Some people look at the thousands of abandoned, crumbling homes in Detroit and see ruin and despair. Others see an opportunity.
Most Detroiters are creative by necessity, finding ways to spark big ideas with little fuel. Cheap Cubs Sweeney Elite Jerseys The artisans below have taken Detroit's Cheap Giants Affeldt Elite Jerseys plentiful but theoretically worthless resources like abandoned tires, or responsibly salvaged wood from blighted houses and turned them into objects worth coveting.
For Woodward Throwbacks co founder Kyle Dubay, using objects Cheap Kids Hague Jerseys he finds illegally dumped on vacant lots was a choice of necessity that turned into his signature style. "When I got here, I didn't have any money, so I was taking stuff off the streets to work with," he told The Huffington Post.
These products do some good, promoting sustainability and alternatives to mass production. And, Olympic USA Jersey in true Detroit fashion, many of Cheap Limited Oberholtzer Youth Jerseys the small companies and nonprofits who Cheap Game Pujols Nike Jerseys make the items below are giving back to their communities, Buffalo Bills donating profits to education programs, providing job training or just trying to make the city a little cleaner.
Here are 11 gift ideas perfect for people who love Detroit, or anyone who sees treasure where others see trash.
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Scraps of peeling graffiti paint get a second chance as wearable art.
There's more to Rebel Nell's earrings, Cheap Nike Burnett Jerseys cufflinks, pendants and rings than you can see at first glance. Amy Peterson and Diana Russell make their designs from shards of paint that have fallen off Detroit's bountiful street art and graffiti works, and they scratch through the surface of the paint chips to reveal the colorful layers underneath. Youth arts group The Alley Project provides some of the chips from their outdoor mural gallery, and Rebel Nell donates some proceeds from a portion of its works back to them.
But Rebel Nell's mission is less about making jewelry than, on a small scale, Cheap Game Edwards Nike Jerseys empowering and employing Detroit women. The company partners with local shelter COTS to find workers. It currently employs 4 women, paying well above minimum wage and providing classes on financial management, business and other life skills.
Rebel Nell jewelry and cufflinks, $65 to $165.
Old tires make sturdy sandals and www.hitachi.com combat a citywide problem.
Buying a pair of sandals can't solve Detroit's illegal tire dumping problem, but it can make a real impact. Since 2007, Cass Community Social Services has collected 40,000 tires, which would otherwise be sitting in Detroit's vacant lots, to make their Detroit Treads sandals and mud mats. CCSS employs 85 homeless or formerly homeless individuals in its Green Cheap Authentic McCannerseys Industries initiative, which creates jobs with Cheap Aceves Elite Jerseys a focus on sustainability. Due to high demand, the shoes need to be ordered two months Cheap Kids Taylor Elite Jerseys in advance, Cheap Blue Jays Gose Limited Jerseys but mud mats are still available for Christmas orders.
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Guitars made from reclaimed wood let you hear history.
Wallace Detroit Guitars uses wood from deconstructed local homes. The company sources its materials from Architectural Salvage Warehouse to make the bodies of its guitars. The Cheap Billings Kids Jerseys wood, often a century old, gives the instruments a distinctive Chicago Bulls sound you won't hear in contemporary Cheap Padres Patton Womens Jerseys guitars, founder (and musician) Mark Wallace says. (A similar idea is being used by longtime custom instrument craftsman Gary Zimnicki, who has started using reclaimed wood from around Detroit to make ukuleles and mandolins.)
As of Dec. 12, Wallace Detroit visit the up coming webpage Guitars is taking pre orders for February 2015, but will send gift buyers a T shirt and guitar strap (made from old seat belts) in advance, so there's something to open on Christmas day.
Wallace Detroit Guitars, $1,995 and up. Contact Cheap Pirates Frieri Authentic Jerseys the company directly for orders.
Reused materials make a sturdy six pack holder worthy of the best microbrew.
Woodward Throwbacks founders Kyle Dubay and Bo Shepherd bike around Detroit to scout wood left at illegal dumping sites. Cleaning up Detroit, one discarded bookshelf and a two by four at a time, they use the materials to create beer holders that come with openers attached, as well as other clever novelty products.
Woodward Throwbacks New York Jets beer holders, $45 to $60.
Old windows give a historic touch to ornate terrariums.
Lead Head Glass terrariums are made with windows and wood salvaged from deconstructed Detroit homes. These materials, company founders Chad Ackley and Derek Smiertka say, could not otherwise be recycled. They also say that the Victorian style pieces are inspired by Wardian cases, used in the 19th century to transport exotic plants overseas. Their designs even have the approval of a legend in the home decor arena: They were finalists in the Martha Stewart American Made contest this year.
Lead Head Glass terrariums, $80 to $190; air plant holders, $42.
Cast off materials from an abandoned home can furnish another.
Mutual Adoration was started Vancouver Canucks by artist couple Clare Fox and Wayne Cheap Nike Beckett Game Jerseys Maki. It's easy to see that their relationship has Cheap Womens Montero Limited Jerseys inspired their work not just in their company's name, but Cheap Limited Uribe Youth Jerseys in their furniture pieces, Cheap Kids Penny Jerseys too. The Union Table (above) is made of two triangle end tables that can be used separately; but they also come together seamlessly to serve as a larger triangle or square table. Fox and Maki use reclaimed wood from Detroit and elsewhere in Michigan to make their uniquely stained furniture. (Also worth a look are the stylish tables at Workshop, another company that uses reclaimed Detroit lumber.)
Mutual Adoration Union Table, $380 to $460.
Picture frames made with salvaged wood can have as many Cheap Authentic Arruebarrena Jerseys stories as the pictures they hold.
Mutual Adoration's picture frames have the same sense of style, but without the commitment Cheap Limited Russell Cubs Jerseys or cost of a piece of furniture. Fox, a printmaker, and Maki, a photographer, have been constructing frames for their own artwork for years. Each frame comes with a note explaining where its wood comes from. "Reclaimed cedar fencing from a home in Detroit," for example.