Creative Reuse – Diggin’ It!

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a heart for rescuing items that were headed for the trash. As a kid, I used to beg my parents to save all the empty milk and juice cartons with my standard line, “But mom, I’m gonna’ make something out of it.” So you can imagine my excitement when I recently discovered a local organization that shares my passion for rescuing oddball stuff. It’s called the Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse, and I just came back from a volunteer event they hosted. Can I tell you how much I loooooooved it? Just to see that there are other people out there in the world saving some of the same stuff that I’ve been known to hang on to. Boy, was that liberating!

Got any need for a bulk bag of plastic bottle lids in various sizes and colors? How about a vat of miniature plastic donkey toy figures? So much potential there~donkey door knocker? Or how about a Christmas tree decked out with a collection of donkey ornaments? (In honor of Nestor, the Long Eared Christmas Donkey, of course! One of my favorite holiday TV specials from back when I was a wee one). I’d love to hear some of your creative ideas for putting those donkeys to good use! Do share.

To my teacher friends especially, you must get over to the PCCR and check out the enormous collection of items that have great classroom application. There are stickers, rolls of bulletin board paper, collections of treasure chest toys, pads of scratch paper in rainbow colors, stencils, paints, and even some brand new geoboards- a real find! Give a visit to the PCCR website first, and then make your way over to Point Breeze. Tell ’em Lori sent you, and make sure you pick up a donkey or two!


About Lori Sammartino, Re-stARTist

Life Coach + Artist + Teacher = Re-stARTist Connecting faith, creativity, and daily life for soul-nourishing human flourishing!
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