We have lived in Durham for almost a whole year now, and until last weekend, I had never been to The Scrap Exchange!
The Scrap Exchange is this awesome nonprofit creative reuse center. What that means is that people and companies donate any and every kind of supply you can think of and they resell it. So basically its a giant warehouse full of tons of stuff! It helps promote creativity in the community by providing low cost supplies to artists, educators, and the public. In one word: AWESOME.
We saw so much amazing stuff, and our minds raced with all the potential projects we could create.
They had lots of electronics and building supplies.
We found some great old LIFE Magazines from the last century. We dug through every one of them looking for one from 1958. (That’s the year our house was built.) No such luck. It would have been such a neat piece of memorabilia to have on the coffee table or possibly frame.
We couldn’t believe how many medical supplies they had.
There were also a few items that we had no clue what they were. Apparently we weren’t the only ones who were clueless.
I can only imagine the crafts that could happen with this many corks!
This place was just loaded with aisles and aisles of stuff. So much to take in!
The Scrap Exchange in Durham has it all, even the kitchen sink! (Yeah I know that was bad, but I couldn’t resist!)
We also managed to pick up some frames and a couple of interesting prints.
We found a whole stack of these old promotional posters for the Raleigh Spy Conference from 2003. It made us laugh, so we bought one for 50 cents.
We also dug up this cute chipmunk print. The frame was in pretty bad condition and almost coming apart, but we still thought the print alone was worth the $6 price tag.
We feel so lucky to live in a place like Durham where shops like this can exist to promote the arts and community. Do you have place near you that has all sorts of great stuff? We would love to know about it!