Monday, March 10, 2008

Give new life to your junque

I like "junque" instead of "junk" because it makes it seem less like trash and more interesting or useful. Like calling something an antique instead of an old piece of, well, junk. Or like saying "Tarzhay" instead of Target. There are lots of things that I hold onto - buttons, bits of scrap booking paper, pieces of ribbon, interesting looking bottles - I stash them in drawers and store them in boxes in the garage because they're junque that I really could do something cool with one day. You know, when I win the lottery and don't have to work, and don't have 8 loads of laundry waiting to be done, or a toddler to keep occupied and away from crafty things like hot glue guns. Eventually I snap back to reality and admit to myself that I'm never going to get around to doing something with this junque and I throw it in the trash bin.

But wait! Now there are organizations, such as SCRAP in San Francisco, who want this junque! SCRAP, and other similar organizations, take donations like:
  • Leather
  • Plastic and Mylar
  • Banners and flags
  • Rubber scraps
  • Wood and trim
  • Plexiglass
  • Textiles (fabric, yarn, millends, over runs, pattern samples)
  • Paper (mural paper, misprints and millends)
  • Art supplies (felt pens, non-toxic paints, art brushes, matte board, poster board, foam core, drafting tables)
  • Flooring (tile, carpet)
  • Feathers
  • Wire
  • Candles and wax
  • Buttons
  • Beads and decorative parts.
  • Soft things
  • Shiny things
...and gives them to local artists, schools and community groups for projects. Visit the SCRAP website for a list of other similar organizations in other cities. For my local Colorado peeps, check out the Ecocycle Exchange.

Long live Junque!

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