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Marking Back to School with Creative Reuse!

Regular customer Bill knew just what to do when a friend of his posed a peculiar request:  “So, Bill, do you know where I could get a big cardboard tube fast, like by this weekend?” He responded with a confident, “I know a place…” Bill picked up a 10 foot tall cardboard tube from The Resource Exchange, cut it in half, and gave the pieces to his friend Tracy for these adorable back to school projects. The tubes were painted and topped with paper to create a giant pencil and crayon that marked the kids’ first days of school!   … Continue reading

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Reclaimed “River Beasts and Besties!”

Beth from Ethnologica, a research consultancy firm with a focus on community-based ethnography, recently came into The Resource Exchange to find reclaimed materials to use in their storytelling and art workshop River Beasts and Besties. The event, held at The Barn at Bartram’s Garden, was made possible by an Ecotopian Toolkit award from the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities for Ethnologica’s project entitled Monsters of the Deep, Myths for the Future. Ethnologica created this public workshop to: …explore local fears of and hopes for urban waterways as part of their ongoing work researching community conceptions of health and wellbeing. Fear … Continue reading

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Opening Soon in the Fringe: ‘feral wild girl child ‘

MAGDA is a performing artist who makes original work that romances many genres: dance, theater, visual art, seminar, stand up comedy and punk highbrow experience. Her piece feral wild girl child is premiering in the 2018 Philadelphia Fringe Festival and incorporating reuse and reclaimed materials found at the RE into her set. “I have already put everything I bought from you to great use in my piece called: feral wild girl child. The sledgehammer I used to smash balloons.” “The ladder I used to get down two paper mache sculptures of a a tiger and snake from where they were hidden above … Continue reading

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