Grade 5 bags

Reusable bags for everyone!

Philadelphia, like all major cities, is littered with single use disposable plastic bags. Several City Councilmembers have repeatedly tried to have them banned (including now Mayor Jim Kenney!) One argument that always resurfaces is the affordability of purchasing reusable bags. We’ve had thousands of reusable bags donated to our organization from both individuals and businesses for reuse, and always have affordable options available (many for less than $1!) One local teacher was able to supply her entire 5th grade class with our reclaimed bags!  We also have many unique handmade bags created by local artists out of reclaimed materials form our inventory: … Continue reading

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Reuse in Stop Motion Paper Harry Potter!

Stop everything and watch this fantastic “Paper Harry Potter” video created by regular re customers Peter Heacock, Joan Kamberaj and Gretchen Lohse of Unpopular Now, a mobile marketing agency and creative community. The stop motion short, in which a miniature Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry constructs itself from the pages of Harry Potter, used dollhouse furniture and a theater set model of a house from a production of “Three Sisters” at the Arden Theater from our store (and, Gretchen says, “probably paper and any number of other little elements”).

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Heilman-Slavin Super-Recycled Wedding!

When Katherine Heilman-Slavin came into the store a few months ago and bought almost all our lace yardage, we had to know what was going to become of it. Turns out the lace was just one of many materials that she borrowed, thrifted, craigslisted, or got here at the Resource Exchange for a lovely DIY wedding with her husband Thomas Slavin!  The ceremony and reception, held at Taller Puertorriqueño, where Kat works, was a showcase of creativity and resourcefulness. They kept the cost and environmental footprint of their nuptials to a minimum, and as you can see from the pictures, everything looked great!     … Continue reading

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