Real Collectible Old License Plates. Animal Rescue. Birdhouses. A Natural Combination

Real Collectible Old License Plates, Animal Rescue, Birdhouses.  A Natural Combination!

Jolinda Lampo's story about her journey in life that brought her to having a need for used license plates from ShopLicensePlates is driven primarily by her love of animals.  How does the love of animals lead to or relate to old expired license plates, you might ask?  At first, it may seem strange jump.  But here is how it started...
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Old License Plates Make Chicago Artist's Craft Come Alive

Participating in art fairs in the summertime, and armed with just a Facebook page and no website, Derek Christensen’s Reclaimed Creations has made a splash in the arts & crafts community. Derek creates one of a kind artwork using reclaimed materials and real vintage license plates from ShopLicensePlates. Last year, he took first place in the category of 2D mixed-media at the Fountain Square Artisan Summerfest in Evanston, Illinois. His full-time job is teaching high school geography at Plainfield South High School in Chicago.

Derek’s journey as an artist has been a crazy one, at least to him anyway. In fact, this is a part-time gig for him. One of his friends, a fellow teacher, invited him to hang out one day. He was admiring a US flag piece that his friend had hanging in his garage. It was made from real old Illinois license plates. Derek remembered thinking that it was really cool, but also he was thinking, hey, I can do something like that!

Having just moved into a new place, Derek wanted something unique to hang on his wall. So he set out to make a Chicago Blackhawks logo out of antique license plates. He had never envisioned making anything else. But then a friend of his from Detroit asked if he could make him a Red Wings piece using authentic old license plates. He thought, sure, why not? Before Derek knew it, he had more friends asking him to make pieces for them too. Then they told two friends. And so on and so on.

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