Trashy Crafter was born in July 2011 when Kim and her Mom Helen were at a local thrift store. They loved to go to thrift shops, and one day while at the thrift store they noticed hundreds of damaged and outdated books being thrown away. Some books were missing covers, some had ripped pages, and many were scribbled in with pens or crayons. No one was buying this books, so they were to be thrown out, and that broke their hearts…. So they grabbed as many books as they could and took them home.
They had to do something useful with all of the books. Kim remembered that she had learned how to make paper beads by her 3rd grade teacher Mrs. Byant. So she began to experiment on how best to roll the beads, and turn them into beads. She made some bracelets and started wearing them around, they would always get compliments, so she thought, why not make some for other folks to wear and enjoy, at that moment Trashy Crafter was born!