Reclaimed Home LLC
Tell us about your business.Reclaimed Home came about after numerous DIY home restorations. Not able to afford yet another house to rehab, owner Phyllis Bobb said, "What the heck? I'll open a shop and teach people how to restore their own homes." Having teamed up with fine artist Emilia DeVitis, the pair now repurposes items ranging from wall art to furniture to kitchen cabinets. We would like to become more involved with the service and coaching side of our business but we are having fun creating functional works of art for sale at the moment. We intend to go wherever the business takes us. It's all good!
Tell us about your workspace, shop, or studio.Reclaimed Home is a 900 square foot store front located in an up and coming section of Crown Heights, Brooklyn. We carved out only about 200 square feet for our workspace. The brick and mortar shop just opened in April of 2014 and we've already outgrown it!
What inspires you?Fine crafts(wo)manship. Originality. Taking something of no use to anyone and creating something fabulous out of it.
What makes your business stand out?Each item is hand crafted out of recycled vintage or antique material. We take pieces that might otherwise end up in the landfill and reinvent them. There are many companies who do "junk to gems" but our business stands out because we don't just use the same distressed chalk paint look on every creation. We try to diversify it with various techniques.
What advice would you give an aspiring creative entrepreneur?Work hard. Wake up early and stay late if you must. Listen to your clientele. Leave the ego at home. If something isn't working, shift gear. You need to be able to go with the flow to survive. In life, not just your career.
What does American Made mean to you?Don't get me started! I know not everyone can afford to buy strictly American Made but it's a money saver in the long run. Why? Because our products are not disposable. They are built to last and made with care. American Made means quality, locally sourced products and keeping jobs here.
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