Working with reclaimed wood reminds me that there's hope for all of us.

When I was laid off from my office manager job in July 2014, it was a relief in some ways.

A few months later, I was stripping the orange damaged finish off of a pub table and stool set of mine thinking about what a childhood friend had told me a few years back. She was about to start a new job at the time, after being off for a few months, and observed that as a working mom, “You either have enough time or enough money, but rarely both.” Being unemployed myself meant a new table set wasn’t in the budget, but it also meant I had the time to refinish it. As I stood there sanding a bar stool, I thought, “It would be so great if I could do this all day.”

My sister and I had talked about starting a custom furniture business 25 years ago when my dad owned a welding shop. That was before the internet and it was too overwhelming for us at the time. Now, maybe there was a way I could do it and contribute to the family budget. I had heard of Etsy, and decided to do some investigation and see if it could really work.

When I bounced the idea off of my husband, he mentioned that there was a lot of unused construction lumber, pallets and crating that goes in the dumpster where he worked. It was the free materials that attracted me at first, but also the opportunity to give a natural resource new life. I thought about how cool it would be to use the materials to make something beautiful.

So that’s where it started. I started making prototypes at the beginning of 2015 and opened my Etsy shop in July, exactly one year after I was laid off from my office job. I’m looking forward to reclaiming my Swag and sharing my products with you.

I appreciate your interest and welcome your comments and questions!

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