From North Austin Civic Association January's newletter
By Stephanie Frogge:
"Everyone’s heard the mantra Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Now Austin has a place where all those worthy ideas come together in one beautiful space – and it’s in north-central Austin!
Austin Creative Reuse is a local non-profit whose mission is to promote conservation and reuse though creativity, education and community building.
Since forming seven years ago, we have been actively engaging the community through outreach, workshops, educator drives and garage sales.
We recently opened our permanent home, Austin’s first Creative Reuse Center in the Linc Shopping Center, just one strip center down from the Marchesa Theatre, to bring our mission to the community.
Our Creative Reuse Center offers a huge selection of fabric, yarn, notions, arts and crafts, jewelry making and office supplies at very low prices. Some merchandise is new, some slightly used and some truly vintage. Several local companies have donated excess materials, which normally would have headed to the landfill. We also accept donations from individuals of sewing/needle work, craft, office supplies and other useful items for upcycling, project making, and education. Folks who are moving, downsizing or changing their creative direction have brought us a dizzying array of tools and materials, most of which is high quality if slightly used. We also have a large “by the bucket” section filled with all kinds of cool stuff just waiting to be given a new life.
The Art and Science teachers of Austin have found this section to be a treasure trove of materials for their classrooms. That’s the retail portion of the Center.
We also have a large workshop area where we offer a wide variety of activities like “fix-it” clinics, skill building and maker classes, and fun reuse training for teachers.
We hope you’ll stop in to see us for some of your creating, crafting, DIY, art needs soon. We’re open on Thursdays, noon until 8:00 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
We are located just one strip center down from the Marchesa Theatre (think Blue Genie). Our address is The Linc, 6406 N IH 35, Suite 1801 (our space faces Middle Fiskville Road). Look for the giant “ACR” sign out front.
Check our website and Facebook page for most current news and store hours."