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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Environment, Recycling

Mission: Our mission is to develop, heal and grow community through recycled art. We aim to inspire more art and assist artists in developing skills for art creation by using and re-using the available resources around them. Our objective is to teach people how to create "art with purpose" reusing discarded, unwanted, and excess items; creating generations of artists and crafters who are more environmentally conscious.

Results: To date we have inspired, encouraged and brightened the lives of thousands of individuals. Free Crafting Area: Our Craft Castle has benefited tens of thousands of children, adults and individuals with special needs by providing a safe haven where people can craft at no cost. This particularly benefits families and special needs community with limited budgets. Thrifty Craft Store: We have successfully kept tons of trash out of our local landfill as well as provided tens of thousands of people with low cost craft supplies that they may not otherwise have been able to afford. Free Teachers Section: We have created a successful program that provides free crafting materials and other teachers supplies to teachers of every grade level and their students of every skill level. Volunteer Opportunities: The general public, people doing community service, students, seniors and people with intellectual disabilities are all welcome to volunteer at AoR. We provide individuals with tasks that are suited to their particular skill levels. We have teamed up and networked with other organizations such as local school districts, local businesses and other non-profit organizations in order to assist and facilitate them with needed materials and occasional funding in order for their organizations to function more smoothly.

Target demographics: All potential and current artists and crafters and to facilitate the teachers of art.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 25000

Geographic areas served: Ephrata, PA and we facilitate people within a 100 plus mile radius. We affect people globally through our social media sites and website.

Programs: Art of Recycle is a community arts resource center for families, educators and the public. We offer a free crafting area, free teachers supplies, low-cost art materials to the public and assist children and special needs individuals with social skills education. At Art of Recycle we provide a free crafting area during our hours of operation, which is open and available to everyone of every age as long as they are capable of crafting at any skill level. Our crafting area is stocked full of all sorts of free crafting supplies that are donated to us by the community around us. We also provide the use of tools and equipment (such as sewing machines, hot glue guns, stamps, cutters and scissors, heat guns, and much more) that many people may not otherwise be able to afford, and we instruct people on how to use those tools if they need instruction. We are community supported. We have developed a thrifty craft store that is stocked with new and used items donated by the public. Revenue from the craft store helps to pay our rent, utilities, insurance and other overhead costs. The thrifty craft store is full of donated, new and slightly used, craft supplies that are sold at affordable prices making crafting an affordable hobby to anyone and everyone. Art is a necessity.

Community Stories

156 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Art of Recycle is one of the best non-profit resources that Lancaster County has and I hope we never take them for granted. Pre-pandemic they were an awesome place to take the kids to do craft projects and to shop for inexpensive crafting supplies. Unfortunately the pandemic hit and they had to close the store to the public - but they didn't stop providing valuable resources to the community. They’ve been helping teachers get free teaching books and supplies for their classrooms. They spent the summer expanding and remodeling for the day they can fully reopen to the public. But one of the best resources that they’ve provided is free books for children. Our public library has been closed for months due to the pandemic. Art of Recycle is one of very few, if any, places to get free books for children to read and for supplemental academic support for families doing online school. They truly have a heart for our community and we are very blessed to have them. Thank you Chelas, Mr Special, and all your wonderful staff for adding a little joy to all of our lives.

Betsy C.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Art of Recycle is GREAT!!! I'm an occupational therapist at Intermediate 13 and also have a free mixed ability inclusive leisure program call Forever Friends at the Palmyra Grace Brethren Church. Art of Recycle has enabled me to improve the quality of our crafts. We are able to have wonderful crafts at Forever Friends programs and still keep our program free.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

On my first visit to Art of Recycle I was treated to a guided tour, an open discussion about the history of the organization and in depth pointers for starting a similar program of my own. After Mr. Nobody Special (a truly unfitting name for this generous individual) gave me this thorough tour, I shopped and also availed myself of the free teachers resources.

