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Woman with Waterford ties turning discarded books into art

Elaine Houston & WNYT Staff
Created: February 25, 2021 06:25 PM

What do you think happens to unsold books that stores want to send back to publishers, but publishers don't want to pay the shipping costs? Well, not all can be donated to charity and many will be destroyed. However, Judy Houbre has decided to recycle them, giving them a new life.

Houbre makes intricate works of art from used books. However, as colorful and pretty as they are, not everyone liked that she was defacing books.

What some may not realize is that many books that aren't sold at bookstores are destroyed. Houbre says she's gotten hundreds of books from a bookstore going out of business, and garage sales she says are filled with books people don't want. So she repurposes them, turning them into angels and pumpkins and more to go back into homes and on shelves.

The pandemic has hurt crafters, but Houbre, who grew up in Waterford with parents who taught ceramics classes, has managed to survive. Her company is called Treecycled and she has an Etsy page and a website.

Learn what her number one seller is by watching the video of Elaine Houston's story.

MORE INFORMATION: Treecycled Crafts links

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