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Top 10 Repurposed Wares from Etsy Designers

Etsy.com is an innovative, social commerce website that specializes in handmade wares, vintage items, as well as arts and crafts supplies.  Personally, it's one of my favorite sites when I want to find a gift (often for myself) that is completely unique but also slightly sentimental or perhaps reminiscent of a time gone by.

Etsy is also great for finding re-purposed items, products that have been redesigned for a purpose different than their originally intended use.  I'm happy to bring to you what I think are the Top 10 most innovative ways of re-purposing.

10. From Daisy Dukes to Denim Purse

Recycled Jeans Purse Named Windy: By "NotYoMommasHandbag"Recycled Jeans Purse Named Windy: By "NotYoMommasHandbag"

Brought to you by NotYoMommasHandbag, this medium-sized purse called "Windy" is made from an old pair of jeans.  With bamboo handles and a pink and blue hankie, Windy is lightweight, easy to carry, and unique.  Designer, Ellen, makes her bags with love and inspiration, as well as memories of women she has lost in her life.

9. From Intoxicating to Illuminating

Repurposed Voxx Vodka Bottle Table Lamp: by "LiquidLighting"Repurposed Voxx Vodka Bottle Table Lamp: by "LiquidLighting"

Brought to you by LiquidLighting, this old, frosted Voxx vodka bottle has been transformed to a unique table lamp.  A great conversation piece for any dorm room or wet bar, this bottle has been partially sandblasted and given a red, satin lampshade.  LiquidLighting has a wide array of similar designs and has been featured in Country Living Gardner, The Smithsonian Catalogue, and The New York Times.

8. From Burnt-Out Bulb to LED Bug

 Enlightened Peace Spider: By "Ecohead"Enlightened Peace Spider: By "Ecohead"

Brought to you by Ecohead, this interesting piece of art, called the Enlightened Peace Spider, is made from an old light bulb and some copper wire.  Designer Alon Shalom has placed an LED light in the bulb to illuminate the body of the spider and add color.  A replaceable 3v button lithium battery supplies the spider with over 500 hours of energy.  A switch on the head turns the little bugger on and off.  Shalom says you can place the Enlightened Peace Spider on a flat surface but that they really like to be hung from the ceiling with fishing line.