Art of Recycle offers so much to the community, a free children's art activity area, quality art and craft materials at an extreme bargain price, and a huge free teachers resource space. It's a brilliant way to promote art and support the community that it's based in.

Destiny W.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing friendly staff great workshops with great experiences all around great place for people who are artistic eccentric and like to be different.

Lissa H.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a therapist and artist, I value the creative process as a means of healing and self exploration. Artistic expression is a means to inner peace, fulfillment and problem solving. Art of Recycle is my "go to" for materials, inspiration and "good energy." Staff, volunteers and workshop leaders are encouraging and positive role models for those entering this magical place. AoR is a much needed model that would be a welcome addition to every community. We are very blessed to have access to this wondrous experience. Keep up the great work!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Art of Recycle
A place Artist in mind and in Spirit, The Classes enspire you no matter who you are ! Five Thumbs Up !

Great Place to Create.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I can use almost any craft idea I might find with the kids in vacation Bible school or other youth groups for very little cost because any materials you could think of are there and the prices are astonishingly low!

1 Anne Cardinal M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Art of Recycle's workshops have allowed my buried creativity to bubble to the surface. I am challenged and loving every minute of time spent creating here. Chelas, Mr. Nobody, and all the volunteers are so friendly and helpful. They give you ideas and encouragement. Several people including myself have been known to say during a workshop, "This is my happy place!" The first workshop I went to in Jan 18, a participant said, "I didn't know I'd been waiting all my life to do this!" I highly recommend Art of Recycle to anyone who wants to explore their creative side. They are a blessing to the community.

1 MrNobodySpecial

Board Member

Rating: 5

When we started Art of Recycle we thought our mission was to teach people to create art with recycled materials. We soon learned that was just how we did what we did. We changed our mission to accurately reflect our mission of "Healing and Growing Community, utilizing recycled art materials." Six years after incorporation and ten years after the seeds of starting we are still going strong and serving as a hub for people to meet and get to know one another.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Art of Recycle is such a magical wonderland! We wanted to create a place that art could thrive, and does it ever! It makes my heart dance with joy to see the craft castle full of kids (and moms, dads, grandparents, etc.) all crafting away. I feel like I am at the beginning of a great adventure and I am so blessed to be a part of it.

I love being able to be a part (the narrator puppet) of the finger puppet theater. I get to see the creativity and silliness of kids creating stories and being able to help guide them in positive storylines where trouble is more often because of misunderstandings rather than evil intentions.

I am glad to see that the local community loves and needs and enjoys the center as much as I do. I get up every day excited to go volunteer, there isn't a happier place for me to be. I could go on and on but if you really want to experience and understand it you just have to get to Ephrata and come see it. It will change you too!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an incredible organization and destination. I don't know where to begin! I teach and facilitate art education in several ways, and Art of Recycle will not only help me do it in a more ecological, economical, communal, and inspiring way - they'll do all that while growing from our connection and thereby helping more people with every patron they influence. My head was spinning from how sublimely impacting this model of cooperative economy can be.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love that teachers get free materials for their classrooms. Always enjoy shopping in their store, and the personnel are always friendly and helpful.

1 Bonnie M.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love this charming store & everything it does for the community! Can’t wait to go back! Yes, apparently you can buy happiness! ❤️

1 Heidi Reeder G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love this place. The owners are creative, forward thinking and have a wonderful vision. The store is full of unique ever -changing products affordable to everyone. The craft castle opens minds to explore your inner creativity. The generosity of the owners has made a huge impact on teachers by giving them free classroom materials. Many businesses could learn valuable lessons from this shop. Spread the word! This place offers a wonderful experience!

