Upcycle ThrowDown challenges artists

Lydia Place’s thrift store, Wise Buys, and Ragfinery are promoting a new event, the Downtown Upcycle ThrowDown, an art and sustainable challenge event sponsored by Northwest Recycling Inc. It’s a cooperative “Upcycle Challenge” between the two Bellingham sustainably-minded stores, coming together to make art from donated and discarded goods. The event aims to encourage artistically inclined folks to design and create a wearable or non-wearable item that features nearly 100 percent used and recycled goods.