Yes, yes, we are all pinching the penny, saving our dimes, and eating the same home cooked meal's leftovers for an entire week. Yes, times are economically sad. Does this mean we can't still find solace in our creative outlets? Art supplies can be rather expensive, true. But San Francisco has a great solution: SCRAP. A Mecca for all scrap materials a craft fiend would switch a stitch to find.
SCRAP stands for Scroungers' Center for Reusable Art Parts, and it is literally a warehouse of scrap materials in the Bayview/Hunter's Point area of San Francisco. Based on donations of high quality, low cost, re-usable materials, SCRAP conveniently brings an enormous variety under one roof, for the eager hands and minds of you crafty folk to scavenge through and collect for whatever art project you are cooking up.
Being strictly donation driven, the price for your tote of goodies is substantially low. I mean- low. Since there are hand drawn, crafty notes throughout SCRAP letting you know that your behavior and respect for the materials, whilst perusing and digging through the vast shelves, buckets and drawers of scraps, will affect the monetary total of your selections, I shouldn't go into too much detail as to quote a price (but a friend and I spent a solid two hours in SCRAP, behaving very well, and left with three re-used, paper grocery bags brimming with fine fabrics, threads and metals for a grand total of $20). So watch your mouth, put things respectfully back if you decide they aren't the scraps for you, and say please and thank you, because the majority of prices in SCRAP are decided on the spot, at the register.
SCRAP is not only heaven for craft folk, it is a community involved organization. Offering workshops for local classrooms, as well as art supplies for school in need, the volunteers at SCRAP are teaching our next generations how to "Recycle, Reduce and Reuse" in a creative, future-of-this-world way. This place gets a strong high-five for doing its part to help us build our community in a truly sustainable way.
Please do also give it your high-five the next time you're in need of supplies, and make it your first stop, or think about all those materials you just haven't and just aren't going to use, and donate! This also goes for businesses with "waste" items. Even if you can't see potential for that cracked coffee mug with the name Willoby prefacing each sip, be sure there is some one who can.
SCRAP can be found here.
--by Artslant Keeper Montgomery Rene.