Handmade, upcycled and re-loved

By Katherine Michalets - Freeman Staff

July 3, 2015

Some of the booths in the new Village area of Burlap & Lace Marketplace.
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WAUKESHA - In the year since Rhea Loveless opened Burlap & Lace Marketplace in downtown Waukesha, she created a boutique location focused more on the person’s body and is also expanding the original location at 840 Grand Ave.

The Marketplace and its new “Village” in the basement have vintage, upcycled and handmade items sold by different vendors. Loveless began expanding into the basement because the interest in these types of items continues to grow.

The “Village” is still being created, but a few vendors have set up displays and there is a collection of unfinished furniture that people can buy for a project of their own. In addition, classes are held in a room where patrons can learn how to do that unique project.

Rhea Loveless in Burlap & Lace Marketplace, which is expanding into a basement space which will be designed to resemble a quaint village.
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“It’s your own kind of Etsy store that you can go in and shop,” Loveless said referring to the popular online shopping platform.

The Burlap & Lace Boutique, 308 W. Broadway, has handmade jewelry, bath and body products, and what Loveless refers to as “re-loved clothing.”

Both stores are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, although with expanded Friday hours until 9 p.m. during the summer. There is also a Burlap & Lace table at the Waukesha Farmers Market and Loveless said she participates in Friday Night Live.