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Problem Solvers: From Goodwill to Glamour

Posted at 9:08 AM, Feb 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-27 10:08:50-05

Jenny Carlson says she was tired of spending hundreds of dollars on her kids clothes.

"Kids clothing is so expensive," said Carlson. "They grow out of it so quickly or they stain it in a second, and you've spent $30 on a shirt, and now its ruined."

Carlson decided to take matters into her own hands. Now, she's not only saving money, but earning it too.

"Selling handmade or re-purposed or vintage children's clothing and accessories," Carlson said.

Carlson makes shopping trips to Goodwill, looking for donated items to reuse as fabric.

"There's so much clothing that gets put into the landfill each year," said Carlson.

Those unique patterns and colors will get turned into new and unique children's outfits.

"I've been sewing since I was 8 years old," said Carlson. "My grandmother sewed, and my mother sewed."

Carlson mixes and matches fabrics to make items like dresses, vests, bows and bonnets.

At first, Carlson made clothes for her children to save money, but over time, her hobby morphed into a real business called Sweet Basil Avenue.

She sells on Etsy to customers all over the world.

"It's made from used or vintage clothing," said Carlson. "They range from $15 to $30."

It's all depending on size and how much fabric she used.

Not all of us are crafty like Carlson, but she says it's not about sewing or making money. It's about doing something that makes you happy.

Everybody needs a hobby of some kind that brings them joy, said Carlson.

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