As you would probably figure, we are suckers for old school suitcases! And that’s why BassCase, a business that upcycles vintage suitcases into speakers, prompts music to our ears. We spoke to Scott, who works alongside his partner Emily to create these cool, portable and downright ingenious music playing doodads.
“We love the fact that each of our pieces are unique and that we get to create a little art piece in every BassCase that we design.”
Can you tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do?
I am Scott, and together with my wife, Emily, we have created our little business called BassCase. We upcycle vintage suitcases and speakers to make high quality Bluetooth suitcase stereos. All of our cases are portable and rechargeable; giving you up to thirty hours battery life between charges. We use quality vintage speakers to compliment the style of the case as well as giving it quality sound.
Why do you do what you do?
We love the idea of upcycling products. We have many pieces in our home that have lived longer than us and we love that each one tells a story. We like to think that each one of our cases tells a story, too. Whether it be the little school case that was carried along to school each day many years ago, or the vintage vanity case that sat proudly on the dresser of a loving grandmother or great aunt.
Who are some other artists, crafters, creatives that you love? And why?
We love anyone who embraces the art of upcycling. Jane Perkins is someone who we think is so unique in her style. She uses recycled materials to create something new and unique. Her plastic classics series, where she recreates famous artworks and portraits using recycled plastics is awesome! Also on a personal level we would love to give a big shout out to Mikaela Danvers who runs ‘Makers’ Co Community’ in Canberra as she has been an absolute inspiration to us. She has given us so much time and support to help us set up our business and we think the support that she gives other crafters and creators in our Canberra district is awesome!
We think of a rummage stall as a mini shopfront, how do you make your rummage stall your own?
The speakers speak for themselves but we try bringing in some personal elements from home to show how a BassCase might look in their home and to personally engage with our buyers. We also try to showcase different styles, shapes and colours so that there are lots of different ideas to appeal to different tastes.
Can you offer any tips on setting up a rummage stall?
Create a space that is inviting through colour and shape. Try to create different levels to make the space inviting to the buyer’s eye and let them feel comfortable to enter your space.
What is the next step for you? What does the future hold?
We have just developed a website and are looking forward to using that as a platform to extended our client base. We still love getting out to markets to showcase our wares.
What’s your favourite place or thing to do in your city?
We enjoy getting outside with our family. We have two small girls and we think we are so spoilt for outdoor entertainment here. We just love heading out to the amazing parks we have in Canberra.
Where we can we find and follow you?
We are constantly updating our Facebook (www.facebook.com/Basscasscbr/) and Instagram (basscase_cbr) with our new cases and info. You can also check out our website where you can view and purchase our available and previous cases: www.basscasecbr.com