Creative reuse materials exchange?

An idea is brewing, but let me start at the beginning. Here’s a note from our friend Joel, who is an art teacher:

Hi – I saw you at the faire and I’m looking for wood pieces (small scraps) for use in elementary art. I’m looking for larger volumes if I can get them at a good price. Thanks!

Now, this has got me thinking, what if we could provide a materials exchange service for creative reuse materials? Say we post Joel’s request, and one of our readers says, “Hey, my brother-in-law has a heap of wood scraps.” That person could contact us, WonderRoot Creative Reuse, and we could put her/him in touch with Joel. Wouldn’t that be awesome! Materials would change hands, one person using what another person was about to throw away.

wood scraps

Photo by Dan Gunderson, Minnesota Public Radio

Currently we’re operating by taking donated materials in, and then trying to sell them — or in some cases, donating them to other nonprofit organizations. But this process requires that we have room to store all the donated materials until we sell them, and frankly, storage is becoming an issue.

A pile of yarnWhich brings me to yarn. We’ve had large donations of yarn lately, and I’ve been looking for an organization that could use some of this yarn. There’s a wrinkle — I can’t tell them exactly what kinds of yarn we have, because it’s in big bags and we haven’t been able to go through it. As far as I know, it would need to be inventoried so potential recipients would know whether it was the kind of yarn they wanted.

So, this idea needs some work. But meanwhile, if you have wood scraps that you don’t need, let us know and we’ll get in touch with Joel. Either leave your comments below, or email us at Thanks!!


About Susan

One of the founders of WonderRoot Creative Reuse.
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3 Responses to Creative reuse materials exchange?

  1. emily says:

    I think that’s a great idea! I often wish there were a big clearinghouse~style website where surplus materials and material~seekers could find each other easily. Keep up the great work!

  2. Margie says:

    Hey Susan! COntact Kimber in Carrollton, they have a new lace and this type of exchange is something they are about to implement. Visited the new place last week – gives us newbies hope!
    Margie in Newnan

  3. cathy wise says:

    yes! this is an awesome idea. i just moved back from SF and this place was amazing!

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