Recycled Crafting Supplies, Score!

Blogged under My College Craft Club,Social Networking by Tammy on Wednesday 9 February 2011 at 6:05 am

I recently read in our local paper about a woman who runs a reuse/recycle center in my town. She has a Facebook page that she uses to make announcements such as when she will be at her storage locker for pick up and drop offs. Originally, I followed her on FB with the idea that I often give away items to local charities, and I might donate to her cause instead. The way it works is that she takes in donations and even picks up stuff from the side of the road on garbage day. Then she organizes all of this and has a storage locker where anyone can come in and take whatever he/she needs or wants. Considering how high unemployment is around here right now, I think this is just a wonderful idea.

Note: I know it sounds really weird to take stuff out of the garbage, but our town is known for people putting all kinds of stuff out on the side of the road to give away. I have never seen this any other place I live, but it’s pretty common here. Many times there’s nothing wrong with it other than someone no longer wants it. I’ve done this myself. I had a great huge desk that I really loved but just no longer had room for it. My hubby lugged it out to the curb, and sure enough, someone came by the next day and took it. I was very happy that it found a good home.

So back to the reuse place….I contacted her on the FB page asking when I could drop stuff off, and I occurred to me that she might have some crafting items like crochet hooks or knitting needles. So I asked her, and sure enough, she did. I ended up with a pair of knitting needles, a G size hook, a circular knitting set, a set of crochet hooks used for thread, some rolls of thread as well, and a measuring tape. I think the thread and small hooks may not work for my crafting club, but the rest I brought to school to add to my growing stock of craft supplies.

I plan to keep in touch with her in case she gets in yarn or other supplies. Hopefully, this might be a way for the club to get some free supplies on an on-going basis.


  1. Comment by Cyndi L — February 11, 2011 @ 8:25 am

    What a great trade!! We have a reuse shed, but it is completely dominated by people who run yard sales…they scare off all the folks who really need the items 🙁

  2. Comment by Eileen — February 13, 2011 @ 9:44 am

    Tammy, that’s very common here in Mexico too. People routinely leave things on the curb alongside the garbage with a high degree of certainty that it will be useful to someone else.

    You never know what you’ll find – from TVs to microwaves and furniture. But they don’t stay there long.

    It works!

  3. Comment by Tammy — February 14, 2011 @ 5:56 pm

    @Eileen – That’s funny because it is kind of a weird town that I live in, and you can’t drink the water, bottled only!
    @Cyndi – We have a zillion garage sales going around here on weekends. I think what the woman is doing with the reuse place is awesome though.

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