AccelerateHER – Thistle Creative Reuse


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We are so grateful for our community! Thank you for saying yes to green-collar jobs, small woman-owned business, the environment, and creative accessibility. Your contribution to our kickstarter will help us reach our goal of outfitting our new warehouse space, which will help us bring you all even more creative materials both in store and online and increase your opportunities to choose REUSE first.

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Shopping REUSE is one of the most effective ways to protect the environment. We have something for everyone.

 

DONATE GENTLY-USED ART + CRAFT SUPPLIES

Do you have art, craft, and making materials that you're not using? Donate them to Thistle! Find out what we accept and how to schedule an appointment.

THISTLE CREATIVE REUSE COFOUNDERS

Executive Director

Kari Meyercord-Westerman

Director of Retail Operations

Jeanna Dunlap

WHAT IS CREATIVE REUSE?

Most of us have engaged in creative reuse without even realizing it. Creative reuse is when you change an existing item's purpose or function by adding some good ol' fashioned creativity. The end result does not have to be a craft or art (although we might argue that makes it more fun). Creative Reuse examples include turning glass jars into candle votives, corks into toy sailboats, cardboard boxes into play castles, even turning an old t-shirt into a cleaning rag (admittedly a less glamorous example).

Reusing items extends the lifecycle of those items, keeping them from the waste stream, and reduces the demand for virgin (new) goods. Reuse also uses less financial resources. It's certainly more affordable to use what you already have or what you can find secondhand.

Thistle carries items that can be creatively reused, but Thistle also carries plenty of items that can be used for their intended purpose, but are pre-loved--think, a pair of scissors, yarn, or stickers.