Reclaimed Threads’ Tote Bags and a quick product update!

Now that Christmas and the post Christmas sales are officially over, all of the holiday items have been taken down from the Reclaimed Threads’ shop. Customers can now enjoy getting back to basics with a nice variety of tote bags and pins. There are a variety of finished clutches that are scheduled to be photographed and uploaded to the store within the week. Trust me, you will want to see these clutches, they are adorable! Make sure to follow Reclaimed Threads’ on Twitter (RECLAIMEDTHREAD) for announcements as to when they are all online!

I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday season and is settling into the new year happily!

Here are a few photos of what is in the shop and what can be expected soon! (forgive some of the poor photography!!!)

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Post Christmas ONE DAY Give Away! Get your name in quickly! Winner will be chosen Tomorrow, December 26!!

Post Christmas ONE DAY Give Away:

Want to stock up on some adorable and eco chic Christmas items for next year…for FREEEEE?!?! If you answered yes, then make sure to get your name in for the Reclaimed Threads’ Christmas Clearance Give Away right away! This is a shot gun giveaway so it starts RIGHT NOW and ends tonight (Saturday, Dec. 26) so make sure that you sign up immediately for your chance to win! There are three ways to enter, listed below(just one day! Eeek! what a rush!).

WHAT CAN YOU WIN?! You can win a beautiful pouch bag made from reclaimed cotton and vintage ribbon. These pouch bags are great for gift giving, storing makeup or jewelry… the uses are endless! You also will receive THREE one of a kind reclaimed cotton/wool ornaments: a sheep, with embroidered “fluffiness” and button feet, a dove, a symbol of peace and love, and a stocking, made from repurposed wool and is perfect for a gift card! Both the sheep and dove have an “RT” embroidered into them for “Reclaimed Threads”. This give-away is worth $45! And you could get it for free, what could be better!

The Winner will be chosen tonight, December 26. If you sign up but do not win, do not fret! You can still take advantage of the amazing Post Christmas Clearance Sale is this Saturday, December 26- Sunday December 27, 2009 at www.ReclaimedThreads.etsy.com. You can buy all of your ornaments, reusable gift bags, reusable gift pouches, fabric bow pins and more for very low prices! While you are there, make sure to check out some new Reclaimed Threads’ tote bags! Enjoy!

Get your name in for the give away the following ways:

Guidelines: There are three entry options listed below, feel free to enter using all three! You may only submit one entry per option though. Meaning you can submit once using the first option AND once using the second option AND once using the third option. Now that is a total of three entries BUT there is a bonus entry for Etsians AND if you purchase ANYTHING from RECLAIMED THREADS today you get 2 extra entries. Good luck!

Options:

1. Comment to this post but you are only eligible if you fill in your email (it will not be published) while filling out the comment box.*

2. Become a Facebook Fan AND either: send me a message through my Reclaimed Threads’ account, or, Write on my wall “This is my Post Christmas Clearance Give Away entry!!!”* http://www.facebook.com/pages/Reclaimed-Threads/124143768096?ref=nf

3. @RECLAIMEDTHREAD “Please include me in your Post Christmas Clearance Giveaway for one of a kind eco-chic products!”on Twitter* (note that there is not an “s” in my Twitter name, this is intentional).

BONUS ENTRY If you are on Etsy, go to the Reclaimed Threads’ shop, www.reclaimedthreads.etsy.com,  and “heart” it (make this shop a favorite of yours)! This you can only do once*

So now you have all the ways to enter so make sure you get your entries in quick!

About Reclaimed Threads: Reclaimed Threads is a sustainable bag company launched by Katherine DeSantis. Katherine is  a 20-something entrepreneur who combined her love of being creative and sustainably conscious to form Reclaimed Threads.  Every item is handmade by Katherine from reclaimed/repurposed, vintage and organic/sustainable materials. There are a variety of bags and products in her shop: www.reclaimedthreads.etsy.com.

