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GIVEAWAY: Manhattan Hippy

Manhattan Hippy offers a wide variety of vintage clothing & accessories curated by Marcy Langworthy. In addition to vintage goods, Marcy also hand-crafts button earrings using beautiful vintage fabrics. Fab.com wrote that Marcy "has amassed an enviable collection full of wild prints & funky colors" that are "decidedly un-Manhattan in price."
I had a chance to ask Marcy how Manhattan Hippy has evolved since opening two years ago. "Initially I focused on women's vintage clothing, but as I started to accumulate damaged fabrics, I wanted to find a crafty way to salvage all these funky prints. Lo and behold, the button earrings were born and my apartment (and life!) was officially taken over my swirly whirly 70's prints."

Marcy went on to say that she enjoys designing unique items for others to enjoy. "I grin from ear to ear when I think of people wearing my earrings and vintage pieces all over the world. I'm most inspired by my surroundings. NYC is known for high fashion, but it's the amazing hole-in-the-wall thrift shops that I appreciate the most."

Whether you're looking for something reminiscent of the 70's, like this colorful vintage blouse (pictured), or another decade (80's fans see geometric skirt), Manhattan Hippy is definitely a source you want to check out!

*** GIVEAWAY - Closed - Congrats Glo, Sierra & Wanda Bergman! ***


PRIZE: Three winners will be chosen, each receiving a button earring gift set of their choosing from these three options:
Blue & White Floral / Stripe Combo

 Yellow & Orange Floral Combo
Green & Pink Floral Combo

TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this post noting one of your favorite items from the Manhattan Hippy Etsy shop.

EXTRA ENTRY (optional): Follow Manhattan Hippy on Facebook, then leave a comment on this post noting you have done so.

ENDS: Monday, February 10th, 2014, at 6pm CST.

Petticoats on the Prairie

Joe and I recently trekked out to West Texas, where I am originally from, and attended a wonderful event called Petticoats on the Prairie. I have wanted to attend one of these events for quite some time & we were lucky enough to squeeze in a quick family visit along with attending the event held in Colorado City, Texas. I don't think people around the world, as well as many Texans, realize how vastly different the landscape throughout Texas is or how quickly it changes. We drove from the Piney Woods of East Texas, which is lush with trees, through the Metroplex (lush with concrete & traffic), to West Texas featuring mesquite & wind turbines, finally to arrive in the cotton-dotted Western Plains (ie: so flat you feel you can see for 100+ miles)! As a born & bred Texan, it still blows me away to see the different landscapes. (photo from Petticoats on the Prairie Facebook page)

We opted to attend the event on Friday & arrived right at noon when general shopping began. I am glad we did as I have a feeling it was slim pickings come Saturday! The event was held at the Mitchell Co. Fairgrounds which seemed to me to be the perfect setting for this event that had a strong Western flair. The vendors sold a wide variety of things that included hand-crafted items, vintage & new items. We saw so many gorgeous displays throughout. I wanted to highlight a few of the many terrific vendors we had the pleasure of meeting. (That's me on the right; Joe down below)

Outside near the entrance was an Airstream trailer that the Rhinestone Gypsie's Vagabond Boutique started out in. These ladies offer a wide variety of on-trend clothing in sizes small to 3X which is pretty rare. They offer a number of Texas-based artisans' jewelry, art & other treasures. It's so wonderful to see women entrepreneurs helping out other female business owners! They have two store-front locations in Texas (Merkel and Abilene), but also sell online through their website & Facebook.

Joe & I were both drawn to Old Sole Boot Company. They offer high-quality vintage boots for both men & women & there were some real beauties for sale! We also loved the hand-crafted custom furniture offered by Canon's Custom Furniture. Cody Canon is a real talent when it comes to hand-crafting gorgeous sturdy pieces. Basement Creations, featuring unique jewelry & accessories, had a great set up. I loved her bright creations & really appreciated that everything was displayed in such a way that it was easy to view each piece. I also loved the beautiful children's goods created by Espee Trading Co. out of Midland, Texas. The luxury nap mats looked so comfy & I LOVED the quilted bronc! Texas Trash and Treasures was also a definite funky find. This couple's whimsical art pieces looked to be a hit with many customers. And I couldn't resist purchasing the Monkey Farts soap by Made to Lather!

