The Uncommon Life

Biking to Work

May 15, 2011

May 16-20 is Bike to Work Week, and it’s the perfect time of year to give your bike a tune-up, and start pedaling.

I checked in with Mindy, our HR manager, who has been biking regularly in 2006. She’s been testing out our new Cycle Care Kit, $15, to see if it helps her keep her bike in great shape.

Made in Atlanta, the Cycle Care Kit has a selection of bike care products, along with bug repellent, to make sure your daily bike commute, or weekend bike trip, goes smoothly.

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Skip Lunch, Fight Hunger

May 10, 2011

We sometimes grumble about the same old lunch options around the UncommonGoods offices in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. You do too, right?

This week, we’re putting that back into perspective. We’re pretty lucky around here. We have plenty to eat, plenty of great restaurant choices, and there’s even a farmer’s market nearby, where we can pick up fresh fruit and produce every week.

But millions of New Yorkers are not so lucky. 1.5 million New Yorkers live below the poverty line. Many more can’t afford to buy good healthy food for their families, much less go out to eat. During the summertime, when many kids stop receiving subsidized school lunches, child hunger really becomes apparent.

We’re joining City Harvest’s Skip Lunch, Fight Hunger campaign on Wednesday, May 11. We’re donating the cost of a lunch at our favorite taco joint, neighborhood sandwich shop, or delicious pizzeria to City Harvest’s campaign to provide food for 300,000 children, women and men every week. Every $10 we raise can feed 43 children in New York City.

You can join us too; you can make a donation to our fund raising page, or select City Harvest at checkout every time you make a purchase.

Maker Stories

Mother’s Day Gift: Retro-inspired Garden Art

May 5, 2011

Whether Mom loves gardening, has an impeccable yard filled with great decorations or just loves colorful art, Reclaimed Record Pinwheels make a great Mother’s Day gift. And if Mom’s a music lover, well that’s an added bonus!

Since she began painting in 1994, artist Christine Claringbold has embraced the use of reclaimed and recycled materials in her work. Her reclaimed record mandalas, the basis of these pinwheels, are now her signature design.

Christine took a break from painting her vibrant mandalas to tell us more about her process.


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Design

Judge a Book by its Cover

May 4, 2011

We’ve gotten a great response to our Community Voting Tool, and we love hearing what you have to say about potential uncommon goods!

Now we’re calling all voters to help us make another important decision. Our buyers want to know which potential title you like best for this vintage-inspired “Book” E-Reader Cover.

This protective cover makes your e-reader look like a hardcover classic, so why not give it a classic book title?

e-reader cover

Leave a comment and let us know if you’d like to see this “book” branded with Tolstoy’s War and Peace, Darwin’s On The Origins of Species, Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, Andersen’s Fairy Tales, or The Bible.

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Hope’s Uncommon Mom

May 3, 2011

Our Uncommon Moms are beautiful, intelligent, caring and all-round fantastic! Since Mother’s Day is just a few days away, we’re showing the world just how much we love our mamas by sharing what makes them so special.

Hope, a member of our warehouse team, is stationed in our giftboxing department. She’s careful to make sure Mother’s Day gifts are handled with care when they’re being packaged in those blue boxes and tied with big bows!

Hope says that she and her mom have similar personalities and share much in common. Hope’s mom, Jannie, is now a great grandma! Read on to learn more about what makes this great grandma great!


Hope’s Uncommon Mom

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We Love Our Uncommon Moms!

April 30, 2011

Sarah attributes her intellectual curiosity to her mom–a quality we’re glad she embraces as a member of our product development team! Since Sarah helps us come up with great new uncommon goods, we would like to thank her mama, Susan, for passing along the innovation gene!

Here’s a bit more about what makes Sarah’s mom great.

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