* If I am not able to get in touch with the winner  by Monday, December 28, 2009, 12PM EST then I will have to chose an alternative winner.

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ETSY SHOPPER: Last Minute Christmas Shopping!

Hello everyone and Happy Holidays!

Life is crazy and sometimes we either forget to shop for someone on our list or see something at the last minute that we think would make the perfect gift for someone that we care about. Whatever your reason, here are some great last minute ideas that can get you all caught up and ready to relax and enjoy free time with your family and friends!

Like everyone during this time of year, I am short on time so no wordy descriptions this time around! Just match the number on the picture with the number at the bottom for the name of the product annnd a magical link to the shops where you are sure to find even MORE great products and ideas!

1. FREE SHIPPING Forest Friends 8×10 Matted Recycled Collage Print Collection http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=35151548

2. guitar string earrings – Recycled teardrop http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=36854999

3. Silk and Organic Cotton Luxuria Sleep Mask http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=36855109

4. Flatware Silverware Utensil Pouch Case http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=28948799

5. Funky Junq Recycled Aluminum Soda Pop Can Art Magnet A and W ROOTBEER PIG http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=36871407

6. Eye of the Tiger Neck Piece/Scarf/Necklace http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=30766348

7. rose blossom felt headband http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=23933043

8. MONKEY CUP COZY – Eamon – Reusable Coffee Sleeve http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=21927891

9. Don’t Panic I’m Organic (Printed on a Soft Organic and Sweat-Shop Free Tee) http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=32786314

10. Eco Friendly Recycled Map Bangle Bracelet – Chicago – The Windy City http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=36877390

11. SET OF 3 lavender sachets http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=36876772

12. Mama and Mee Pixie HoodE http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=35395637

13. Christmas Tree Gift Tags – 10 Total – Recycled Paper http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=36796359

14. Eco Friendly Wee Ones Bib Collection-The Purple Garden http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34342980

15. Rustic Reclaimed Fencewood Framed LED Candle Sconce http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34746456

PS here is a cute Treasury to check out! http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=100757

About Reclaimed Threads: Reclaimed Threads is a sustainable bag company launched by Katherine DeSantis. Katherine is  a 20-something entrepreneur who combined her love of being creative and sustainably conscious to form Reclaimed Threads.  Every item is handmade by Katherine from reclaimed/repurposed, vintage and organic/sustainable materials. There are a variety of bags and products in her shop: www.reclaimedthreads.etsy.com.

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December 2009 Reclaimed Threads’ Business Update; Current Events, Lessons Learned and Looking Forward

Hello world!

I hope that by reading through what I have been going through the last few weeks. running my small business, that it will help anyone going through the same ordeals! If you have any suggestions, helpful links or words of encouragement never hesitate to leave a comment or email me! I love hearing from people and frankly have a few things I am struggling with and would appreciate all the help I can get!

Well, there has been a lot happening with Reclaimed Threads over the last month or so. While I was still in Pittsburgh (3 months total), I worked my butt off building up a holiday inventory that exceeded my expectations in terms of the amount I was able to produce while maintaining the high quality I demand of myself.  Now the challenge lies in my being able to continue being as productive at home (MA) where there are many more opportunities to socialize. I maintain optimistic though, now that I see what I am capable of!

Currently In The Reclaimed Threads’ Etsy Shop:

So about this holiday inventory I mentioned before… I have lots of Christmas products currently up in my shop (www.reclaimedthreads.ets.com)! I had such a great time creating unique ornaments, gift bags and accessories! Make sure to have a look, grab what you like and let me know what you think!

What Is Coming Soon To The Reclaimed Threads’ Etsy Shop:

I have about 20 bags of all shapes, sizes and colors as well as many (MANY!) more accessories finished a ready to be photographed for my Etsy shop. I was originally holding onto them because I had a few shows lined up and thought I would sell them there. This did not end up being the case (story to be shared under the “Reclaimed Threads Out and About” Section) and I am really looking forward to sharing them with a larger group of like-minded people through my shop! Make sure to stop by while you are finishing up your holiday shopping, you won’t be disappointed! My goal is to have all of these items in my shop by next Tuesday, December 15th.

