In the early days of 2nd Story Goods, it took time to build trust. We were all on new ground, trying to forge our way into creating things we’d never seen before, using materials that didn’t really make sense. We spent hours walking through the piles of discarded items out in the salt flats of Jubilee, knowing there were treasures to be found.
We made earrings out of bottle caps, recycled glass and shells. We shaped angels from chipped plates and ceramic mugs sold for pennies in the street market. We picked up branches and created windchimes out of all of it too. Each piece was beautiful to me because all of it shouted to the universe,
We still have value! We are not a waste!
The value of a piece of blue glass tossed into the garbage pile with all the other things is changed completely when it is picked up and used by the maker artist.
The Artist sees.
Add to that the many parts of our lives that seem broken and cast aside. That relationship that didn’t work, the job that ended, the months of wandering in the desert, so to speak. We speak over that
, as well.
We believe our lives are our great ART.
We believe nothing is wasted.
We believe with the divine grace of Heaven, we can make something beautiful of all of it.
Our Impact Partner, 2nd Story Goods understands how it feels to want to buy things that are good for the people who made them, the planet, and you. This is why they have been working on the ground with their artisans in Gonaives, Haiti for 10 years, creating recycled, handcrafted goods for a livable wage. Last year, their impact enabled over 108 children to stay in school, not because of hand-outs, but through the dignity of their parents’ work with 2nd Story Goods.