Neighbors in the Valley went to one thrift store to try a new type of recycling called up-cycling. It is an outside of the box recycling method.
Gift and Thrift has started a contest to help shoppers upcycle items they bought in the store.
Customers have made upcycled creations that are on display for the contest.
Some of the items include a skirt made from old ties and a vest made out of trash bags and scrap fabric.
Employees said upcycling cuts down on the amount of trash that is thrown away each year.
"Upcycling is just a more beautified way of recycling because you're taking something from its very basic nature, you know, what you buy and recreating it into something better, of a higher quality or a higher value and just giving it a new life," said Retail Supervisor at Gift and Thrift Hayley Morris.
Customers haven voted on the upcycled items all week and the top three winners will be picked Saturday.