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Upcycling's catching on in Siouxland


COLERIDGE, Neb. - An invasion of innovation hits Siouxland as a new trend features things you might have sitting around or even up in the attic.

Cammie Metheny is a self-proclaimed "go to junk gal."

Her store's been a fixture on main street in Coleridge, Nebraska for years.

At the 106 Vintage company you'll find everything old.

Cammie takes something ancient and makes it new again. Recycling with a twist, now known as upcycling.

"It's kind of exciting and people are kind of getting into the whole thing of recycling right now they getting into the whole thing right now. It's kind of a craze", says Cammie Metheny.

Cammie can upcycle just about anything you put in front of her.

"You might take something turn it upside down turn it backwards you turn it every direction you can to see if there's another way we can use this over than the tradition way," says Cammie Metheny.

She cuts out the license letter to construct personal messages. She takes a ski and luggage and makes them into shelves.

There's even a use for discarded porch poles. It's now a vase for flowers.

The plaid suitcase even ended up in the pages of Flea Market Magazine where Cammie contributes a monthly article.

And, Cammie knows where to find some real "Rustic Treasures".

"She comes down every couple of weeks and starts to load up she really likes the true vintage the true junk which is spelled junque", said Lukas Rix.

Lukas Rix co-owns a consignment store on main street in nearby Wayne, Nebraska.

"Upcycling to me is basically taking something that you see value on and putting you own spin on it. Putting your own character on it and making it your own."

The store opened in 2012 and already sells goods from 1000 consigners.

"i think the economy plays into it.. we're lucky we're getting into an area where junk is popular," says Lukas Rix.

Lukas sees more customers coming in looking for things to upcycle he even does it with old chipped china.

Instead of selling a plate for a quarter this decorative item sells for almost 30 times more.

People have been transforming second hand items into new treasures for years now. But, upcycling is really catching on as people share their work on social media websites.

"Pinterest has definitely spurred some creativity with people come in and say have you seen this i saw this on pinterest and I want to do that," says Lukas Rix.

Lukas and Cammie say they're fortunate so many people want to find a way to connect to the their younger years.

Upcycling never ends for Cammie.

Her next project renovating an old opera house from the turn of the 20th century.

It's been a church, a basketball court, a grocery and general store.

They're stripping out the building and restoring the space into a new store on main street in Coleridge, Nebraska.

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