We are in the process of starting a donation-based creative reuse store and donation center in Silver Spring, MD. We are currently collecting donations that will be packaged and put in the hands of art teachers across the DC/Metro region. Together we can divert tons of materials from the trash stream and contribute to the art education of our students.
Here’s a list of the materials we collect:
PAPER – Copy paper, cardstock, letterhead, envelopes, art paper and pads, construction paper, scrapbook paper, rolls of paper, poster board, paper sample books, select art books, blueprints, sturdy cardboard tubes, maps.
FABRIC AND NOTIONS – Fabric (pieces must have regular edges, and be at least 1 yard, smoke and pet hair free), zippers, buttons, beads, jewelry pieces, thread, sewing supplies, sewing tools, ribbon, Velcro, leather, yarn, knitting needles, crochet hooks, patterns, raw wool, felt.
ARTIST SUPPLIES – Most types of paint, brushes, pastels, glue, chalk, ink, carving tools, stencils, transfer letters, crayons, markers, rulers, clay, glue guns, silk screens, canvas (blank and used), easels.
CRAFT SUPPLIES – Pipe cleaners, craft foam, glitter, doll supplies, marbles, game and puzzle pieces, silk flowers, wine corks, buttons, candle wax, straws, plastic bottle caps, and popsicle sticks.
COLLAGE & SCRAPBOOKING – Stickers, scrapbook paper, embellishments, punches, rubber stamps, stamp pads, playing cards, maps, calendars, select magazines, postage stamps, photographs.
GIFT WRAP & PARTY SUPPLIES – Wrapping paper, gift bags, tissue, greeting cards, party decorations, ribbon and bows, mylar balloons.
MAT BOARD, FRAMING, SIGN MAKING – Mat board, foam core, frames, acrylic, corrugated plastic, sign board, adhesive vinyl, photo albums.
ARCHITECTURE/DESIGN – Formica samples, wallpaper, tile, paint chip samples, fabric books, upholstery swatches, contact paper.
OFFICE SUPPLIES – Pens, pencils, erasers, scissors, hole punches, staplers, staples, staple removers, tape dispensers, tape, file folders (manila, pocket and hanging), transparencies, rubber bands, paperclips, envelopes, labels, binders (no logos), organizers, note pads, clipboards.
CONTAINERS – Small glass jars (baby food), tins, small cardboard boxes, shopping bags, prescription bottles (no labels), plastic crates, cigar boxes, Rubbermaid type bins, buckets, small plastic containers (no food containers), bubble wrap.
MEDIA/TECH – CDs, cassettes, records, media cases, film canisters, slides, floppy disks, telephone wire, coated wire, motherboards, photography equipment, overhead projectors, slide projectors.
METAL – Bottle caps, tins, metal fixtures (hooks, doorknobs, etc.), uncoated wire, screws, nails, keys.
WOOD – Small blocks and boards (untreated), sheets of cork, craft wood, spools, dowels, stretcher bars, popsicle sticks.
PLASTIC – Lids & caps (clean), animal figurines, school manipulatives, bins & containers.
JEWELRY – necklaces (chains, beaded, mardi gras beads, shell), bracelets, earrings, rings, pins, watches, loose beads, jewelry findings.