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How To Start A Thrift Store With Culley Donovan

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We check out Minneapolis’ newest thrift store Lost & Found. Co-owner Culley Donovan gives us the inside scoop on what it takes to start and get a thrift store off the ground and gives us an interesting in-store tour. Culley turned his passion for thrifting into one of the best thrift stores Minneapolis has to offer or that frankly, I’ve ever been in. It has a little bit of everything, all hand-picked gems by the man himself – check it out! See the video here. (18 mins.)


Why Upcycling Is Better Than Recycling


Came across this post about upcycling instead of recycling on one of my favorite sites Planet Green. Seemed like a fitting post as its started to snow here in lovely Minneapolis. BRING FORTH the indoorsy wintertime activities!

Buffalo Exchange Thrift Store: A Quick Chat With Katrina

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AS I PROMISED TO DELIVER MONTHS AGO – This week we come correct with a quick video treat for you all! We caught up with store manager Katrina Haugen who runs uptown Minneapolis’ newest thrift store sensation: Buffalo Exchange.  Katrina gives us some quick insight into opening, running, and operating a thrift store. She also gives us some good advice from a first hand thrift enthusiast. Before the interview (which takes place outside the store) we checked out the shop and found it to be suuuper organized, clean, and it has a great selection and variety of items. Literally something for everyone (yes, even dudes.) They have shoes, sweaters, pants, buttons, pins, costumes, wigs, artwork, etc.  They also buy quality items on the spot.You can check out their website here for more details, or follow them on Twitter: @buffaloexchange

Check out the VIDEO INTERVIEW and be sure to stop in and say hello to Katrina!

The Lost and Found.

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Just a quick post to tell all you Minneapolitans about a new vintage and thrift shop opening soon called The Lost & Found. My pal Cullen Donovan is the owner and it’s located in Uptown off of Nicollet Ave, check out their site. You just know Cully isn’t messing around when he provides the the bus lines for you to his shop’s door. That’s him pictured above, sorta makes you want to stop in just to meet him anyways right?

While we’re talking about recycled clothing, the chair photo pictured above (by Designer: Tejo Remy) is from a boat load of recycled shirts and old fabric that is strategically bound together by what looks like flat black rope. I’m guessing it has a rough wood or cardboard frame in there to start the form of the chair off nice and sturdy. This is just one idea that has become popular since the introduction of the famous dutch industrial design group Droog began emphasizing their designs with more eco-friendly ideas. And you’d save yourself a couple GRAND as that chair is listed at $2,750 bones, WHAAAT?! I’m hoping they come out with a rocking chair version or I may just get antsy and try and make one myself. There is nothing that could stop  you from experimenting with this idea/ethic at home or just re-making the chair above, maybe you start with just a nice comfy circular ottoman? My point is that all thrift stores (especially the larger chains) reject and bail thousands of pounds of clothing each year. Try and ask if you could have some of it or at the very least buy cheap shirts from the store, you’d still be saving a ton of dough.

The third photo pictured are some patches I made about a year or so ago on my Gocco press. I found an old black denim jacket, washed it and slaughtered it into the perfect strips for patches to grassroots market my lil record label, Oddsmaker Records. I ended up getting probably close to about 50 strips out of that old jacket and when combined with about an hour or two of labor and some cheap white textile ink, they probably cost me a total of $10 to make. I still set out small stacks of these patches at the local punker stores and venues like Extreme Noise, Treehouse, and Fifth Element, etc. If you find a patch consider yourself lucky and stitch it onto your jacket or satchell because they’re almost gone!