Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Our November/December special offer!

Hi everyone!  We've come up with a very easy offer for our special customers.  When you spend $25 or more any time between now (Nov 25th) and December 6th, you will automatically be entered to win a Harvey's Seatbeltbag, valued at $118.  It's a Large Satchel in Turquoise, and a very hard to find bag.
Hope to see you soon!!

PLUS... we'll be open on Sundays until Christmas, so after you've gotten your coffee and scones at City Bakery next door, come on by!  We'll be open from 10am-2pm.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Swinging Into Fall

Hi everyone!  We've put up a very simple yet unique window display for fall, so we wanted to share it.  It's made completely from found objects - think mailing tubes, packing material old magazines and those millions of leaves that you're constantly sweeping up this time of year!

Stay tuned, because you just might see snow very soon...

Monday, November 1, 2010


Amidst Halloween crafts and decorating, ordering merchandise for Christmas, unpacking boxes, designing ads and rack cards, we managed to find time to make a plushie.  His name is "Snuggles" and he was one of the projects in our kit, Plush-o-Rama: Curious Creatures for Immature Adults.  Well, this immature adult joined forces with a five year old, and here is the result!  This kit was a great activity for both of us, and there are dozens more stuffed creatures to make.  It's going to be a long winter....

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Get Your Spook On

My favorite holiday has always been Halloween.  I was always jealous of those people who were lucky enough to have their birthday on Halloween (you know who you are!).  Maybe next year we'll be able to make a mini haunted house, but for this year, we have the ominous Oogie Boogie* overseeing Charlotte St, and some additional treats for you. 
*note that for those in search of that perfect costume, Oogie Boogie can be yours!  That cold Halloween North Carolina night will be so much warmer inside your soft pillow of cotton goodness (see last photo).  

There are a lot of delicious projects in here (yes, glue and scraps can be delicious)!  But by far, our favorite artist featured is Ann Wood.  
Check out her blog at
We love her use of vintage textiles and garments, buttons, wire, lace.  And even the tiniest remnants are useful. 

Do you know where your children are........?
Why yes, they are collecting milk jugs, grocery bags and plastic water bottles for their masks, scary signs and hanging spiders! 
One thing we like about this magazine is that since there are so many projects, after this years' fall holidays you can put it away with your decorations and use it again next year. 

Call the exterminator: bats and rats abound, but this rat is made out of  a sweater, so it's a cute furry rat!
No black plague to worry about here!
Rats, Bats and lanterns, oh my! 
 I am the shadow on the moon at night
 Filling your dreams to the brim with fright. 

Friday, October 15, 2010

Our First Featured Artist: Bradley Barrett

Foundry is now featuring the sculpture of Bradley Barrett.  We met Bradley through a friend who knew we were looking for old doors, windows, and basically anything old and unique to use as display furniture.   After a few minutes in his backyard wonderland of wooden and metal salvage, we knew we had discovered the right place!  Not only does he save materials that would normally be tossed and forgotten, but he creates art out of them.  We have welcomed into our family, Carl, Joe and Jack, and they would be so happy in your home above your mantle, in your cabin, your man-cave, your front porch....

This is Carl, the serious one. He oversees the store with confidence and ease, which you can tell by his serious brow and pout.  He is crafted out of tractor parts, theater seat pieces, a hinge and various others salvaged metal pieces. 

Joe is the rebellious one, and he has grown his hair out to show it. Oh no, I think he also pierced his left ear.  He is made up of pieces similar to Carl, so perhaps Carl is the responsible older brother. 

Jack and Carl make a good team, and how about those recycled metal and glass wall sconces in between?

The star of the show is Jack. His cylinder shaped head is crafted from an oxygen tank, and the horns are beautifully bent metal tubes that flow like tree branches.

