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.
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.
Which 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!!