Making new friends at Decatur GreenFest

Decatur Green Fest poster 20011Wow, another festival under our belt! Decatur GreenFest, Saturday, was a blast of fun, community outreach, and green activity. We go to festivals for two main reasons: to let people know about WonderRoot Creative Reuse, and to sell the materials that people have donated to us as we raise funds for a retail space. Really, there’s a third reason: having fun! Because these festivals are a great time all around.

In these early stages, we’re just starting to get the word out, which is that WonderRoot has started a Creative Reuse program! We will be offering workshops and craft parties soon, but right now we’re using the festivals as a way to get to know you. A lot of people know WonderRoot as an arts center uniting artists and community to inspire positive social change, and Creative Reuse fits that bill! So many people are looking for ways to be more “green.” Donating left-over art supplies is an easy way to do that. Stay tuned for an upcoming blog post that will list materials we encourage people to donate to this program!

Did we say our prices are excellent? We want to make the materials affordable to everyone, and we especially have in mind teachers, students, artists — groups that may have limited funds and can’t always run to the nearest craft or art supply store for their materials. We will be your new best friends, because not only are we ridiculously cheap, we’re quirky, too!

Our bestsellers, upcycled bubble kegs, aren’t available anywhere else in town. We sold out at Decatur GreenFest, but there will be more. Watch this blog, or our Facebook page, to see where we will appear next. (By the way, Ginny: we still have your bubble keg. You bought one at Decatur GreenFest and asked us to hold it for you, and we waited, but you didn’t make it back to our tent. Let us know how to get in touch with you!)

Bubble kegs overhead, shoppers examine creative reuse materials while a Dogwood Alliance volunteer wrangles duct tape to repair our broken tent.

What we enjoy most is meeting you, telling you about our creative reuse program, and hearing your stories. Saturday at Decatur GreenFest we met a young lady who bought a ball of yarn because she wanted to knit her mother a Mother’s Day gift. (In one day, no less.) Also, we met a young bride trying to keep her wedding costs down by making her own bouquets and table settings. We gave her some tips on how to make her own cake stand. (Let us know how it turns out!) We’re here for ideas, but what we really love is hearing yours! It’s amazing to see how many different uses people find for one item.

Decatur GreenFest 2011

Yarn is popular with shoppers at the WonderRoot Creative Reuse tent.

A drawback to working at a festival is that we don’t always get to go around and see the other booths. We did meet a couple of vendors Saturday who, like us, are working to keep usable items out of the landfill. Tracy and Melinda have written a book, Think Outside The Bin, a resource guide for locating people and places that need – and want – your old stuff. Go to to read their blog.

Thanks, everyone who came out to Decatur GreenFest. We appreciate your support! Thanks, also, to the awesome Dogwood Alliance volunteers who helped carry our materials and set up the tables and tent. We couldn’t have done it without you, either! And, most of all, thanks to everyone who stopped by. Whether you bought something or not, we loved meeting you! Til next time, friends!


About Susan

One of the founders of WonderRoot Creative Reuse.
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2 Responses to Making new friends at Decatur GreenFest

  1. Margie says:

    what are bubble kegs?

    • Susan says:

      Hi, Margie! Bubble kegs are actual beer kegs that look like large, clear plastic bubbles. We remove all traces of beer before bringing them to festivals. They’ve been a huge hit.

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