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An Etsy Primer

Etsy.com is a virtual flea market of crafts, art, wearable designs and more. It is one of my favorite places to find interesting and different pieces of work that are unlike any that you will find in a traditional retail store. Think of it as a worldwide arts and crafts sale that never ends. Today I want to showcase just a few  of the MANY recycled or reclaimed craft items on the site. Enjoy!

Need to get rid of that wedding china?

Last week I featured gardening as a great activity to get you into the springtime mood. Now, get your garden organized with plant markers! I love these "upcylcled" ceramic plate markers for your garden. Old china and reused wood come together to create a crafty way to tell your Sage from your Beets. Check them out at Esther Coombs' Etsy shop here.

X-Ray Authors

Feel like jotting down some doctor's notes like they do on the TV? These macabre notebooks are made from X-rays and reused paper that has been printed on one side, making journaling in these sprial bound books a quite interesting experience.

Milk Money

These wallets are made from recycled milk cartons and will hold up just fine - after all they used to contain liquid. No two are alike!

Born Again Leather

Leather scraps, leftover from other projects and bound for the trashcan, have been reworked into these snazzy rings. Great for guys or gals. Even if you are a veg-head and don't eat or use animal products, you have to admit that reusing leather for fashion purposes is better than simply trashing it!

Will that be Cash or Charge?

I adore these bracelets made from old Cash Register keys. There are a variety of bracelets posted on Etsy from this jewelry designer. Each one is totally different.

Take some time and check out all the amazing art on Etsy. I could literally waste hours of my life scouring the site for innovative and interesting uses for old objects. Get inspired and get some original recycled art into your life!

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