TIP: I have become such a firm believer in setting deadlines for myself lately! It truly does help and when you tell your friends and family (and Facebook and Twitter followers) about your deadline then you are forced to follow through! If you don’t follow through then there is bound to be at least one person who says, I thought you said that you were going to have “X” done by today? I hate disappointing people and looking like a bad business person so this keeps me in line! I will say, though, that despite all of my planning I am missing a total of THREE Etsy Shopper Features that I had planned for the past two weeks and this week. But Thanksgiving, travel and settling back home really messed things up. I had only set loose deadlines in this case so now I am all about full disclosure and am going to put up some sort of schedule of upcoming posts in this blog so that I am locked in!

Material World:

I am soooooo happy that I found a great fabric supplier! Two actually and they have been right under my nose this whole time and I wasn’t even aware of them! There is a home consignment store in my town called Still Life (http://www.stilllifeconsignmentshop.com/) and they have a lot of fabric samples from stores as well as vintage fabric and yardage that people simply didn’t want. I want it though!! I am so happy that people are bringing these items here instead of just throwing them away!

Upstairs in the same building is a designer fabric store called Zimmans (http://zimmans.com/). NOTE: When you go to this website there is music that I can’t figure out how to turn off so be careful if you are reading this at work! haha but back to what I was saying, I was almost overwhelmed with the bins of remnants and bolt ends available here! I am a huge fan of when products, literally no matter what it is, are color coordinated. I got weak at the knees when I saw the rainbow of colors as I walked through the back of this store!

I am definitely going to become a VERY good customer of both of these businesses!

A family member also stumbled across an estate sale recently and found boxes FULL of vintage buttons!  So I have about 9 or 10 Ball glass jars full of buttons, I’m in heaven!

Reclaimed Threads Out and About:

Okay now to my big blunder of 2009. I had a  few shows the last couple of weeks but none were very fruitful. One was a holiday shopping boutique which was a lot of fun and I met many great people but traffic into the boutique show wasn’t very high so there weren’t a lot of sales. I also was at a flea market for two Sundays in a row but I had a sharp gut feeling when I agree to sign up for this (which is a long story in itself including my brother and his friend and all of us splitting a booth, which didn’t happen, etc) that a fleas market might be the most inappropriate place to try and sell handmade, one of a kind, high-end sustainable products. My gut feeling was right and I did not generate many sales but, again, met some nice people. One thing that I gained from both experiences, which I find indispensable, is face to face feedback on my products. I am thrilled to report that people’s reactions and comments were overwhelmingly positive! It makes me very happy and proud to have people, unsolicited, tell me how impressed they are especially when they are seamstresses and other handmade craftsmen which a few were!

TIP Through The Lesson I Learned From This Experience: From now on I am going to be photographing products and uploading them to my shop every week. This is no matter what events I have lined up because by hoarding my inventory for these shows instead of uploading them to my Etsy shop as well, resulted in my missing out on all the post-Thanksgiving exposure. This was poor planning, and in my opinion, plain laziness on my part because I was too naive in thinking that everything I made would sell at these three events. I have learned that you can never assume anything when it comes to how your product will do at a show or event.  It is alright to think positive but always utilize every tool you have available! I should have uploaded all of my inventory to my Etsy shop so that they would be there for people looking specifically for high quality, eco-chic handbags AND for people who left the show with my card and could have decided to check out the shop later that night and see if the bag they liked was still available, possibly even buying it then. Even though feedback was very positive, the flea market was not the place to sell my products, so I would have to advise everyone to be very careful as to what sort of places you try to sell your products. If it is obviously the wrong venue then don’t waste your time and money because both are valuable!! Woops! Lesson learned!

