Monday, July 19, 2010

What A Neat Idea!

On our trip to Ithaca last week, my friends and I noticed a storefront for a place called SewGreen. Since we were in the car and there were no quick parking places out front, we didn't get to check it out. (The photos are courtesy of Wendy Skinner of SewGreen). When I got home, I did a quick Internet search and discovered that it's definitely someplace that I will stop in to see the next time I'm in Ithaca.

Sew Green is a not-for-profit reuse and sewing program that carries fabrics that have been donated from the sewing community. The fabrics in the store vary widely in vintage (anywhere from the 1950s to last week) and type. The sizes run from tiny scraps to full bolts -- but most pieces are from a yard to 5 yards in length. Everything is clean, folded, and ready to use.

In addition to selling the fabric, the store provides very reasonably-priced classes for those in the local community who want to learn to sew. Materials and equipment are provided in the price of the classes.

One thing that I love about Ithaca is that there is a lot of support among the local community for businesses that are eco-conscious and socially-conscious. In my opinion, this type of philosophy benefits everyone -- both the businesses and the people who live there.

To learn more about SewGreen and what they do, check out their website or stop if you're ever in Ithaca. I can't wait to check it out in person myself!


Nanci said...

what a great site...too bad we can't order the fabrics, just to be surprised at what we get!
If I'm ever through that way, I'm stopping in....for sure!

Jamie said...

Thanks for the great place to check out. I have been wanting to visit Ithaca for a while now. You gave me one more reason to go!

Barb said...

What a great idea, it surely would help with the stash depletion for me to be able to share fabrics in this way! Have a great week, try to stay cool!