Bake Sale Designs Celebrates One Year of Eco-Chic Design

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Crafty entrepreneur Rebecca McCoy celebrates her first year of making environmentalism and recycled bed sheets look oh, so delicious.

Bake Sale Designs proprietress Rebecca McCoy has been hard at work this year, scouring thrift stores, yard sales and the occasional flea market to find vintage fabrics and trimmings for her line of fresh bags and hip accessories. She is celebrating her first year of success with a birthday blog contest.

McCoy finds opportunities to repurpose in the most unlikely of materials: maternity dresses, tablecloths, bedspreads, and other discarded and forgotten remnants of the past. Out of these she makes quirky "Mustachio" bags (comes in "handlebar" or "biker"), cleverly shaped clutches, and eye-catching accessories like her flower pins made from fabric and vintage earrings. For fall and winter, she turns sweaters into scarves using a process called "felting." McCoy has an eye for color and pattern and a knack for taking what looks, to the average person, like a dated yard sale discard and turning it into something chic, stylish and fun.

"My work is unique because each item has a story. I take pride in giving old things new life, and recycling materials into something beautiful and useful," McCoy states. McCoy reuses materials because she loves the retro aesthetic, but also because she strives to create an environmentally responsible business and be a good community citizen. In addition to McCoy’s personal commitment to reduce, reuse and recycle, Bake Sale Designs is an ongoing donor to CraftersForCritters.com, an online shop that gives proceeds to various animal rescue organizations.

These days, with everyone from Cameron Diaz to Leonardo diCaprio driving a hybrid car, designers are wise to pay attention to the tidal wave of demand for cool and eco-friendly products. McCoy and her peers are ushering in the new era of “eco-chic” design, catering to fashion-conscious consumers who support small businesses in favor of big box retailers and who are increasingly concerned about global climate change and the over-consumption of resources. "Green" designers are answering this call by creating innovative products out of tires, shampoo bottles, computer parts, and, like McCoy, turning out some fantastic products you can feel good about buying.

What does the future look like for Bake Sale Designs? "I’d like to keep creating new designs, and start selling in a few more stores. I’ve got good momentum, so I’d like to keep it up," McCoy says. You can learn more about Bake Sale Designs and the Birthday Blog Contest at http://www.bakesaledesigns.com.

About Bake Sale Designs

Bake Sale Designs is owned and operated by Rebecca McCoy. McCoy scours for the best ingredients for her handbags, scarves, home goods and pins. She creates colorful and often one-of-a-kind items from vintage fabrics and findings. Bake Sale Designs can be found online at http://www.bakesaledesigns.com or in several retail boutiques around the country. You can also catch McCoy at independent craft events like Bust Magazine’s Craftacular and Art Star Craft Bazaar in Philadelphia. For more information, contact Rebecca McCoy at 410-812-6604.

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