WHAT CAN I SUBMIT?
Is it discarded drink pouches from a local camp? Wood scraps from a municipal project? Nylon from tents that didn't pass inspection on the production line? There are so many great materials that can be used to bring designs to life instead of dumping in a landfill. If we had to choose, these might be our favorite products. It doesn't matter what you make—art, jewelry, home d�cor, kitchen utensils, garden sculptures—if it is made with a material someone else would have considered garbage, submit it!
WHAT ARE BUYERS LOOKING FOR?
We take the term "uncommon" pretty seriously around here and are on the hunt for truly unique artwork. Our buyers love anything that has an exciting story, so tell us about it in your entry. Where does your inspiration come from? What hurdles have you jumped to get to your final draft? As far as what not to submit, make sure your art is free of trademarks or logos.
HOW CAN I SUBMIT?
You can submit your designs by clicking the "Enter Here" link at the bottom of the page. Please be sure to fill out the form in its entirety before submitting your entry. You will receive a confirmation email if your entry was submitted successfully
WHAT DO I GET IF I WIN?
We thought you might ask that! If you are our grand prize winner—and let's face it, why wouldn't you be?—you'll receive $500 cash (OK, it's a check, but you get the idea) and a potential vendor contract at UncommonGoods. You'll work with your assigned buyer—to build an inventory schedule based on your capability. Your design will be shown on UncommonGoods.com, in our marketing emails, and possibly in the catalog. You'll also reserve the right for a judgment-free victory dance.
WHAT IF I DON'T WIN?
This question bums us out, but all runners-up will receive a critique of their work from the guest judges, will receive tips for marketing and growing their businesses from the UncommonGoods marketing team, and may still be considered for entrance into our collection.
I STILL HAVE A QUESTION!
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Tiffany is the Chief Design Junkie at TerraCycle where her team designs new products from what most people consider garbage. You can watch her in action on TerraCycle's TV series, Human Resources, which airs on the Pivot network. Her Masters is in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute where she wrote her thesis "Trash Nouveau - Reincarnating Garbage into Usable Products." She spreads do-it-yourself recycling goodness through regular blog posts at Made + Remade and her book ReMake It (Sterling Publishing).
Yuka is a writer and reporter from Queens, New York. In addition to being the managing editor of Inhabitat NYC, she is a practicing turophile and a known JeDIY master. Yuka's refashioned clothing and DIY ideas have been featured on The Today Show, Glamour, HGTV.com and other websites and magazines. Yuka also writes for Ecouterre and has written for The Daily Green and The New York Times.
Jamie is the Associate Buyer for Home Décor and Garden at UncommonGoods. With a background in art history and jewelry production, she has always been interested in seeing common things gain new life as beautiful objects. Her most recent accomplishment is explaining the difference between upcycled and recycled goods to her proud mother. When not searching for interesting housewares, she enjoys making jewelry, attempting to ride a bike in NYC, and learning new crafts throughout Brooklyn.
Caleb is a Product Development Associate at UncommonGoods. While he began his career creating green architecture, he's found his true calling making designers' dreams a product reality. As a certified design nerd, (well, there should be a certification) he spends his time drawing inspiration from the people, places, and things in New York City.