For many Upcyclers their sense of resource-full-ness is an adventure; they venture outside of the attic into the depths of the alley jungle, the corners of garbage and bin for just the right wood, lamp, crate. They wander the land for a gift from mother nature: that perfect smooth stone, the perfect tree branch, the ideal rock.
Every Upcycler should pair with a favorite source for materials to sustain their work of recycle art. Consider Carolyn from Sea Designs in Encinitas CA; she has paired with a musical group The Blue Moonies where she recycles the bands broken guitar strings into beautifully designed bracelets.
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Here at The Upcycled Word, where our mainstay is vintage train cases; it is key to have a vintage source for product outside of Grandma's attic and the thrift store. We have paired with Vintage Maven Lexi Cortes who has a collection of vintage to rival a hundred grandma attics.
In addition to pairing with a source to assist you in your treasure hunt, it's always good to know all of your source options. Here are places where you can find free treasures: Dumpster diving can produce incredible finds if you know where to look; check the back alley outside of local small business retail shops; this is a great source for old fixtures and marketing. Another great source is Craigs List Free section; many people will list items for free before carting them off to the Goodwill or Salvation Army.
Being resource-full adds more to the average upcycle; pairing with a source builds stronger communities, better partnerships, adds value, reduces waste and benefits all.