Long Beach Depot For Creative ReUse

Rating: 5 stars   49 reviews

Issues: Environment

Location: East Village Arts District 320 Elm Avenue Long Beach CA 90802 USA

Mission: To encourage, Inspire and Promote Creative Reuse of items and materials that typically end up in landfills.

2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

I teach puppetry in schools and find the Depot to be a GREAT source for materials and inspiration! The store always has a great selection and I look forward to popping over there to see what's new! Lisa's vision and dedication to the recycling cause is awe-inspiring! Kudos from "the Puppet Lady"...ellen schulze

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I love this store!! I'm a teaching artist in schools (puppetry) and I always find the best materials here to help inspire my students. Lisa and her daughter are so committed to the notion of creative recycling that I am always re-inspired everytime I walk through the door! Keep up the great work!...Ellen Schulze, The Puppet Lady :)

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

This place helped me out so much during college. I was Child and Family Development Major and would create projects for children either for presentations in a classroom or for the children to participate and learn. Being able to buy miscellaneous items that I would not have been able to find some where else is amazing. Also it helped that I didn't have to spend to much money on the product, and for a struggling college student, that is a life savor.
All the items that are reusable can help people create so many things that are beautiful pieces of art. Not only has it helped me, but it has also helped my nieces express their creativity by opening their minds to the possibilities they can create. They have made items such as beds for dolls, harry potter wands, and many things they use to play with and they are always very proud to say they built them.

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1 people found this review helpful

It's a great recycle, reusable and all around green creative store for awesome DIY projects. These ladies always greet you with a sincere and happy smile and their willingness to help is beyond compare. They have tons of creative ideas for anything you would like to make. And best of all they're promoting a greener planet by leading by example.

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1 people found this review helpful

I work at another non profit down the street from The Long Beach Depot For Creative ReUse, and I give this concept and the owners a long Standing Ovation.
They are smart, green, community oriented , welcoming, extremely creative, and believe in giving back. If you have kids or are a teacher or a student needing to create a science project, or just a creative person in general, The Long Beach Depot for Creative ReUse should become your number 1 resource for filling your needs. The inventory changes all the time, and you can shop with confidence knowing that your purchase is going to a great non profit. The prices are Better than reasonable and the cause is even better. LOVE the Depot!!!! Stop by you will too!

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Rating: 5 stars  

As the resident artist of "The Depot", I think that being around so many interesting people and their collections of "junk" has really influenced my view as an artist. The only thing we should throw away is the mindset that everything is disposable. This shop takes all those extra beads, fabric remnants, broken jewelry, half-used notebooks, and lonely buttons and sells them for a VERY affordable price to artists, teachers, students, neighborhood kids, etc. I believe that creative reuse is a survival skill that everyone needs.

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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As the resident artist of "The Depot", I can honestly say that growing up in the vicinity of so many interesting (and random) scraps and collections of "junk" has really influenced my view as an artist. The only thing we should throw away is the mindset that everything is disposable. This shop takes all those extra beads, fabric remnants, broken jewelry, half-used notebooks, and lonely buttons and adopts them out to the loving and creative hands of artists, teachers, students, neighborhood kids, etc. I believe that creative reuse is a survival skill that everyone, today's youth especially, should have. "The Depot' eliminates half if not all of the dumpster-diving. I feel that the neighborhood has truly blossomed in the 5 years that the shop has been here.

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A lot

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

A Long Beach gem, this little store has some new and gently used items that can be reused for fun creative projects without having to spend a lot of money. It really is the only place where you can actually find items beginning at .01 cents like old postage stamps to unique local artists' work where they receive 100% proceeds! Support and donate generously, all monies go to literally help pay the rent of the space!

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For over 5 years now, the Creative Reuse depot continues to be the only place where you can not only be inspired to reuse items that might otherwise end up in the trash, but is a terrific role model for small businesses. The fact that they are still surviving especially during this economy shows that this type of business is a necessity in our community, if not the entire U.S.! Whenever I need just that little something to finish one of my pieces, they always have it or something even better. They always "far exceed" and deserve 100 stars for all of their efforts in educating us to be more "green".

