Connecting Community Excess to Those Who Can Use
by Ava Hampton
Starting nine years ago, Lancaster Creative Reuse was
created as a community resource center leading to a more vibrant art scene with
the addition of the thrift store. According to director Susan Zeran, adding the
thrift store to an ever-changing society features saving money, with an emphasis
on reusing and donating, connecting the community and helping artists with
inexpensive materials, and it’s another way to spark creativity.
materials from around the Lancaster area are sold for 40 percent off the retail
value. At nearly half the cost of purchasing items in a traditional arts and
crafts store, the materials are extremely affordable to all audiences and also encourages
the surrounding community to donate before recycling or throwing materials
connect with the community, encouraging the benefits of reusing and inspiring
creativity,” explains Zeran. “We welcome all. If you are a teacher buying
supplies for you class, an artist looking for supplies for a work-in-progress,
a child or an adult, you are welcome to come and craft.”
variety of materials includes broken mirrors, paper, stamps, yarn,
postindustrial materials, party materials, tiles and anything considered to be
art supplies. While customers browse the shop for materials, the open craft
table inspires and invites them to stay and allows them to create on-site.
“Some may call it trash from cleaning up
or clearing out practice pieces, projects that were halfway done or that were
only just started,” she says. “But by
donating your unwanted items to a secondhand shop like Lancaster Creative Reuse
allows for our customers
and community to find inspiration and love in these items, just as you once intended with said materials.
would like to donate, whether they are downsizing, moving or just clearing out,
please do not hesitate to visit our webpage at LancasterCreativeReuse.org
and click the link titled ‘How and When Do I Donate to LCR’,” she enthuses. “All
unwanted materials are wanted at Lancaster Creative Reuse. Trash is not trash
until you trash it.”
of donated materials will also be featured at the open craft table during regular
store hours. At Lancaster Creative Reuse, “All are welcome,” is emphasized.
“With more donations coming in, along with volunteers from the community
helping out at the store, there is no doubt that creativity will flourish
within Lancaster,” shares Zeran.
Creative Reuse is located at 1865 Lincoln Highway East, in Lancaster. For more
information, call 717-617-2977 or visit LancasterCreativeReuse.org.
is a student intern from Conestoga Valley High School with Natural Awakenings, Lancaster-Berks magazine.