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We dropped the kids off at Camp Fuller in Rhode Island on Sunday. For lunch before we ate in a little seafood place right on Point Judith Marina. David, my friend who had also been to Camp Fuller, reminded me that we used to canoe up to this place for ice cream. We had clam cakes – which are basically donuts made with big chunks. They’re a greasy bite from my childhood.

There’s definitely a place in my life for nostalgic eating.

But, after we dropped them off, John and I searched for a local table. It was a bit slim pickings. Once place in New London looked great, but it was closed after 4. I had thought there might be something in Mystic, CT. All John saw on the web was a juice bar, but we  stopped anyway.

We parked on a side street and as we wandered toward the main drag I spotted a little store with a mannequin with a bright pink messenger bag that read: Make Love Not Trash. It was like I had found my battle cry.

The shop, called Chartreuse, was filled with fun folky recycled or reclaimed “earth-friendly” clothes and accessories.

I talked to Beth the owner of the shop. Originally a textile designer, she was teaching a class in recycling and post consumer textiles and her students began to bring in examples of recycled materials – clothing, handbags, coasters, etc. She thought, all this amazing stuff should be in under one roof.  So five years ago, she opened shop.

She says that she racked her brains for a name for the shop, but finally landed on her favorite color – chartreuse. She was pleased to notice that the word art was buried in chartreuse, but then was amazed to realize that when you break out chartreuse – you get art and reuse too!

I loved the tote bags made out of old newspapers and the gorgeous purses made out of old soda tabs from Escama Studio. Apparently, there was a messenger bag that had just been sold. And of course, there was this fun funky bag from MakeLoveNotTrash

Check out Chartreusue

3 Pearl Street
Mystic CT 06355
860-536- 1409

info@chartreusecollection.com

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