Glean has been described by customers as

Steampunk meets Alice in Wonderland



A Message from Dawn McCombs

I live and work in the Short North district of Columbus, Ohio. When I thought of Glean, I took the adage, “one person’s trash is another’s treasure”, and added the idea of reincarnating used stuff into something completely new. Everything in the shop has a story, one that we may not know, but can imagine.

Glean is a shop celebrating all things creatively repurposed. Here you will find artistic passions taking a variety of forms, from quirky found objects to antique tchotchkes that are handcrafted, mostly local, one-of-a-kind goods created purposely to lighten our impact on the environment.

Thank You,

Upcycling for Sustainability

Glean began to celebrate the creative ways in which people upcycle, and to provide alternatives to people who want to be environmentally conscious shoppers. It’s also really fun to watch people’s reactions to some of the goods, such as a working clock made out of an original 1950’s Tupperware container, leather cuff bracelets made out of skinned baseballs, soy candles poured into Spam cans, or durable tote bags made out of plarn, a plastic “yarn” made from plastic shopping bags.

I used to be a teacher, and when I did lessons on environmental education, I never wanted to “doomsday” the children with depressing facts about global warming. Instead, I decided to take them on nature walks, to plant gardens and to observe insects outside, in order to gently instill in them an appreciation for the earth in a way that was positive. I knew that if they fell in love with the earth, then they would grow up to take care of it. I view the store similarly. I am offering a fun experience to people when they walk into the shop and browse. It might make them think creatively about what they can make themselves out of discarded found objects. At the very least, it might encourage them to donate items that they no longer need, rather than putting them into a landfill.

Overall, I would love it if Glean made everyone think about the earth and how each little thing that we do can make it a bit better for future generations.