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Waves of Wisdom:
9 Uncommon Facts About Sea Glass

April 4, 2016

Imagine that you’re walking along the beach on a gorgeous sunny day when something shimmery in the wet sand catches your eye. At first you think it might be a rock, still glistening from the tide that washed it in. But as you get closer, you see that it’s really more of a gem. Not a gem in the precious stone sense, but in that “Wow, I just found something really special!” way. It’s sea glass–the smooth, frosty product of broken glass left to tumble in the waves.

Collectors scavenge the shores to find these tiny treasures, and some creative beachcombers even turn bits of found sea glass into beautiful jewelry pieces. Since we recently expanded our own collection of sea and beach glass designs, we decided to learn a little more about the glass “gems” at the center of these wearable works of art. Read on for a few of the uncommon facts we found about sea glass.

 

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Uncommon Personalities: Meet Danny Bui

March 16, 2016

Danny Bui | UncommonGoodsDanny Bui – UncommonGoods Software Developer, Technology

My hometown…
Brooklyn NY.

I’m inspired by…
Creativity and how people express themselves through various works of art.

Something that always makes me laugh…
My friends. We have our own little circle and each person brings their own type of humor to the table.

My favorite place to eat in New York City is…
Ramen Thukpa. They have some really tasty ramen. It’s a small little place but I’m always happy when I go there.

In other galaxies, I believe there is/are…
Hyper intelligent beings capable of visiting us. It’s just that we aren’t ready for them. Like Star Trek. 🙂

If I could become an expert on one thing that I’m not already, it would be…
Breakdancing. I like all the flares and tricks they can do.

The cheesiest thing I’ve ever loved is/was…
My middle school crush… who is now my girlfriend. 🙂

An uncommon fact about me…
I used to be an MC at a festival panel. I had to perform on stage and also rile up the crowd to motivate the participants.

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Instagram Challenge: SPRING CLEANING

March 16, 2016

Instagram Challenge | Spring Cleaning | UncommonGoods | Square

The next Instagram Challenge theme is Spring Cleaning. As you may have noticed, our blog just went through its own spring clean. All winter long, the blog team rolled up their sleeves and brainstormed ways to de-clutter, reorganize, and redesign The Goods. We’re still clearing some dusty corners, but we can all agree that the blog looks better than ever. We now have a clean slate to introduce you to more artists, help you discover uncommon facts, immerse yourself in creative design, and get to know the people who keep UncommonGoods going strong.

Whether it’s organizing your home for the new season, or clearing your closet for an updated wardrobe, we want to see how you’re tackling the annual clean-up!

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Instagram Challenge: CELEBRATE WOMEN

March 2, 2016

Instagram Challenge | Celebrate Women | UncommonGoods

The next Instagram Challenge theme is CELEBRATE WOMEN. We decided to introduce this challenge with the cover photo of the beautiful “Well Read Women: A Reader’s Journal.” Moved by the female heroines throughout literary history, artist Samantha Hahn created watercolor portraits that captured the complex spirit of her favorite characters. She assembled her collection in a journal that allows readers to reflect on the admirable, flawed, and empowering qualities in each of these women, protagonists who continue to inspire the values of women today. In honor of Women’s History Month, join us in celebrating history in the making. We want to see the women who inspire you! Be sure to tag your photos and stories with #UGInstaFun to be in the running for a $50 gift card. Visit here to see the entries we’ve received so far and scroll down to view some of our favorite empowering gifts.

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Uncommon Personalities: Meet Sharon Santana

March 2, 2016

Sharon Santana | UncommonGoodsSharon Santana – UncommonGoods Operations Team Lead

My hometown is…
Brooklyn, New York.

I’m inspired by…
My own children, how full they make my heart. And they make me want to be a better woman.

An uncommon fact about me…
I love to participate in obstacle races but I am a terrible runner.

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