Katherine, What Else Have You Learned So Far About Selling Your Kind of Products (handmade, sustainable bags and accessories):

Over the last few months I have learned a few things about selling my products:

-Customers tell me that my Etsy listing photos do not do my products justice! When they receive their bag they are surprised by how nice it really is! I am still working on taking crisper photos that also give the views that replicate how people look at bags in a store: front and back, inside, over their shoulder, etc.

-Even though I am working on my photos in my Etsy shop, there is still nothing better then having people see my products in person. I sell more bags when people ask me to come to their house while they have company over than anything else that I have done. This has sparked two initiatives that I will be working towards in the next few weeks: I want to get my products into handmade and eco-conscious stores in my area and I want to make a game plan for how I would launch a series of Home Trunk Shows (or home bag parties) to decide if it would be “do-able”.

-People are very much into one of a kind bags but they really like to pick out their own fabric and design elements. I played around with the idea of doing custom bags but with my production crew being made up of me, myself and I, I just do not have the capacity to venture into something like this yet. I am considering making this an exclusive offer at house trunk shows as well as these parties acting as a chance to have first dibs on a selection of new products.

-I need to get more Press Coverage for Reclaimed Threads! I would definitely appreciate any suggestions when it comes to this topic! I love seeing my products reviewed by people and would like to continue with this as well as have features written about the company as a whole! Up to this point, I’ve relied on networking with people and them offering to feature me here and there. I appreciate all of this and am now aiming to be featured more often and by a broader range of media (blogs, magazines, newspapers and TV)! Who isn’t aiming for this?!

FUN FACT: I was going to be featured in the Unofficial Etsy Business Blog as a “green business” recently. This turned into Justine (the editor) asking me to become a contributor to the blog instead. So I will be taking the driver’s seat for a “green stories” series on her blog, this is coming soon and will be a monthly feature. I am working on the questions and finding people to feature at the moment. I will be sure to update everyone once the first feature is ready! I am excited for this, it will be a fun to be a part of what I think is a wonderful blog!

Well, this pretty much sums up my last month or so! I’d love to hear your feedback about my products, the progress that I am making and definitely any suggestions that you have about things that I should be doing that I am not! Thanks for sticking with me through this long update! Remember that you can subscribe to my blog and get updates without even having to think about it!

Best Wishes,

Katherine

About Reclaimed Threads: Reclaimed Threads is a sustainable bag company launched by Katherine DeSantis. Katherine is  a 20-something entrepreneur who combined her love of being creative and sustainably conscious to form Reclaimed Threads.  Every item is handmade by Katherine from reclaimed/repurposed, vintage and organic/sustainable materials. There are a variety of bags and products in her shop: www.reclaimedthreads.etsy.com.

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Etsy Shopper: Gift Ideas For Him!

Hello everyone!

I am excited for this post because after putting all of these great items together in one place, I am full of gift ideas for the men in my life this holiday season! Usually, I have such a hard time because they are so picky and have everything they THINK they want. 🙂 As usual Etsy sellers have come through with some of the most creative spins on products for men! So enjoy and remember that you need to scroll past the pictures to get a product description and link to each seller’s shop, just match the numbers from the pictures to the descriptions…

…As a side note, you can now subscribe to my blog! This is new-ish (about a week) so if you like what you see when you scroll through my blog then make sure you sign up to receive update via email! You do this in the right column where it says “Subscribe to Reclaimed Threads!”

1. These great cuff links are made from recycled skateboard! They are great, maybe for someone who has to dress up for the holidays or some special occasion and is hating the idea. Give him a cool accessory to express himself! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34531856

2. See how creative people are on Etsy!? This is a second pair of cuff links but they are COMPLETELY different than the first! I’ve never seen cuff links like these! I love the zipper pulls! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34516917

3. This set of 2 recycled glasses are made from the bottom of reclaimed wine bottles! I love this idea and the set includes two different kinds of glasses so you will find many excuses to use them! When you check out this shop read the “Quit your Day Job” Feature that Etsy did on this seller! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34717890

