If you’ve been reading NewlyWoodwards for any amount of time, you may know these things about me:
- I love myself a good deal.
- I love to create.
- I love to reuse.
For all of these reasons, I’ve found a new love – Reusable Usables in LeClaire, Iowa. If you are local, you must check it out. (I’m talking to you, Jen. And when you do, let me know so I can meet you there.)
It’s an amazing gem for crafters, renovators, sewers and deal-lovers. I read this article in the Times and knew I had to check it out ASAP. I was not disappointed.
Not only was it fun just to look around, there were lots of great finds. The folks working were so sweet and friendly and everything was in a historic home.
Everything in the store is priced at $1/pound. So, you just pick whatever you want and they weigh it up at the end.
A few of my favorite finds:
- Bolts of canvas fabric (I’m hoping to turn some of this into a cushion and pillows for a porch swing at the new house. I picked out blue and white stripes and another navy/light blue/grey stripe.)
- Carpet squares (I’ll be using these in the basement of the new house. Because the laundry is down there, it needs some work and this will help. I picked a few different patterns and I’ll put them together a’la FLOR. These are awesome quality.)
- Wine corks (I’ve been wanting to make some cork trivets, and this was my chance.)
- Chargers (I’ve been itching to try this.)
- Marble, glass and stone square tiles (These will be perfect for coasters and paperweights.)
- Square wooden blocks (For more word blocks.)
There were also tons of cardboard tubes, which could be handy for a number of projects. If you don’t read Ready Made magazine, there was recently a feature on an attic remodel in which the homeowners used cardboard tubes for wall insulation and soundproofing. The tubes immediately reminded me of this.
I got plenty of fun things, but I’m still kicking myself on passing on a few things – namely, sheets of cork. But, let’s see if I can put these items to use before I go buying more. At least, that’s what my husband probably thinks.
But, I will definitely be back. Reusable Usables is seriously calling my name – appealing to me on multiple levels.
Do you have any place like this in your neck of the woods?