Thrifty and Frugal Living: Ended- Strapped Belts Review & Giveaway

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Ended- Strapped Belts Review & Giveaway



Strapped Belts is an amazing and creative company founded by artist John Frechette in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He took a class in which he worked with glass and found his passion. Then, "in 2008 as a result of life's twists and turns. After his employer went bankrupt, he was "Strapped". Strapped for cash and strapped for a job." So, he started creating artistic belt buckles. He didn't stop there. He then made earrings, cufflinks, necklaces, pendants, rings and even housewares! That's right, John has created a whole line of incredible handmade wearable art.

I was lucky enough to be sent a Strapped Belt and Buckle for review. I don't know if John is psychic as well as artistically talented, but he picked the perfect buckle to send me! Here is a picture (note: this picture does NOT do this buckle justice):


The color is actually a little more turquoise and less green than it appears in this picture. I tried taking pictures of it under a light, on different surfaces, at different angles, etc and my camera could not seem to capture the true beauty of this buckle. The turquoise is glittery and has little swirls in it. Then, there are black and white flecks and white lines on top of the turquoise background. This buckle is beautiful! It is also really well made. The glass is well sealed and thick, but not heavy. The buckle then has a metal attachment on the back. The belt itself is also well made. It is genuine bonded leather and the perfect thickness.

Strapped Belts also recently worked with 3 Olympic Athletes on promoting their products. Go to the Strapped blog for photos and details.

 So, Where do you buy these amazing belts and buckles? They are being sold online as well as at some retailers throughout the US and Canada. Go here for the list. The belt buckles are $42 and the belts (called "straps") are $20. Make sure you check out John's other products too! I love the earrings and the necklaces also. Here are a few more products from his store::







I also want to thank Business 2 Blogger for bringing me together with Strapped Belts! 



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Disclaimer: I received a belt and buckle to do this review. I was not compensated in any other way and the views posted are my own honest opinions. All pictures here are property of Strapped Belts except for the second picture which was taken by me.

196 comments:

texasholly said...

I love the cow belt buckle, but I am head over heels for some of the earrings. The blue ones you have above are great and the green ones on the site are gorgeous.

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I went to the site. I think the orange flower buckle is the one for me!

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So many cool things! I think the Dog Buckle is my favorite, but it's hard to decide!

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Cyan Blue with Three Flowers Buckle is my favorite... for now, but it is sooo hard to choose!

I got an orange and white one. I LOVE it!

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I would choose the Green Belt Buckle with Yellow Heart and a Black Strap.

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Sterling Silver Double Strand Necklace

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I like the Charcoal Gray Earrings with White Lines. Thanks for the contest.

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I would love to have the Mint Glass Ring.

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I love the Amber Plate with White Stripe!

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