Ok kids… only six days to Halloween!!
How are the festivities coming along? Are you putting the finishing touches on your costume? Or just scrambling to figure out what the heck you’re going to be? Whichever, you may want to take a little trip down to the East Bay Depot for Creative Use for some inspiration…
Now located in Temescal (previously in Berkeley), the mission of this wonderful organization, started more than 30 years ago by two Oakland teachers, is three-fold:
- divert waste from the waste stream through creative recycling and reuse
- provide low cost materials and supplies for local art, education, and social services
- increase awareness of the green benefits of reusing materials
How can you not love that? I’ve been a frequent visitor of this venue for years, at both their current and previous locations. I donated boxes of old CDs and CD cases and bags and bags of old National Geographic and Photo District News magazines. I was thrilled to take these items somewhere where I knew they’d be put to good use… perhaps even transformed into masterful works of art. Who knows?
On the other side, I’ve purchased everything from goods for my Burningman art project, to rolls of industrial margarine foil to use as goofy wrapping paper. It’s kind of what’s so cool about this place… you never know what you are going to find. And there is definitely some weird stuff to be found.
Where else can you find bins of old doll heads? Or boxes of scientific beakers? Of course there’s the more mainstream stuff too… teachers’ educational materials, fabrics and sewing supplies, arts and craft materials, and much much more, all at prices that can’t be beat.
They also keep busy doing good works in the community. In addition to diverting approximately 400 tons of waste from our landfills each year, they also provide community aid locally, nationally, and even internationally. For example, right now they are sponsoring a collection drive called “Parkas for Pakistan” to support the 20 million flood victims in Pakistan who are now homeless.
Items most urgently need are winter coats, blankets & comforters, sleeping bags, tents, tarps, etc. I know I’ve got a few old coats I can get rid of. How about you? Drive runs through Friday, November 19th. Check link above for drop-off directions.
Whether you’re looking for creative supplies for your kids, your students, or yourself, or just wondering what to do with that pile of junk that’s been sitting in your garage for 3 years or more, the East Bay Depot for Creative Use is a great place to go.
East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. daily, 4695 Telegraph Ave., (510) 547-6470