Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle

3 Oct

There can easily be many posts with the same title as this post in the Club Creative Studio blog site. Finding ways to reuse, repurpose or recycle is and always will be important.  The post for today will be continued with the Two-Cent Tuesday post as I dedicate the week to ideas that can spark your creativeness and honor your efforts to reuse an item creatively, repurpose it for a new view or recycle it to improve our environment.  Creativity takes many shapes and forms.

Photo taken in Sylva, NC

Now-a-days any earth-friendly methods of creating art has a specific focus on the reuse, repurpose or recycled theme because of its low cost possibilities.  Recently while driving on a main road going through the small but quaint town of Sylva, North Carolina you will find just off on a side road the automobile repair shop called: CT Auto Service.  The physical building caught my daughter’s eye right away because of the specks of color displayed on the side of the business storefront location.  We drove closer.  Upon further inspection and with camera in hand, we drove up to the front doors and walked around the building to admire the views.

Photo of CT Auto Service, Sylva, NC

The specks of color came from the variety of hundreds of license plates displayed side by side.  Even the roof eaves were lined with license plates that covered every inch available of the building.  Reusing unusual license plates, the owner of
the building had incorporated the plates into what serves as decorative siding onto the building facade. This is also great marketing as well because the idea to have his business theme of service to automobiles continues in theme inside and out of this building. It is very clear to a potential customer or to a returning customer where they should go as this is a specific visual landmark that has a specific description. The second you see the building right away an identity is established.  You may someday forget the name of the business or who the owner is but, chances are you won’t forget what the outside of the business looked like in physical appearance.  Visual people can appreciate that.

Finding a second purpose for anything is genius. Using these licence plates for this display on purpose is reusing them in a constructive and decorative way.   It is important to recycle the metal used in the making of a license plate and transform
it as an added protective element to the exterior walls of the building.

Too bad this business was not open when we took these photos on a Sunday. I would have liked to hear a few facts about how this idea was first suggested and how long it took to add all of the plates by hand. Pictured here are sections of close-up views from the side of the building.  The business also has a matching mailbox.

It looked like a few of the plates were duplicates, many states were represented, all branches of the military, some area schools and of course vanity plates, and humorous plates can be pointed out upon inspection.  A funny one in particular reads: Can’t Fix Stupid!  I don’t consider this collection stupid at all.  Do you wonder how all of these were gathered and how many there are?  Maybe during a later visit to the same area I can have all of my curiosities addressed with a conversation from the creative person with this brainstorm.

"You Just Can't Fix Stupid" Well, we will make a note of that.

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9 Responses to “Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle”

  1. clubcreativestudio October 4, 2011 at 11:01 AM #

    Maybe you, Holly can comment on the question: Is it a treasure hunt to find plates or are they easily accquired? I am wondering how long it may have taken this person to collect so many (even though some were duplicated). For antique license plates, what dates on the plates did you consider your collection to fit into the antique era? I am sure that if antique plates are of value, they were not included on the building for risk of damage as well as theft.

  2. Hobby October 4, 2011 at 3:16 AM #

    Thanks for visiting my blog! I love this post. I collected antique license plates for a while. If I’m ever in that area of NC, I’ll make sure to ride by and say hello if they are open.

  3. clubcreativestudio October 3, 2011 at 10:47 PM #

    Thanks for visiting again, Bonnie. I can’t wait to find out if I can learn more about the “making of this building”. I am hoping to be able to talk to someone that works there or owns the business or building. There are so many friendly and helpful people in that area so, I am excited to return in a few weeks.

  4. clubcreativestudio October 3, 2011 at 10:44 PM #

    When I return to the area in a few weeks, I am going to see if I can find out more. It would be interesting to share more information about this.

  5. clubcreativestudio October 3, 2011 at 10:43 PM #

    Perhaps. When I go back to the area in a few weeks- that is one of the questions on the list to ask. I hope I can find out a few more details about who had this idea. Let’s hope!

  6. clubcreativestudio October 3, 2011 at 10:41 PM #

    It was a happy accident to discover that business and the building. Thanks for stopping by to also admire the view. I will be back in that area in a few weeks and maybe if I am lucky when I stop by I can talk with the person that had the creative idea- let’s hope!

  7. Green, Baby! Designs October 3, 2011 at 9:11 PM #

    What a great way to take something that is usually discarded and use it to make the building a work of American folk art! A GREAT marketing too, as you mentioned. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Roberta October 3, 2011 at 5:56 PM #

    Some people seem to have a lot of time on their hands. Creative yes but how ever did they get that many plates. Maybe just a great testimonial to the businesses longevity?

  9. Bonnie October 3, 2011 at 4:45 PM #

    Wow, this is so neat. I love people who are not afraid of being different and showing their creativity. (probably why I enjoy your blog so much!) Thanks for sharing this.

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