Marcia Cooksey likes to say she found Tracy Burba and Shannon Gross “on the street.”
Sisters Burba and Gross now operate ReThreadz inside Marcia Cooksey Interiors at 711 Main St. in historic downtown Van Buren.
The sisters like to say ReThreadz sells “repurposed, previously loved clothes after up cycling them into fun one-of-a-kind pieces of clothing.”
Cooksey, who has been doing interior design and re-upholstering furniture on Main Street for 30 years, connected with Burba and Gross during the Old Timers Day Festival in downtown.
“We have been connected ever since,” Cooksey said.
Burba and Gross, formerly of Greenwood, now live in Van Buren.
Burba, who has been sewing since she was a teenager, started ReThreadz when she needed a creative outlet during her days of being a full-time professional geologist.
“I have always been diligent in my efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle,” she said. “So, upcycling clothes is a perfect fit.”
Gross moved back to Arkansas in 2016 and the sisters together amped up their upcycling game by doing local shows and selling online.
When Cooksey saw the girls and their fashion during the downtown festival, she said, “Your clothes have to be in my shop.”
The sisters set up in Marcia Cooksey Interiors the following week and even had a key to the shop.
“We had the key before Marcia even knew our last names,” Burba said.
Gross and Burba have been “playing house” and some dress up, too, in the store since that day in May “on the street.”
“Come visit Marcia for all your interior design ideas and pick out some fabulous material to give your favorite chair a face lift,” Burba said. “And, see the girls at ReThreadz to pick out something unique and one of a kind for yourself or a gift.”
ReThreadz carries a full line of tunics, fan wear, bell-bottom jeans, dresses, uncommon denim jackets and trendy bleach dip plaid shirts. ReThreadz also welcomes custom orders.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday or by appointment at (479) 474-0020.