What's that saying? One person's trash is another's treasure? Okay I might have made that up, but you get it. And the Pittsburgh Center For Creative Reuse totally gets it too.
CFCR is a local nonprofit dedicated to promoting creativity and encouraging conservation through reuse. If you ask me, I think their mission is dope. I've always hated waste. Especially food! There’s nothing that stresses me out more than having to throw away food that went bad or sitting at a restaurant watching someone throw away most of a perfectly good meal. (Gahhhh leftovers people!) It's no different with stuff. Sure, it feels AWESOME to get rid of clutter but that clutter doesn't have to go in the trash. Enter: the wonderful world of creative reuse.
When you walk through their doors in Point Breeze, you'll find a cozy little shop stuffed with every kind of craft supply you could imagine. We're talking everything from yarn and fabric to old trophies and cassette tapes. And it most definitely doesn't stop there. The room is packed to the brim with treasures and trinkets. So where does it come from? Well, it comes from those junk drawers and storage closets and basements and garages. All of the inventory comes from donations from individuals, families, companies, organizations, etc. I left with a nice 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 building materials. Fun fact: If you're ever in need of an obscure-colored toilet, this is your spot! The more ya know?
FELLOW BLOGGERS: Pittsburgh Center For Creative Reuse is such a good spot to stock up on photo props! Posting about travel or an upcoming trip? Snag some old maps. Talking about a playlist? How about some old sheet music, vintage records, or old school casette tapes? The possibilities for the creative community are pretty much endless. Work your magic!
Hint: I have a pretty cool idea to make use of all that yarn I bought... Stay tuned!