• FORAGED​

    Unique decor and gifts from reclaimed materials

    hand made with love and patience

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  • About Foraged

    A little more about my shop, my projects and my foraging escapades

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    What exactly is Foraged and who is Barbara?

    Unique home decor and accessories made from reclaimed materials

    Hi!

    I'm Barbara Tomkins and I am the owner of Foraged. I design, create and sell unique items from materials I find foraging. I've always been a collector, an artist and an entrepreneur and this is a wonderful way to combine my passions. I am having a blast coming up with new ideas and helping to keep our world a little bit cleaner by reusing materials that would be discarded.

    I hope you like what you see here!

     

    Piles of old slate

     Well it really started with a pile of slate

    Some antique shutters and that driftwood

    You see I couldn't just let this slate end up in the landfill. I knew I could do something with it. Make something cool. But how many slate message boards or serving trays does one girl really need?

    Then there were the antique shutters I found in the barn in Maine...

    Do you see a pattern here?

    My love of foraging, collecting, decorating and art led me to create this business! Now I have a way to combine my passions and share them with you.

    Antique shutter message boards

    What do you do with a bunch of old kitchen cabinets?

    Build a home workshop - of course

    What do you do when you're in the middle of a home renovation and you have a kitchen full of halfway decent cabinets that you can't use?

    Save them for a year or two knowing that they are the starting point for your home workshop. Draw tons of pictures on your vision board and you guess what. It happened!

     

    Reclaimed slate serving dishes

    Time to start Foraged?

    You can't let that workshop go unused

    So I started spending a lot of time in that workshop and I made slate things and antique shutter bulletin boards and I borrowed all my husband's tools and got more tools from my dad's workshop and garage sales. And I learned how to drill slate and clean off mortar and I had a pile of finished products that look pretty good.

    Foraged - home decor and gifts from reclaimed materials

    What should I do with all this stuff?

    Maybe it's time to try to sell my creations

    Now I'm having a blast in that workshop and the piles of finished products are reaching the ceiling and I am complaining to my sister and she says "you should do this craft fair in Gloucester." And that was it! I was hooked.

    Ok it was really scary at first - having strangers check out my things, putting a price on my creations. It was tough to put myself out there. But I'm so glad I did!

    Foraged at The Uncommon Home , shop local

    Where can you find my creations now?

    Craft fairs, Etsy and a few local shops

    So I did that first craft fair. And did fairly well but I had a few things left in the back of my car. I'm not sure how I got up the nerve, but I went into a local store and the owner was nice and we chatted a bit and then I asked her if she wanted to see my things. This became my first retail account.

    Then I opened my Etsy shop - http://www.etsy.com/shop/ForagedDecor

    Then I signed up for a whole bunch of craft fairs.

    And I kept coming up with more ideas.

    And that's where I am today.

    Busy, happy, and creating.

     

     

    My favorite tree

    So what's with the tree?

    Everyone has a tree as their logo.

    I know there are a lot of trees as logos out there, but this is a special tree. It's the tree I see when I wake up in my very special place in Kittery Point, Maine. It makes me smile no matter what the weather and brings me peace and creativity.

    Just thought you might want to know!

     

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  • Where can you find Foraged now?

    Foraged - Upcoming and current shows, shops and events

    Eighteen Friend Street Gift Shop  Amesbury

    Eighteen Friend Street

    18 Friend Street, Amesbury, MA

    A great, newly expanded gift shop in Amesbury featuring works by local artisans. Definitely worth a visit.

    4 Good Vibes Gift Shop in Somerville

    4GoodVibes

    483 Somerville Ave., Somerville MA

    My newest shop.Run by 4 sisters and featuring art and gift items handmade by local artisans.

    Sowa Open Market

    SoWa Open Market

    Boston,MA

    Looking forward to this year's season! Come visit us Sunday May 27, June 17, September 2 and October 7. I'll be featuring some new products.

     

    Artisan Market at the Mills

    North Andover Artisan Market

    The Mills, North Andover

    Looking forward to participating in this new local artisan market on July 22 and September 23. And it's right in my home town - what could be more convenient. Click their logo for more info.

  • Where have I been?

    Foraged - Shows, Shops and Events

    Sowa Open Market Boston

    SoWa Open Market 2017

    Boston, MA

    Lots of fun and lots of people. What more can I say!

    The Pinehills Plymouth

    The Arts Market at the Pinehills

    Plymouth, MA

    What a beautiful community! Can't wait to return next year.

    East Boston Open Market

    East Boston Open Market

    Valentine's Day 2016 and 2017

    A new market at The Eddy in East Boston, right on the water.

    The Uncommon Home

    North Andover, MA

    Sorry to see this great local shop close but it was fun to see my products carried here and I made a great new friend!

    Kittery Block Party

    Kittery Block Party

    Kittery, ME

    What a party! I can't wait until next year and I hope you all can join me!

    http://www.kitteryblockparty.org

    SLAM - Somerville Local Artists' Mall

    Somerville, MA

    A month long market in Union Square, I met the best local artisans! So much fun!

    Impact HUB,Boston

    Gifts That Do Good at Impact HUB Boston

    Boston, MA

    Great to be included with other eco-conscious entrepreneurs.

    Yankee Homecoming

    Newburyport, MA

    Fun day in Newburyport! What a great little town!

    Groundworks Lawrence Eco-Art Auction

    Lawrence, MA

    So proud to have my mixed media piece accepted for this fund-raiser.

    LoveLocal Fest

    Hyannis, MA

    Beautiful location right on Lewis Bay next to the Ocean Street Docks. A bit windy though!

    Shop til You Drop

    North Andover, MA

    At the Steven's Estate - a beautiful venue.

    Zeke's Place

    Gloucester, MA

    I got to display my creations at Zeke's Place in Gloucester and had a few fantastic breakfasts!

    Brewster Sweets

    Brewster, MA ​

    The first store to carry my products! I was so excited. Best candy on the Cape!

    seARTS Holiday Show 2014

    Gloucester, MA

    At the Saunders House at the Sawyer Free Library, my FIRST ever show and it was a success!

    Andover Crafts in the Park 2015, 2016, 2017

    Andover, MA

    Always the Saturday before Mother's Day and always a blast. So happy to do a show in my home town!