Perhaps due to Valentine’s warm fuzzies still lingering about, we here at WonderRoot Creative Reuse want you to know that we love you. We love your faces as they light up when you realize you can get tons of ribbon and fabric and yarn for next to nothing costs. We love your dozens of questions about what a bubble keg is and what it could be used for. We love that you’re just as environmentally conscious as we are, sometimes moreso. We love the enthusiasm you show as we tell you how we wish to grow and get the word out. And, most obviously, we love your donations. No matter how they come to us–disorganized, disheveled, maybe even a little dingy–just receiving them makes our hearts swell.
But, as some of you may be aware, sometimes we can’t take in everything. It breaks our heart as much as it breaks your’s. More often than not, we try to find a home for your goods just because we don’t want you to throw them away so badly. We find ourselves saying, “If it doesn’t work for us, we’ll find someone who it does work for.” It works the other way, too. When we meet you at a festival or a pop-up shop and you say, “I’m really into working with ________,” we keep our eyes out for blank and get in touch with you if we find it. As much as we’d love to be your go-to source for unique and low-cost art supplies, we have no problem being the middle man. We just want things to get reused and stay out of the landfill!
So that’s why we’re so elated that our friends over at Crafting A Green World have launched a brand new Share & Swap forum, a free space where crafters can offer up craft supplies to give away, post for supplies that they need, and list supplies for trade. It works like an online classifieds system where you can post free ads to give away extra materials, ask for specific supplies, or arrange swaps. *Kind of* like what your local Creative Reuse center does, but 1) online, 2) more geared to your specific needs, 3) nationally based (who knew that someone in Colorado has the exact pair of knitting needles you’re looking for?!), and 4) all materials are free or exchanged on trade. You know we’ll be there, scouting around AND posting things, so check it out! (Also, tour around Crafting A Green World when you have a few extra minutes. Those people are craftastic!)
Til then luvlies, happy reusing!