SCRAP-DC: Creative Reuse in Action!

Last Thursday I had the pleasure of visiting SCRAP-DC for the very first time- and I’m hooked.

Many times in the last several years, I’ve lamented the lack of proper craft stores DC as well as a sad inability to find glitter without Zipcar-ing to the outer ‘burbs of Virginia or Maryland. While organizing a Valentine-making party for friends this weekend, I ran into this crafting-nightmare once again and decided to ask around for new ideas.

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A friend told me about ScrapDC and recommended that I check it out! Thursday night after work, I made my way to this little shop in one of my favorite neighborhoods called Bloomingdale and followed the sign down the stairs to ring a doorbell.

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I was greeted by a friendly, smiling face– “Are you here for Scrap DC?” I followed her into a small closet-like room packed to the brim with all kinds of materials. Walls of rolled up fabric, neatly organized bins of buttons (organized by color), sequins, a drawer of google-y eyes, ribbons, boxes of paint, and so much more!

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This little store is one of several such organizations around the country– SCRAP started in Oregon several years ago.  The two founders of SCRAP-DC, Karen and Heather, have had their store since August 2010 and have since collected almost 5 tons of donations. That’s almost 5 tons of materials diverted from landfills! Their mission is to Inspire creative reuse and environmentally sustainable behavior by providing educational programs and affordable materials to the community.

Needless to say, I found all of the materials I as looking for (and more!) Take a look at my finds:

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… and the best part of all is that I got all of this for less than $20!

SCRAP-DC is always looking for donations (but check on their website for what they need! Since they’re such a small space, they can’t accept everything).

Thanks, SCRAP-DC for existing in this craft-store desert! <3 <3

Check out Scrap-DC:
Website: http://scrapdc.org/ (see website for hours!)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ScrapDC
Location: 52 O St. NW #L2 (walkable from the New York Ave Metro station- Red Line)

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