1 Tututfifa

Client Served

Rating: 5

There's something uplifting about seeing beauty and being able to make something beautiful with your own hands.
Just visiting this place is therapeutic, and taking part in one of the workshops is exhilarating: the options on the table, the chat with table-mates even though we've never met before; the buzzing of creative minds; the adrenaline rush in seeing your work coming together or the work next to you...
This non-profit also displays a cyclical economic model as it's giving a new life to old objects or making new from old, for pleasure or as a budding small business. AND, it find a place for things we don't see a use for or we discard, but a creative mind can transform into something beautiful.
I had been desiring to do this kind of art for a long time and now I was given the opportunity to do it in one night and end with with a finished product! Wonderful, right?
Bravo, Art of Recycle!!! Standing ovation!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to learn about Art of Recycle yesterday thanks to the reference from a kind stranger! For years I have utilized other thrift stores in the area for crafting supplies and have always wished for a place more focused on arts... I cannot believe that I had no idea this hidden treasure existed! No question about it, I plan on becoming a regular patron!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Had a great time making mosiacs. The staff/volunteers were extremely helpful & went above & beyond to make everything perfect. I can't say enough great things about them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working with this organization for almost a year. My students with special needs have been volunteering and learning many important work skills and experiences. They are truly support our local community and give back so much!

Our students create crafts that are sold at the IU13 Winter and Spring Bazaar. Art of Recycle has given students their supplies for free and has helped to promote their mini business. Monies raised by the students go back to the students to provide them with opportunities many of them may never get to experience otherwise.
Art of Recycle has also done workshops with our students. They continues to share their gifts and creativity each day. They do ALL of this and do not take a paycheck.

God has blessed both Chelas and Nobody with an amazing gift. I personally am very grateful to have them as a part of the Ephrata community!

1 Stormy A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This place has changed my life! I started as an eager, frequent visitor, applauding the unique variety and organized quality items and a multitude of materials. I now volunteer and help instruct workshops, what a way to give back to the community and fuel my artistic endeavors. Teaching children and adults alike useful skills at the same time!

1 Nancy290

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When I am looking for the different craft item.. need to ask questions about how to do something, this is the place I go! Great variety of craft items at a great price!

1 Lisa633

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Art of Recycle is a very special place in Ephrata. Our go to place first when we need anything to do with creating. One never knows what you will find there. Very organized. Very fun...did you know they can host Birthday Parties! Truly a treasure! Chelas and Mr. Nobody have such a passion to serve the comuunity well. They are extememly accommodating, talented, kind and giving.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A creative environment for each and every person who walks through their door. Not only the best place in the county for supplies, but also truly helpful and knowledgeable people to assist in any project!

1 Sandy137

Client Served

Rating: 5

I absolutely love this store, mission, staff and the classes that are offered. The staff is helpful in the classes during the time of need. I have been to the new location several times and never walk out empty handed. I am super excited about the new location and eager to attend more classes when time permits. They really have educated me that things can be reused/recycled.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The creative energy that surrounds this non profit , is like no other ! The owners are passionate , community oriented people that are top notch artists with endless energy!

Sandy136

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Outstanding! Such a wonderful store. Product is beautifully displayed and the layout of the store invites you to linger. The profits go to support art in the community. Win win all the way around

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They are Comunity minded and welcome those with disabilities into their shop.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My absolute favorite place in Ephrata. My 3 year old has a blast and stays so focused on what she's doing and mommy can get her closet craft hoarding all done at the same place. And we definitely can't leave before she gets to put on a puppet show for me. (: great people, great atmosphere, great fun.

Jen_65

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I stumbled across Art of Recycles fb page one day. It looked fabulous and I just so happened to wonder over to ephrata every now and again to see a friend. I was amazed when I walked in at the amount of materials. I'm still amazed every time I stop in. I utilize it as a place to purchase craft materials... And I've yet to not find what I was looking for. Visiting Art of Recycle helped me complete 2 of my biggest tasks. I was able to construct a wedding album for less then $10 and practically complete my crochet hook collection for less then $5. I easily had $100 worth of materials between the two.
I can easily get lost for hours here, and I didn't even check out any of the classes there offer!! I've followed along online and seen pictures of all the wonderful art created. Hopefully soon I'll get a chance to join in. I can't imagine I'd be disappointed.

