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.


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.


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!


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:



… 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: (see website for hours!)
Location: 52 O St. NW #L2 (walkable from the New York Ave Metro station- Red Line)

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