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Creator Rewards!

Have you made something out of materials you found at The Resource Exchange? We want to hear about it! Sewn something with reclaimed fabric? Fixed something with salvaged lumber? Decorated for an event with props we saved from a film? You’re an artist, maker, doer, DIYer, teacher and we want to know how you’re using the materials we divert from landfill! email your photo and a description of how you creatively reused our materials in your project and we’ll send you a discount code that will save you 10% on a future purchase at our NEW LOCATION! email photos to … Continue reading

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From Reclaimed Trinkets to Philanthropic Zombies

When it comes to relaxing, some people might opt for taking a walk along the Wissahickon or spending a quiet night in. Local artist and educator, Kelsey Romano, has a somewhat different approach. Her process of “zombifying” reclaimed trinkets enables her to make some seriously cool art while helping an incredible organization in the process. “I’m a special education teacher in Philly, which means I’m really stressed out most of the time. Going on adventures to Resource Exchange and random thrift stores to find interesting statues to zombify is my form of therapy.” “Something about taking something unloved with a … Continue reading

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Weddings + Creative Reuse: A perfect marriage

Many customers have come to the Resource Exchange looking for reclaimed décor and craft materials for their weddings—and also donated materials for reuse after their weddings. Using reclaimed items in a wedding not only reduces the event’s environmental footprint, but makes it more unique, creative, and personal (and of course, cost-effective!). When her best friend recently got married, re staffer Laura combed the store for reclaimed items to give the wedding a personal (and green!) touch.    This reclaimed gold frame served a dual purpose at the wedding. It framed the welcome sign (painted on salvaged foam core with acrylic paint … Continue reading

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