Thanks for welcoming me, Blythe.  I like what you guys are doing here.  

I have vintage fabric and clothes from the '60s. The clothes are mostly not wearable in their current states, but the materials seem to be in good shape.  I also have tons of cute, little, vintage scraps. All of this was laundered recently.  I want to get these pieces to a good home!  Can anyone use them?

They're at CRAFT, my new business on South First.  CRAFT is "everyone's craft room."  It's a walk-in, DIY studio, where for $10 an hour, you have space and access to tons of crafting supplies and tools.  We're not really getting into textile crafts, because there are such great places around town that have that covered, but people bring us their unwanted crafting supplies and we do a lot of salvage, which is how we ended up with all this fabric.

Come by any time* to check out the place and the fabric.  1632 South First, parking in back.

*Hours: Tuesday - Thursday noon - 9pm, Friday noon - 10pm, Saturday 11am - 10pm, Sunday, 11am - 9pm

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Comment by Blythe Christopher de Orive on December 22, 2013 at 2:27pm

Elisabeth,

I would love to come down and see what you have- thanks for thinking of us! I have a few meetings on the 27th.  Maybe I can come down then.  

I love your idea! I am on the planning committee for ReuseConex2014.  Is this something you would be interested in?  I know none of us have alot of time- but if you would like to volunteer to help (as little or as much as you like)- I think you get a free pass to the conference.  We do monthly meetings now (I attend via phone).  And, did you know the City of Austin is creating a Re-Manufacturing Hub (in S. Austin) to get us to Zero Waste by 2040?  The hub is being created down near the Airport.  

Once I come down and see you all- I can do a blog post about your business as I think it is very cool. If you need other types of material - have you talked to Rebecca Stuch from Austin Creative Reuse ?  She is a wonderful resource and can find materials for you.  They were a part of our first Austin Upcycle Challenge and ACR is a reuse hub in Austin.

Enough of my brain dump!  I will come down on the 27th and introduce myself.  Maybe we can do a joint event venture soon.  I am working with Recycled Reads, Travis County, and the City of Austin for our next AUC.  We would love to have you all as a partner and get the word out to your artists.  Blythe

Comment by Elisabeth Winkelman on December 22, 2013 at 2:50pm

So thrilled to meet you and chat about all of this in person!  I'll be here on the 27th, but please give me an estimate of when you might be by, so I'm not out on an errand.

Harley from Austin Creative Reuse and I have been trading emails for a while.  I'm excited about being a partner in this effort in Austin--and specifically I'd love to talk more with you about the ReuseConex conference.  I definitely want to be a part of it!

Last I'd heard, the City's plans were on hold...so this is great news! 

I have a "vase of flowers" from Recycled Reads on display at CRAFT.  :-)

Thank you--for everything you do and for seeing the potential of my new business and collaboration opportunities.

Elisabeth / elisabeth@craft-austin.com, 512 850 6396 (cell)

Comment by Blythe Christopher de Orive on December 22, 2013 at 4:43pm

Elisabeth,

here is my gmail: blythe@re-sourcery.org and my phone 512-565-1012

I have a meeting with Recycled Reads at 10 am.  I should be done by 11:30.  I can call you when I am done and come down if you are available.  If that doesn't work- I can probably come down over the weekend.  I just like to bundle my trips down South if I can.  Blythe

Comment by Elisabeth Winkelman on December 23, 2013 at 8:55pm

This sounds good, thanks!

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