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Bobby's Bama

Decatur woman turns trash into treasure

One Decatur woman is turning trash into trinkets and treasures. (Source: WAFF) One Decatur woman is turning trash into trinkets and treasures. (Source: WAFF)

Visit Connie Hulsey's dining room and you'll see evidence of her genius and creativity. 

In 2005, she married a man who crafted ink pens and sold them in craft shows. But she wanted something to go with them.

"I stumbled across doing journals out of old kids' books and vintage books and that's when it kind of took off on my end."

The journals were just the beginning. How about some pop top key chains, tie clips with a unique face, pocket mirrors that are too cute to give to the kids , and vintage boxes that say lunchtime?

"One time, I bought a single Roy Rogers cowboy boot. A little kids boot and I figured out a way to drill a hole in it and made a clock."

Even in her kitchen, you can look and see that just about everything is vintage and there is an old saying about taking something old and making it new again.

A beautiful cross is made of hymnal pages. Next to it, a thermos lamp to see it better. Elvis can even help get you to work on time. Old buttons can become precious jewelry.

"When I started dong the lunch box clocks, sometimes I would buy like a lot of them on Ebay and they would have a thermos bottle in it. Well, I really didn't have a use for the thermos bottle. And I knew that people had made lamps out of like tall thermos bottles."

Eventually they figured it out. And found even plastic thermoses can find a new life.

"They hold liquid and I could make them into a lotion or soap dispenser. And as far as I know, no one else does that."

Here, The Beatles can get you to Abbey Road on time and even Barry Manilow can make you sing away the minutes. One of the best sellers is taking old hymnals and making them into necklaces and bracelets.

"And it may be a song that was sung at their daddy's funeral."

She says it's nice to make a connection to people and touch their heart. Turning trash into treasure in Bobby's Bama.

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