We made a trip out to one of my favorite local places this weekend, The Scrap Exchange in Durham, NC. This describes The Scrap Exchange in their own words,
“The Scrap Exchange is a nonprofit creative reuse center in Durham, North Carolina whose mission is to promote creativity, environmental awareness, and community through reuse.“
I love, I mean love to go out there a few times a year and dig through their treasures. In addition to having great finds they have fun art pieces spread through the store and encourage their guests to participate with a make and take center, kid’s birthday parties, open calls for artists in their rotating gallery, a small shopping area for local artists to sell sustainable pieces, knitting and sewing groups, and other custom outreach events. Outside of the store, they participate in various community events throughout the southeast spreading their mission and inspiring people to just make.
Here are some of my favorite finds from yesterday
Need a spool of white cotton thread?
Really, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There’s 22,000 square feet of all sorts of artsy fartsy things, notions, christmas lights, electronics, office supplies, tiles, paint, wood scraps, fabric, magazines, post cards, old family photos, albums, medical overruns, foam, plastic boxes, buttons, tshirts, and white plastic things (heh, that’s what they were labeled). Yeah, it’s hot in there and smells a little stuffy, but totally worth it. I seriously think I could dig around for days!
If you’re curious – I filled a bag of fabric scraps, grabbed a few postcards with great art, picked up some containers that would work well for watercolor paints, and a poster from one of my favorite local events, Nevermore, for $8.70. You can expect to see the all show up on the blog in the next few months – I kind of can’t wait to get my hands (and markers) on that poster!