Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

The art of reclaiming and repurposing in a Northfield shop April 20, 2013

Makeshift accessories

THE CLEVER CREATIVE sidewalk sign crafted from license plates catches my eye and draws me into a cozy shop in downtown Northfield.

Inside I finger rings formed from spoons, try to slide on bracelets shaped from old license plates and other materials, admire oversized blooms folded from pages.

But I don’t take a single photo to show you, save that outdoor sign.

I Should have asked to photograph the art. I didn’t.

So you will have to imagine a one-of-a-kind home-grown shop featuring handmade merchandise repurposed from reclaimed items.

MakeShift Accessories, owned by artist-enterpreuner Devin Johnson, hometown boy come back home to Northfield, is my kind of store with its authentic artsy vibe.

FYI: To learn more about MakeShift Accessories, 418 Division Street, click here to reach the business website. Or, if you’re at Junk Bonanza today at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, scout out Johnson’s booth.

His work is also sold in Minneapolis at “I like You,” Gallery 360 and Mill City Museum; in New Prague at Cranky Alice; and in other locations.

© Copyright 2013 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


11 Responses to “The art of reclaiming and repurposing in a Northfield shop”

  1. Beth Ann Says:

    Very neat place—I can see why the sign drew you in!

  2. hotlyspiced Says:

    Well I can tell from the sign that this shop must have some great things. Some people are so clever at being able to produce wonderful things out of what everyone else considers junk xx

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      If you gander over to the MakeShift Accessories website, you’ll see examples of the creative pieces Devon makes. I don’t know he comes up with these ideas.

  3. cecilia Says:

    sometimes it is fun to put the camera away and use both hands to look at stuff.. love the sign though, what a fantastic idea.. c

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      It’s not too often I can resist taking photos. But I know that sometimes I need to be respectful of what an artist has created and NOT photograph it.

  4. I love to putter around Northfield, The St James Hotel coffee shop serves the best hot chocolate–EVER!
    Perhaps we should go there together sometime?

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      I bet you mean the Archer House, not the St. James Hotel, which is in Red Wing. Now there’s a thought…a poking around Northfield day.

  5. Nothing better than a repurposing/recycling post for Earth Day Weekend!!!

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      You know, I never even thought of Earth Day when I published this post. But quite appropriate.

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