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.

We-Cycle
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.

Holly Day Saturday December 4, 2010 in Shell Lake, WI

Stained glass
Stained glass

Happy Tonics Visitors Center/Store is planning a splash of a day for shoppers and visitors on December 4, 2010. As our readers know the world is suffering in a global recession. Happy Tonics believes in homemade, homegrown, local arts and crafts. We are a nonprofit environmental education organization and public charity. People are generous and donate many items to help our cause including Ojibwa beaded butterfly pins and  framed art and photographs. We have two monarch butterfly habitats in Shell Lake that we implemented and maintain. 

By buying local, customers support their own community. We will offer savings to our guests so everyone can go home with something special to put under the Christmas tree.

Where’s the fun?

23 Fifth Avenue, Shell Lake, WI, Sarona Jewelry and My Favorite Things – Open all day. Retail store with educational toys, jewelry, Fenton glass and clothing. Refreshments to be served.

Meet Mary Ellen
Meet Mary Ellen

25 Fifth Avenue, Shell Lake, WI, Happy Tonics Visitors Center/Store – Kids Disney Movies to be shown 10 am – 2 pm

Refreshments to be served. There is indoor hall that goes between the two stores.

Happy Tonics offers new and gently used home decor, women’s clothing and books, books, books. The store sells new knitted socks, hats, shawls, sweaters both women’s and children. There are mittens, handkerchiefs, fine art, fiber art, quilted wall hangings and fabric bags from Mexico and textile vests and bags from Nepal. Check out the Ayurvedic soap from India and the dozens of butterfly gifts.

Julie Symond (My Favorite Things) and Mary Ellen (Happy Tonics Visitors Center/Store) look forward to seeing you.

Hissy the gardeners friend
Hissy the gardeners friend