So many of my favorite small shops are up in Canada, and today’s small shop feature is no exception! Meet Nooks Design, an Etsy shop that carries super sweet upcycled & vintage-inspired apparel and shoes for the little ones.


Nooks Design Lulu Dress + Wool Booties

Lulu dress (similar) // Wool Booties (similar)

Nooks Design was opened in 2013 by mama-of-one Ruthy Penner to sell her handmade wool booties for kids. She had the idea to create these booties after visiting multiple thrift stores and coming across a bunch of wool sweaters that were going to be thrown away due to imperfections. Instead of letting the sweaters go to waste, she decided to use them to create wool booties for babies & children. Her adorable and super cozy wool booties (shown above) are made using upcycled wood and leather, and come in many unique designs. They continue to be a shop favorite, especially during cooler months.

Nooks Design Vintage Inspired Sun Suit
One year after opening her business, Ruthy made the decision to expand her business to include a line of children’s clothing, starting with custom dresses and skirts. The clothing launch was such a success that she now has an entire collection of the sweetest pinafores, rompers, bonnets, sunsuits, and dresses that she makes primarily from vintage fabrics. (Seriously you guys, these bonnets for summer!)
Nooks Design Vintage Inspired Sun Suit
Nooks Design Bow Dress
The mission at Nooks Design is to make unique, comfortable and functional apparel and shoes for children. Each piece of clothing is made by hand, starting with the pattern that is designed and tweaked by a member of their team. They then turn their design into clothing using primarily upcycled and vintage materials – in doing this they have a minimal impact on the environment.
Nooks Design Arrowhead Dress

(DEAL EXPIRED) // Nooks Design is celebrating a couple major shop milestones this week (1500 Etsy sales, 400 Etsy reviews, and 4000 Facebook fans!), and we’re helping celebrate by giving you guys an exclusive shop discount! Now through April 3rd, take 20% off your Etsy purchase with code “thriftylittles20off.”

Nooks Designer owner and designer Ruthy Penner resides in Kelowna, British Columbia with her husband and daughter.

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