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Winning Re-purposed Projects

HELLO friends!

First, I find it very necessary to extend an apology for the time between now and our last post.  There is no good excuse for our lack of posting, however, I am puzzled by how fast the days go by lately?!

We hope all is forgiven …  and maybe this will help …

All of our stores tend to have a sales floor full of entertainment centers that no one uses any more once they move up to flat screen TVs.  You remember these:

Unfortunately the resale value on these fellas isn’t very high. But when I saw this re-purposing project, it changed my whole tune to these beasts of burden!

Re-purpose it into a KID’S KITCHEN:

OR re-purpose it into a LAUNDRY ORGANIZER:

how about a DOLL HOUSE or a DRESS UP station:

Seriously!!!  How brilliant are these?

If you’re interested in re-purposing your own entertainment center, here’s the instructions to some of the above:  2nd Kitchen, 3rd Kitchen, Laundry Organizer, Doll house, Dress Up Station.

If you need an entertainment center to re-purpose, stop by our stores and take your pick:

Happy Monday!



Time to Revolve Your Closet

I think I’ve used this picture more than once …

But I love it!

I mean, who hasn’t been here? (Me for one …. ALOT lately!)

Staring blindly at the bursting-at-the-seams-closet but nothing to wear syndrome.

OR nothing in my closet fits!

OR I can’t stand the thought of wearing that shirt-pant-skirt-sweater-dress one more time!

Well… I say don’t bother!

Clean it out all your best, previously loved SPRING clothing and accessories, and bring them into any of our Stuff Etc locations.

We will turn it into cash for you!

And while you’re here, pick up something “new” to you.  Our racks are packed with current styles and fashions to dress you and yours head to toe!

All of our fall and winter items are currently 20% off and all of our spring clothing will hit the floors just after our storewide half price sales this month.

Visit us in Iowa City, Coralville, Cedar Rapids, Waterloo & Davenport!

Repurpose This!

Here at Stuff Etc, we have to get a little picky sometimes because we can’t possibly have room for everything…

One thing is suitcases.

There are so many airline restrictions these days that most suitcases have become completely obsolete unless you have a retractable handle, wheels and can fit in an overhead compartment.  Who checks bags anymore?

Anyway, one thing we LOVE at Stuff Etc that we can never get enough of is


I have always love love LOVEd the idea of the suitcase end table…

but now I feel that idea is so boring compared to these new ways to re-purpose a vintage suitcase…

or how about this clever idea (which I am crazy about)…

SERIOUSLY!  How cool is this?

I encourage you to pick up a vintage suitcase next time you’re out resale shopping and see what clever ideas you can come up with!

I. Am. Inspired!

{pc/via design mom}

Resale Shopping Around the Globe

Bloggers who blog LOVE other blogs.

To be honest, I didn’t know this to be true until recently and now it’s like a bag of chips I just can’t stop eating.

I can’t tell you how many times I catch myself saying,

“On this blog I ready today…”

and here I go again!

On this blog I read today, I learned a new word for resale shopping…


Apparently, Skye, that’s her in the picture above with her son, lives in Australia and does her fair share of “op-shopping”.  Although it seems its more for the thrill of the hunt than out of necessity (her husband makes Hollywood movies). But let’s face it, those of us who obsessively resale shop don’t necessarily do it out of necessity either (starts that way, but never seems to end that way).

I encourage you to read Skye’s breakdown of her attire (also pictured above), which she scored entirely by op-shopping – click here.

But consider yourself warned…

Bloggers who blog LOVE other blogs.

p.s.  I think that rule applies to blog readers too

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Resale.

We hear these words every day, don’t we? It’s all around us.  At the grocery store, in our schools, our workplace, on TV…but how many of us actually practice it?

I try to do my part…return my cans and bottles, food scraps go to the pigs, burn my paper goods, and consign/shop at Stuff Etc.  But after reviewing the facts, which I tend to avoid because it brings out my OCD, I’m still not doing enough!  Check these out:

  • The U.S. is the #1 trash-producing country in the world at 1,609 pounds per person per year. This means that 5% of the world’s people generate 40% of the world’s waste.
  • The highest point in Hamilton County, Ohio (near Cincinnati) is “Mount Rumpke.” It is actually a mountain of trash at the Rumpke sanitary landfill towering 1045 ft. above sea level.
  • The US population discards each year 16,000,000,000 diapers, 1,600,000,000 pens, 2,000,000,000 razor blades, 220,000,000 car tires, and enough aluminum to rebuild the US commercial air fleet four times over.
  • Out of every $10 spent buying things, $1 (10%) goes for packaging that is thrown away. Packaging represents about 65% of household trash.

So what can we do? We all know the basics as I mentioned in my own personal efforts.  But I suggest baby steps to making a bigger personal change, a larger commitment to reducing waste.

1. Get rid of the plastic!! Shop with reusable shopping bags.  More and more businesses are offering discounts when you shop this way. Recycle your water bottles, detergent bottles, etc. Plastic is one of the worst substances for our environment!

2. Reduce the amount of waste you send to the landfill by selling or donating your no longer needed items.  If Stuff Etc can’t sell them for you, there are numerous organizations that are always looking for clothing, shoes, and other items they can send to third world countries in need, and it that isn’t enough of a reason, you can usually get a tax donation receipt.

3. Buy recycled!  There are numerous stores dedicated to a green way of living.  If you shop around, you can find the exactly what you and/or your family needs that has been repurposed, resold, recycled…items that have rightfully managed to avoid our already exceedingly full landfills.

We can all do our part and an easy way to start is with Stuff Etc.  Good luck!


Before It Was Stuff Etc…

Some of you die-hard Stuff lovers would remember this little blue gem on Keokuk St.  Just as our name said, we were strictly devoted to consigning and reselling just items for children.  We rented HALF of this building to start with, but we quickly outgrew the space and had to ask our neighbor if he would so kindly move out so we could have his half!  For almost 13 years we operated in this fashion, but our customers would often ask us if we would be willing to take other things.  In 1997, we moved to Pepperwood Plaza and changed our name to what you know today… “Stuff Etc”.  And the rest is history! 

Don’t forget to join us this Saturday, April 16th for our 26th Anniversary Sale & Celebration!  As our way of saying thanks, enjoy 26% off store-wide, excluding mattresses, free refreshments and door prizes given away every hour at all FIVE of our locations – Iowa City, Coralville, Waterloo and two stores in Cedar Rapids.

Did you know…??

Did you know Stuff Etc started out in 1985 as Kid’s Stuff in a 750 sq ft space in the back of a bar? A mother/daughter team made up of Pat Collins and Mary Sundblad, set out to sell other people’s used infant and kid items on consignment.  At the time, this was a rare concept and not widely recognized as a means of business, let alone something that could make money or people would even be interested in shopping.  Well, 26 years later, no one is questioning the Stuff Etc concept!  We’ve grown from this tiny kid’s resale shop to 5 department consignment stores ranging in size from our smallest store in Cedar Rapids at 23,000 sq ft to our largest in Coralville boasting two levels and 36,000 sq ft of quality used items.  We recently opened our first franchise store in Waterloo, with plans to open a Davenport and Des Moines location within the year.

Watch for more details on our 26th Anniversary Sale/Celebration coming on April 16th!