Welcome to Who Gives a SCRAP Creative Reuse Center
When Boomers Inherit Their Parents Possessions
There was a great article that recently ran in a Next Avenue blog post Sorry; Nobody Wants Your Parents’ Stuff, Advice for boomers desperate to unload family heirlooms. After the death of a parent, those of us in our 50's and 60's have to face the hard truth of cleaning out the homes, apartments and storage spaces of our loved ones. Many times there are items that nobody in the family wants. So what do you do with all of those unwanted items that have sentimental value but you have no real emotional attachment to? Many of the items can be sold in an estate sale, recycled, or donated to a local charity. But what if the local charity will only take certain items? What do you do with the rest? It is a big challenge because a lot of the items are still in good shape, and can be useful to someone. Fortunately across the country, Creative Reuse Centers are popping up and accept donations of those sewing notions, old newspaper clippings, photographs, half finished projects, and odds and ends from the junk drawer, and get them into the hands of a teacher, artist or hobbyist. Best of all, reusing, repurposing and up-cycling of these items keep all of that stuff from ending up in the landfill.
Who Gives a SCRAP does its best to recognize and respect the personal value our donors place on the goods they give to us. Donors come to us because they know that their goods will not be thrown away; rather their treasured possessions will be repurposed into newly created arts and crafts that can be valued by future generations. Do give us a call if you would like to donate.
Jayne, Lorrie and Carly
Who Gives a SCRAP Creative Reuse Center is open at two locations -Old Colorado City in Colorado Springs and Fort Collins. For more information about our store locations and hours click here.
Who Gives a SCRAP is an eclectic scrap store that carries an impressive mix of vintage and up-cycled materials. We carry everything from scrapbooking paper to game pieces, used books and sewing patterns, the variety is a crafters dream. We believe that the reuse of goods and materials is the most efficient, environmentally friendly and economically viable way to reduce the waste stream. Our shop is open to the public and our ever changing inventory is based on individual and business donations.
Many teachers are responsible for buying their own supplies for their students and their classrooms and can spend upwards of $500. Who Gives a SCRAP is here to help reduce the expense by offering low-cost options. If you are a hobbyist or artist looking for inexpensive supplies, Who Gives a SCRAP is here to help.
If visiting Fort Collins, follow the Resale Trail - A Self-Guided Tour of local resale shops.
Our reuse centers to date, have diverted 128,523.38 pounds (64 tons!) of clean, reusable materials from ending up in the El Paso and Larimer County landfills since collection began in July 2015.
These diversion totals include our location in Colorado Springs and Fort Collins .
COS - 35,136.85 pounds donated and diverted as of September 24, 2017
FoCo - 19,059.90 pounds donated and diverted as of September 24, 2017
COS - 48,660.05 pounds donated and diverted as of December 31, 2016
FoCo - 18,257.90 pounds donated and diverted as of December 31, 2016
COS - 9,391.53 pounds donated and diverted
1202 customers served (Nov.1- Dec 31)
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