Our By the Bucket section is OPEN!
Fill a bucket for $5 and take home a wide assortment of goodies.
Wood pieces, metal pieces, wallpaper, old calendars, plastic spirals, carpet samples and anything else you made need for your next art project!
Did you miss Austin Creative Reuse’s appearance on KXAN’s Studio 512? That’s OK, we’ve got the link for you to see it for yourself.
Growing up there was a closet in my house that produced an avalanche of bed sheets whenever somebody opened it. That being said, bed sheets are bulky and take up a lot of space when not in use. If you have a similar problem and are wondering what you can do with your old bed sheets, here are some options.
Donating is a great way to get rid of your bed sheets. By donating to your local charity or thrift store, you will provide others in need with warmth at night. Regrettably, Austin Creative Reuse does not accept bed sheets, but there are other places where you can donate. For instance, Safe Place, an organization that provides safety for those affected by sexual and domestic violence, accepts full and queen sized bed sheets. Organizations dedicated to animal welfare such as Austin! Pets Alive accepts baby blankets for their kitten nursery and the Austin Humane Society accepts blankets without stuffing.
Here is a list of organizations in Austin that will gladly accept gently used blankets:
Remember that reuse is also an option. There are a plethora of ways to turn bed sheets into something else. For something simple, you can tear them up and make cleaning rags. They also provide great protection for plants during the winter. You can even turn them into a hammock or a tent! For the creative types, bed sheets can be converted into aprons or skirts. Those are just a few examples, so if you have extra bed sheets lying around, be creative and put them in good use!
Share photos online of how you #reuse and then join us on Thursday, October 22nd from 6pm-8pm to make a make a Rockin’ Box out of a record album cover.
Find out about other reuse events on the City of Austin’s Reuse Week Calendar
Here are some ideas on what to share:
We were very excited to install our Center’s sign this weekend, with help from most of my family and a little google-searching about mounting things to stucco. Hopefully it will make it easier for folks to spot our location on quiet Middle Fiskville Rd.
Deciding on a sign was a bit of a balancing act (possibly I just have balance on the brain as I look at this photo of my husband on a ladder in flip flops). We wanted something that looked nice and was easy to spot, something in keeping with our mission and passion for reuse, and—as an all-volunteer nonprofit—something that wouldn’t break the bank.
Luckily, ’twas the season for the twice-annual Round Top antique bonanza. These events are a reusers paradise. There are fancy antiques, sure, but also buckets of rusty forks, fixtures from demolished buildings, and, increasingly, reuse artists and craftspeople showing off their skills.
You never know what you’ll find among the acres of tents and barns, but prior experience suggested that old sign letters were to be had. It’s an easy day-trip from Austin and hard to resist a visit in any case, so I was happy to have sign-shopping as an excuse to go. Within the first hour, I’d spotted dozens of cool reuse crafts and opportunities, and then, jackpot:
A field full of letters just waiting to come home with me. I dragged all the A’s, C’s, and R’s into a pile, picked out two good combinations, and it was all over but the stucco-mounting.
The weather is finally cooling down and Halloween is creeping up on our calendars! Here are some creative ways to haunt your home this fall.
From then on, the center will be open every Thursday night from 6pm-8pm and every Saturday from 10am-2pm.
We’ll be extending hours and adding sections to the center over the next few months. Please be patient with us as we continue to work through our processes and the pricing of the materials.
Our first workshop will be a cape making activity on Saturday, October 31. We’ll be posting more details in the coming week.
What do you mean by sections?
We currently have the front space open to customers. It is filled with lots of unique and special items including beads, buttons, fabric, markers, canvases and decorative tile. We’ve added some items like corks and paint chip samples to that area for now.
We will be adding additional sections that are focused more on bulk quantities of items like cork, cd cases, small containers, and carpet squares. We’ll also be setting up workshop spaces for adults and children. And we would also like to incorporate a gallery and consignment areas.
What types of materials can I donate?
We accept a variety of materials. Please review our materials donation list for details.
I have materials to donate, when can I bring them to the center?
You may bring donations during open hours.
How can I volunteer?
We will need volunteers more than ever now that we have a center to take in more materials. We are planning volunteer events to assist with the setup of the center and to sort materials. We’ll post these on our events calendar. A great way to be notified of the events and our volunteer opportunities is to sign up for our volunteer newsletter.
As we set up the center, we are continually asked what the price will be for the materials we will sell or are asked if we will give away items for free.
We believe that every object has a social, economic and environmental impact that influences our relationship with STUFF.
Here at Austin Creative Reuse, we love checking our email every day. We are always amazed at the thoughtful and generous folks who reach out to us with questions on what to do with the “stuff” that is just too good and reuseful to throw away.
Recently, Justina Lambert-Barone of Custom Fundraising Solutions did just that, wondering what could be done signage that’s left over from their events. The signage in question is sturdy corrugated plastic. These can’t be recycled but they have so many reuse and upcycling possibilities that we couldn’t resist picking up a truck full.
Well, it didn’t take long to realize that with a bit of creative cutting and duct taping, they would make wonderful “merch” bins for our store. Since this is a total DIY, we could customize our bins in just about every possible way. We have been like elves in Santa’s toy shop, turning out just the right bin to hold all our materials.
We’ve been back a few times now to Custom Fundraising Solutions and each time, they have uncovered yet another way to redirect some of their “waste” stream to Austin Creative Reuse. You see, it’s not “waste” to us, its just a piece of solid energy waiting to the transformed into something amazing.
So, thanks to Justina for taking the time to think about the stuff in your life. Does it need to go to the landfill or can it find new life in the community? That’s a great question!
You can find out more about Custom Fundraising Solutions at https://www.facebook.com/CustomFundraisingSolutionsCentralTexas