Everyone has a junk drawer — everyone except Mandy Stos, operator of iamthemandy.com. Her junk gets a whole room. And wait — it's not junk. This stuff is on its way to being upcycled. Stos started repurposing items five years ago, while she was in college and saving money by making handmade gifts for her family. "I was always able to find items at secondhand stores or even use clothing that no longer fit me, to create it into something unique for each individual," she says. Her latest inspiration: T-shirts. "Everyone owns them, and everyone either grows out of them or wears them until they turn paper thin. I've found so many uses for T-shirts, it's unbelievable." She means button rings, magazine earrings, coffee-bean tote bags, among other things, which we totally believe. Today, Stos is an art director, but she hopes eventually to craft full time. For selfish reasons, we share her dream.