COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Updates

Austin Creative Reuse has been continually adapting to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We will keep this page updated with the latest information.

Summary of Current Offerings:

January 19, 2021

Nearly a year since the start of this pandemic, we find our center once again closed to the public.  Our community – our staff, volunteers, customers and  neighbors – will always be our top priority.  That’s why at the end of December, as Austin moved to Stage 5 of its risk-based guidelines, we again made the decision to put the well-being of our community ahead of our bottom line.

While our doors may be closed, we continue to work hard to fulfill our mission of putting high quality, affordable creative materials into the hands of our community – not the landfill – at a time when creativity may be needed most.  We continue to stock our online store daily with a large variety of creative materials.  We offer personal shopping over Zoom and bulk orders via email for educators and other non-profits.  We accept material donations by appointment only every Sunday.  We hope to offer outdoor sales like we did last summer when it becomes safe to gather in small groups again. 

We are proud to share  that since the pandemic started a year ago, we have not had to furlough or reduce hours for any of our staff.  We are deeply committed to keeping all our staff fully employed, for as long as possible.  Like back in the spring, our Board of Directors will make monthly salary commitments to our staff.  At this time, our Board has committed to pay all staff  salaries through at least mid-February.  You can help us continue to support our staff by using our safe contactless shopping options, by purchasing an e-gift card or by making a financial contribution to ACR if your situation allows.

We are, of course, monitoring the local Covid conditions daily and we pledge to continue to make decisions that keep our community’s safety at the forefront.  This is, after all, the same community that has built us up and supported us since we first opened back in 2015.

We don’t know what 2021 will bring, but we do know we will do our best to continue to honor our staff and supporters in every way that we can.  

Thank you for all you do to make reuse dreams come true!

🧡 Team ACR

December 23, 2020

Throughout this holiday season, the team at Austin Creative Reuse has been closely monitoring the rates of COVID-19 infections in our community. After careful consideration, and with the recommendations made by the City this morning, we have made the difficult decision to once again close our center to the public for shopping and volunteering, effective immediately. Avoiding the worst consequences of this second spike in local Covid cases will require each of us to do our part.  We are proud to model our values by continuing to make the health and well-being of our community our top priority.

Closing to the public will allow our staff to practice safe distancing and proper sanitation protocols, and will limit the number of people coming in and out of the center. Throughout the closure, we will continue to offer contactless shopping options including personal shopping via Zoom and keeping our online store stocked with unique finds and all the crafting goodies your heart desires. We will also continue accepting donations by appointment on a reduced schedule.

We encourage you to stay engaged with our community from home via our Austin Creative Reusers Facebook group or tagging us @austincreativereuse on social media to show us what you’re working on. If you have the capacity, please consider making a financial donation or purchasing an e-gift card to use in our online store or in the center once we re-open.  

We will continue to actively monitor policies and directives at the local, state, and federal levels regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and will adjust accordingly, if needed. We will keep you updated via email and our Facebook page with any developments. In the meantime, we encourage you to do your part to help reduce the spread.

Be kind to one another, take care of yourselves, and wear a mask!

🧡 Team ACR



  • Barbara Scott | May 5,2020

    Do have any idea when ACR will reopen? I’m having withdrawal symptoms.

    • Kat Moulton | May 5,2020

      We hear you! At the moment, we feel the best decision is for the center to remain closed. We are staying informed of all local, state, and national guidelines, and will be re-evaluating the closure on a weekly basis. In the meantime, we’re constantly adding new inventory to the online store and have other exciting programs in the works!

  • 2005 Wheless Lane, Austin, TX 78723
    Center Hours:
    CLOSED Until Further Notice
    Curbside Pickup, 10am-4pm, Daily
    Tel: (512) 375-3041