Madison, WI and online
Natalie & Mike Bass
The merchandise you'll find inside Zip-Dang in Madison, Wisconsin, is as eclectic and witty as the store's name implies. The home furnishings/fashion boutique is like a mini flea market of funky and stylish items—nearly all upcycled and vintage green with a modern twist. On a recent visit, we spied repurposed restaurant-style dinnerware from Foldedpigs, newly screened with everything from winged roller skates to anatomically correct hearts (with the obvious motto "Eat Your Heart Out"). The furniture leans toward the industrial and institutional, including a mid-century office desk and chair, 60s-era credenza, and hanging shelves made of wood salvaged from the storeowner’s home-reno project.
Zip-Dang's owner and creative force, Natalie Bass, started the store partially as an outlet to sell her cheery orangyporangy skirts, sewn from a combination of vintage and modern fabrics. She brought in like-minded independent artists and craftspeople (including her husband Mike) to build a product mix that feels like the best salvage store combined with a renegade craft fair every day. Other stylish goods include Picture Day cardigans that feature appliqués made from upcycled tablecloths and fabric remnants (oh, and they are designed by the young librarian down the street). The store even carries vintage eyewear of the best kind: old stock that has never been worn or used. They also feature handmade paper goods, artwork, and jewelry.
It really couldn’t get much cooler or more fun than this.
Zip-Dang has been open since June and plans to have e-commerce soon. If you can’t stop by in person, follow Natalie and see highlights of her current collection on her blog or on Facebook.