This is a place for creating, exploring talents and hobbies, making new friends, entertainment, aiding and bringing members of the community and so so so much more. This is a place any creative mind should definitely check out!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I always leave happy...whether I spend .50 or $15. I always find the perfect things for my projects. Everyone is so helpful and knowledgeable. Love it!!! I bring all my friends and family here when they visit.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Excellent group of people and mission for children young and old to be as creative as their minds allow.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The town of Ephrata has a long history of providing venues in which to recycle. The area is rich in businesses that have encouraged people to recycle/reuse items; furniture and clothing being most prominent. Art of Recycle has found another way to encourage people to use items that may have otherwise added to our area landfills. They use art to fulfill that goal. They are a valued member of Ephrata's community. Please visit them to see how they can help to enrich your life.

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artofrecycle 07/18/2016

Thank you for your support. :) We appreciate you taking time to leave a review for us.

1 Jennifer563

Client Served

Rating: 5

I remember when Art of Recycle first opened up. I had just discovered the concept of creative reuse, and was happy to know that there was such a place in my area! I attended a workshop where we made kaleidoscopes (I still have mine!). I have donated a lot of stuff to them since, which was happily taken, and I've bought a lot of cool yarn there, too. A passion for creativity, a welcoming attitude, and a community spirit is always prevalent at Art of Recycle.

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artofrecycle 07/18/2016

Thank you Jennifer. Because of donations from community members like you we continue to thrive. Thank you for your continued support.

2 Beth81

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Awesome place and people!! Great finds for DIYers and crafters with unbelievable pricing and selection! And it's all the better that the money I spend goes back into the community in such a creative and positive way!! Chelas and Mr. Nobody Special are indeed special!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

exciting things for kids, families, and the environment - congrats to the creative minds and generous hearts behind Art of Recycle in Ephrata, PA!

1 Lianna C.

Former staff

Rating: 5

Art of Recycle is an amazing place with dedicated, hardworking, and caring owners who help there community by providing a space to express yourself in creative ways. I worked as an intern for Chelas and Mr. Nobody for a little while. This is truly a magical place to create your hearts desire. I learned a lot about the small community while I was here and I also really found a calling to challenge myself as an artist. Everyday Chelas and Nobody push themselves to create an amazing place where people can come together and feel that they are a part of a community. I have witnessed them create a space for teenagers and young adults to come hang in a safe environment within a matter of weeks. They truly inspire me to continue to create art and they've also inspired me to open my own art business and I want to thank them for that. I also hope just as they inspire me but they will inspire other artists and community members as well. You guys are the best! With love-Lianna

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Art of recycle is a wonderful resource and beautiful Community Arts Center. They have engaged the community and created a safe space for children and adults alike to explore their creative side. They are ever-present other community events, delighting families with balloon art and face painting that has no rival. I am so grateful to have such a wonderful local resource. Thank you!

2 Patricia150

Client Served

Rating: 5

I absolutely love this craft center. Mr Special, Chelas and their volunteers are so welcoming and helpful. I have taken three of their classes this summer. They were all so much fun and I came home at the end of the evening with a finished project! They are now my favorite charity for donations. I LOVE how they Recycle things that would normally end up in a landfill.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This place is a must-visit for people who love to create. I don't live in the area, but I stop there whenever I'm nearby. I always find some neat picture frames and signs. I love that supplies of all kinds which might otherwise be thrown away are available at very low prices. It's inspiring to see art that they have created around the store, and at the same time know that reusing these items is helping to keep our planet habitable. Even the receipts are inspiring!

2 Candice8

Client Served

Rating: 5

We were only at AoR once and my 3 1/2 year old LOVED it!!! We will definitely be going again!!! And I always keep a close eye on my child, I never assume the staff needs to babysit while I shop. Some people run all over people. Sad.

