Have a pile of multi-colored felt you can't seem to find a place for? Missing that one essential piece needed to complete your Turkey Day Dick Cheney quail hunting costume? Whether getting rid of old bits and bobs or finding new diamonds in the rough, the Re:Use Market's open house is the ultimate destination. The brainchild of Tracy Cochran, the Re:Use Market serves as a Mecca for all unwanted (and unorthodox) art supplies. A trip inside reveals tables heaped with random scraps of all sorts of fabrics and materials, along with an assortment of tiles, wallpaper and wood pieces. Donations are encouraged and continually received, so you can expect to find something unique every time you stop by.
This weekend's open house features new goodies such as scrapbooking paper, colored plastic baubles and eight stuffed boxes of random fabrics. The nonprofit Re:Use Market is run by Cochran and her team of volunteers, relying on whatever patrons donate and can afford to pay for previously owned offerings. Originally based in Boise, the market's first space proved too small to accommodate the crowds of craft-minded shoppers. The market has since moved to a larger space in the back of the White Pine boutique in Nampa, where Cochran and crew are still working to establish a clientele base. Cochran admits that many Boise shoppers seem deterred by the commute, but she remains optimistic about what she's doing and why she's doing it.
"A lot of the things in here would be in a landfill, literally, right now if we hadn't collected them," Cochran said. "So it's nice to see these things get a sort of second life."
A lack of volunteers and the need to pay the bills make it so the Re:Use Market can only open its doors one weekend a month, but already Cochran is looking to expand on that. So make the trek out to Nampa this weekend and don your creative cap to dig up some cool crafty crap.
Friday, Nov. 13, 2 p.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 14, noon-3 p.m. FREE, White Pine boutique, 115 13th Ave. S., 208-794-9661, reusemarket.org.