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Hang Ups in KC Partners With Literacy Kansas City

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Kristi and I are thrilled to announce our brand-new partnership with Literacy Kansas City.

I’ve had a few people ask me what Literacy Kansas City is and it occurred to me that not everyone is aware of the desperate need for literacy programs in all geographical areas.   For example, approximately 225,000 adults in the Kansas City area function at the lowest literacy level.  Literacy Kansas City’s goal is to help raise awareness of our community’s significant literacy needs and provide free one-to-one and small group tutoring programs.  Their volunteers give the gift of self-esteem, new opportunities, and capabilities that literacy brings to virtually every aspect of a student’s life.

Why are Kristi and I so passionate about literacy?  Because we LOVE to read and believe that everyone should have the opportunity to love it as much as we do.  Kristi was a reading volunteer at her kids school in Liberty for years.  She also loves that her children have started to share that passion for reading, they will even recommend books for her to read. I have an English Literature Degree and a background volunteering with the Barrie Literacy Council in Barrie, Ontario, Canada.  I’m also the daughter of a school librarian and I am a school library volunteer.  I LOVE (it’s that big and bold love again) working in the school library.  Who knew?  I guess I really am my mother’s daughter.

So where does Hang Ups in KC come in?  We are in the process of creating a brand new line of jewelry dedicated to the joy of reading in the form of inspirational words and quotes.  The jewelry will be in our usual eclectic style using mostly vintage and repurposed items.  A portion of every sale in this line will be dedicated to Literacy Kansas City.  Our brand new Literacy Kansas City line of jewelry can be found on our website by clicking on the jewelry tab.  To make it super easy, here’s the link:  http://www.hangupsinkc.com/index.php?route=product/category&path=78_80.  Here is a sneak peak of what we have available online right now.

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We would truly appreciate it if you could help us to spread the word about our new jewelry line in support of Literacy Kansas City.  This is the link to our website’s home page  (www.hangupsinkc.com).  We would also love to hear what you think we should create – so many of our friends and followers have brilliantly creative minds.

For more information about Literacy Kansas City and their initiatives please visit www.literacykc.org.

I guarantee that your city has the same needs as Kansas City.  Go ahead and google literacy programs in your area.  They are looking for all kinds of support like tutor volunteers, book donations, sponsors, etc.  If you are as passionate about literacy as we are maybe there is something you can do to make a difference.



Treasure Hunting In Ontario: Visit Rideau Antiques

This summer my parents introduced me to the most amazing antique store that I have ever visited.  Rideau Antiques is located south of Smiths Falls, Ontario.  To find them drive a few miles west of highway 15 just past Lombardy, Ontario.   They have been in business for more than 50 years and have a wide selection of keys, silverware, furniture, glass, china, pottery, clocks, tools, books, woodenware, bottles, prints, lamps, old hardware & collectibles.

This is what it looks like as you are walking to the house.  Look closely, it is actually very well organized and there is SOOO much stuff.


Once in the house I was a little overwhelmed until I got my bearings – then I was very excited!  Check out all those antique keys on the back of the door in the first photo!  I have never seen so many keys with so much character in one place.  Then I walked into the next room and there was a mountain of silver tea sets all wrapped up to preserve their beauty.  I found some of the most unique and beautiful sugar spoons that I’ve ever seen amongst what seemed like thousands of pieces of silverware.  If you read our blog regularly you know that I have a thing about smells.  I was so impressed with the organization and cleanliness at Rideau Antiques.  I spent most of the time walking from room to room mumbling “I wish Kristi was here….Kristi needs to see this”.

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For better photos and descriptions of this Antique Wonderland check out their website:  http://www.rideauantiques.net/ and if you have a chance, visit them in person. The owner, Clifford Miller, is so helpful and patient and knows where each and every thing is in his store no matter how small.

In the end, I ended up making two trips to Rideau Antiques in a week and drove away with a variety of unique sugar spoons, teeny tiny keys, chandelier crystal and very cool key holes to make jewelry with.  I can’t wait to visit them again next summer!

Now it’s your turn – if you have a favorite antique store please tell us about it and how to find it.  We love new antiquing opportunities!

Exciting News From Hang Ups in KC!

We are very excited to announce that our vintage and upcycled line of jewelry can now be found at a fun and unique store called Ugly Glass & Company.  Isn’t that the greatest name?  Ugly Glass & Company have just moved to a larger location and are now located at 206 North Liberty St., Independence, MO 64050, which is right on the historic Independence Square.

