Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Vintage Pound Puppies

If you've got a soft spot (pun intended) for vintage stuffies, you'll recognize the cuties below. Did you have a Pound Puppy or two? I had the large and small, although it's the latter below.

Visit these little guys at Beyond Junk and get a feel-good dose of childhood fun!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Upcycling a Little or a Lot

Whether you upcycle to make an eco-friendly statement or to save money, the biggest ongoing challenge is, where do you set the bar for salvaged supplies? If you plan to design again and again, how do you source recycled materials? And how do you incorporate new content?

The design below for Sleepless Storyteller uses upcycled material in the form of a pocketwatch face plate, a repurposed St. Christopher Medal, a salvaged rhinestone and setting from an old bracelet. The hippocampus charms, aquamarine cabochon and setting, bail, and chain are all new material.

Another design for Sleepless Storyteller merges vintage deadstock and upcycled salvaged supplies. There is far less new material in the design below (only chain, findings, rhinestones, and the green wire) but this type of work is not as easy to replicate.

If you're designing for personal use, you could definitely get away with being super selective about  your materials. You may even want to recycle within recycling, and by that I mean, design a piece, wear it until you loose interest, then reuse the components for something new.

If you're designing for customers, you'll need to consider two things: 1) How much art can I make and how often? 2) Am I trying to create a unified brand, or am I just creating as the muse strikes me?

Answering those questions will help you make decisions about supplies and about what kind of business you're building. It's totally fine to create a hobby business and not quit your day job. Sometimes art and design are more rewarding when your paycheck isn't on the line. But if you do want that sought-after self-employed job title, balance business with your art for best results.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Give the Gift of Upcycled Fun

More of us than ever before are looking for alternatives to mass-produced, big-box retail gift items for holiday giving. Since Beyond Junk is more than just a supply shop, I thought it would be a nice idea to share some ready to give handmade bargains. To sweeten the deal, use XMASJUNK50 for 50% off all purchases over $15. Expires December 7, 2016.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Fresh Vintage 80s Stickers

I may not get the chance to add fresh 'Junk' to the shelves very often these days, but one of my favourite items to add is always vintage stickers. Today, it's a fun blend of Sandylion, Decal Specialties, and Cardesign Toots.

If you're not familiar with these brands, take a quick peek at the pictures below and memories will start flooding back for any 80s kids who had beloved sticker books. Enjoy!

Koala Decal Specialties Vintage Stickers

Cardesign Toots Vintage Pink Elephant Stickers

Cardesign Toots Vintage Jack-In-The-Box Stickers

Sandylion MOP Mother of Pearl Butterflies Stickers

Sandylion Pastel Hearts Stickers

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The Creepy Side of Junk

We're clearing the cobwebs out of the basement this month and rediscovering some 'new' old favourites. So what better time to highlight Beyond Junk's oddities and curiosities? After all, trash, treasure, junk, and jewels are all in the eye of the beholder.

Winding Web Flycatcher Cyberpunk Necklace

motor winding necklace

Silvery Bird Skull Pendant Bead Charm

silvery bird skull charm

Brass Bird Skull Pendant Bead Charm

brass bird skull charm

Creepy Sleeping Jointed Plastic Baby

jointed sleeping plastic baby

Cyber Doll Hard Drive Vintage Eyes Pendant

butterfly doll eyes upcycled friendship necklaces

PAIR of Cyber Butterfly Crystal Friendship Necklaces

butterfly doll eyes upcycled friendship necklaces

Sunday, July 19, 2015

New MOP Mother of Pearl Vintage Sandylion

I've always had a soft spot for stickers. As a child, I coveted and collected, creating a treasure trove of shiny, sparkly, smelly and fuzzy creatures big and small.

I had bears and clowns, cats and dogs, horses and unicorns. The staff at the Vernon, BC Hallmark probably saw me coming a mile away with my allowance, ready to hum and haw over their rolls and rolls of awesomeness.

So stocking vintage stickers now at Beyond Junk didn't just make sense, it was a nostalgic must-do. So browse through my latest additions. And check out the first round here.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Recycled and Upcycled Beads and Charms

Fresh old beads and charms have just popped up at Beyond Junk. They're pretty straightforward, so the pics speak for themselves. Enjoy!

Beyond Junk Upcycled & Vintage
Lampwork Glass Bead Bracelets

Beyond Junk Upcycled & Vintage
Recycled Brass Silver Plated Greek Bicone Bead

Beyond Junk Upcycled & Vintage
Recycled Brass Large Greek Bicone Bead

Beyond Junk Upcycled & Vintage
Red and White Recycled Bottle Cap Charm

Beyond Junk Upcycled & Vintage
Harp Icon Recycled Bottle Cap Charm

Beyond Junk Upcycled & Vintage
Lime Green Recycled Bottle Cap Charm