Trash to Treasure: SCRAP

by ilene on March 12, 2012 · 2 comments

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A few weeks ago, I shared about my urban adventure to salvage some vintage fabric scraps at Dark Garden Corsetry.  My friend Grace introduced me to another amazing resource in south San Francisco called SCRAPSCRAP calls itself a “creative reuse center”.  It’s a non-profit that collects donated old art supplies and sells it at a very discounted price to the community.  It’s mission is to “collect and redistribute these materials to underfunded educational programs and organizations, teachers, artists, parents, and students in the community.”  Isn’t that the coolest concept?   Recycling and helping out poor artists is so in the San Francisco spirit, too.  I love the heart behind it!!

I went to check out SCRAP a few weeks ago during Frugal February and I was like a kid in a candy store! It’s a huge colorful warehouse and it was surprisingly all neatly organized by type of material.  There was wood scraps, paper, fabric, tiles, buttons… and much more!   Some of the stuff there was pretty random and I would have NO idea what to do with it, but it was cool to browse through and just imagine all the possibilities.  I was immediately drawn to a HUGE cardboard box on the floor full of all sorts of zippers.  They had zippers of all sorts of colors and lengths!  There was a sign that said you can fill up a paper bag full of zippers for just $5 or  pay $1 for 10 zippers.  I’ve been into sewing clutch purses lately, so my eyes just lit up!!! Zippers normally cost anywhere from $2.50-$4/ each so they add up.  I  rummaged through the box and grabbed a few handfuls of zippers:

I ended up walking out with almost 30 zippers total!! The best part was that when I went to the register to pay, the lady ended up charging me just $1!! I felt bad though because it was such a steal, that I ended up donating more towards the non-profit.  I figure its a good cause!!

I’m loving all these colorful zippers!!! All the happy colors make me smile!  I can churn out so many purses with these!!! If you are ever in the San Francisco area, definitely stop by and check out this awesome center!

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1 jihea March 18, 2012 at 4:20 pm

I heard of this place before! It’s definitely a popular place for educators looking for materials for student work and facilitation sessions. :)

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