If we had to pick our favorites though, Joe's would definitely be In a Pickle Foods based out of Fort Worth. I don't know how we haven't come across these delectable treats before, but thankfully we discovered them at Petticoats! I was busy shopping at the booth next to In a Pickle so I didn't get to sample all the goodies, but Joe purchased the Sweet & Spicy Pickle Chips and the Bread & Butter Pickle Chips. Both are DELICIOUS!!! Joe has been rationing them out & is already talking about getting more!

(photo from the In A Pickle Foods website)

While Joe was taste testing 'til his heart was content, I was sniffing away at the Screen Door Vintage booth. Austin-based friends Charity & Jen (pictured) offer a wide variety of scented candles in various vintage containers. I loved their products because, hey, everyone loves a candle, right? And also because once the candle is used up, you are left with an adorable vintage container that can be repurposed. The duo had created a special scent aptly named Colorado City that smelled like Autumn which I loved! Screen Door Vintage also has a Facebook page with more info & photos.

Thank you to the wonderful event organizers & all the talented vendors who set up at Petticoats on the Prairie!
We had a delightful time in West Texas!!!

SPONSORS: 5th Annual Funky Finds Spring Fling



We are always so thankful to our generous sponsors who help make Funky Finds events successful! Please show some love to the following businesses who are sponsoring the 5th Annual Funky Finds Spring Fling to be held March 9 & 10 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Quackerbox Creations Ltd. - Printing Wearables & Accessories Since 1982

BUST MagazineThe magazine for women with something to get off their chests

Cabbage Rose Quilting & Fabrics - Offering over 8,000 Fabrics, Kits, Workshops & More!

The Artful Bead - The the most popular retail
bead stores in North Texas!

Creative Collective Fort Worth - A collective of local artisans, craftsmen & vintage "pickers" sharing their wares in a micro boutique setting.

Plaid Enterprises - Craft Supply Brands include FolkArt, Martha Stewart, Mod Podge & more!

World of Wellness - A group of medical offices specializing in functional medicine, natural
wellness and prevention.

Green Mountain Energy - The nation's longest serving renewable energy retailer.

Right On! Graphics - Graphics & Print Media
that are Right On!

Tiny Hands Jewelry

Tiny Hands Jewelry features unique food-themed jewelry that is scented! I don't know about you, but as a kid I LOVED scented stickers, toys, etc. so this really takes me back to those good times. Mei, the designer behind Tiny Hands, has been creating expertly crafted & customizable scented jewelry since 2006. In the last two years, she's added a ton of new products ranging from bubblegum-scented rainbow lollipops to blueberry pie slices.

Whether you're a sophisticated foodie or just appreciate quirky, fun accessories, Tiny Hands has something for just about every style. The scented birthday cupcake necklace makes a great gift for those celebrating another year wiser. And the mint chocolate chip ice cream necklace is sure to make you feel just a tad bit cooler on hot summer days. Don't have much of a sweet tooth? No problem! Check out the sushi and bubble tea charms.

Another great addition to Tiny Hands Jewelry, is their use of Polyvore, the web's largest fashion community site. Since figuring out what to wear with food jewelry can be difficult for some people, Polyvore shows assembled outfits to go with Tiny Hands jewelry. The outfits range from cute, comfortable summer clothes to a 1990s grunge-style sundress and combat boots.

Every Tiny Hands order comes in a special gift box, tied with a satin ribbon making each purchase ready for gift-giving...or self-indulgence! Receive FREE SHIPPING on any order with coupon code FUNKYSHIPPING. Offer expires August 15, 2012. Learn more about Tiny Hands Jewelry via Facebook and their blog.

SPONSORS - Funky Finds: A Holiday Shopping Experience

Sponsors

Funky Finds' upcoming event, Funky Finds: A Holiday Shopping Experience, is sponsored by a variety of generous businesses. Some are based locally in Fort Worth, Texas, others service customers worldwide. Regardless, they all have one thing in common...they support handmade! I invite you to take the time to visit each sponsor's website & if you are attending the Funky Finds event in November, please stop by the sponsor booths to thank them for supporting handmade!

