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November 14, 2012
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November 14, 2012
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The Depot has become a bellwether in downtown Long each, a place where the public can find the most unusual items for - as the name explains - creative reuse, as well as everyday tools (wrapping paper cards, sage, toilet paper rolls, corks) for creative re-manufacture. A place where preconceptions should be left at the door and where everyone is welcome, The Depot is my home away from home.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

November 14, 2012
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November 14, 2012
2 people found this review helpful

I LOVE The Depot! The shop itself is organized, colorful, creative and I always discover something new and interesting...it might be on the wall, an odd item among the shelves or the latest community news from Lisa. And did I mention it's cheap? I never have to worry about breaking the bank with this place. I can fill my basket with artistic goodies and only pay three dollars! Besides art, my main passion is sewing and The Depot is a wonderful supplier of fabric--from childish to vintage--I will find exactly what I need. I also love sharing The Depot with friends. Their excited faces are only a reflection of my own. I feel so blessed to live near this special store!

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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

November 14, 2012
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November 14, 2012
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I can't think of another non-profit offering so much REAL change in the field of environmental stewardship education and support of the local art community. The Depot also provides the larger community with an amazing option to donate their creative "waste," knowing that it is valuable and will be put to great use. The co-founders are true leaders:: Lisa is a fire-starter, constantly engaging the community and creating opportunities for greater awareness and fun; Yoshino is an incredibly talented artist and frequently shares her gifts for free to students of every age. I absolutely reap some of the tremendous amount of love that goes into and spills out of the Depot... It's an invaluable resource for our city and an example for our greater world community.

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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

August 2, 2012
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August 2, 2012
3 people found this review helpful

This is an amazing creative and political hub in a downtown that desperately needs it! I have received wonderful ideas from Lisa and Yoshino for how to integrate art into the classroom. These dynamic women are so inspiring and really setting up a business model that should, and really MUST, be replicated. They are in my head every time I walk to my trash can, which is actually a compliment! I have to ask myself when I spend money or throw things away- do I have to buy this new? Can this be reused? How can I look at this another way? What will it mean for my children and our future if I buy this or toss that? Support this business!

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

December 29, 2011
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December 29, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

when i first visited "the depot" a couple of years back, i felt as though it is where i belong. i found like-minded folks who enjoy being inspired and challenged to reuse and recreate. lisa and yoshino are people that i want to stay in touch with... they are friendly, helpful and very community-minded. and now with small shops popping up all around "the corner", there truly is a community growing on third and elm. come visit the shops, meet new friends, attend upcoming events, join in the fun! P.S. your kids will LOVE the depot also!

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

add more space for workshops and craft meet-ups.

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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?

2011

How did you find this group?

i found them on the internet.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

finding the depot has expanded my problem-solving abilities and creativity. ie: "what could i create with this object?"

April 23, 2011
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April 23, 2011
2 people found this review helpful

I'm a teacher for an after school program, and don't have a lot of money to spend on materials for projects for the kids. But I always drop by the Depot for Creative Reuse and find something perfect for whatever the latest project is and for such a great price, they are practically giving it away! Love the depot, Lisa is fabulous, and they are so community minded, their role extends far past the shop itself.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

as a customer and as an attendee of their recent blockparty which supported green organizations and local businesses.

Ways to make it better...

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

Give them more money, if I had it to spare.

February 3, 2011
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February 3, 2011
2 people found this review helpful

This is where you go for creative inspiration. Whatever you are in to, they have something that can help you do it. I've picked up a tablet of drawing paper, a rack for hanging necklaces so I can find them easier, scapbooking paper for, well, scapbooks, photo albums and price tags for my resale boutique, cufflinks, beads for crafting, crayons for the grandbaby, books, current magazines, gift boxes...whew! And that's just for starters!
This shop is fun, always a pleasant experience, it VITAL to the art community, trendy and GREEN!
I love going here, taking people here for the first time, telling people to check this out. So CHECK THIS OUT!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

recycling and using things creatively

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

make more of them

February 3, 2011
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February 3, 2011
2 people found this review helpful

LBDCR is a really unique place to find gift ideas, all the knick-knacks and doo-dads are cool to assemble into your own fun idea. My friends 40th b-day was getting close and I found little gold 4's and 0's, along with puzzle pieces, polished stones, glittery tubes and a hand made card from a local artist. I put them all together in a big red envelope I also found in the store and sent it off to my friend...when she got it in the mail she wrote and said it was the most fun present she'd gotten from anyone! Thanks to everyone at the depot-)

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

how the community is able to think of recycling in artistic ways.

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

I wouldn't change a thing.

January 29, 2011
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January 29, 2011
2 people found this review helpful

The Long Beach Depot for Creative ReUse provides a wonderful service to the community of Long Beach. If you are in any way an arts and crafts person, a teacher, or if you believe in the practice of reusing rather than wasting materials, then this is your store. The store owner Lisa Hernandez is such a delightful person and on a personal level, I am very thankful to her for the inspiration and support she gives me as a contributing artist. "The Depot" is a shining example of a business that has set out to do good in the community while connecting artists and local businesses together! The store sells all sorts of things that can be used in arts and crafts projects and they rely on the support of the community. The Depot also offers classes on the weekends geared towards teaching children about creative reuse. This is truly a special place!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the artist community in Long Beach.

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

It would be wonderful for The Depot to have more sponsors who can provide financial support. Us artists buying corks and fabric scraps for $0.03 each only adds up to so much. This is such a wonderful idea in the works that I also would love to see more stores like The Depot, and any special attention that would focus on Lisa & Yoshino's efforts. Oprah, are you listening? :)

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

A lot

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?

2011

January 28, 2011
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January 28, 2011
2 people found this review helpful

If you have never been to The Depot, as us shoppers like to call it, boy are you missing out! If you are a crafter of any kind, you must check out this store! Jewelry making, scrapbooking, card making, crocheting or knitting, sculptures, you name it. If you have a kids, you must check out this store! I have three, and my oldest LOVES going here. Not only that, Lisa and Yoshi constantly help the community and charity volunteers. They sell items from local artists, and support them endlessly. One of the best places in Southern California!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

too many ways to list!

Ways to make it better...

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

Make the store bigger!

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