This blog shows my recycled denim creations, along with tutorials for items I have designed myself. I collect old jeans (a strange collection, I know!) and cut them up to make bags, purses, animals and other items of varying sizes and shapes. I then sell these to raise money for weomen and children in the town of Utange, near Mombasa, in Kenya. I help women to set up their own businesses and provide solar lights to enable teachers and pupils to work at home after the sun sets.
With the return of the sunny weather here, I was able to do something I have been wanting to tackle for some time. At the last couple of sales, my stock has been pretty hurriedly packed away, and has not always gone into the correct boxes. The best way I have found to store my stock is by price - then I make sure I have a range of items of different prices out. Works well, as long as everything is where it should be. But it wasn't! Not only was stock in the wrong boxes, but much was not even in a box! I had bags I had given to other people for events they were attending, plus lots of new items, all over the place. So I got it all outside and all out of the boxes, and then sorted it. While I sorted, I photographed - both the stock I have and the individual items I am running low on. Here are the results: £1 and £2 items:
and I don't think I need to make any owl phone cases for a while!
£4 items. This price range needs some new input - lots of the bags here are a couple of seasons old and haven't sold, because they are not very nice! I need to make some more of these "low end" bags.
£5 items. This looks better.
£6 items. A fair selection, but more wouldn't hurt.
£10 items. More stock needed but the items sell well.
£12 items. The flower bags are always popular...
...and other items in this price range also sell well.
£15+ items. Slower sellers, but great when they do sell!
Christmas items. New stock (and new ideas) needed here - I really only have the two sizes of stockings. I need to look at what else will work well in denim for Christmas items.
And her is the finished stock, all safely (and neatly) packed away, ready for my next sale at the end of August.