Looking for something fresh to spruce up your wardrobe or living room in 2016? Check out Re-Find Goods, one of Utah's first stores to exclusively feature products that are repurposed or made from other materials. Think lamps made of old beer bottles and pipe, money clips made of artillery shells, bracelets hammered out of fire extinguisher plates, old mason jars turned into soap dispensers and clocks fashioned out of old bike wheels. The shop offers one-of-a-kind jewelry, home décor, lighting, accessories, clothing, gifts and more.
Kristin Harrower opened Re-Find Goods in mid-September of 2015 and, so far, has been very pleased with the shop's progress. With a number of businesses transitioning in and out of the historic Pierpont Avenue area, Harrower is hopeful that the little downtown street will soon become a destination shopping spot, filled with unique shops.
Harrower, who previously worked in the medical field, had a goal in mind when she opened Re-Find Goods. "I was trying to think of something that wasn't really being done by everyone else," she says. "Salt Lake City is getting better, but we are still lacking these sort of eclectic shops that you see in other cities. We've got plenty of malls, we need more stores that are interesting and different."
On top of trying to diversify the Salt Lake City shopping scene, Harrower is passionate about the concept of reusing materials. "There is so much out there—so many objects that could have a new life, versus making something from scratch," she says. Harrower likes knowing that her store is filled with items that have been transformed into something beautiful, created from items that would have otherwise been on their way to a landfill.
"I want to use what we already have to make our lives better or more interesting, rather than getting something from China that was just newly made from plastic," she says. "We have plenty of material already, we should find a way to use it again."
In addition to seeing old objects get a new life, Harrower loves working with different artists, both locally and from around the country. "It's amazing to see what they can do with their creativity," she says. Re-Find Goods offers artists a storefront to sell their wares, whereas normally they might be limited to farmers markets and arts & crafts festivals—and allows customers to purchase something they normally wouldn't even be able to find. So when you need something that is artistic, beautiful and affordable, go to Re-Find Goods and poke around.