Boxes, Makers

Steel Shop Designs uses Upcycled and Repurposed Materials to Make Unique and Totally Handmade One-of-a-Kind Accessories

Kansas native, Charity Fontaine, of Steel Shop Designs, spends many weekends checking out estate sales, yard sales and vintage markets searching for the perfect pieces to create her One-Of-A-Kind head

We included two of Charity’s pieces in our first box.  The first is the “Love” pendant necklace she made from salvaged vintage silverware.  She cleans, trims,  flattens, smooths, polishes, stamps, curls and inks each vintage spoon to create her “Love” pendant.  love necklaceWe loved the pendant when we saw it because it was not obvious it started out as spoon and love how awesome it turned out.

Not wanting to waste a thing, Charity then used the trimmed pieces from the “Love” spoon pendant, and created the second
love stampitem on our box, the “Bee Kind” Key chain.

Charity custom made and stamped the “Bee Kind” keychain for us because we wanted to highlight one of our core values we have at Eclectic Box Goods.  Simply put, we think kindness matters and love having a little reminder  to “Bee Kind” on a key chain.

bee kind key chains

We also love that Charity is a giver as well as a maker.  “I make stuff to sell so that I can raise money to take my family to Africa to work for the charity “Village of Hope.” My family spends a couple weeks every summer helping the people of Africa.”

Each month, Eclectic Box Goods will make a donation to a cause or charity and this month we will be making a donation to “Village of Hope”.

It is always interesting to watch a maker do her thing and see her passion at work. To “Bee Inspired”, check out the video below of  Charity making her goods.

You can find Charity and her Steel Shop Design goods at pop up shops, boutiques and maker events in the Wichita area.  We are also selling a few of her things in our Makers Marketplace.  You can also follow Charity and the see the things she makes on her Steel Shops Designs Facebook page.

We are packing up our January Eclectic Box Goods next week… Our theme for this box is “Happy Everything”...

About Us, Makers

Finding The Goods

Finding the right Goods  for you is just part of the fun of our jobs at Eclectic Box Goods.  In the past few months, we have been personally meeting with Makers in California, Arizona, Oregon, Kansas, Oklahoma, Utah and Hawaii.

We have found Makers and their Goods in flea markets, small shops, artisan fairs, pop-up shops, holiday boutiques, speciality shops as well as in the Maker’s living rooms and basements turned into studios and workshops and have even bought goods out of the trunk of a Makers car trunk.
One of our upcoming featured makers works and lives out of a 4,000 square foot warehouse in Wichita–he calls this space his “WareHome”.
Over the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend, we attended a swap meet in the Palm Springs, CA area and found “organic” jewelry artist, Lilla Artesanal. Lilla is from Mexico, and creates her earring from beans, seed pods and pits and hand-ties these items into one-of-a-kind earrings which are sure to be a topic of conversation the next time you wear them.
Lilla Artesanal
“Organic” Earring maker, Lilla Artesanal
Here is also a quick video of Lilla explaining the “ingredients” of her unique earring designs.  We have added some of her goods in our Makers Marketplace.  Lilla can be found on Facebook at Lilla Artesanal.

We are continually on the search for eclectic and unique designs and hand crafted goods to add to our monthly boxes or to feature their goods in our Makers Marketplace. Are you a Maker? Know a Maker?  We’d love to talk!

We are excited for our very first box to be shipping later this month, we are calling it our “There’s No Place Like Home” box featuring artists and makers from the great state of Kansas.  We hope our hand selected goods will Brighten your Life and Home.