Category Archives: Local businesses

Local Artist Benjamin Howard’s Murals Using Reclaimed Paint

Local artist Benjamin Howard creates large scale murals throughout the city, often using reclaimed paint and other materials found at the re. “For several years I had a studio at Sharktown a few blocks from the Resource Exchange. I picked up some great stuff during that time, but most importantly a well priced 5 gallon of Kelly green. I’ve gathered that this jug was most likely ‘green screen’ paint and it’s treated me really well over a few years time and judicious use. I still have about a gallon left on that bucket!”  Benjamin’s current work seeks to explore the culture … Continue reading

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The Resource Exchange + The Arden Theatre Company: Celebrating Years of Saving Sets!

In 2012 The Resource Exchange and The Arden Theatre Company saved tons of lengths of rough cut poplar and giant barn doors from their production of Charlotte’s Web. Donating the lumber to The Resource Exchange instead of sending it to landfill enabled our creative customers to reuse the wood in local projects. The barn doors were given a second life in The Philadelphia Sculpture Gym’s warehouse space, and we were thrilled when Little Berlin decided to use the poplar to build their community vegetable garden. The lumber was used in a number of interior design projects, furniture, and even in the … Continue reading

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The Magic in Creative Reuse!

Community and family events often have tables for crafting, making, and learning new skills. We love it when local businesses get creative and make an effort to use reclaimed materials, instead of buying new supplies. Recently at PlayFest, new local business Kith + Kin made sure reuse was part of their magical community activity! “Using sticks we found on walks and a huge variety of ribbon and yarn from the Resource Exchange, we transformed these materials into magical wands that the whole family loved creating!” The event took place at the newly opened, Cherry Street Pier. “We had an amazing time at … Continue reading

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