Monday, August 30, 2010

Stuff We Like: Recycled T-Shirt Scarves

Made from recycled t-shirts, these scarves can be worn in a multitude of ways and come in many styles at a wide range of price points. Not to mention they are stylish; the non-recycled versions have been spotted at Ann Taylor Loft, H & M, and Hot Topic.

Eco-Friendly Recycled T-shirt Scarf, $18 by ragsbysockmonkey

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Steps to Becoming an Uncovered Artistry Artisan

Once you have applied via our website and received a confirmation email from us, please read these steps to becoming a UA artisan:

1. You choose the products you would like to sell with UA and provide the wholesale prices. Please send us a line sheet with this information. UA will markup your product 50% when we sell it online.
2. UA will send you a purchase order for your products. If the wholesale price of your product is over $20, UA may not be able to purchase your products to hold on inventory. If this is the case, see the process "If you products are made-to-order" below.
3. We will photograph your products and put them online.
4. If your products are made-to order: When a customer buys a product, we will send you a PO. You will ship the item to us, and we will package it and ship to the customer.
If you products are not made to-order: We will purchase a large number of your pieces to have on inventory. The number will be determined on a case-by-case basis. When a customer buys a product, we will package it and ship it directly to her.

Please feel free to email Angie at with any questions!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Want Designer Fashion for Less? Just Buy Resale...

Since Sarah and I are perpetually saving up for college, we had very little to spend on clothes this summer. And on top of that, we're both heading to Europe next spring and wanted to take our usually simple fashion up a notch.

So what makes little money + fashionable clothing both possible? Resale of course. Resale is inexpensive, fashionable, and eco-friendly.

I was surprised to find so many places that sold pre-worn clothes. There are Goodwill, thrift stores, resale boutiques, online vintage shops and even church rummage sales. Check out what Sarah and I collected this summer:

80's Floral

Sarah is wearing a vintage floral dress, $23 ,VonlenskaVintage; gray clutch, $1, thrift store; (not resale: sandals, $8, Sears)

$22 & $49

Angie is wearing linen JCrew dress, $7, church rummage sale; red waist belt, $2, church rummage sale; silk scarf, $5, church rummage sale, Nine West cream peep-toe heels, $7, Goodwill Stores; hoop earrings, $1, Goodwill Stores
Sarah is wearing Free People dress, $32, Shopoholics Boutique; silk scarf, $5, church rummage sale; nautical purse, $2, church rummage sale; Steve Madden cheetah peep-toe flats, $7, church rummage sale; vintage earrings, $3, Odd Showroom

Modern Vintage


Angie is wearing vintage skirt, $5, Odd Showroom; JCrew tanktop, $5, Goodwill Stores, vintage bag, $3, Goodwill Stores; vintage pink hoop earrings, $3, Odd Showroom; Steve Madden leopard print flats, $7, church rummage sale

$53 & $30

Angie is wearing Express pants, $22, Shopoholics Boutique; Express button down, $5, Goodwill Stores; suit jacket, $20, Shopoholics Boutique; black Croft & Barrow pumps, $6, Goodwill Stores Sarah is wearing black high-waisted skirt, $15, Second Time Around; Abercrombie and Fitch button down, $5, Goodwill Stores; black flats with decal, $7, Goodwill Stores; vintage red earrings, $3, Odd Showroom

Night Out

Sarah is wearing black skirt, $2.50, Goodwill Stores; Ann Taylor zebra cardigan, $4, church rummage sale; vintage teal sandollar belt, $2, church rummage sale; Neiman Marcus bag, $2, church rummage sale; black flats, $7, Goodwill Stores

Splash of Color

$32.50 & $28.50

Angie is wearing floral skirt, $4, church rummage sale; vintage white ballet flats, $7, church rummage sale; faux pearl necklace, $1, Goodwill Stores; vintage flower earrings, $3, Odd Showroom; (not resale: Ann Taylor denim jacket, $10; Charlotte Russe tanktop, $7.50)
Sarah is wearing Polo t-shirt, $5, church rummage sale; black sweater vest, $2.50, Goodwill Stores; vintage rainbow flats, $7, church rummage sale; gray clutch, $1, thrift store; vintage flower earrings, $3, Odd Showroom; (not resale: Ann Taylor jeans, $10)

