Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle

Last week I found myself with a little extra time on my hands so I took a trip to the Goodwill Outlet store. I don’t know if you’ve ever been, but you can buy clothes and goods by the pound out there. Pretty cool, right? In any case, I found a bunch of nice dress shirts that I couldn’t resist picking up. I knew I wanted to resell them, but being who I am didn’t want to put them out as they were, so I washed them thoroughly and put my stamp on them (so to speak).

These are the shirts of Afro Triangle Upcycled. I have long wanted to print onto dress shirts, jeans and jackets, but was a little fearful of the startup costs for that venture. Upcycling gives me the opportunity to explore and refine my technique, provide a quality product, and test the market without breaking the bank.

Once I got that started, I couldn’t resist making upcycled jewelry as well. I had some leather belts that were pretty cool, but were a little too broken to buckle so I turned them into these leather cuffs.

It has been a good time exploring the different types of designs I can pull out of leather, rivets and snaps. Check back periodically to see what else comes out.

These new products are all available in my shop at the following links:

http://shop.afrotriangledesigns.com/Apparel/Afro-Triangle-Upcycled/

http://shop.afrotriangledesigns.com/Accessories/Upcycled-Jewelry/

Thanks for checking in.

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