4. This eye glass slip is so great! Not only is it made from repurposed leather but it is small and not bulky so whoever you buy it for can bring it along with him wherever he goes and keep his glasses safe! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34329414

5. I love this scarf! The colors are great for the season and very masculine, even though I love the color green and I can see myself “borrowing” it from whoever in my house I gave it to 🙂 This particular one is reserved but check out the other scarves in this shop! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=16874098

6.This leather cuff, made from recycled leather, would be such a unique gift! The antique clock print on it add a nice touch of style. Wait until you see all of the great cuffs in this shop! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33074545

7. What a cool money clip! The front displays a vintage watch movement from Westfield Watch Co. I love how it is so simple and ornate at the same time! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34793328

8. I am from MA and love the Red Sox! There is nothing better than a summer baseball game at Fenway Park. This beautiful photograph is great for any fellow Sox fan! I love it because I know that when this photo was taken, the crowd was roaring and the smells of sausages and peanuts were in the air but there is still something peaceful about this scene. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=21820461

9.I love the color of this shirt! The hand screened graphic on the front was an original drawing. The T-shirt is American Apparel made from 100% organic jersey cotton. Such a great shirt and would make a wonderful gift! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=31390376

10. This great, one of a kind belt buckle was made from an old math textbook. The book was being taken out of circulation because the interior pages were in bad shape. So instead of being thrown away, it was used to make this belt buckle! Such a great idea and there is a shop full of other cool designs! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33970667

11. This thick and sturdy copper bracelet is hand cut, shaped and pounded into all its glory! There aren’t any chemicals used to coat it, which I think is great! This beautiful bracelet has a matching ring that you can also find in this shop! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34570422

12. This is a great piece of art! Perfect for any den or bachelor pad! 🙂 The image was put through a transfer process onto a recycled tile. It comes in a flat black colored box that was hand constructed for each tile. Truly unique! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=31776995

13. This wonderful wallet is made from a vintage necktie and a retired wool suit! You can fit bills in the large pocket and your cards in the two smaller pockets! I love the colors and the fact that all of those wonderful items were given a new life in this product! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33995931

14. I love that the seller calls this “Modern Art To Wear” because that is exactly what it is! It sounds like a lot of work goes into these belt buckles and I’m certainly glad it does because they are so beautiful, colorful and unlike any other belt buckle I have seen lately! Such a cool gift! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34559134

15. This flask is made from a recycled British tartan topcoat. The colors and texture of the fabric is great for the cold winter months ahead! Buy one as a gift for someone else or grab one for yourself! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33832179

16. This beautiful ebony guitar pick is the perfect gift for any guitarist! You will always have your pick with you since you can wear it on this stylish necklace. The pick is removable and can be easily reattached to the necklace after you are finished playing! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34617183

17. OH BOY! Again with the Boston pride! This soap is made with Sam Adams Boston Lager, myyyy personal favorite! It is left unscented. You can wash your body, hair and shave with this soap! I just love it, I think it’s great idea and at this price you can buy them as stocking stuffers for everyone! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34805074

18. This great leash is made from recycled climbing rope! It is a great way for man and man’s best friend to spend some quality time together outdoors! This leash is 10 feet long and very durable so it can withstand whatever you two get into! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=32689649

19. This slim, stainless steel card case is a great accessory for any man (or woman for that matter)! It is lightweight so you can throw it into your pocket and be ready for any opportunity to show it off! The watch mechanisms and celtic cross medallion make a bold statement. There are other medallions available so stop by the shop to check it out!  http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=29308641

About Reclaimed Threads: Reclaimed Threads is a sustainable bag company launched by Katherine DeSantis. Katherine is  a 20-something entrepreneur who combined her love of being creative and sustainably conscious to form Reclaimed Threads.  Every item is handmade by Katherine from reclaimed/repurposed, vintage and organic/sustainable materials. There are a variety of bags and products in her shop: www.reclaimedthreads.etsy.com.

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Etsy Shopper: Gift Ideas For Kids!