Back to School
$40 & $17.50

Angie is wearing Hollister button down, $15, Shopoholics Boutique; green jacket, $7, church rummage sale; brown pumps, $7, Goodwill stores; silver hoops, $1, Goodwill Stores; (not resale: jeans, $10, Ann Taylor)
Sarah is wearing vintage plaid skirt, $5, Goodwill Stores; Columbia button-down, $2.50, Goodwill Stores; pink and cream shoes, $7, church rummage sale; vintage earrings, $3, Odd Showroom

Black and Red

$21 & $25

Angie is wearing denim skirt, $12, Shopoholics Boutique; Ralph Lauren button down, $5, Goodwill Stores; boots, $3, thrift store; silver hoop earrings, $1, Goodwill Stores
Sarah is wearing skirt, $7, church rummage sale; vintage cardigan, $5, Goodwill Stores; black peep-toe heels, $7, Goodwill Stores; (not resale: Aero tanktop, $6)

To sum it all up...JCrew, Ralph Lauren, Ann Taylor, Steve Madden, Neiman Marcus, Hollister, Abercrombie and Fitch, Columbia, and Free People...all at less than half of their original prices.

If you want to go on your own resale shopping spree, here is a little information about the places mentioned in this post:

Odd Showroom- This is a little shop in Portsmouth, NH that sells vintage, modified vintage, and handmade items. Luckily for everyone outside of NH, they also sell online as Amity Joy.

Shopoholics Boutique- This resale shop has locations throughout NH including Dover and Portsmouth. What I love about Shopoholics is that they've already weeded out the not-so-great resale items for you, leaving you to shop a fantastic, hardly-worn collection of clothes.

Second Time Around- Yet another shop in Portsmouth. This boutique recently expanded to offer even more great resale deals on clothing, purses, shoes, etc.

VonlenskaVintage- This online Etsy shop sells affordable vintage clothing. I particularly like their dresses and skirts.

...and if none of these places work for you, Goodwill Stores have locations across the country! Do some exploring at local thrift shops and resale boutiques to create your inexpensive, fashion-forward wardrobe.

Look out for tips on how to successfully shop resale coming soon!

Co-owner Uncovered Artistry Boutique

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Sneak Peak: Resale and Vintage Crazy!

Want to know where we got these great outfits (and how little we spent!)? Check back tomorrow for a full length post.


p.s. We're talking $2 designers bags, leather boots for less than $5, silk scarves and vintage dresses for under $20, and outfits that make you feel confident and stylish without breaking your bank!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Stuff We Like: Sara Blakely and Spanx

Sara Blakely is an awesome businesswoman. She created Spanx and is a fellow Delta Delta Delta after all. How could we not like her?

Friday, August 6, 2010

Stuff We Like: An Artful Agenda

Unique art, quality diaries and planners, and 100% post-consumer recycled paper!
How could you not love An Artful Agenda?

Thursday, August 5, 2010

How Your Handmade Business Can Stay Relevant in the Fashion World

The handmade revolution has exploded over the past couple years, and as a result the connotations of "handmade" have changed. Now, handmade doesn't evoke in one the image of a lumpy knitted sweater the cat lady next door makes. Rather, with the help of sites like handmade has come to be associated with words like quality, unique, eco-friendly, and fashion-forward.But after launching my own handmade business and, just recently, an online retailer that sells handmade work, I've noticed that, although handmade is in style, artisans of handmade products shy away from utilizing the corporate fashion world that still dominates the scene.

So what do I mean by "utilizing the corporate fashion world?" I mean that although large, big-name brands and businesses seem to be the antithesis of handmade, they can actually help makers of handmade products improve their business, make more sales...and ultimately stay relevant in the fashion world.

Listed here are a few simple tips about how to keep your handmade business relevant. It's as simple as 1. Read 2. Surf 3. Shop:

1. fashion magazines. Think Vogue, Elle, and even Seventeen. By studying the trends presented in these reads, you'll learn some valuable information about what sort of styles, colors, and textures your target market is looking for. (For tips on identifying your target market read Identifying Your Target Market) For example, if you make products for teenage girls, subscribe to Seventeen. You might notice that animal print is really hot this fall...and you can update your products accordingly.2. the web. Search for stores that sell products in your target market and see what makes them successful. What colors do they use on their website? Is their image classically feminine or edgy? What products do they sell? Answer these questions and use them to guide your own business. When my sister and I were starting our boutique Uncovered Artistry, we did a lot of background research on the web. We found that our target market was really receptive to eco-friendly products. We responded by using recycled packaging.

