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Posted on: April 7, 2021

Thrift Style temporary exhibit ends May 1 at Johnson County Museum

Two dresses made from feed sacks

Time is running short to visit the Thrift Style temporary exhibit at the Johnson County Museum.

The exhibit, which has been on display at the museum since Feb. 6, will close on May 1. This traveling exhibit explores the reuse of feed sacks to make clothing and other household objects and illuminates how the “upcycling” of these bags mutually benefitted twentieth-century consumers and businesses. With forty-one works from patterns to garments, Thrift Style serves as an example of past ingenuity that can inform today’s efforts towards sustainability. This exhibition offers a snapshot of domestic life during a time when recycling was as critical as it is today.

This temporary exhibit is on display at the Johnson County Museum, located inside the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. Exhibit admission is included with regular museum admission rates of $6 for adults; $5 for seniors, veterans and students (18 plus with students ID); $4 for children ages one to 17, and free for children under one. The museum is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and is closed on Sundays. 

The “Thrift Style” exhibit is a program of ExhibitsUSA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance with The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission and The National Endowment for the Arts. For more information from the exhibit’s original curator, view the “Thrift Style” program recording on the Museum’s YouTube page:

The Johnson County Museum is a department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

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