Saturday, August 23, 2014

Sensational Shop Saturday - ReWallet!

31 Days of Sensational Shops went so well that Sensational Shop Saturday was created to continue to feature awesome handmade shops!

Today's Sensational Shop is ReWallet - run by Jo!

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Tell us about you - the creator!

I'm Jo, a Portuguese hobbyist artisan crafter. In fact, my academic skills have nothing to do with art or recycling. I'm an educational psychologist, or at least a "trying to be".

It's not easy to talk about myself. It's always hard to make a "like and dislike" list and I find it better if others start knowing me for what I am and not for what I'm telling about myself. I don't know the concept of "normality" and I don't think I follow it in my daily life.

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Describe your shop and what you sell

For those who are curious, ReWallet means recycled wallet and all of them are cute, original, funky, recycled (of course) and one of a kind.

I don't make twins and I usually try to mix some things that normally wouldn't be together. The main idea is to be part of a recycled world fever. Furthermore, I like to be practical and these wallets reflect that.

The ones made out of milk/juice packages - ReWallets, are small, just made out to fit in a pocket. They have two identical divisions on the inside, they're impermeable and there's always some for the girls and some for the boys. They're ideal to those who like to get out without having anything in their hands. For those who like to have their coins in their pocket without loosing them all the time or, the ones who like going to a disco at weekends. For those who like to ride their bicycle or even take a nap on the beach.
The bigger ones - Big ReWallets, made out of cereal boxes, are ideal to keep travel stuff, bills or even some pet's vet information.

I have never made them for a specific age group as I can really see anyone having one... I can create different styles custom, so they can always be individual and unique.

ReWallets are ideal for those who really believe in recycling and keep our world green and healthy. For those who like to be different and make a difference.

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What is your favorite item to make? Why?

Recycled Wallets!

I love the fact that they're eco-friendly, one of a kind and can be customized. That way, everyone can actually be green without losing its originality and personality.

How and when did you start your business?

I can't really tell when was the moment I decided to start making recycled wallets. One day, around 2008, I picked up a milk package and I decided to make something out of it. I made some research and I began to have this new idea of some recycled wallets. I grabbed some pictures, some deco tape, elastic, some confetti, staples and BUM, after five minutes, my first wallet was born.

First I was just giving them away, in exchange for a smile, always with this idea of making recycling cute and useful but things got a little cloudy and messy in my house and I needed some extra coins to help around so, I thought of a name, a drew a logo, a made some cards and I tried my luck in business world, with ReWallet. I set an on-line shop and a Facebook page so my wallets could/can be seen all around.

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Where can buyers find you?

Thank you so much for stopping by! I'll see you next week for another Sensational Shop Saturday!

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