Cabbage Rose Fabrics & Quilting is a beautiful shop located in Fort Worth, Texas. Owner Karen O'Neill has supported Funky Finds events from the beginning. Karen & her wonderful staff offer a variety of fabrics & notions online & in-store, as well as a number of workshops. Cabbage Rose offers over 8,000 different fabrics from Moda, Free Spirit, Rowan, Riley Blake, RJR, P&B, Benartex, Michael Miller and more! If you are ever in the area, be sure to stop by the store located at 3000 Montgomery St., Fort Worth, TX 76107. Store hours are Monday through Saturday 10am-5pm and Thursday 10am-7pm. Learn more: BlogFacebookTwitter

Quackerbox Creations Ltd. is a full-service, family owned screen printer located in Dallas, Texas. Started by John and Betsy Drake in 1982, Quackerbox Creations offers green-friendly printing, organic and recycled cotton products. Their customer base is large, including local radio stations, school sports teams, and Funky Finds! Services include screen printing, digital printing on garments & stickers, Cad-Cut lettering, embroidery, uniform names & numbers, rhinestone appliques, foil, and promotional products. Visit Quackerbox's Facebook page to see a wide variety of design & print samples.

With an attitude that is fierce, funny, & proud to be female, BUST Magazine provides an uncensored view on the female experience. BUST tells the truth about women's lives & presents a female perspective on pop culture. Established in 1993, BUST is a wonderful magazine that is packed with articles that really speak to indie women. They have generously donated 150 magazines - one for each of the swag bags to be given away at Funky Finds: A Holiday Shopping Experience!!! Check out their website for PDF downloads, blog, and more! Learn more: FacebookThe BUST DIY Guide to Life - Now on tour! • Online Store

With two wonderful locations, The Artful Bead stores are the most popular retail bead stores in North Texas! The stores have been so popular because inventory changes almost every day, the staff is very knowledgeable, they offer a variety of classes, and shoppers can choose from one-of-a-kind treasures & unbelievable bargains! I used to live near the Fort Worth location & loved dropping in to browse the beautiful inventory. Follow on Facebook and Twitter for updates & more info! And be sure to visit The Artful Bead's booth at Funky Finds: A Holiday Shopping Experience for make & takes and to purchase a variety of beads & other supplies!!

Nature's Select Pet Food of Ft. Worth offers free home delivery of all-natural pet products. Their offerings include dry, canned & raw food, healthy Treats, bones, chews, supplements, and more fun stuff! Also, all of their products are made in the USA. They use only the freshest & finest ingredients available, such as whole meats, whole ground rice & natural preservatives like Vitamin C & E and Rosemary extract. They never include corn, wheat, soy, chemical preservatives, animal fat or animal by-products. The owners are also very active in animal rescue, which is important to Funky Finds. Visit their booth at Funky Finds: A Holiday Shopping Experience to receive 10% off your first order & great holiday gifts for your pets! Facebook

Sublime Stitching is one of the most well-known names in the craft world. Owner Jenny Hart has successfully provided hip iron-on embroidery patterns for TEN YEARS! She has also remained a big supporter of Funky Finds events for the past several years & for that we are so thankful! The Sublime Stitching website features a variety of patterns, tools, textiles & kits. As always, each swag bag at Funky Finds: A Holiday Shopping Experience will include an embroidery pattern packet. Also, those who purchase a raffle ticket will have a chance to win a La Petite Embroidery Kit (amongst hundreds of other items). Learn more: BlogFacebook

ZooTap Inc. features a social networking site, as well as a site featuring musicians & their tunes. ZooTap.com is a social community where people of all walks of life join together in a single common place - a social people zoo, if you will. As a member, you become part of the zoo crew network. This is where you can define who you are and express yourself unedited to your friends or to other crew members - tame OR wild!! This is a great way to stay connected with others worldwide or in your local area.

Unanimous Craft an online directory of resources for crafters, artists and indie business owners. Users can submit their own resources - business websites, Facebook pages, events, and more! It's a great place to tell those interested in handmade about your work or event & others can rate your resource & leave reviews. Unanimous Craft also offers affordable advertising, as well as a premium membership package. Learn more: FacebookBlogTwitter

This Week's Events

Friday, September 23 through Sunday, September 25
The Clothing Show
(F) 5-9pm, (Sat) 11am-9pm, (Sun) 11am-6pm
The Queen Elizabeth Bldg., Exhibition Place, 195 Princes Blvd., Toronto, ON

Oktober Festival of Crafts & Kitsch
(Fri. Preview) 5-9pm, (Sat & Sun) 10am-4pm
Vault (the old brick bank), Second St., New Glarus, WI

