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Buy into Buffalo: Recycled Felted Woolen Mittens

These mittens are not the bland, loosely-knit mittens that your great aunt used to make for you each holiday season. Rather they are colorful and cozy while still being handmade right here in Buffalo by The Glass House. The mittens are created from recycled sweaters, and at the same time they look and feel brand new! As the snow falls outside, think of the people on your holiday gift list who would appreciate such a thoughtful and environmentally friendly present.

Not to mention that every pair is made in Buffalo, and is stitched with felt to keep the hands of a loved one warm. It would be nice to see more of these types of recycled products sold in local shops. These eye-catching mittens can be found at Half & Half on Elmwood Avenue, along with an incredible selection of women’s clothing and accessories. Each pair is guaranteed to be unique and retails at $28. This is the fifth locally-made gift in this holiday gift-giving series – click here to see previous picks.

Half & Half Trading Co
1088 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222-1226
(716) 881-4147

Written by RaChaCha


RaChaCha is a Garbage Plate™ kid making his way in a Chicken Wing world. Since 2008, he's put over a hundred articles on here, and he asked us to be sure to thank you for reading. So, thank you for reading. You may also have seen his freelance byline in Artvoice, where he writes under the name his daddy gave him [Ed: Send me a check, and I might reveal what that is]. When he's not writing, RaChaCha is an urban planner, a rehabber of houses, and a community builder. He co-founded the Buffalo Mass Mob, and would love to see you at the next one. He represents Buffalo Young Preservationists on the Trico roundtable. If you try to demolish a historic building, he might have something to say about that. He is a proud AmeriCorps alum.

Things you may not know about RaChaCha (unless you read this before): "Ra Cha Cha" is a nickname of his hometown. (Didn't you know that? Do you live under a rock?) He's a political junkie (he once worked for the president of the Monroe County Legislature), but we don't really let him write about politics on here. He helped create a major greenway in the Genesee Valley, and worked on early planning for the Canalway Trail. He hopes you enjoy biking and hiking on those because that's what he put in all that work for. He was a ringleader of the legendary "Chill the Fill" campaign to save Rochester's old downtown subway tunnel. In fact, he comes from a long line of troublemakers. An ancestor fought at Bunker Hill, and a relative led the Bear Flag Revolt in California. We advise you to remember this before messing with him in the comments. He worked on planning the Rochester ARTWalk, and thinks Buffalo should have one of those, too (write your congressman).

You can also find RaChaCha (all too often, we frequently nag him) on the Twitters at @HeyRaChaCha. Which is what some people here yell when they see him on the street. You know who you are.

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