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help them secure a rent free location so that they wouldn't have to stress about paying rent all the time.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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2 people found this review helpful

The Creative Reuse Depot has become quite the Long Beach Treasure and such a wonderful model for others to follow. Lisa, her daughter Yoshi and the supporting artist team really do build unity in the community through their collective efforts of sharing their "up-cycling" talents and generosity. They have actually educated me in how to reduce through reuse and now I hardly throw anything away! I absolutely love the various creative displays and Yoshi's workshops are wonderful, especially the art of Yarn bombing (I even learned how to finger crochet!). Their work is simply fantastic and truly deserving of a Top Rated Non-Profit award.

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Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

I love this store, it's variety of reusable items and amazing recycling idea's. It also supports it local artist and surrounding communities. I love Liza and her daughter., their dedication and amazing customer service, not to mention their amazing kindness and generosity. Love them, love them, love them.....

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is absolutely the best little shop that teaches us how to creatively reuse items that would otherwise ended up in our landfills. A must see place to visit when in the downtown area and definitely a Beach treasure!

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"The Depot" has been serving not only the Long Beach community but all of SoCal for over 5 years now and there's a reason for this...It has and continues to be a much needed resource for teachers, students and our community! Please continue to support their efforts by donating funds to especially help cover rent which is $1500 a month! Thank you Depot for educating and inspiring me to Upcycle!

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help them to find a larger space that would be low-cost or no cost.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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1 people found this review helpful

This is a wonderful resource that really helps "build unity in the community". It not only provides unique materials at low-cost for artists, teachers, students and anyone who believes in helping the earth, but also provides excellent service by cross-promoting other businesses as well. It is an inspiring shop filled with ideas for any DIY project and the prices are unbelievable (many items at 25 cents or less!). They also have a Thank You from The President and Mrs. Obama and hosted 2 awesome events (Pepsi Refresh Creative Reuse Day and Really Really Free Day). This is truly a Long Beach treasure and deserves your support!

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

This is a wonderful resource that really helps "build unity in the community". It not only provides unique materials at low-cost for artists, teachers, students and anyone who believes in helping the earth, but also provides excellent service by cross-promoting other businesses as well. It is an inspiring shop filled with ideas for any DIY project and the prices are unbelievable (many items at 25 cents or less!). They also have a Thank You from The President and Mrs. Obama and hosted 2 awesome events (Pepsi Refresh Creative Reuse Day and Really Really Free Day). This is truly a Long Beach treasure and deserves your support!

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This is my go-to place first whenever I'm searching for something random to add to my artwork.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ask them to get more support in order to open up more similar shops in SoCal.

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1 people found this review helpful

The Long Beach Depot for Creative Reuse is an environmental arts and supply store. This incredible store consists of donated items that otherwise would end up in the trash. By recycling, reusing and up cycling through education and art, this little train of a treasure is making a difference in keeping our Earth greener and oceans blue. Through its store, community out reach, partnering with artists, community involvement and fun and educational events including art classes and school tours, this non profit is a superstar of love for the environment and the arts, powerful movement. Additionally, the founders Lisa Hernandez and her daughter Yoshino Rosalia Jasso are inspirational and have a contagious passion that give hope for a better world. I am a supporter of their vision for up cycling and reuse through education while having fun. Love, love, love this non profit organization. The only one of its type in Southern California. The Long Beach Depot for Creative Reuse...the future starts here...

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1 people found this review helpful

Founded in 2008, "The Depot" is still the ONLY Creative Reuse shop serving the Southern California area that inspires the equation "Environmental Education + Art = Creative Reuse & Up-Cycling!"

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Since 2008, "The Depot" continues to serve the Southern California community as the ONLY Creative Reuse shop open to the public 6 days a week. Infusing Environmental Education + Art = Creative Reuse, their mission has expanded to include "Up-Cycling" During this past year, the Mayor of Long Beach proclaimed June 2, 2013 as "Creative Reuse Day" in honor of "The Depot's" 5th Anniversary. Your contributions directly help cover operating costs in order to continue as a low-cost resource for reusable items along with hosting free creative reuse workshops for the local kids.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

Founded in 2008, "The Depot" has been serving our community as the ONLY Creative Reuse shop open to the public in Southern California. Their mission: To encourage & inspire creative reuse of throwaway items that typically end in our landfills while also promoting "unity in our community" through sharing."The Depot" is a recognized City of Long Beach Green Business and a 2011 Grantee of the Pepsi Refresh Project for Environmental Stewardship. Your contributions help them to continue being open (6 days a week) as a low-cost resource for reusable items along with hosting free creative reuse workshops.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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