2 Samantha70

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My girls (9&7) love coming here. Everyone is always so nice and friendly. My girls love the craft table . They make puppets and then go back to the puppet station and put on a show. They ask me to take them there quite often. It's a great place to take the kids.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Love, love, love Art of Recycle! My Grandchildren go there whenever they visit and love it. The staff is so friendly and helpful! We have been restoring a 1936 home in Ephrata and always find what we need, if we can't find it...the staff will search their inventory for what we need. Bravo to Art of Recycle for providing this place for children to go and express their creavitiy in a safe, friendly environment and for saving many treasures from the trash!

2 Lisa A Bailey

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My son got married in June and wanted a "wish in a bottle" table at the wedding due to the fact that it was a beach wedding theme. We were able to find so much more than we needed so reasonably priced at Art of Recycle that we created an entire table of "Wish in a Bottle" with basket, shells, an old sailor, old bottles and candles with melted wax, even a ship. What a wonderful place. It inspires the child in each of us to come out and play.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I love the Art of Recycle and visit often. Everyone I have brought with me to visit gets encouraged to get there creative juices going and always find something they have to take home. I am looking forward to moving across the street in Oct. and helping out with the sewing and creating. Fantastic place for KIDS of all ages to be creative. See you there.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Art of Recycle is one of the most magical places there is. My son and I have been going there for 2 years and love it. It is an awesome place to volunteer and be. Being at Art of Recycle is therapy to me and being apart of it's operation and success makes my heart smile. There are so many people that benefit from Art of Recycle being in business. My son is 5 years old and loves making finger puppets, playing in the puppet theater and also volunteers. He has also met and plays with some the other kids that frequent Art of Recycle. We have made some great friends from being at Art of Recycle including Chelas, Mr. Nobody Special, Phoenix and many more. Thank you for all you do for our community and may Art of Recycle flourish!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We love Art of Recycle. My daughters ( ages 10 &10) and I can spend hours making fun projects at Ephrata's Art of Recycle. We have become a more "crafty" family. It is a great way to spend time with my girls, away from electronics. Miss Chelas and Mr. Nobody Special are so friendly!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a customer at the store and also have hired Chelas and Mr Nobody Special twice for private parties. They are the most caring and kind indiduals. And are so great and patient with children. I have referred them to others and everybody who has had them for parties raves about how great they are. The store is a awesome place to find all kinds of unique treasures for all your crafty needs. I am so glad I have AOR in my town and that Chelas and Mr Nobody are here too. They are super talented and very kind. Keep up the great work guys.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I first heard about Art of Recycle at an event where they provided face painting and Balloon creations. Very warm and welcoming folks! And their store is no different...when you walk in, you're family! Love it love it love it!!

1 juniemoon

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Chelas and Mr. Nobody are the most giving people I have ever met. Their shop is a wonderful place for kids to come to after school and create. They are happy to help others create and make amazing things. They have such unusual items for sale at such reasonable prices. They work so hard at this art and give it their all. Chelas is a very gifted and accomplished painter. Her work is amazing. Mr. Nobody has so many talents. It is always such a joy to come visit them. They are the best at what they do. They are so selfless. They work so diligently to make our community a better place to live in.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Art of Recycle provides so many services and support to our community. Where do I start? They offer a safe place for kids to come after school to create.....they offer fantastic buys of varied items for crafters, artists and anyone looking for neat things. And best of all they help Mother Earth by providing a home for things no longer cherished by the former owners and save them from finding a final unhappy home at a landfill or incinerator.

1 heidlod

Client Served

Rating: 5

Art of Recycle is an absolute, must experience. If you lack in artistic ability, like myself, you are in good hands. Chelas and Nobody have helped me on so many projects. From costumes to framing artwork to learning how to sew, they are always there to help!! I had some ideas and thoughts about projects, and Chelas and Nobody just made them happen. Chelas and Nobody have very big hearts. Their desire to serve the community has made a lasting impression on my family. We will always be a part of Art of Recycle!!! WE love you guys!!! Heidi, Aliyah, Sophia & Isabella

1 Melissa209

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you! Thank you, Chelas and Nobody, for your creativity and dedication to make the world a better place on sooo many levels! It was good to reconnect with you today. There is no other place on earth as this... I hope all of YOUR wishes come true because you are making others come true in ways all of us could have never dreamed possible.

