Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Art of Thrift

Art supplies and thrift stores. Could there be two things more beloved by yours truly? Doubtful. I've long wondered why Austin is without a thrift store devoted entirely to art supplies and things that can be construed as art supplies. Sure, we've got loads of thrift stores, the Habitat ReStore, the used store fixture place and of course, TOPS, but no one-stop shop. Nothing exactly like the operations that other cities have up and running--some of which have been around for over 30 years. So what is our excuse? San Francisco has the S.C.R.A.P. facility as well as a resident artist program at the city dump. What does Austin have? Lots of starving artists, buttloads of trash and a supposedly 'green' reputation. Come on CoA--let's get a program started! I'd even consider being a City employee if I could run the place.

Here's a list of other places where this model is working:

The East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse -- Oakland, CA

Art from Scrap -- Santa Barbara, CA

Materials Exchange Center for Community Arts (M.E.C.C.A) -- Eugene, OR

School & Community Reuse Action Project (S.C.R.A.P) -- Portland, OR

Creative Reuse Warehouse -- Chicago, IL

RISD Second Life Center -- Providence, RI

Materials Resource Center -- Ronkonkoma, NY

Thanks to Uprooted for compiling many of these in her own post on the topic.


Sweetland Retreat said...

I used to go to Materials Resource Center ALL the time when I lived in NY! It was our favorite place to go- I used to buy all of my plywood panels from them and got alot of supplies to reuse as wedding decorations! :)

Kami said...

We are starting one in Austin! Come Thursday to hear all about it! www.austincreativereuse.org