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While I love to upcycle and repurpose my own projects, I have a great appreciate for seeing the work of others too.
That’s why I jumped at the chance when I was contacted by Uncommon Goods and asked to review a few of their gift collection items. I love upcycling and repurposing, and when those projects can be made into gifts and unique decor – all the better.
Who is Uncommon Goods?
Uncommon Goods is a Brooklyn, New York-based retailer founded in 1999, featuring handmade jewelry, designer decor, tabletop items, and handcrafted gifts, with one-third of the entire collection featuring recycled and/or upcycled materials.
While many of the items are unique and uncommon, what I most appreciate about them is the range of creative artisans who make much of what is sold, like this reclaimed redwood drink caddy:
Created by two brothers in San Francisco, these caddies are made from reclaimed California redwood. I loved reading the story of these brothers’ woodcraft business, and the dedication to quality and creative expression they put into their work. I’m always inspired when I read about someone using their creative talents to start a business, and these two are definitely on track!
Our boys are huge cream soda fans, but it has to be from a glass bottle! (Go figure.) To be fair, it’s actually a treat reserved for Friday movie nights because…well, just imagine how many glass soda bottles a few boys can go through!
So you can imagine how thrilled they were to have this for the occasion. The built-in opener makes it even more appealing – and fun. I’m sure it’s appeal isn’t limited to teenage boys, however – this would be a gift hit with most any guy, I’m confident.
Unique is the perfect way to describe this little desk paperweight:
Every piece is some type of reclaimed metal! From the spark plug body to the butter knife wings, this sculpture is a popular item at our house. All the boys have admired the creativity and detail of the plane and the big debate is – who gets it?
I love the creative expression of this Oregon-based artist. Who would have thought a spark plug could be so interesting?
But I do have one piece that the boys haven’t put dibs on…
This gorgeous handmade lounge robe is stitched from reclaimed Indian saris. Marketed through fair-trade co-ops, these robes provide opportunities for women to create a better standard of living for themselves and their families, which means that not only is this a unique product, but it also helps support a better life for the artisans who sew them.
I love how each robe is uniquely designed and perfectly suited for comfortable wear at the end of a long day. It’s a beautiful expression of the patterns and colors of India. This is just one of the over 150 unique items at Uncommon Goods that are part of their collection of gifts for women. You’ll find something available for every style and taste.
Shopping with Uncommon Goods is more than just getting a unique and handcrafted item, however. Since launching their Better to Give program in 2001, Uncommon Goods has given over $1.000,000 to selected non-profits by donating $1 of every purchase.
You can choose from 4 organizations to support when you make a purchase, supporting Uncommon Goods’ “pay it forward” philosophy. That’s good business, in my opinion.
Uncommon Goods is also one of 1,008 B Corporations – businesses upholding rigorous standards on wage levels, environmental impact, and giving back to the community. It’s more that just a buck – it’s about business practices that better the world we live in.
Visit Uncommon Goods for a wide range of unique and creative items for your home and gift-giving.
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