up to being crafty? - Stephanie

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