Felt Flower Pins from my Shop :)

Felt Flower Pins From My Shop

Hello Holiday Shoppers!

Can you believe it’s almost the holidays again?! I am having a hard time wrapping my head around this! But nonetheless it is exciting! I have compiled a nice variety of Gift Ideas for Kids this week. Children are so much fun to shop for! Each of the featured sellers have many other products that would make fantastic gifts as well so make sure to stop by their shops after browsing the post! I am making an effort not to be super wordy right now because I can go on and on so let’s just dive right into the products, shall we!?

Remember that you need to scroll past the pictures to get a product description and link to each seller’s shop, just match the numbers from the pictures to the descriptions…

1. What a great idea to help kids learn another language as well as a nice wall decoration, I love they way she has them hanging in her photo! Cards are available in English, Spanish, Italian, German, French, Swedish (I feel like I can never find anything in Swedish, so YAY!) or Chinese. They are printed on eco-friendly card stock and you can request bigger cards too. Just adorable! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33885635

2. Perfect for the chilly months ahead! The top of the line fleece used in making the wrap is made from 100% recycled polyester. These are so cute and the pockets are the best! I like having pockets in everything so I’m definitely a fan! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34063136

3. I want this shirt! Inspire hope sustainably and look great! I love the look of the material used to make the shirt and I was so happy to learn it’s a blend of organic cotton, recycled polyester and naturally occurring rayon. They are made right here in the USA, in Manhattan to be exact. I have a feelign these are going to fly off the shelves so grab yours! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=24670632

4. If you are looking for a unique gift for a baby, or even a toddler who likes making music, you’ve found it! How beautiful are these?! The rattles are made from remnant wood, natural bees wax is used instead of stains and there are a variety of colors (different kinds of wood) available! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=vt_related_1&listing_id=34128014

5. This is a fun toy for any child and you can feel good giving it to them! Each ball is made from all natural materials including: organic cotton terry cloth, bamboo fleece and organic cotton/hemp corduroy, sewn with organic cotton thread and everything is hand died by ecoleeko. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=30884064

6. Hoooow cute is this Stegosaurus?!  He is made from a recycled wool Sweater. I am impressed that he is a decently big plush toy, measuring 19 inches long from nose to tail and his body is 9 inches high. He has vintage buttons for eyes, I’m a sucker for vintage buttons on anything! I just love this Stuffed Dino! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=18916750

7. These tic tac toe game are made from eco-friendly felt. These would make great stocking stuffers to keep the kids bust for a bit before it’s time to open presents. You could be a nice gift for all your children’s friends, itsthesmallthings loves custom orders so you can speak with them about color combinations to get exactly what you want! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=30952194

8. If your kids love Fisher Price Little People, then you can get them some vehicles that none of their friends have! All of these vintage pieces are in great condition and ready to play! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34096061

9. I love these fun buddies! There are a variety of animals available to choose from and all are handmade from upcycled materials. Each is so unique and your kids will love having something so unique are truly only theirs! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34081082

10. These lovely boots are made from repurposed suede. Desgined to keep the elements away from your little one’s feet! There is flannel in between two layers of suede to keep their feet warm and the suede is so chic. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34100521

11.  This Kathy Panton’s brand new book! I hear Two Birds is a picture book with great colors and the text is simple and easy to remember so I’d be willing to bet that your child will be reciting it right along with you after you read it together a few times! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33976634

12. Adorable! These clipboards are made from 100% recycled fibers/materials. I know that when I was little I played office and school all the time and I would have been SO excited to get my own clipboard (I used to have to borrow them from the home office) with my name on it!  Great personalized gift! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34000309

13. Whenever I look at these, I smile. They are so cute and would make such a great stocking stuffer! My parents were big on filling our stocking with things to keep us busy while they made coffee and toast and mentally prepared themselves for gift time. These would have been a hit at our house! http://www.etsy.com/shop/kittybblove?section_id=5957464

