A woman in California opens a creative reuse facility similar to MFTA

We found a great post this morning about a women supporting and actively exercising  MFTA’s mission. Lisa Hernandez from Long Beach, California was inspired by SCRAP, a non-profit reuse facility similar to Materials for the Arts left her job to open a small shop. She created The Long Beach Depot for Creative Reuse, where people can donate any craft related materials so others can purchase it for a bargain.

The original post:

“Hernandez had spent her entire life reusing household items, a habit instilled by her father, who recycled old wood and cardboard as protest signs in the Bay Area and used coins as screw drivers for loose nails. “He told me that everything had a purpose,” she says. “If it didn’t, it wouldn’t be here.” Hernandez decided she wanted to open up a shop of gently used knickknacks and unwanted items that might not be accepted by thrift stores or Goodwill but are too good to be thrown away.

She created The Long Beach Depot for Creative Reuse, a place where artists, parents, students, craft lovers and children go to find (or donate) materials such as buttons, feathers, old cards, glitter, beads, fabric and more — all neatly organized in easy-to-browse bins…

“With the economy the way it is, not everyone can afford to go to a hardware store to buy an entire package of nails when you can come here and buy just a few for a penny,” Hernandez says. “School projects can cost around $40, but here, you can get the supplies needed for around $5. This is not just reusing, it’s also economical.”

Hernandez says different versions of the Long Beach Depot for Creative Reuse are popping up around the country. She was inspired by the Scrap store (“A Source for the Resourceful” in San Francisco) and the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse (“Every Teacher’s First Stop and Every Artist’s Second Home”). She has a vision that every city will have a reuse center so that people can walk, rather than drive, to donate materials they do not need and buy materials they could use.”

Original post (& photo) at Second Act plus five more places encouraging reuse!

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