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Make & Mend, the 'Art Supply Thrift Store of Your Dreams'

Beyond just craft supplies, Make & Mend has a collection of secondhand pins and jewelry. By Francesca J. Barr

"At Make & Mend, a retail storefront located in Somerville, heaps and heaps of gently used craft supplies — from vintage fabrics to colored pencils to embroidery floss — are primed for a second life.

"Local artist Emily S. Tirella founded Make & Mend in 2017, inspired by her encounters with waste at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. “I was spending a ridiculous amount of money on materials that could be reused year after year,” she remembers. Instead of purchasing supplies every year, she began saving her used supplies."

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