CAPE CORAL, Fla.- A Cape Coral woman breathes new life into expired license plates in a fashion-forward way.
In her Cape Coral shop, Susan Dorris is in license plate heaven, which happens to be the name of a unique operation that started with her father's collection and grew to be the family business. Dorris makes purses. Her sister makes signs and maps, and her brother makes planes, boxes, and journals.
"My Dad is a license plate collector, so he has a 55 ft. Semi full of license plates," Dorris said.
On any given day Dorris can be seen carefully creating the wearable art, which gets a lot of attention.
"Every day three or four people say something to me. Even men. Men come up and say they like my purse. That's the first time a man has ever commented on my purse," Dorris said.
The plate purses sell for $49, but can cost up to $99 for creations with rare vintage plates.
Dorris says she expect to see an uptick in sales when Florida's new plate design goes on the road in 2014, but she already gets a lot of custom orders.
"A lot of personalized plates or people that the plates mean a lot to them," she said.
For some, the handbags are a handmade fashion statement, but for others they're can represent a special sentiment. Of the most unique purse she's made, Dorris said "a lady whose daughter died. She had me make a purse out of her daughter's plates. They really meant a lot to her and that way she could carry part of her daughter with her all the time."
If you'd like a custom order, remember to only use expired Florida tags.
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