The Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse is a local nonprofit dedicated to promoting creativity and encouraging conservation through reuse. I think that's a pretty amazing (and important) mission.
When you walk through their doors in Point Breeze, you'll find a cozy little shop stuffed to the brim with every kind of craft supply you could imagine; everything from yarn and fabric to old trophies and cassette tapes. The room is packed with unique treasures and trinkets.
So where does it come from? It comes from those junk drawers and storage closets and basements and garages. All of PCCR's inventory comes from donations from individuals, families, companies, organizations, etc. I left with a small little stash of yarn, paper, old photographs, vintage camera film, maps, scrabble tiles, and more... for less than $15.00.
The shop itself shares a building with Construction Junction, another nonprofit that recycles construction materials. If you're ever in need of an obscure-colored toilet, this is your spot.
The possibilities for the creative community are pretty much endless. Work your magic.