Saturday, September 24
Designers Downtown Market, 9am-3pm
Ornamentea, 509 N. West St., Raleigh, NC

Lone Star Crafters Festival, 9am-5pm
Cheeratorium Event Center, 4954 Benbrook Blvd., Benbrook, TX

Rocky Ripple Festival, 11am-6pm
840 West 53rd St., Indianapolis, IN

Sweet William Market, 9am-2pm
Stapleton's Founders' Green, 29th Ave. & Syracuse, Denver, CO

YarnCon 2011, 11am-6pm
Pulaski Park Fieldhouse, 1419 W Blackhawk St., Chicago, IL

FashionART Santa Cruz, 7pm (Fashion Show followed by Trunk Show)
Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St., Santa Cruz, CA

Bakery Square's Summer Street Parties, 5-10pm
Bakery Square, 6725 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA

Roxy Art Fest, 11am-7pm
Pioneer Oaks Shopping Center, 4000 Pioneer Rd., Balch Springs, TX

Handmade Country Market, 10am-3pm
The International Cricket Hall of Fame, St Jude St., Bowral NSW 2576

CommuniTREE, 10am-2pm
Bath House Cultural Center at White Rock Lake, 521 E. Lawther, Dallas, TX

Ottawa Scarecrow Festival, 10am-4pm
LaSalle St., Downtown Ottawa, IL

Crafting For A Cause, Noon-10pm
Crafty Goodness, 15621 Madison Ave., Lakewood, OH

Gems & Junk, 2-5pm
McKinney Avenue Contemporary, 3120 McKinney Ave., Dallas, TX

Liverpool's Big Vintage & Fashion Fair, 11am-4:30pm
LJMU SU, The Engine Room, Maryland St. (off Rodney St.), Liverpool, England

Mini Bazaar Bizarre San Francisco, 10am-6pm
TechShop San Jose, 300 S. 2nd St., San Jose, CA

4th Annual Fall Cottage Chic Antique Flea & Sale, 10am-6pm
Cottage Panache Antiques, 7277 Glenview Dr., Richland Hills, TX

Saturday, September 24 & Sunday, September 25
Indie Designer Market at Randolph Street Market
(Sat) 10am-5pm, (Sun) 10am-4pm
1340 W. Washington, Plumbers Hall, Chicago, IL

Strange Folk Festival, 10am-6pm
Community Park, 401 E. 5th St., O'Fallon, IL

Pecan Street Festival - (Sat) 11am-10pm & (Sun) 11am-8pm
6th Street, Austin, TX

Sunday, September 25
Blim Market, Noon-5pm
Heritage Hall, 15th & Main, Vancouver, BC

Allston Arts & Crafts Fair, Noon-6pm
Farrington Ave., Allston, MA

Bakery Square's Sunday Marketplace, Noon-4pm
Bakery Square, 6725 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA

MarketDayz, 9am-6pm
Conifer Community Park, 11369 S. Foxton Rd., Conifer, CO

Dose Market, 10am-4pm
River East Art Center, 435 East Illinois St., Chicago, IL

99 Market, 11am-5pm
99 Sadbury St., Toronto, ON

Downtown Open Market, 10am-4pm
Royal Palm Place, 308 S. Federal Hwy., Boca Raton, FL

Giveaway: Wardrobe Ave.


Wardrobe Ave. is an exciting showcase of apparel, jewelry & accessories from emerging designers, small boutiques & vintage sellers that are not mass produced. This E-Marketplace enables fashion designers & hard-to-find fashion store owners to sell their items online. There's no limit to the ways you can network when you visit the site. Have an upcoming event? Promote it here. Are you a photographer? Find a designer who needs your services in the classified section. Whether you want to post an ad for a model or find event assistants, blog or chat in our forums, WardrobeAve.com is a fun, new online resource. Learn more about Wardrobe Ave. on Facebook. (pictured: "Cindy" dress)

*GIVEAWAY - Closed - Congrats Marija! Wardrobe Ave. is giving away a $40 gift certificate to spend on any product you like! To enter, visit the website & leave a comment on this post noting an item you'd like to own. For an additional entry, follow @WardrobeAve on Twitter & leave a comment on this post noting you have done so. Giveaway ends at 9pm EST, Saturday April 16.

