I’ve heard recently that prices in local op shops (opportunity shops) and secondhand stores are on the rise with a trend towards ‘shabby chic’ and ‘vintage’ clothes.

Another trend is ‘re-purposing’ – taking a textile garment and making it into something else for an entirely different purpose.  For example, a friend ‘re-purposed’ a flannel onesie into a dog coat for Izzy.

Earlier this year, at summer camp (northern hemisphere summer), the kids of Southwest Airlines employees re-purposed a heap of old Southwest Airlines t-shirts.  They made them into dog toys for Texas-based animal shelter Operation Kindness!

Southwest Airlines t-shirt

The outdated t-shirts from Southwest Airlines became…

T-shirt dog toys

…700 dog toys!

(Photos courtesy of Operation Kindness Facebook page)

Operation Kindness logo








What a great summer camp project – the kids learned to recycle and supported a good cause, too.

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand

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