S.C.R.A.P., Oh how I love thee!
It is always too long between visits. Because it's not in my part of town. S.C.R.A.P., that is. The School & Community Reuse Action Project in NoPo.
My husband and I met while employed at a garbage & recycling company (y-e-a-r-s ago), so the reuse thing is not new to me. But as a parent of young kids, I have a whole new appreciation for the concept of cheap random junk that one can make endless art & other random crazy projects with. Not to mention the many obvious benefits of using cast-offs rather than new stuff to play with.
And the best news in all this isn't that I actually made the winter break trip I meant to (and had promised), and - predictably - we found plenty of awesome random cheap junk (e.g., needlepoint canvas, pumpkin & easter egg fabric, terrific painting paper, and used file folders), but that the whole shebang is moving closer to my house! To SE Portland! But they're not saying exactly where. If you're as curious as I am, visit the SCRAP website to get a clue, and guess. They should be moved in and open for business by mid-January and, if you're up for a holiday hunting and gathering trip (which I highly recommend), they're still open at their current location for awhile longer.
My most exciting find (trailed closely by the wallpaper & twig book kits for $0.25) was the used tennis ball can full of small-ish random items, called a "To-Go Kit" (in the pic). Like how often would that come in handy with young kids? 4, 5 times a day? And each cost a mere $2. Long car trips, waiting room waits, and mama playdates just got a whole lot easier, to name a few.
Get on the SCRAP email list if you don't want to miss their goings on, which are always good, in my (cheap, junky, art-able) book. In these economic times, who's gonna argue with a GINORMOUS, long-lasting, whimsical bag of tricks for $15? Plus, they were in the NYT. Go SCRAP!