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First Pop up Shop at Take Time Vintage - February

First Pop up Shop at Take Time Vintage - February

Vintage dip dyed blankets, silver jewelry and interesting finds are at our first pop up shop at Take Time Vintage 18 Wilson Street in Guelph. We are especially lucky to be part of Take Time Vintages (re) opening party on February 11, 2017 from 7-11.

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Why so many Vintage Blankets?

Why so many Vintage Blankets?

I participated in Come of to My Room 2014 at the Gladstone Hotel with an installation that incorporated discarded wool blankets. The core message addressed the paradox of wealth and value in our society where the environment and the economy are at odds. The resources needed to maintain wealth which fuels consumerism contrasts with the balance in the natural world.  I recognize the value of the wool blankets and found them at 2nd hand stores, yard sales and auctions. The transformation in “Common Thread” from utility to art questions the value society puts on using discarded objects and their place...

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Goodwill Toronto Stores

Goodwill Toronto Stores

 Navigating "By the pound" Goodwill before it was permanently closed.   Goodwill was founded in 1902 in Boston by Methodist  Rev. Edgar J. Helms. Helms collected used household goods and clothing in wealthier areas, then trained and hired the poor to mend and repair the goods. The goods were then resold or were given to the people who repaired them.  Helms described Goodwill Industries as an “industrial program as well as a social service enterprise…a provider of employment, training and rehabilitation for people of limited employability, and a source of temporary assistance for individuals whose resources were depleted.” Dr. Helms’ vision set...

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Made to Last - Buy It Once

Made to Last - Buy It Once

When a product is made to last you only have to buy it once in your life time. Buy Me Once is an online store who's long and short term missions align with my values. Make it easy to buy things that are built to last. Provide tips and articles to take care of the things you have.    Encourage people to buy just a few great things they love rather than huge amounts of clutter.   Challenge manufacturers to build products that last longer than the current products on the market.   Contribute to changing our throwaway culture to a...

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Against Obsolescence

Against Obsolescence

My father talked about planned obsolescence when I didn't know what it meant. I bought a washer and dryer 25 years ago and have had it fixed 3 times. After a lengthly conversation with an appliance sales person who said 7 years is the best you can expect out of an appliances now, I have continued to use the old ones. Against obsolescence from Vitsœ on Vimeo. Dieter Rams worked for Brams for some 40 years and believed in the abolition of obsolescence but here we are. How can one counter this problem?  

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