For many creative people, crafting is a passion. And where there is a passion for crafts there is usually a sizeable craft stash. There are lots of groups set up to trade and sell supplies and hundreds of articles about how to declutter one’s stash, but this is still a really tough category to get through. After all, these things represent possibilities, ideas, even our ideal selves!
While few things are as satisfying as turning ideas into reality, the sad reality is that when the stash exceeds the storage, it puts a real damper on creativity. With no room to work, we feel burdened instead of inspired. But once we do the hard work of deciding what truly serves our goals now, what inspires us today, and what we can realistically use in the amount of time we have, letting the rest go feels like a weight being lifted and creativity starts flowing again.
When cutting ties with the supplies we’ve lovingly amassed, it helps immensely to know that they are going somewhere special. There are lots of great places to donate craft supplies, such as schools, daycares, assisted living campuses, camps, churches, and children’s museums, and now Richmond is home to an exciting new resource that any artist or crafter will love!
SCRAP RVA is a nonprofit with a mission to inspire creative reuse and environmentally sustainable behavior by providing educational programs and affordable materials to the community. SCRAP RVA collects clean, reusable art, craft, and office supplies. It is easy to make a donation—bring up to four bags or boxes to their location at 120 West Brookland Park Boulevard during their hours of operation, currently Tuesday through Friday from 12pm to 6pm and Saturday from 10am – 4pm. It really helps if the donations are organized by item when you bring them in.
More than four bags or boxes? Just give them a call at 804-525-9060 to arrange a drop-off time.
You will get a tax receipt and the satisfaction of knowing that your supplies will help others bring their ideas to life! You might even get an appreciative wag from SCRAP RVA’s creative director, Tillie!
Visit scraprva.org for a complete list of things they can take (including art, decorating, and architecture supplies, fabric and yarn, beads, corks, frames, mat board, canvas), things they can’t (such as toilet paper tubes, plastic food containers, clothes), and their current wish list.
Right now, they are wishing for an iPad Air for POS System, an iPad stand, and clear bins with lids in all sizes.
SCRAP RVA also needs volunteers to help organize donations and to run children’s craft activities on weekends and in the summer. Great volunteer hours for students!
Having SCRAP RVA in our community is a win for artists and de-clutterers alike and might even help ease the anxiety of parting with craft supplies. Instead of saving supplies for maybe-someday, you can take the tax write off for the donation now and if maybe-someday ever comes, SCRAP RVA has an inspiring selection of affordable supplies to choose from!