Thursday, August 9, 2012

Salvaged Shreds

Happy Friday Eve!!!  Today I am featuring a shop based out of the Carolinas: Salvaged Shreds.  It is a very unique shop and offers a wide variety of items.  One of my favorite items from this shop is the Happy Bunny Shredded Tee Purse.  Before I fully introduce you to this shop, I just want to take a moment and say something.  As you've noticed, I do a Q & A on every shop that I feature.  This particular one was inspiring & you will see why just from the first question.  It made me realize that no matter how bad something is, you can always turn it around into something positive.  Now, I present to you, Salvaged Shreds :)

Q: How did you come up with your shop name?
A: I was molested and raped as a teen.  In order to deal with it, I used to cut up my t-shirts and make hand bags and clothing.  My mother fondly called these things shreds.  After a while, I realized that by shredding my clothing, I was releasing my anger.  I realized that every time I shredded something, I was salvaging a little piece of my messed up life.  So, there we came to Salvaged Shreds.  I put my life back together by cutting something up and putting it back together.

Q: Do you only sell on Etsy?
A: I only sell my clothing on Etsy, but I also frequent sites like Ebay for my paintings.

Q: What inspires you?
A: I suffer from several eating disorders.  What inspires me is bringing home the idea to women that they are beautiful no matter what they see in the mirror.

Q: What is the hardest part of what you do?
A:  Trying to work from home with 4 kids & pushing your self to belive in your work when things are looking down.

Q: What is one of your favorite items from your shop?
A: The red and black puppy scarf.  It's warm and fuzzy like a puppy.

Q: What made you decide to use Etsy instead of sites like ArtFire and MadeItMySelf?
A:  I hadn't heard of them.  I'm not very into knowing what's new.  I've known Etsy a wile now.

Q: Is Etsy your only "job", or is it something you do on the side?
A: My main job is being a mom.  Next comes whatever I want to do.  So, yes and no.

Q: Are you attending any art shows in the future?
A: Yes, this month on the 25th I'm doing a show with a group of artists from North Carolina.

Q: Any future projects?
A:  I'm puting together this up coming Spring to raise funds for a small animal santuary.

Inspiring Words from Salvaged Shreds: "Keep pushing; don't give up.  It's hard, yes, but you have to believe in what you do and in your self because if you work hard enough, you can make anything possible."

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