Best Creative Reuse - 2006
An imaginative person's junkyard, SCRAP describes itself as a "creative reuse center" that encourages both innovation and environmental awareness. The store and workshop is a scrounger's paradise of castoffs repurposed as art supplies textiles, paper, jewelry, wood, buttons, and plastics. SCRAP collects these goods from companies and individuals and distributes them to art groups, schools, and other organizations, encouraging young and old artists to turn materials into collages, sculptures, and other masterpieces. The idea is that by "breathing new life into old objects," we reduce the amount of trash sent to landfills. The nonprofit also offers low-cost workshops and provides schools and organizations with supplies. A sampling of the store's offerings might include good-quality card stock, stamping blocks, stationery, tiles, photo frames, and canvases. The location, in the industrial warehouse district off Bayshore Boulevard, is a bit rough, though. The store's Web site includes a good map, but note that getting there involves following a crudely painted sign down an alleyway, then keeping one's eye out for a fence opening, which leads to the SCRAP store.