We-Cycle is the way to go

We-Cycle is the way to go
by Mary Ellen Ryall

On Saturday March 5, I visited Indianhead Community Action Agency (ICAA) at 608 Service Road in Spooner. Dawn Wagner, ICAA, offered participants an opportunity to pick out a clothing item from the Thrift Store and turn it into something new.  I was invited to participate in the We-Cycle event with Minnesota Wisconsin Lake and Pines Girl Scout Troop. Sara Wickre came up with the idea of turning old wear into new wear.  

I watched as Sara instructed Neissya York in how to safely use a sewing machine. Neissya turned a pair of pink pants into a mini-skirt.

Dakota smartly showing off new purse.

 Dakota Robinson was proud to show off her new purse made from recycled pants. The strap was made from an old tie.  When the times are touch we can count on some ingenious ways to stretch money by turning to We-Cycle. March events:  Mittens, hats and slippers, March 12; Rug making with a free community class, March 19; and Denim projects March 26.  Event held each Saturday in March from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.   

 Happy Tonics, Inc. Visitor Center/Store in downtown, Shell Lake, applied the theme of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle in 2010. We continue to accept donated items and offer resale merchandise at a reduced cost to consumers. This saves the landfill and helps folks in a recession. The theme of the store is Equal Exchange, Textile Art from elders and Guatemala Indigenous people, everything butterflies and beyond.