14. EEEEE! I LOVE KneeDeepQuilt’s bears! Look at the expression on his face! He is so cute and has a personality that any kid (or 25 year old named Katherine haha) would just go gah-gah over! There is only a few so if you love it make sure you grab one!! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34317989

15. I have a thing for rattles. I just think people get so creative with them! These particular rattle are Crocheted Animals made from Eco-friendly Organic cotton. So cute, original designs and you get to choose 2 from the variety of animals available in the shop. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33986982

16. I’ve never seen anything like these whistles, have you?! I think they are so cool! It is a working wristlet made from recycled vintage bottle caps and tin cans. This would be a great stocking stuffer http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33754519

17. When I was a child I ALWAYS wanted a chair that was just my size! Check this one out! It is so unique and absolutely beautiful! Everything in this shop is breathtaking. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=32819448

18. Oh Rupert. ho doesn’t love Rupert. This would be a great gift that you can read after opening, which would be special for your child! It looks like it has lots of pictures to be enjoyed as the story progresses. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34082145

19. Okay, this is such a fun product! It is a hammock that is small for you child! How cool is that! It is made from recycled cotton fabric and uses professional heavy duty ropes and karabiners to your little one will be secure once you set it up for them. It is portable too so you can bring it to the park or beach with you! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34061708

20. If your child loves to draw or write, give them this one of a kind journal! The pages inside are recycled paper together with the original story! There are so many uses for this journal that the seller lists in her shop as well as many other journals to choose from. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34104254

21. These blocks are gorgeous! Not only will your little one have fun playing with them but they can learn their letters too! There is a bag for easy storage and clean up but they are so ornate and would make a great decoration for your shelves! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33264572

22. If your child love to help you cook, I know I used to, this is the perfect gift for them! It is a child’s size rolling pin. This product is made to last more than one lifetime and is sealed with natural beeswax based wood creme. Enjoy this product for years to come! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34071027

23. When it comes to decorating your gifts, why not stock up on these great upcycled magazine gift bows in green?! They are made from old teenage girl magazines! I think these are just fabulous! and a nice conversation starter if you bring a gift by a friend or neighbors house! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=32120451

About Reclaimed Threads: Reclaimed Threads is a sustainable bag company launched by Katherine DeSantis. Katherine is  a 20-something entrepreneur who combined her love of being creative and sustainably conscious to form this company.  Every item is handmade by Katherine from reclaimed, vintage and organic/sustainable materials. There are a variety of bags and products in her shop: www.reclaimedthreads.etsy.com.

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Check Out: The Green Familia Green Shopping Blog and nominate them for The Green Web Awards!

The Green FamiliaThe Green Familia is a wonderful blog that has tons of green shopping tips and guides. It is based out of the UK but is still a great resource for all of us here in the US! I love stopping by this site and feel lucky to have  been featured a couple of times and will have a few items included in their Ethical Christmas List, so keep an eye out for that! I promise that you will be impressed with all of the hard work the editors put into this blog, so make a point to stop by and have a look!

I wanted to do a quick write-up on them to make you aware that if you like this blog as much as I do, you should consider nominating them for the Green Web Awards! They certainly deserve it and nominations close November 16. I figure it can’t hurt to get as many people as possible to support them in this! Nominating them only took me a minute and you can do so by going to http://www.nigelsecostore.com/green-web-awards/ and clicking on “nominations are now open” then fill out the little form with The Green Familia’s URL: http://thegreenfamilia.co.uk/ and the category would be “eco-blogs and news”.

I will fill everyone in on the results as soon as they are in! Let’s keep our fingers crossed for them!

~Katherine~

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About Reclaimed Threads: Reclaimed Threads is a sustainable bag company owned  by Katherine DeSantis. Katherine is  a 20-something entrepreneur who combined her love of being creative and sustainably conscious to start this company.  Every item is handmade by Katherine from reclaimed, vintage and organic/sustainable materials. There are a variety of bags and products to chose from at her Etsy shop, www.reclaimedthreads.etsy.com.

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