3. you have the excuse that it's for research. I think of it like this: when a writer wants to write something great, she reads a lot. But she doesn't read just for fun. She reads like a writer, which means she analyzes and studies. Similarly, you should shop like a business owner. Big corporate retailers like Hollister, Sears, and Charlotte Russe spend a lot of money analyzing the market to determine upcoming trends. They basically did the work for you. All you have to do is shop, browse, and take note of the changes in style. Shopping in the mall made me realize that both teenagers who shopped at Charlotte Russe and middle-aged women who shopped at Anne Taylor Loft were interested in feather headbands. So my shop started selling feather headbands.Follow these three easy tips, and I think you are well on your way to owning a shop that sells relevant, fashionable, and desirable products.

Co-owner of Uncovered Artistry Boutique

Monday, August 2, 2010

VitualLori: Community-Minded Etsy Artist

By Lori Paximadis

Uncovered Artistry's fourth wonderful "Community-Minded Etsy Artist" is VirtualLori. VirtualLori was nominated for this feature by her loyal teammates of Cleveland Handmade. Their response was so overwhelming and convincing, we just had to feature Lori and her community-minded shop on the blog!

What do you make?

My main things are etched copper and brass jewelry as well as sterling silver jewelry. I also work with beads, resin, wire, photography, ceramics... never was able to focus on only one thing.

Where do you get your inspiration for your work?

Nature is a huge inspiration for me. I get my best ideas when I'm taking a walk in the park, and my studio overlooks the woods in back of my house. I love how each leaf on a tree is the same, but different -- perfection in imperfection.

How did you become involved in your work?

As a kid, I learned to crochet from my grandmother, and took up photography, too. I added ceramics to my repertoire after college, and did that pretty seriously until I moved back to Ohio in 2002. I had been living in Honolulu and had a great studio situation there, and just couldn't find the right setup at the right cost. I was desperate for something creative to do, so I ended up in a beading class followed almost immediately by one of Susan Lenart Kazmer's mixed media jewelry classes, and that was that. Necklaces are a whole lot more portable than ceramic platters.

Aquamarine and Garnet Coin Stack Pendant

What are you doing to help your community through your work?

I am one of the cofounders of Cleveland Handmade. We started out as a small, social Etsy team, but we've grown into an organization that also promotes the idea of shopping local and buying handmade. We put on our own shows (headed up by the extraordinary Kathy Patton [smashing on Etsy]), we run advertisements in local publications, maintain a website that lists upcoming shows our members are in, we do featured artist profiles and occasional giveaways, we hold local workshops and social gatherings, we've made TV appearances (that was fun!), and we support each other with advice, mentorship, making connections, sharing resources, and just plain friendship. I'm very proud of what this community has become.

In addition to the time and resources I dedicate to making the team run smoothly, I donate 10% of the profits from my jewelry business to local charities, and I will occasionally donate pieces to raffles or auctions for charities that mean something special to me. I don't advertise this, really -- I just think it's important to support the causes you believe in, and when you've been as fortunate as I have, you have to give back, to spread the love and the wealth and the good karma around.

Why did you decide to make a difference through your Etsy shop?

I don't think it was a conscious decision, really. I'm a Connector by nature. I like to help people and play (nonromantic) matchmaker with people and places and opportunities. Grabbing the reins and turning Cleveland Handmade into a place where all those forces can come together and artists can connect with each other and with our customers was a no-brainer.

What is your favorite item that you make?

Oh, it's so hard to choose -- like chosing your favorite child, you know? I'd have to say right now, it's sterling silver charm necklaces. I'm working on a new line -- nothing is listed yet -- that circles back to the charm necklaces I was making when I first started selling my work. Back then, I was using lots of beads and base metals and simple wire wrapping; this time I'm using sterling silver, being more selective about the beads I choose, and using more complicated techniques. I'm gearing up for a big show the last weekend in July, and have been immersing myself in those pieces.

Other ways to connect with VirualLori:
Twitter: virtuallori