Archiving the Life of Secondhand Textiles

Web Development Sep 04, 2020

Earlier this year I was approached by Abby Hollis, founder of the startup Threads Threads, to create a web application that archives the stories of secondhand clothing and textiles as they are passed on to new owners.

The app works like this: Each item has a tag sewn on with a alphanumeric code, which when entered into the site returns each owner's entry about the garment. The new owner now has a greater connection to the item and they can share their own stories before passing it along again.

As someone who loves thrifting, I was as excited about the idea as she was. I got on board with the project as the sole web developer.

Being a one man dev team, I had a lot of decisions to make. Since the site was a basic CRUD application with no realtime features, I felt that using React would be overengineering. I made the decision to build with Ruby On Rails . Rails is a popular framework for building prototypes for startups because of its fast development and opinionated organization.

I was able to deploy the prototype after just two months of development. The app is fully functioning with users, threads, and an admin panel for managing data. The app can be accessed here: https://threadthreads.herokuapp.com/. Use example code 12345 to see how it works.

It had a great experience building this application and am excited for the future of Thread Threads. You can learn more about the start up on their website and follow them on Instagram to keep up with their progress.

Harry Herskowitz

Harry is a web developer and videographer with a focus on using technology to empower local artists and communities

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