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Ugly Glass & Company features handmade products from over 45 artists from all over the USA.  The owners, Jenny & Skip Alexander, create their own line of glass and metal jewelry in the store studio.   You can see Skip with his safety glasses on, firing up his torch in the photo of the front window above and in the photo below.  If you are interested in taking a class on glass work go to their website at www.uglyglass.com.   Check out Skip’s fun eyeball glass!  The glass comes in several forms including rings and pendants.

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There are so many top quality handmade treasures to choose from including furniture, jewelry, glassware, soaps, bags, photography, art prints, scarves, notecards and much more.

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The first time I visited Ugly Glass I fell in love with and had to have a leather bound journal by Evertesh Creations.  I also love my spiced mug mat and tea from Alice’s Cottage.  Kristi and I are both big fans of Ni-Chern Designs bags as well.  Nicole from Ni-Chern has a knack for finding the greatest fabrics.

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We have a variety of jewelry at Ugly Glass including silverware, keys and stamped necklaces.

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Whether you are looking for a unique gift for yourself or someone you care about Ugly Glass & Company is a great one stop shop.  We are very excited to be featured artists with Ugly Glass.

If you are interested in checking out Ugly Glass & Company and don’t live in the Independence Missouri area you can find them on Facebook or at the website www.uglyglass.com.

Thanks for visiting our blog and letting us share our excitement with you!






Unique and Affordable Boutique Shopping: Catfish & Tater

There are so many big box stores in every city that it’s difficult to find a boutique that is both unique and affordable.  One of our favorite boutiques totally fits the bill.  Catfish & Tater is located at 8 N Main, which is right on the historic town square in Liberty, Missouri.

Catfish & Tater is packed with stylish clothing lines from NY and LA in bright bold colors.  Handmade items are key to the artistic vibe in the shop, so you will find several items from local artists and designers, including Hang Ups in KC!  The house brand “catfish & tater” offers one of a kind leather handbags, tattoo shirts, baby items, re-purposed goods and vintage accessories that you are sure to love.

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Catfish & Tater has been carrying our jewelry line of a couple of years.  We appreciate Heather’s, enthusiasm for vintage and upcycled creations.  These are just a few of our most recent pieces that are available at Catfish & Tater.

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We love to shop at Catfish & Tater too.  The clothes that Heather carries are always different than anything you will find at the big box stores.  Our friend Jen, who shops all around the world (she’s in Paris right now) always makes a point of stopping by Catfish & Tater when she’s in town.  She’s had great luck finding unique pieces that she loves.  Jen is also the proud owner of one of Heather’s absolutely gorgeous tattooed leather clutches.

Check out Catfish & Tater’s Facebook page at this link:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/catfish-tater/118040436065.  If you “like” the page you will see Heather’s frequent updates of what is in the store.  She sells out fast and new stuff is coming in all the time so if you like something message her right away and ask her to hold it for you.  If you don’t live in the area but love something you see online, Catfish & Tater ships within the Continental US for a flat rate through USPS.  Just message Heather on Facebook or call her at 816.820.3791 to let her know what style, color and size you want.  It’s that easy!

If you have any favorite boutiques that are unique please let us know.  We love checking out unique small businesses. Happy shopping!



How To Remove Keys From a Typewriter


I have an addiction to antique typewriters.  There, I admitted it.  They are so beautiful even when they aren’t shiny anymore.  It breaks my heart to remove the keys but after the first clip I’m unstoppable.  I’ve had a number of people ask me how I remove the keys.  Warning:  it’s not for the faint of heart.  You need to have some muscle and the right tools.


Tools required:  Safety glasses, tin snips, pliars, wire cutters and a dremel.  It is extremely important to wear safety glasses while you are working.  As I work, little pieces of metal and often the actual typewriter keys ping against my safety glasses.

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Flip your typewriter upside down.  Ewww…it’s a little dirty and nasty in there isn’t it?  No problem, you are going to snip the keys off anyway.

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Once you snip the keys off you will need to remove the arm.  If you are working with an old Underwood typewriter all you need to do is to lift the 3 metal flaps on the back of the key and use something sharp like a pair of pliars to pry the key off the arm.  Once you’ve done that simply fold the metal flaps back down and you are set to go.  If you are working with a brand of typewriter like my Remington Rand you will need to use your Dremel to cut the back off the key and then sand off any rough edges.  I wear a glove on the hand holding the pliars gripping the typewriter key to protect my hand as sparks and metal fly.


The next step is easy.  Have fun creating something that you love!  We hope this DIY post was helpful!

Kristi & Carolyn