Bradley Barrett has been creating whimsical animal heads using 100% recycled and found materials for 15 years, with a focus on steer heads.   His inspiration comes from the materials salvaged while deconstructing old homes and barns in the Western Carolina mountains.    Bradley started his own architectural salvage business in 1996 in an effort to save the parts and pieces of old homes and barns and find a new use for these materials.  What started as an idea to save valuable resources from being thrown away or burned has now grown into a successful architectural business and a resource for local artists.

Friday, October 8, 2010

It's a sign....

Our amazing sign arrived this week!  It was designed, created and installed by Warren Perdue, of Perdue Studios:

Here are some photos of the rather treacherous installation.  Lifting a 150lb sign 10 feet in the air next to a busy street is not easy!

Here is the sign on the ground prior to installation.
It's comprised of  a "junk layer" in the middle, and the green panels with the logo are part of an old car.  
Close up of the junk layer with dozens of scrapped parts welded together

I didn't want to make the guys nervous by being obvious about taking the photos...
so I had to do it from inside!  They removed the green panels so it would be lighter. 

View from below.  And just in case you wanted to know the pressure of something or other, there is a gauge...

Thank you Warren!! 


Monday, October 4, 2010


We have some fantastic fall items: pumpkin and bat buckets made out of reclaimed metal - great for lanterns, and scary bats made from reclaimed tin and wooden spindles.  There are also quite a few craft magazines with spooooooky ideas, not to mention the scariest guy in town.... Oogie Boogie!

See you soon!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

We're open!!

Come on by to see what we've been slaving over for, ummm about a year now?!!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Just a few more

We did some finishing touches yesterday, so I think we're all set.  Now all the work is behind the computer making sure everything will run smoothly!  

Here are some wine bottle bowls made by my wonderful husband, Sean.    He calls them "Asheville Flatz".

Recycled glass night lights! 

These large votives are covered with rolled up magazine paper.  

Everyone needs a vase made out of a wine bottle and bed springs, right?

See you soon!

Monday, September 27, 2010


Hi Everyone!  For the last two weeks we've sequestered ourselves doing nothing but painting and re-habbing furniture, unpacking, cleaning, and then painting and unpacking some more.  Here is a preview of what you'll see when you're here:

Temporary window display during set-up
We call this the "cake table".  We decoupaged map pages to the edges.  (Apologies to the sacrificial 2002 Thomas Guide.)  You'll find Harvey's Seatbelt bags, and other bags and wallets made from bicycle tire rubber.  Also wallets from ties, and the infamous seatbelt closure bottle opener!  Oh, and those scissors aren't for sale.  

Sweater animals, kits for kids, wine cork projects and craft magazines
Here are some notebooks made from discarded book covers, a group of thermos lamps and a barnwood mirror.  Not to mention the $10 Goodwill bookcase that we painted, slanted the shelving and added yard sticks to!
This is our "book nook"
Get your Harvey's!  The Lola Satchel here on top is my favorite.
This is Rowan, our unofficial mascot and official unpacker

Jewelry corner with cypress knees to hang pieces and rubber tire barrels underneath
Who would have thought that cypress knees made such cool display items!

Candles (yes, we found soy candles in recycled material!) motherboard boxes, ceiling tin picture frames and an area for the kids to entertain themselves.

Thanks everyone for sticking with us during these months while we've been building our business.  We are so glad to finally be sharing all our wonderful things with you and hope to see you very soon!

Monday, September 6, 2010


I thought I'd post some pre-renovation photos.  The transformation from dark and dingy to bright and fun is very clear!

So far...

Well, as of last week we had the floors installed and polished, and the ceiling and walls painted.  Who would have thought a purple wall would look so cool with those floors?  I have to thank Frank the building Super for choosing the floors actually.  My creative energies were completely spent by the time he swooped in with this fantastic solution... plaid!

And then......I waited four hours for an AT&T installation that never happened (haven't we all??) and actually enjoyed seeing the morning light come in.  It was so pretty!

Friday, August 20, 2010