RB: What is your company and what do you do?
RPWS: We sell vintage and repurposed home and wedding decor. You can find our collection on Etsy, at Arts Market in Leslieville, and Redline Coffee in Corktown. We also do pop-up markets across the city year-round, like ReBash!
RPWS: One of our first projects was a wood box that we made using pieces of an old Ikea chair. We became interested in how we could repurpose or freshen up vintage and unwanted things and give them new use or look. We felt inspired by a lot of things we were seeing on Pinterest and Etsy, and we started making and selling our own little projects.
The thing that fuels our creativity today is seeing so many local artists really believing in what they do and coming together to sell their work. It’s always great to make money doing something you love, but to us, it’s less about a competitive marketplace and more about the social aspect of the business. We love meeting people who are doing brilliant things. The community aspect of buying and selling our artwork is what keeps us going, and selling at markets is a great way to connect with other artists and share ideas and inspirations. It’s also about the collaborations and figuring out how we can work with others.
RPWS: We will have dipped milk glass vases, chicken wire frames, chalkboard frames, teacup soy candles, copper planters, gold painted conches, dipped wood decorative bowls, painted mason jars, milk jars, quote blocks, crates, suitcases, typewriters, and more vintage and upcycled decor.
RPWS: We love creating unique furniture pieces. We recently made a small dining room table using the top of a large wire spool and attached Canadian made hairpin legs. We re-upholstered some dining room chairs with a world map fabric and voila – we now have a new dining room set.