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Long Beach Depot For Creative ReUse

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Recycling

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

Results: The only Creative Reuse Shop to receive a "Thank You" from President Obama and Mrs. Obama, recent recipients of a Pepsi Refresh Project grant for Environmental Stewardship to host the "first ever in the nation" Creative Reuse Day celebration.

Target demographics: Artists, Students, Teachers, Seniors, Crafters and everyone who believes in the importance of reducing waste by reusing what we already have.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Teachers, Students, various Youth and Senior organizations and local Artists

Geographic areas served: Southern California

Community Stories

51 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 Anne118

Client Served

Rating: 5

Everything you need is right here - great displays

2 Leah38

Client Served

Rating: 2

Not really a fan. Nothing especially helpful that you couldn't find yourself for free with a little effort or calling a couple friends. I'm an artist and big fan of greener re-use, and I had high hopes for this outfit when I arrived in LB 5 years ago, but it's a little underwhelming. Besides the owner tends to give me the hairy eye whenever I walk in, even though she doesn't really know me and has never really introduced herself to me - probably has something to do with when she and her friends tried to run the arts nonprofit that my studio is in out of town on a rail.

3 Ellen36

Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

2 Perla L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

2 Yoshi775

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

2 Tere R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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2 Vanessa P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.....

1 Lori A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

"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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Donor

Rating: 5

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...

1 Lisa H.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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2 Katherine H

Client Served

Rating: 5

You will never find another store like this! It is amazing how many different things you can find here. Need something to finish that craft you started, they got it here trust me! The owner and her daughter are so sweet and always helpful. We go here and it's like a wonderland for crafters and artists.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I love this place! My children and I frequently find ourselves here out of adventure. You never know what you might find. A few weeks ago we stopped by and I found dried gourds that I took home and painted for the Autumn center piece on our table. I bought corks to make into Christmas gifts and even found some AMAZING findings to use in my jewelry making. Lisa, the owner and her daughter are always on hand for help finding things or just a good chat. They are very familiar with the goings on in the neighborhood as well and have tipped me off to a few awesome events that we attended. I find myself relying on them for not only inexpensive up-cycling but also very useful in finding that hard to find little thing I might need to finish a piece.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great stop for inspiration - they have a great assortment of everything under the sun and they have examples of ways to use it. They hold workshops and demonstrations to show you how to upcycle and they are also a great community hub - stop by to find out what's going on the LBC.
If you need something for an Art Project, School Project, or any DIY Project. Find stuff to make cards and gifts, or just go on a treasure hunt for something interesting that catches your eye.
Always so affordable - and you are being green, because they collect all the stuff that would be thrown out or discarded without a thought... and they hold it for you to come find your inspiration.
Bring your kids - or the kid in you.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This place is truly magical. I was just in there the other day looking for some scrap thread to finish the last few inches of hem I needed on a skirt I was making. I didn't expect to find anything in the same shade as my fabric, but I thought I would give it a try anyway. The Depot has saved me many times before on other projects. Lisa was very helpful and let me use a couple of trays to sort through the thread bin so I could separate the more favorable shades from everything else. I ended up finding the exact shade I needed and it cost way less than I would have spent if i went anywhere else.
This kind of result is typical at The Depot. Other customers I've talked to have the same life (or project)-saving experience. I absolutely love this store and I feel that it's existence greatly benefits the community.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love this place! It is a great concept that makes everyone feel good! Our family loves donating just as much as finding treasures in the store!

1 Tanya Q.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first met Lisa in 2009, when we were in the midst of planning the first Green Long Beach Festival, she was this spunky and intelligent woman with a huge heart. From that point on, I witnessed her dedication and sincerity in serving the community of Long Beach. She has been a pillar of resources and inspiration to the local art community here along with teachers, youth and general public. I personally have been able to donate items that would otherwise end up in a landfill and benefited as a client. As a customer I found items for my DIY Wedding and to use in the classes I teach. She is always there with a smile on her face, promoting local artists and community events and shifting the perspective of how we view the world. This place is a true gem in our big city.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Depot and the people who run it (Lisa and Yoshino) practice true stewardship. They have created this beautiful non-profit to help create a paradigm shift. Through their guidance they help people look at their world differently. Ordinary items that for many would appear as trash and end in landfills have now taken new light and serve as treasures for parents, artists, teachers, crafters and the general public. This is no ordinary business. The founders empower the community on a daily basis by hosting special events, classes, activities, supporting artists, partnering with neighboring businesses and like-minded organizations. They inspire us all to be more active citizens by engaging in the political process and always looking at how to make Long Beach a better place to live. Lisa Hernandez is a true leader and visionary. There isn’t anything quite like the Long Beach Depot For Creative ReUse. As a resident I have been able to donate items from my household and as a business owner, I have had the luck to work with Lisa on various projects and am so proud to have this great resource as part of our “Green City.” I wish them many more years of growth and success.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

This place is fantastic! All I had to do was call and make an appointment to donate. Sometimes they get too many unscheduled donations and I have to wait until they have room again, but it's a great feeling when I get to drop off a bag of wine corks or paper rolls or old game pieces. My friends think I'm nuts for keeping all that stuff, but no one looks at me funny over there. Donating stuff also gives me an excuse to walk around the store and get some ideas for art projects. The ladies there are really helpful and I love seeing what other people do with my stuff.

1 Amy_97

Client Served

Rating: 5

When you think of the Long Beach community, you think of support. Lisa and Yoshino both are a great example of this. They support their neighbors, local artists, other nonprofits, and businesses. Most of all I really admire their passion to also spread the word on how precious the environment is by educating on how to reuse waste. They see the big picture and I am forever grateful for having such responsible, kind and proactive neighbors!!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Depot is a precious gem here in our city. I've definitely cherished the level of knowledge, skills, and expertise both Lisa & Yoshi have in strengthening creativity and collaboration in our community. We're lucky to have a great avenue to share with family, friends, and neighbors! I always recommend visiting the Depot to my friends and visitors!