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November 13, 2017 10:37 PM

Upcycling Is Up In Sioux Falls

Upcycling is one of the hottest trends in interior design across the nation.

In case you're not familiar with the concept, it basically means taking someone's junk and turning it into another person's treasure.

You've likely seen designers upcycling on national TV, but the trend is also up in KELOLAND. Shane Sutherland started the Facebook group Hillbilly's Repurpose Project four years ago.

"The best materials I've found have been in old churches and old homes," Sutherland said.

Sutherland travels all over the Midwest in his search for old wood, antiques and really anything that catches his eye. He sells them or uses them in projects at homes and businesses.

"The world is changing so quickly that people like that remembrance of simpler times and things from the farm," Sutherland said.

Upcycling isn't just for home decor either. At Unglued in downtown Sioux Falls you'll find everything from stuffed animals made out of old shirts to cufflinks made out of baseballs.

"It's just becoming more popular now because there's so much stuff out there," Cynthia Anderson with Unglued said.

In fact, Anderson says most of her own home decor is upcycled.

"I made a choice that I don't want to be a consumer. I would rather be a producer--to be able to take things that would get thrown away and give them new life," Anderson said.

New life that is giving way to new businesses. Sutherland is opening up a design gallery this month.

"It's been great. With the things we've been able to see and travel, it's been outstanding. It's a lot more than I would have thought," Sutherland said.

The design gallery for Hillbilly's is opening on Black Friday.

It will be in northern Sioux Falls along Maple Street.

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