Very often we get asked questions similar to the following:
“What exactly is upcycling?”
“What do the Upcycle Girls do?”
“I saw a project you did at my friend’s house…Can you make me one?”
“Where can I find your work?”
We would like to take this opportunity to let our followers know exactly what our goals are through our business, and what is behind our motivation to achieve those goals, in an effort to answer those questions.
First, the definition of upcycling might be explained differently by each person within the field. For your trusty Wisconsinite Upcycle Girls, this is what it means:
Turning the useless into useful, the junky to funky, and the dusty into shiny… Keeping in mind the well-known phrase, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” to us it’s about taking an overlooked item that may be on the tale end of its life as one thing, and either shining it up or completely turning it over to make it useable again! This is important to us because it recognizes the historic integrity of any material or item, and the work that was put into originally making it. In addition, we save all of these items from rotting away in landfills, decreasing our carbon footprint and doing our part to maintain our beautiful planet!
As far as what we do… We aim to achieve the aforementioned goals while creating one-of-a-kind items. Sometimes we create our pieces with a plan in mind, and sometimes a project is developed through the process itself. Results vary from classic and clean, subtle statements to bold and radical conversation pieces. Whatever the result though, you can be sure that whatever we create for you WILL be one-of-a-kind. We hand make everything, nothing is mass-produced; we even create our own drawing templates! So, while others may request and receive something similar to yours, you can basque in the knowledge that no one will ever have one exactly like yours. Here is a nursery sign created out of barn-wood with our own original design template.
What we make also hinges on what we find out in the world! This applies both to refinishing and repurposing. We also offer services such as interior design consultation, antique restoration, repair, minor upholstery, and personal shopping (and no, we don’t mean things like underwear! 😉 ). Here are a couple of our salvaged pieces before restoration and repurpose… A factory cart (future coffee table) and antique cast iron hooks from 1908 (repurposed as towel hooks).
Many of the things we make are custom requests, sometimes with flexibility to add our own unique artistry. We also create original pieces, which are available for purchase any of the following ways:
1. Follow us on Facebook, we post all new available and past items. www.facebook.com/theupcyclegirl
2. Visit the store Burlap and Lace in Waukesha, where we feature some of our times for carry out. (840 N Grand Waukesha, WI)
3. We recently started an Etsy store (Note: This is a work in progress, and item availability will change as products sell. Keep in mind our avoidance of mass producing any one item to maintain our mission of originality and uniqueness.) https://www.etsy.com/shop/UpcycleGirlsWI?ref=hdr_shop_menu
4. Take a look at our website. We do our best to update with new items as well as past SOLD items. We keep up SOLD items to reference for customers in the case that a request is similar to a past piece. www.upcyclegirl.simpl.com
5. Don’t forget to also follow us on Pinterest and Instagram for regular updates including new items for sale, and business and personal sharing!
We could go on all day about the joy we are trying to spread through our work, but we will leave you with this for today!
In love and junk,
Tara & Becca