Start a SCRAP

1. Find warehouse space (at least a garage) where you can permanently store and display materials.

2. Find volunteers to help with pickups, displays, making sample artwork, teaching workshops and selling goods.

3. Visit manufacturers to find materials you want. They are often very surprised that anyone would want their disposables and are happy to save money on disposal costs.

4. Display your materials in an organized manner. Insist that your customers take responsiblity to keep things as neat as possible.

5. Notify schools and teachers that you have re-usable supplies available at low cost.

6. Plan a Grand Opening with special events, hands on art projects, music and refreshments.

7. Advertise with fliers, press releases to newspapers and radio stations.

8. Establish a pricing system. Keep in mind that you are a service providing an alternative source of supplies for poorly funded or unfunded programs and projects. A good rule of thumb is not to exceed 25% retail. Also, price per volume of goods: charge $5.00 for each grocery bag filled with materials. Smaller or more valuable items like buttons and beads can be sold separately. The money you earn can be used as matching funds for grants. There are many internet resources on how to get grants. Below are a list of resources on how to find grant providers, apply and write grant proposals.

Non-Profit Guides
Non-profit guides are free Web-based grant-writing tools for non-profit organizations, charitable, educational, public organizations, and other community-minded groups.

Grant Writing Sources & Tips

List of Grant Providers


  1. Posted November 7, 2016 at 11:04 AM | Permalink

    Hello ?sue,

    The closest Creative Reuse Center we are aware of is in Lansing, MI. Here’s their info:

    The Creation Station (Lansing, MI)
    This all-volunteer run, nonprofit organization provides scrap materials that educators, parents, artists, childcare providers, youth organizations or the front_doorgeneral public can use for art, crafts, science or school projects

    Our list of centers is here:

    Of course, you can always search Google for “creative reuse center” for the most up to date info.

    Thanks for thinking of SCRAP.

  2. Sue Holman
    Posted November 5, 2016 at 10:55 AM | Permalink

    Do you know of any organizations such as yours in Ohio…specifically Cleveland or Columbus a Reason?

  3. Posted November 23, 2015 at 6:49 PM | Permalink

    I’m not sure if there is. I would search google for “creative reuse”. good luck

    Also, check here for a comprehensive listing of organizations similar to SCARP:

  4. Sparrow McMorran
    Posted November 23, 2015 at 2:31 AM | Permalink

    Is there an organization like this in San Diego?

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