I have found the biggest challenge and opportunity of working with reclaimed, recycled and upcycled goods is learning to work with what I can find. There are times this is really frustrating, especially when it comes to zippers and buttons! Popping out to the craft shop to get just what I need is fun - a wonderland of crafty goodness - but I am working towards this happening less and less. The greatest challenge I find is staying productive while waiting on locating the right coloured zipper or right sized buttons from a reused source.
The way I approach how I source my supplies is an incredible opportunity to access a wealth of amazing resources waiting to be renewed and loved! But with what I find, I know that many of these fabulous resources might never be utilised by me and rather than just storing them once I've found them in an op-shop, or from an old item of clothing, up I want to pass them on to others who will see them as perfect! I have a very strong conviction to fight my desire to hoard every lovely thing that comes along! I think the world is a sweeter place when we share, support and empower one another with our resources :)
So with all this in mind, at the upcoming Maribyrnong Makers Market on the 15th May, I will have reclaimed & vintage buttons to sell. These will be the buttons I simply see no need for, to make space for finding more buttons that are exactly what I'm wanting to work with. They are all so lovely, but I know they need to go elsewhere, and I will continue the hunt to find the right ones for me and my projects and for the Sewing Project I work with.