Funky Finds Spring Fling - Vendor Preview 6

Funky Finds Spring Fling - Vendor Preview #6

3rd Annual Funky Finds Spring Fling • March 12 & 13 • Fort Worth, TX

1. Recycled Game Piece Jewelry by maggie may i


2. Clothing & Accessories by Marci's Crafty Corner



3. Repurposed Jewelry by Mary's Madness

4. Artwork by my favorite flower



5. Children's Goods by My Harper Baby

6. Jewelry & Home Decor by Off the Wall Designs



7. Mixed Media Art by Original Youth

8. Bath & Body Goods by Pamper Time 



9. Cards & Accessories by Paper & Fabric



10. Note Cards by Paper Cuts, Texas

11. Recycled Paper Earrings by Paper Jewelry by Ina Crowe

12. One-of-a-kind Jewelry by 

Peculiar Pieces

13. Peg Dolls, Pendants & More by Pegged

Funky Finds Spring Fling Vendors Continued

I am still working on featuring the many talented artists, crafters & designers that participated in the 2nd Annual Funky Finds Spring Fling!

2enju features beautifully hand-crafted apparel & accessories by Julie McCollough Kim. Her handbags are chic, yet durable, and I have enjoyed mine immensely. Julie's clothing designs are gorgeous and are sure to make anyone stand out from the crowd. In addition to being a talented designer, Julie owns Make Shop & Studio in Dallas. She offers a wide variety of workshops, including stamp making and screen printing. I took a beginner sewing class at Make that was very easy to follow and I walked away with a beautiful handbag I created! Julie also produces several great events in Dallas, such as The Pin Show and Urban Street Bazaar.

Alicia Snow, aka AJSnow, offers many cute items that make perfect gifts - for yourself or a loved one. I love the dress form journal that is hand-sewn and hand-bound. The appliqued hand towels make perfect housewarming or bridal shower gifts. And the Beach Towel Totes are perfect for summer. Check out Alicia's blog for more information and updates.

Cindy Willingham of Revel Designs is an endless source of inspiration. She frequently posts helpful information on her blog, as well as the Etsy Fort Worth blog, such as how to reuse old frames and the science of craft show displays. Cindy designs a wide array of items, including jewelry and beautiful patchwork notebooks.

At our spring event, we enjoyed live music by Tahni Handal and Vance Abeyta. Their performances throughout the day really added something special to the event. I hope you'll take some time to listen to the music on Tahni's MySpace. She also has a calendar notating her upcoming performances around Texas.

Etsy Trashion Team's Earth Day Sale Event

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Earth Day is next Thursday, April 22, and it is the 40th Anniversary of this great day. In celebration & recognition of this day, the Etsy Trashion Team is having a sale that will run April 16 - 22. The Trashion Team is a group of artists that creates art, jewelry, fashion and objects for the home from materials that were leftover, discarded, or found, and sell them on Etsy. Trashion Team members will run promotions in their Etsy shops ranging from free shipping, to free gift with purchase, to up to 20% off. Visit these shops on Etsy for specific details about each participating artist’s sale:

Sew Trendy - Cute handbags & accessories.

ClaireBaby Designs - One-of-a-kind bags made from t-shirts and other recycled items, as well as cuffs.

Ink4YourSole - Hand-painted clothing, shoes, boots, and purses.

Anyone's Guess - Unique jewelry.

Oddartist Studio - Home decor & jewelry.

The Sly Raccoon - Accessories & recycled paper envelopes.

Green Works - Hand-screened designs on organic and eco clothes. *Receive a 20% discount throughout 2010 when mentioning Funky Finds at time of checkout. (Excludes any sale/special promos prices.)

lilgreenshop - Creative handmade eco accessories, seatbelt art, cards. *Receive a 20% discount throughout 2010 when mentioning Funky Finds at time of checkout. (Excludes any sale/special promos prices.)

MonkeyDogStudio - Screen-printed notebooks, change purses, and more.

junck - Recycled credit card jewelry and miscellany.

Candy Calamity - Handmade recycled art and jewelry.

BELLAVIOLETTA - Paper embellishments and journals.

Findings - Fabulous findings, watch faces, stunning stones, beautiful beads, and remarkable recyclables.

The Creative Block - Jewelry, art dolls, and more.

Alex Keller - Jewelry

Vintage by Alex Keller - Vintage finds.

Funky But Chic Jean Boutique - Upcycled boho denim skirts, tops, dresses & totes.

au clair de la lune - Recycled fabrics for human and habitat.

re-maker - Accessories, journals, and more.

zJayne - Recycled products made from t-shirts, sleeves & more.

