Exploring Durham

Scrap Exchange
Dec. 28, 2013 @ 10:39 AM

Throughout December, Exploring Durham will feature articles about some of Durham’s unique art features.

One of Durham’s unique art features is on Franklin Street in the Cordoba Center for the arts near the Golden Belt Arts Complex.

The Scrap Exchange is a nonprofit creative reuse center that promotes creativity through material re-use and environmental awareness.  Visitors can take discarded materials and repurpose them to make many things. In addition to its store, The Scrap Exchange offers classes, workshops and the Artists’ Marketplace.

The Scrap Exchange receives new materials daily and sells them at 50-75 percent off of their original retail price. Customers looking for large amounts of materials will want to look at the blue barrels where they can fill a bag with as much as they can fit for a single low price.  Items usually in stock include boxes, packing supplies, cards, envelopes, fabric, glass and plastic bottles, paper, stone and marble scraps, tile, wood and metal scraps and more.

The Artists’ Marketplace is where local artists and craftspeople sell wares made from reclaimed materials. These include items like jewelry, handbags, clothing, mosaics, sculpture and more. The Scrap Exchange offers classes for adults and kids like, “Transforming Plastic Bags into Butterfly Art,” “Printmating,” and “ Basic Sewing.” To learn more, visit www.durham-nc.com

Insider Tip: The Scrap Exchange accepts donations of craft materials, art supplies, vintage goods and other items. Call the store at 919-688-6960 to see if they will accept specific items.

The Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau (DCVB) is Durham’s official marketing agency. For more information about things to see and do in Durham, visit www.Durham-NC.com and www.DurhamEventCalendar.com, or stop by the Visitors Information Center at 101. E. Morgan St. in Downtown Durham and pick up the Official Durham Visitor & Relocation Guide.