On our way home from camping I was so excited to stop at Art From Scrap. I had heard about this store from friends Syd and Mary, and remembered being tortured by their tales of crepe paper piles. Art From Scrap Reuse store is such a great concept: a place where people can donate all their unused art supplies, then the non-profit store sorts, stores, and sells it, providing the community with an education center and an Arts Center with the profits, among other things. I filled a big bag full of various things from paper and fabric and lots more, including the wooden beads above and the millinery fruit below, all for $25.00. (No, there wasn't any crepe paper.)
What I'd like to know is; is there a place like this in L.A. or Orange County? A place for odd art supplies? Random things, little things, things that just the right person would love, but even Goodwill might pitch. Things that if donated to a school they'd be a pain for them to sort through, store, or use because they are specific to one certain type of art. Scraps. Stuff that otherwise would end up in a landfill. It's like the art asylum that Teesha used to have at all her events; a place to donate all your craft oddities so that someone else can make art from them, but this is instead at a permanent location. Anyone know of a more places like that? Feel free to mention them in the comments- even if they are in a different state, I'm sure readers would want to know about shops like this wherever they are. As it says on the Art From Scrap website:
"Everything is connected, everything ends up somewhere, we have options and we make choices. Art From Scrap. Encouraging creative expression in the arts and promoting a greater understanding of environmental issues." Cool.