We got our start thanks to the original SCRAP, started in Portland, OR in 1998 by teachers who couldn't bear to throw away good art supplies from the school year. Not only have they been going strong ever since, but they now sponsor us, SCRAP TC in Traverse City, MI; SCRAP Denton, in Denton, TX; and most recently, SCRAP Humboldt, in Humboldt, CA. We hope the next will be a very close neighbor, in Maryland -- e-mail Karen to join the fun!
Looking for comprehensive lists of reuse groups? Click here for a very handy grid. In Montgomery County, MD, there's the "Use It Again" Database and now My Green Montgomery. Please refer us to other such links and we'll list them here.
Want another SCRAP-DC? For creative reuse centers all over the world, there's this awesome directory.
If you're closer to Alexandria, VA than to us, why not work with UpCycle Creative Reuse?
Here are two more reuse sites that get pretty specific: if you're wondering what to do with a spare wedding dress, click on over to Donate My Wedding Dress, where they've got a collection of links letting you decide exactly who gets the donation. Then there's the National Odd Shoe Exchange, because some folks only need a single shoe. The Odd Shoe registry may have something available, and they'll certainly accept surplus footwear (which means new, never-worn and undamaged items) to pass along.
Then see these sites for all manner of Do-It-Yourself projects. Learn to salvage items you already have or turn someone else's "trash" into your "treasure:"