Melissa Hand, Buyer
Ten Thousand Villages

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This place is amazing! They have everything you can imagine. I had recently visited the area an decided to check this place out. They have an arts and craft area for kids in store which is great. I came out with some much stuff! (Really inexpensive too!) Being an artist I will be back for more! Great place for both adults and children!

1 Rebekah R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Art of Recycle is a magical place, where kids and adults alike can unwind and let their creative energies flow!
Inside is the "Craft Castle," a crafting area where kids can craft for free with materials provided for them. Most of the kids make finger puppets and then put on a puppet show together, with the help of Mr. Special at the puppet stage!
The thrifty craft store in the front half of the building is my favorite to meander in. The set-up is whimsical, and the crafting goodies are cheap and abundant! It is truly a crafter's paradise. Need project inspiration and help? Art of Recycle has reference books for you to flip through, and even comfortable chairs and hot tea for you to settle down with while you're flipping through the pages and developing ideas.
They also host workshops for the community to learn different art forms and crafts, and overall just have fun.
I am absolutely supportive of this place. It's a very cozy, playful atmosphere, run by good people.
It's the place where wishes come true! (No really, make a wish in the wishing tree and chances are the fairies will grant it!)

1 Joe_34

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't overemphasize how much Art of Recycle benefits our community. Through their community outreach programs and their onsite facilities (crafting table, workshops, discount craft supply store, etc.) they provide a positive, safe and creative environment for everyone in the Ephrata area, young and old. Also, they are a wealth of knowledge and extremely helpful when you stop in seeking advice on a home project. In addition, they are becoming a focal point for other area non-profits and those interested in the arts to meet, brainstorm and plan events and programs.

On a personal note, my thirteen year old son and his friends frequently visit Art of Recycle and he is always excited to tell about what is happening there. Although he claims he is not creative, he often comes home with something cool that he has made. Whenever I visit, there are always happy children busily making things at the crafting table.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Chelas has created a lovely place full of imagination and life.... You can donate supplies, or pick up what you need and start creating your masterpiece!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Art of Recycle quickly became one, if not The, favorite place of mine in town. The staff is energetic and inspiring all on their own, but the facility speaks creativity with one glimpse. What a boon to the community to have not just a gathering place, creative outlet, recycling center and thrift store all in one! As a professional artist, this will certainly be on my list of go-to places for both inspiration and interesting materials. Further, my respect for this organization has only deepened from seeing their outreach in the community by being involved in fairs and art shows not only in our town proper but also in other areas of our county.

1 Julia V.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

a fantastic place run by fantastic people. Every city should have 2 people as caring as Mr. Nobody and Chelas and also have a place as great as Art of Recycle.

2 Patricia78

Client Served

Rating: 5

From Chelas' body painting, to Nobody's puppet theater, these folks are so professional! Kids of all ages are grinning ear to ear when they visit Art of Recycle - there's a new fun thing in every corner.

Art, art, art! shrieks, survives and flourishes at Art of Recycle.

I have watched it evolve over the years and it just keeps getting better - - way to go, y'all!

1 Quetzalcoatl J.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Awesome place keep up the good work art is always important for society :0)

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

They are just so awesome! They do so much good for the world

1 Andrea72

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Art of Recycle's staff are fantastically creative and fun!

1 Adriana7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Art of Recycle brings a unique arts influence to Ephrata that has been missing since at least I was in school. Now an art student at a local university, I am thrilled to see the art supplies as well as odds & ends AOR carries that can be used for my projects or for fun.

Art of Recycle is engaged in the community as well. I run into them at almost every local event, as well as in Lancaster city as well! They are passionate about bringing an arts culture to the local community--young & old alike!

Plus, Josh & Chelas are a lovely duo & always make me smile!