Rags by Sock Monkey - Eco-friendly, recycled clothing, accessories, & home decor.

Creative Castaways - Notebooks, jewelry & more.

Eye Pop Art - Mandala art on recycled vinyl records.

ecokaren - Eco-friendly gifts and home decor.

METAMORPHOSI - Accessories, home decor & more.

jakboutique - Clothing, accessories, home decor, and more.

maram - Eco-friendly bags and accessories.

China Doodle - Hand-painted, reworked China plates.

Help promote environmental awareness. Visit the Etsy Trashion team blog and team Facebook page during the Earth Day Sale Event. Trashion is all about bringing out the beauty in unconventional objects &materials. For team members, recycling is an art and an ideal.

Ex-Boyfriend

Ex-Boyfriend is a Baltimore-based apparel company featuring original illustrations by artist Matt Snow. The tees, available in a rainbow of colors for men, women, children & infants, feature illustrations that are inspired by nature, urban living and classic pop art. The designs range from humorous to flirty. Since 2009, the collection has expanded to offer sturdy, unisex, 100% cotton canvas messenger bags. Matt is a passionate supporter of local animal rescues and donates a portion of Ex-Boyfriend profits to local animal rescue organizations. Receive a 15% discount through November 1 with coupon code FUNKYFAN15.

A Very Mary Design

Mary Ann of A Very Mary Design is currently having a Buy One, Get One half off sale exclusively for friends of Funky Finds! Simply enter "FF" in the notes to seller field for 50% off a second item of equal or lesser value (not including s/h). That means you can snag these great cowboy boots and lovely Strawberry Fields travel bag for a fraction of the listed price! Offer ends September 30.

Made by Tess

According to her bio, Made by Tess has been designing clothing, bags, and other things since the tender age of 4. While she started out creating Barbie tube tops, Tess now creates unique bags, aprons & more. There's a great selection of Knitter's Totes with plenty of pockets for patterns, notions, and needles, plus room for your yarn and projects. The sushi print is wonderful, as is the Pretty Lady bag. I also love the quilted Cherry Lemonade pouch that is perfect for hot summer days. Made by Tess also creates aprons that are available in a variety of funky fabrics. The flea market pink apron is fabulous! And for those who like to see what Tess has created using recycled fabric, check out the Reused section.

Earth Day Every Day


Many crafters make Earth Day every day by recycling and upcycling products to create new items. You can learn more about Earth Day and going green through the Earth Day Network.

1. 2ReVert creates one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces out of 100% post-consumer recycled skateboards (old, used, broken skateboards). I love the pink teardrop necklace.

2. Dallas-based recycling artists Linda Perry McLemore & Rebecca RedFox create beautiful jewelry using bits of glass. Jazzwraps features recycled glass wrapped with jazz.

3. Rumplesacs is a timeless solution to the ever-needed shopping bag. The bags are available in a variety of fabrics & can be folded in numerous ways to accommodate your needs.

4. Whiner & Diner creates wine crate serving trays, storage boxes & pet feeders that make the most unusual, eco-friendly gifts for those who love wine and/or pets. I especially like the wine crate serving trays & wine crate toy boxes.

5. LaAlicia, a Spring Fling vendor, recycles cigar boxes to create unique purses and clocks.

6. Aloha Bottle Cap Earrings are individually hand-crafted on the North Shore of Oahu with recycled bottle caps. The Hawaiian style pairs will add fun and flair to your ensemble this summer.

7. Baubles, Bangles & Beans is a terrific shop filled with jewelry created using real coffee beans. The designer, Judy, search through fresh bags of organic Fair-Trade coffee beans to find the best matches, then designs the earrings using wire and either wooden, metal, or glass beads.

8. Shopflick has established itself as one of the premiere spots to find unique environmentally conscious labels ranging from The Battalion's Eco-Couture bamboo and organic cotton to EcoSkin’s environmentally sustainable luxury fabrics. Be sure to catch the Earth Day Hall of Style webisode that demystifies what the term “eco-friendly clothing” means.

