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25 Days of Giving – Day 1

logo 25 days of giving_picmonkeyed Happy Holidays!  It’s time for decking the halls and spreading joy with gifts and holiday cheer.  At Austin Creative Reuse, we love December!  It’s the perfect time to use old sweaters and cereal boxes for wrapping gifts, turning wine corks into holiday decoration and best of all – gifting!


Starting this Saturday, we’ll be offering free gift-wrapping outside our center  from 10am – 2pm each Saturday.  Of course, our gift-wrapping is extra special because it’s reuse-inspired.  We’ll have materials available to choose from, but feel free to bring your own as well.  We love a challenge!

Starting this Thursday, December 3rd, we will also have weekly Thursday workshops at the center from 6pm to 8pm. Come join the fun as we make 3-D Star garlands/wreaths (Dec.3), fabric gift bags (Dec.10), and plastic bows and gift tags (Dec.17).

Holiday parties mean lots of wine, which means lots of leftover wine corks.  Don’t throw them out!  Turn them into cute little reindeer decorations at our workshop on December 5th.  Even if cork reindeers aren’t for you, bring us your leftover corks.  We sell hundreds of corks each month to artists, crafters,  and regular folks that feel inspired to create or just decorate. ACR Pinterest – Corks

Do you accumulate plastic bags that you know you shouldn’t throw away, but aren’t sure how to use?  Turn them into gift wrap bows!  We’ll teach you how at our workshop on our Thursday workshop on December 17th.

Don’t forget the gifts!  At Austin Creative Reuse, we know that creating awesome things from reuse materials isn’t always easy, so our mission is to eliminate barriers to reuse.  We currently have materials and workshops at our center to help inspire people, but the inevitable barrier is… “That’s cool, but I don’t have a sewing machine.”  Worry no more, friends!  A generous donor has given us a brand new sewing machine to offer as a raffle prize in December.  Come to our store on Thursdays or Saturdays  to purchase your chance to win this great prize!  If you’re not interested in sewing, this could also make a great holiday gift for someone you love.  Tickets are $5 each and the winner will be announced on December 19.  If you can’t make it to the store but want some raffle tickets, email us at

As always, we welcome your support – we accept materials  and financial donations.  Austin Creative Reuse is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that relies on community support to continue offering the amazing workshops and creative reuse center that give materials a second life, a third life and many more.  Happy Holidays!

Twenty-Five Days of Giving and Reuse

We at Austin Creative Reuse are so excited to have our center open in time to celebrate the holiday season,we are creating “Twenty-Five Days of Giving and Reuse”, a calendar of activities to share with our loyal fans and customers.  We’ll be offering daily reuse tips online, free workshops, holiday gift wrapping, craft “how-tos” and more. Keep an eye out for the calendar to be posted on our website and facebook page soon!

We’ll be kicking off on December 1st  by celebrating #Giving Tuesday. This global day of giving brings together diverse organizations and communities to celebrate the spirit of generosity and giving back in a way that is meaningful to you. Ideas for how you can celebrate #GivingTuesday will be coming soon on facebook.

So whether you’re looking for creative ideas and materials for making gifts and holiday decorations or want to come do a great project, we’d love to have you visit our center or online for your holiday inspiration!

Buy 5, Give 5 Markers to an educator


We received an amazing donation of markers from Neuland, a developer and manufacturer of  professional learning tools, that was in Austin for the 2015 International conference for the International Forum of Visual Practitioners (IFVP).

The markers are refillable and come in a variety of beautiful colors.

When you buy 5 of  any of the Neuland Big One, No.One and Artist Markers, Austin Creative Reuse will provide you a gift card for 5 markers to give to an educator.

Stop by the center and check out these amazing markers and the other great offerings.

the fine print:

  • Start Date:  11/05/15
  • End date for purchase: 12/31/15 or until all purchasable Neuland markers are all sold, whichever happens first.
  • End date for redeeming of coupon: March 31, 2016
  • Educator Definition for this promotion
    • anyone that provides instruction to students
      • primary, secondary and higher education (public, private, charter, homeschool)
      • after school teachers
      • day care providers
      • art therapists
      • art organization or other non-profit that provides education
    • Educator must present valid educator ID or recent paystub
    • Homeschoolers should provide verification from their state or local homeschooling organization where applicable.



By The Bucket

Our By the Bucket section is OPEN!

Fill a bucket for $5 and take home a wide assortment of goodies.

Wood pieces, metal pieces, wallpaper, old calendars, plastic spirals, carpet samples and anything else you made need for your next art project!


Marble Mazes Created from ACR’s By the Bucket section

I’ve had such a blast gathering supplies for our school, Acton Imprimis.  It’s a project-based school, so inspiring materials are really appreciated here!
The school year is divided up into six week sessions.  At the end of each session, the kids hold an exhibition for parents and friends where they get to show off what they’ve learned and created during the last six weeks.   The students created marble mazes with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey Monomyth as their inspiration.
I wish you could have seen how the kids oohed and awed when they saw the materials I purchased at your store.  Having a variety of supplies really helped spark their creativity!
Thank you for providing such a wonderful resource!  
Haven Mass
Parent Volunteer
8600-2 White Cliff
Austin, TX  78759


KXAN Studio512: Recreate with Austin Creative Reuse!

Did you miss Austin Creative Reuse’s appearance on KXAN’s Studio 512? That’s OK, we’ve got the link for you to see it for yourself.

Celebrate National Reuse Day all week.


Share photos online of how you #reuse and then join us on Thursday, October 22nd from 6pm-8pm to make a make a Rockin’ Box out of a record album cover.

Find out about other reuse events on the City of Austin’s Reuse Week Calendar

Here are some ideas on what to share:



the story of our sign

We were very excited to install our Center’s sign this weekend, with help from most of my family and a little google-searching about mounting things to stucco. Hopefully it will make it easier for folks to spot our location on quiet Middle Fiskville Rd.

Volunteer/husband Bryan puts in the final screw.

Volunteer/husband Bryan puts in the final screw.

Deciding on a sign was a bit of a balancing act (possibly I just have balance on the brain as I look at this photo of my husband on a ladder in flip flops). We wanted something that looked nice and was easy to spot, something in keeping with our mission and passion for reuse, and—as an all-volunteer nonprofit—something that wouldn’t break the bank.

Luckily, ’twas the season for the twice-annual Round Top antique bonanza. These events are a reusers paradise. There are fancy antiques, sure, but also buckets of rusty forks, fixtures from demolished buildings, and, increasingly, reuse artists and craftspeople showing off their skills.

You never know what you’ll find among the acres of tents and barns, but prior experience suggested that old sign letters were to be had. It’s an easy day-trip from Austin and hard to resist a visit in any case, so I was happy to have sign-shopping as an excuse to go. Within the first hour, I’d spotted dozens of cool reuse crafts and opportunities, and then, jackpot:

letter alphabet

A field full of letters just waiting to come home with me. I dragged all the A’s, C’s, and R’s into a pile, picked out two good combinations, and it was all over but the stucco-mounting.

Opening Saturday September 26


Grab your creative juices and come visit us at the Austin Creative Reuse Center.

The first section of the center will open Saturday, September 26 from 10am – 2pm.

From then on, the center will be open every Thursday night from 6pm-8pm and every Saturday from 10am-2pm.

We’ll be extending hours and adding sections to the center over the next few months.  Please be patient with us as we continue to work through our processes and the pricing of the materials.

Our first workshop will be a cape making activity on Saturday, October 31.  We’ll be posting more details in the coming week.


A big thank you to all of the volunteers that have assisted in setting up the center.  There have been many wonderful individuals showing up weekly and several one day events with groups from Little Helping Hands, Americorps and eBay (United Way Fall Day of Caring).


What do you mean by sections?

We currently have the front space open to customers. It is filled with lots of unique and special items including beads, buttons, fabric, markers, canvases and decorative tile. We’ve added some items like corks and paint chip samples to that area for now.

We will be adding additional sections that are focused more on bulk quantities of items like cork, cd cases, small containers, and carpet squares.  We’ll also be setting up workshop spaces for adults and children.  And we would also like to incorporate a gallery and consignment areas.

What types of materials can I donate?

We accept a variety of materials. Please review our materials donation list for details.

I have materials to donate, when can I bring them to the center?

You may bring donations during open hours.

How can I volunteer?

We will need volunteers more than ever now that we have a center to take in more materials. We are planning volunteer events to assist with the setup of the center and to sort materials.  We’ll post these on our events calendar.  A great way to be notified of the events and our volunteer opportunities is to sign up for our volunteer newsletter.




Special Volunteer Needs


Haven’t had time to volunteer at the center? or maybe sorting isn’t your thing.

We have several activities that could use your help.


Do you like to create? We need Signmakers.

Join a group to help make signs for inside the Creative Reuse Center.

Contact Leslie (Lesliehall @  if you are interested.


E-Newsletters your thing? We need someone to assist us with creating our e-newsletters.

We need assistance with setting up and sending out our monthly and weekly e-newsletters.

Contact Rebecca (Rebecca @  if you are interested.


Are you a map genius, like to write directions? We need someone to write up how to get to the center.

We want to make it easy for Austinites or Tourists driving, biking, skateboarding, taking the bus or train and even walking to have a clear idea on how to get to the center.

Contact Rebecca (Rebecca @  if you are interested.


Database guru? We need assistance in implementing a CRM system.

We would like to get a better handle on our contacts and would like to implement a CRM system.

Contact Rebecca (Rebecca @  if you are interested.


Editor extraordinaire with a sense of humor? We need assistance with editing and formatting documents.

We have a draft of our volunteer and employee handbooks and would like someone to assist in editing and enhancing the content.

We also have documents that need to be edited and formatted.   These documents will help us be clear in our processes and procedures at the center.

Contact Rebecca (Rebecca @  if you are interested.



2005 Wheless Lane, Austin, TX 78723
Center Hours:
Thu/Fri: 10AM - 4PM
Sat: 11AM -6PM
Sun: 12PM - 6PM
Curbside Pickup, 10am-4pm, Daily
Tel: (512) 375-3041