1 Joey5

Client Served

Rating: 5

How much do I love The Art of Recycle?.....let me count the ways
Makes me feel welcome and at home
Gives me that child's feeling of finding a treasure
Is filled with fun stuff to look at, touch and use
All ideas are ok
There is no wrong way to do things
Freedom to create
No question is too silly
I know this place will change the lives of all who enter
It is a safe place
It is a nurturing place
I can get the things I need without spending much
All children are accepted and can express themselves creatively
Children will learn things they never knew about themselves
I have a place to take my stuff and know someone will benefit
My thoughts about our earth and recycling are changing
I now have a box to collect things I come across to take there next time
The building looks so beautiful enhancing the community with murals
colorful flowers in clever containers built with discarded materials
The encouragement that I can do it too
You are never too old....this place welcomes the child...even if you are 66

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I just happen to use the public parking lot in while in Ephrata and was pleasantly surprised to find Art of Recycle. I was first attracted by the Craft Castle bunting outside and then further intrigued by the upcycled furniture at the back door. Upon entering, I was overwhelmed with a recycler's paradise of collected, usable materials. Though I was not currently on the hunt for wooden frames, furniture posts or hundreds of other small parts, I was able to find some fabric that I "needed" and was able to purchase for a very low price.

It is satisfying to observe that children have a place to go that embraces their natural curiosity to wonder and therefore discover through the use of their hands, imagination, and found materials. As an educator, I see a decline in self-made exploration in a world of technology and immediate stimulation. Knowing that children can discover a process to satisfaction by seeing a process of creativity keeps me in hopes of well rounded future adults.

Thank you, Art of Recycle for being part of a better world through upcycling.

1 Kate H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I took my 3 girlies in to check it out and wound up staying for 4 hours! I think I was the one who complained about time to go the most! We LOVED being "allowed" to think outside the box and just enjoy being creative!!! The puppet theater was a huge hit with the kiddos, and I believe before the summers over we will have a whole army of finger puppets! (So far we've off to a good start!) I am in love with the tree on the puppet stage and dream of having one just like it in our basement! We of course could not leave with out picking up a few extra supplies before heading home! If ever my tree house dream becomes a reality, I know just the place to pick up supplies!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I can think of no better place to go and imagine what is possible, and then realize the dream than the Art of Recycle. I recently had a prop to make for a performance and took the basic parts there to assemble and paint because I don't have room in my apartment. The owners were really helpful and generous, and while I was there I was inspired by some LED lights that I ended up buying and adding to the prop. I took an upholstery workshop and learned how to re-cover a footstool that belonged to my great-grandmother. I never would have considered trying to fix it on my own, so the offer of the workshop was just what I needed, and I learned so much. We've stopped in and played in the craft castle to make finger puppets and use the puppet theatre, or just to browse and get inspired. The owners are always friendly, helpful, and are always up to something incredible - making a dragon, creating a giant kaleidoscope, or painting a series of tiny doors that will be for fairy houses. This is a safe, happy, and inspiring space for the dreamer and creator in all of us.

1 Alyssabean

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm so glad to have stumbled upon the magical place that is Art of Recycle! They've got a great, big selection of the most random trinkets and crafting materials that are extremely affordable for even the most starving artist. Just walking around the store was giving me ideas for future projects- and the fact that you can use the space to actually work is FANTASTIC. Art of Recycle made me feel hopeful for our small town creative community, and I can't wait to go back.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Art of recycle is an amazing place for adults as well as children. You can find odds and ends craft supplies that you can't find anywhere else. The craft castle is an amazing place for everyone. My daughter, niece and nephews love going there. They are always asking if it's open so they can go. The craft castle has so many craft supplies that the opportunities are endless. The kids always come home with something different. It is a place where their imagination can run wild. The staff are always so helpful with creating ideas and helping get the project started. They offer classes for different projects and we are looking forward to attending some of them.

1 Jennifer230

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I had a wonderful time painting during an evening of guided meditation-inspired painting. The cost was a donation and we brought our own small canvasses. Our fellow participants and all of the Art of Recycle folks were encouraging and friendly.