Spunky Sprout

Spunky Sprout, a site full of wonderful items for children and parents, has a great promotion currently running. Get 30% off plus free ground shipping on orders over $50 on items in the Spunky Picks section. *Discount Code spunkypicks30 (expires February 7)* The six-pack of organic wash cloths makes a great gift for new parents or for your own family. I love the humorous children's tee claiming "I'm kind of a big deal around here," too! I also want the monkey wrapping paper, although I don't think I'd be able to part with it. This section also features great items, such as books, adorable backpacks, and much more. And, of course, you should browse the rest of the site for more funky finds!

Miss Do-Gooder

Our favorite heroine, Miss Do-Gooder, is back with a hip new T-shirt. This time Miss Do-Gooder is partnering with First Book to fight illiteracy. Each sale raises $2.50 which equates to one new book for a disadvantaged child. The nonprofit organization has a single mission: to give children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books. The tees are available in Athletic Grey and Heather Lake Blue and cost $25.00. Other causes on Miss Do-Gooder's to-do list include poverty, intolerance, domestic abuse, global warming, AIDS, unfair trade and anything else that makes this world a shadow of the place it could be. Stay tuned for upcoming designs!

Droopy Knickers

Droopy Knickers is a fun company that offers funky apparel for kids, as well as a few pieces for moms. Their popular designs are sold by retailers all over the US, Europe and Japan and have been featured in Cookie Magazine and more. The mom & baby gift sets, featuring organic tanks & tees, make unique baby shower gifts. For those of us who graduated in the 90s & earlier, the future class designs may make you feel old, but will definitely look cute on the wee ones. If you're looking for a bargain (who isn't?), then be sure to check out the Droopy Knickers Etsy shop. All tees are on sale for only $20 each! An added bonus is that you will receive free shipping when you mention Funky Finds in the notes to seller section.

Bazaar Bizarre - Part 4

(Clockwise: ClothMoth tee, Bonnie Rue, Ilee Custom Invitations, Freeforged Earrings, Attic Journals)

It was just last week that I was introduced to the cool clothing made by ClothMoth, so I was especially happy to meet Josh & Scott in person at Bazaar Bizarre. They recently released a design called Goodbye, Mother's Cookies in honor of the company who created those yummy cookies we all loved when we were children. Sadly, the company was recently shut down due to bankruptcy. Josh said he cannot keep this design in stock, so nab yours while you can. Craft Girls Get Me Hot is another great design that is fun & humorous. Receive 15% off your entire order of $20 or more with coupon code funkyfinds (expires November 15).

Joe & I met Bonnie Rue of Model Citizen Clothing last year at Stitch. It was great to see her again & meet her sweet Mom. My favorite product is the cool canvas tote bag featuring Bonnie's tigers & cupcakes artwork. She also has a great selection of tees & outerwear, such as Sew Excited.

Ilee Custom Invitations offers beautiful stationery & invitations that are letter pressed. Their website showcases many of their custom designs, as well as various styles of calligraphy.

FreeForged showcases the unmatched jewelry & metal designs created by Kristin Freeman. I love the nuclear earrings, as well as the moonstone earrings. And the Texas Twister necklace, which pays homage to our state's crazy weather patterns, is so unique.

These days more & more people are interested in upcycled goods - old items that have been repurposed into something new & useful. Michelle Sanders of Attic Journals uses hardbound vintage books, children's books, and cookbooks to create journals & pocket mirrors.

The Shops @ Funky Finds

Have you checked out The Shops @ Funky Finds lately? In addition to iamprovements we've made to the site, there's many new Shops that have opened this week.

Art in Season features lots of goodies perfect for Halloween. I love the Haunted Halloween Houses! There's also several great craft kits to choose from. The Gnome Sweet Gnome Home Decor Kit includes a pair of retro mushroom salt and pepper shakers, a vintage Children's Book, a Vintage Christmas Gnome Ornament, and more.

Revival Ink creates eco-friendly, wearable works of art. The ultra soft, bamboo and organic cotton garments are embellished with unique illustrations. I love the grey flowery hoodie, as well as the blossom wrap. There's also lots of great pieces for men & children to choose from.

I have several pairs of earrings from Purple Toes Jewelry & I always receive compliments when wearing them. Donna creates unique accessories featuring antique glass jewels and vintage filigree stamping wraps. The red rose black rose necklace is gorgeous!


Bijoujuju is another awesome shop that showcases unique jewelry. The graphic pendants are available in a variety of styles. These pendants are small works of art that will compliment & dress up any ensemble.

Check out The Shops @ Funky Finds for all sorts of funky goods!