Here is my collective thrift haul from the scrap exchange reuse center in Durham NC and the scrap exchange thrift store right next door. I scored a couple of vintage items and some home décor items that will blend nicely with my current décor style. These are the items I found, vintage national geographic magazines, glass chemistry jars and droppers, an event poster signed by the artist for the Cooke street carnival that I will frame and hang on my wall, I found a great boho inspired basket, a vintage tea jar, 2 vintage postcards from Germany, and a cute dried goods wall hanging from England.
You don’t have to spend tons of money to decorate your home. There are beautiful, unique and inexpensive second hand treasures just waiting for you. These home décor items can be found at your local goodwill, Salvation Army and other thrift stores in your area. Thrifting for your home can be a challenge but very rewarding and worth the hunt when you find just the right piece for your home! I really love finding boho and farmhouse décor at thrift stores!
Since 1991, we have been collecting materials from local businesses and residents and distributing these reclaimed resources to educators, artists, makers, and students through a variety of programs.
The organization is an economic engine for entrepreneurial activity built around materials reuse and waste-recovery. It creates green jobs and workforce development opportunities through a range of community partnerships.
Our creative reuse arts center contains a retail store, an art gallery, a Design Center to host classes, a Make N Take classroom for open studio art-making, and much more.
If you are an artist or educator …
You will continue to visit our current location for our famous blue barrel section, Make N Take room and Design Center. PLUS, we are adding an expanded selection of bulk by-the-pound materials to spark you and your students’ creative imaginations. Future plans for this space also include artist studios, maker spaces and an artist marketplace. In addition, the Cameron Gallery will also remain in this space, providing year-round opportunities for reuse artists to share their work with the community.
If you are a thrift store enthusiast …
Our new store, Scrap Thrift, will quickly become your #1 destination for incredible bargains on a huge selection of clothing, shoes accessories, house wares, fabric & craft supplies and more. Located adjacent to our current location with 18,000 square feet of newly renovated space, finding affordable treasures will be easier than ever before. And unlike other thrift stores, all proceeds are funneled back into our programs supporting our mission to promote creativity, environmental awareness, and community through reuse. If you care about the arts, education and the health of our planet, you can feel good about every purchase or donation you make.
In addition, our new donation drop-off location will make donating your gently-used items more convenient and efficient. We’ve added a covered entrance and curb-side assistance to get you back on your way sooner. But we hope you’ll stay and visit one of our stores, take a class or explore the rest of the Reuse Arts District as it grows!