I always thought that my parents were...how should I say this...CHEAP...that's the word.
That's what we use to call people (in the olden days) who reused things or used them up. When I was a kid I thought this was not cool. I grew up in the 50s and early 60s when gasoline was forever (...it was 32 cents/gallon in April, 1965, when I got my driving license) and nothing could possibly happen to air and water...they were infinite and would always stay clean.
Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.
That was my parents' motto. They had gone through the Great Depression and then World War II and were simple, honest, hard-working people. They managed to buy a small house and save money so their 2 daughters could go to college.
Nowadays, we call people like my parents eco-savvy or green, and it's very fashionable. Today people in the know are eco-friendly and eco-conscious and dress with eco-chic. They use green design and green technology and even green toilets (as in low-flush...not that awful avocado color so popular in the 60s.)
I am thrilled that I live in this eco-world and, in addition to the little poem above, my own motto is "make it better and/or make sure someone else can use it"...and there you have recycling and the specialty of the house at ArtsEcho Galleria, UPCYCLING!
Maybe that's why I have always been drawn to making and creating things to wear and use and saving money for really important things, (like opening our charming little store). Without this philosophy, we wouldn't be celebrating two years in our lovely little enclave today and you wouldn't get to buy things that are of the highest quality (and often cost more than 10 times what we sell them for). Not to mention the jewelry...
Sandra and the lovely, friendly and dedicated ArtsEcho Galleria team, Zoe, Liana, Yara, Ben and our interns and volunteers, Lina, Laura, Claude, Shanella, Sylvia, Heather, Nao, Mey and Sophia. What a wonderful crew! Here are a few new photos:
Zoe at the Jersey City Hamilton Park Festival and Market.
Liana in Pink Vintage.
PS: If you get this in time, please come on over to ArtsEcho Galleria to have a piece of birthday cake. It has purple and yellow roses on it! We are at 3809 Park Ave, as always.
PPS: We have SUMMER HOURS! We'll be open from 12-7 every day (except Saturday, which is 12 - 6) until Labor Day.
PPPS: Remember the Diego Garcia concert on July 22 at 7. I, personally, cannot wait.
PPPPS: Here is a smiling Guy for all of you who need the weekly fix: