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Life Cycle of a Donation

Have you ever wondered what happens to the materials that you donate to Austin Creative Reuse? Watch our video series, “Life Cycle of a Donation” to see the behind the scenes of how we process all those donations and get them into the hands of our creative community!

Make a Fabric Sample Banner

Handmade banners are one of the many fun things you can make with fabric sample books. The great thing about them is that the fabrics already represent a collection, so coordinating a color scheme/textile theme is easy! Follow these steps to make a unique fabric banner, which can be reused, repurposed, and rearranged! Fabric sample books are a staple at ACR, we always have a wide variety in store!
 
 
 

We’re Reopening!

When we closed our doors on March 15th, we thought it would be two weeks before we could reopen again. We had no idea that 5 months later, we would still be in the midst of a global pandemic, with no end in sight. The team at Austin Creative Reuse has been incredibly adaptive during these strange times – quickly opening up an online store, offering custom orders via virtual video conferencing, and hosting sidewalk sales multiple times a week. Despite all these new services, we know it hasn’t been enough to serve the needs of our entire community. After much careful consideration, we have decided to reopen the doors to our center on Thursday, August 20th

 

We know that not everyone is comfortable venturing out into public spaces, which is why we will continue to offer our online store with curbside pickup, and custom orders via Zoom. However, we will discontinue our sidewalk sales upon reopening. 

 

Health and safety has always been at the forefront of our decision making process, and we’ll be taking several precautions to minimize risk and exposure for our staff, volunteers, and you – our loyal customers and supporters. 

 

If you are feeling ill, caring for someone who is ill, or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID in the past 14 days, we ask that you postpone your visit to ACR.

 

  • Limited Hours: We’ll be open during the following times:
    • Sun – Wed: CLOSED
    • Thurs & Fri: 10AM – 4PM
    • Sat: 11AM – 6PM
    • Curbside pickup will remain available from 10AM – 4PM, 7 days a week
  • At-Risk Shopping Hour: We will reserve an hour each week specifically for those who are at risk.
    • Sat: 10AM – 11AM
  • Limited Entries: We will limit the number of customers in the center to 20 people at a time. Entry will be first come, first served. If we are at capacity, you will be asked to queue outside the center in a socially distanced line.
  • Masks Required – No Exceptions: In the best interest of everyone’s health and safety, we are not allowing shoppers in without a mask. We understand some people may have conditions preventing them from being able to wear one, however, we have other ways to access our services through online shopping and custom orders. For a nominal fee, we’re happy to pull together items for you to pick up curbside, in order to minimize your risk and exposure.
  • Contact Tracing: All customers will be asked to provide a name and email address or phone number upon entry. We value your privacy and will only use your contact information in the event of a known exposure.
  • Other Health and Safety Measures: Customers will be required to have their temperature taken and sanitize their hands prior to entering the center. You will also be required to keep at least 6 feet of distance from others while shopping inside.
  • Material Donations: We will continue to accept donations by appointment only, and walk up donations will be politely turned away. We are not allowing shoppers to bring donations at this time.
  • Frequent Cleaning and Sanitation: Prior to reopening, we will have a professional sanitation company perform a deep cleaning of the center. We are also sanitizing surfaces and high touch areas at least twice daily and providing frequent hand washing breaks for our staff and volunteers.

 

We are eager to share our new space with you! Our appreciation and gratitude goes out to each of you for your patience, support, and understanding during this time. We’ll see you soon!

We’re Hiring a Retail Manager!

 

Application Deadline: August 31st, 2020

Title:  Retail Manager 

  • Work week: Full time, weekdays and some weekends
  • Wage range: $38,000 – $42,000 per year (Commensurate with experience)
  • Reports to: Center Manager
  • Provides leadership to 10 staff members, as well as numerous volunteers, strategic partners and other community stakeholders.

 

What We Offer

  • Challenging opportunity to lead the retail team at a non-profit that is set up for exponential growth and impact in the community. 
  • Fun, creative and collaborative environment working with a team that’s passionate about reuse and creativity. Training and professional development to support your growth
  • Opportunity to expand your role based on interest and skill set.  

 

What You’ll Bring

We are looking for amazing people with diverse backgrounds and a genuine passion for creativity and reuse. Our ideal candidates will be comfortable talking about crafting materials and dealing with pricing questions.  We expect our Retail Manager to:

  • Be outstanding at customer service
  • Be efficient at checking out customers quickly
  • Have excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Have excellent communication skills
  • Be able to juggle multiple tasks and work in an active non profit environment
  • Amazing flexibility and the ability to work closely with a diverse team

 

Qualifications

  • Education: A bachelor’s degree preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Retail Knowledge: Minimum 2 years experience in retail management with experience in being accountable and responsible for the success of the business, operations and financial results.
  • Financial Management: 
    • Understanding of the creation and implementation of a budget.
    • Demonstrated experience with cash management and bookkeeping
  • Leadership & Management: 
    • Ability to train, develop and recognize talent and leadership.
  • Fundraising:. Strong ability to communicate the Austin Creative Reuse vision and obtain buy-in with donors, foundations, businesses, and other funding agencies.  
  • Physical Requirements: Push/pull merchandise with appropriate equipment to and from the backroom and sales floor. Lift, place, and arrange items on shelves and racks. Bend down and reach above your head. Climb and descend ladder. Stand during an entire shift (other than normal break time). 

 

What You’ll Do

The Austin Creative Reuse Retail Manager is friendly, personable, enthusiastic and knowledgeable about Austin Creative Reuse and our mission.  There are 4 main focus areas for the Retail Manager.  

 

In Strategic Planning and Center Operations, the Retail Manager will:

  1. Be accountable for daily retail operations and ensure the Creative Reuse Center is providing a quality experience
  2. Be accountable for scheduling staff and volunteers to meet all critical and required staff needs for the center and non-center events.
  3. Responsible for Meeting Revenue Projections for Creative Reuse Center. 
  4. Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field.

In Communications, the Retail Manager will:

  1. Oversee internal communications plan for direct reports that ensures quick and easy flow of organization’s operations information.
  2. Support the promotion of the activities of the organization, its programs and goals..
  3. Represent the programs and point of view of the organization both within and outside of the organization.

In Relations with Staff, the Retail Manager will:

  1. Be accountable for the recruitment, employment and release of retail personnel, both paid staff and volunteers.
  2. Ensure that work plans are in place, that regular performance evaluations are held and that sound human resource practices are followed.
  3. Champion staff and volunteer development and education and assist program staff in relating their specialized work to the success of the organization as a whole. 

In Budget and Finance, the Retail Manager will:

  1. Be accountable for maintaining sound financial practices 
  2. Have oversight of all internal financial controls at Creative Reuse Center
  3. Responsible for managing and reporting on budget for retail operations and direct reports. 
  4. Responsible for informing the Center Manager of potential risks and possible budget adjustment needs.

 

The above is intended to describe the general content of the requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements.

 

Who We Are

Austin Creative Reuse is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to foster conservation and reuse through creativity, education and community building.

  • We collect, distribute and sell reusable materials donated from industry and individuals.
  • We educate the community about how to reduce, reuse and create in responsible and fun ways. 
  • We unite the community by hosting a range of events, activities and classes that bring people together to build awareness around conscious consumption, sustainability and art
  • We promote awareness of like-minded organizations to reduce overlap and increase awareness of city resources.

 

To be considered for this position:

Please submit your resume and tailored cover letter online to work@austincreativereuse.org 

We review applications on a rolling basis, so it is to your advantage to apply as soon as possible.  We will not consider applications without a cover letter tailored to this position.

 

At Austin Creative Reuse, we believe that diversity makes us stronger and challenges us to think differently every day. Austin Creative Reuse provides equal employment opportunities to all on the bases of qualifications, merit and organizational needs. 

 

Learn More

Austin Creative Reuse: http://austincreativereuse.org/

Make Champagne Cork Mushrooms

Pop! Magic is always in the air at ACR! In this easy tutorial, see how to transform the everyday champagne cork into a tiny garden treasure! These mushrooms can also be added to party settings, or festive gift bags, or in doll houses (think of them as little tables). Have fun with it!  Bags of champagne corks are a staple at the center – grab one today!

 

 

Another Way to Use Stencils

Before you decide stencils aren’t your thing, consider another way they could be used. With stencils as a guide, you can make so many unique decorations for: cards/invitations, garlands, stickers, labels, name cards, gift tags, journals, collages… Stencils at ACR start at just 10 cents and we have drawers and bins overflowing with them!

  

August Volunteer Spotlight: Betsie Eikenberry

Betsie, in one of her favorite garments made from ACR fabric!

What motivates you to volunteer?

I’m very passionate about making a big difference in small ways.  If everyone pitches in where they can, we can make a big difference together. 

Why ACR?

I think it’s very important to be mindful about our consumerism.  We live in such a throw-away society, that we’ve forgotten that things can be reused and repurposed.  My family really enjoys searching for and finding new-to-us treasures, it’s almost like a sport!  So it seemed natural to volunteer for an organization with reuse and repurpose at its core.  I want ACR to continue to be a resource in our community and volunteers are needed for that!

How long have you volunteered with ACR?

I actually went to volunteer orientation almost exactly a year ago!  

Are you more into the arts aspect of ACR or the conservation aspect and why?

I would say that I’m into both equally.  I made a commitment in 2019 to sew or knit as much of my own wardrobe as possible in order to circumvent the ready-to-wear clothing industry.  As a whole, it’s a very wasteful and environmentally harmful industry.  ACR has been essential to that endeavor, I get the majority of my fabric here!  So really, the two aspects are intertwined for me.  

Where else have you/do you volunteer?

My other main volunteering gig is on the Board of Directors for Austin Humanists at Work.  I am the secretary and I also manage our inventory and donations.  We help people experiencing homelessness by providing them with personal care items, undergarments, warmth items and other things, no strings attached. 

What do you enjoy the most out of volunteering for ACR?

I really enjoy spending time with like-minded people who also enjoy making and creating with thrifted items.  But I’m not going to lie, I really love spending time with all that beautiful fabric.

Do you have any interesting or funny stories about something that happened while you were volunteering at ACR?

Well, I roll fabric at home while listening to murder and true crime podcasts, so there’s a little bit of weird energy in each roll of fabric!  

July Reuse & Rethink: Marker Caps Winner!

Congratulations to this month’s Reuse and Rethink contest winner, Lucas, C! The challenge this month was to make something out of marker caps and eight year old Lucas created an amazing, infinite marble maze. Here’s how it works:
 
The two boards overlap and you start in the red section and at the end of the first board, the marble falls onto the second board in the green section. Here, you follow the path to the little hole in the corner in the blue section. The hole is aligned with the starting point in the red section.”
 
His mom says this project is a real winner with all kids and he has been eager to challenge all kids he meets to do the maze. We’re very impressed with your creative use of marker caps and appreciate that your creation is able to bring joy to others. Enjoy your ACR gift card!
 
 
Thanks to everyone else who participated! Your entries inspire us!
 
 

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Christmas in July! Make a Reused Window Ornament

Outdoor Sidewalk Sales

Since we closed on March 15th, ACR has adapted to meet the needs of our community, while making sure that the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, and customers remain our top priority. Although we remain closed to the public, we’ve recently started to hold multiple sidewalk sales every week, with a focus on different materials each time. These sales are accessible by appointment, only and we announce the upcoming schedule via our weekly newsletter. Be sure you’re signed up to get first dibs!

 

Here’s a sneak peek of what you can expect!

 

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