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Secondhand Shopping + FW17 Photo Shoot

Secondhand Shopping + FW17 Photo Shoot

I’m a big proponenet of secondhand shopping. Not only can you getting quality items for bargain prices, but it is also environmentally friendly by recycling clothing and saving them from the landfill. Though I love thrift shopping locally, I love the convenience of shopping online at home which is where Thredup comes in. If you’ve never heard of them, they’re an online company that helps people buy and sell gently used, quality secondhand clothing, from the comfort of your own home. I’m an advocate of a minimalist lifestyle and I need time to make decision about what exactly I would like...

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Minimalist Modern Wreath DIY Kit

Minimalist Modern Wreath DIY Kit

New to our home decor collection this season is our Modern Eucalyptus Wreath DIY Kit. You have the option to order this product as a DIY craft kit to make your own 12" modern wreath or you can have the finished wreath made for you. Made with your choice of brass or copper wire and paired with preserved eucalyptus branches. Branches can be place only on the bottom with top metal exposed or set skewed to one side for an asymmetric look as shown here. We love this effortless minimalist modern metal wreath. It’s the perfect stylish seasonal decor for...

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Photo Shoot Prep: Thrift Shopping & Plants

Photo Shoot Prep: Thrift Shopping & Plants

ADVENTURES IN THRIFT SHOPPING We’ll be shooting our Fall/Winter '17 collection this month so we’ve been out and about collecting props and accessories for our shoot. We went to our 2 favorite thrift stores located in the southside of Richmond, VA. We can usually count on these spots to find some vintage treasures. Before starting Rare Bird Designs, I was a vintage seller and spent a lot of time frequenting all the city's thrift shops. I don’t have as much time nowadays, but it’s fun going back to all my old haunts every now and then. What to look for...

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Studio Space Tour

Studio Space Tour

I’ve been meaning to share some shots of my studio space. We took these work space shots during the for our Spring/Summer ’17 collection shoot. I must admit that we had the studio extra tidy for the photo shoot, I can’t say that my studio looks this way very often, but I do try to keep things organized. I find it really helps my productivity and motivation just to have a nice, clean space to work in. My studio is attached to my living room in my home. When we bought this house a few years ago, this room was...

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Handmade Business: Etsy to Ecommerce Website

Handmade Business: Etsy to Ecommerce Website

We did it! The website is complete and live! I am so happy to annouce the arrival our our new stand alone e-commerce website. After 4 years on Etsy, more than 4,000 orders and numerous wholesale orders, we have finally decided it was time to get our own site.  We'll still be selling on Etsy, they've been so good to us and we've gotten so many fans and followers there, that I still really value it as a great business tool. I started my handmade business, Rare Bird, on Etsy in 2011. I had been running a vintage shop on...

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