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Lancaster Creative Reuse

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts, Culture & Humanities, Arts Services, Environment, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection, Visual Arts

Mission: Lancaster's Creative Reuse center offers a donation based art, craft, and sewing supply store. We are a 501c3 non-profit organization working to connect community excess to those who can use it creatively. LCR aims to inspire creativity, and encourage reuse through providing educational and community outreach programming.

Results: A few of LCRs community outreach actions in 2018: PROVIDED CREATIVE REUSE / ARTS MATERIALS TO THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF LANCASTER FOR SUMMER CAMP! SUPPORTED ST.MARK'S UMC MAKERS CRAFT NIGHT WITH CRAFT TABLE PROJECTS TO EDUCATE ON CREATIVE REUSE! PARTNERED WITH THE RASE PROJECT, TO PROVIDE MATERIALS FOR A WEEKLY CREATIVE RECOVERY GROUP. WE SUPPLIED SEWING MATERIALS FOR DRESS MAKING WITH HOPE 4 WOMEN INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM DRESS A GIRL AROUND THE WORLD. WE SUPPLY AND CONTINUE TO WORK WITH DISABILITY EMPOWERMENT CENTER PROVIDING ARTS AND CRAFTS MATERIALS. WE SUPPLIED NU LIFE AT THE NIMBLE THIMBLE SEWING MATERIALS BENEFITING HANDZ ON HOPE . WE PROVIDED OVER 300 LBS OF SCHOOL SUPPLIES TO J.P. MCCASKEY HIGHSCHOOL AND SDOL. Monetary donations were taken throughout the months of Dec 2017 and Jan 2018 - and used to purchase items from the Water Street Mission's Amazon wishlist of art materials. We also donated many projects and directions for their crafting sessions.

Target demographics: the next generation, artists, students, teachers, fellow nonprofits, and the community as a whole

Geographic areas served: Lancaster Pennsylvania

Programs: We work to collect the community excess, and connect it with those that can use it creatively. We aim to keep these items out of landfills, teach the importance and differences between Reduce / Ruse / and Recycling -- as well as UpCycling (creative reuse). We are committed to inspiring creativity, increasing access to the arts through affordability, and encouraging reuse.

Community Stories

34 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Liane L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There are so many useful things there, I could get into trouble if I lived closer. Whether you sew or craft, this place has so many things it's hard not to leave all your money there. I love their fabric selections, everything from pieces, yardage, upholstery samples which are great for tote bags, to threads and other sewing notions. When we get through sorting my mom's sewing notions and craft items, I'll be dropping off a box of things for someone else to start their own crafting/sewing habit!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Love this place! I donate often and then leave with some wonderful things. I hate seeing things go to the landfill that can be repurposed and they are showing what can be done to accomplish this. I always find something i can use or repurpose. I keep a bag handy at home to put things in to donate to them, things i would have probably thrown away. I know someone will find a use for them there! Thumbs up!

Client Served

Rating: 5

LCR is an amazing resource for my small daycare and Girl Scout troop. I take our extra craft supplies to them, and purchase items that others have donated for upcoming crafts. Their prices are very affordable, and staff people are very nice!

1 Tanya A.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

What can I say about this place besides the fact that I’m In LOVE !!!

I’m an avid bounder/cosplayer and I get many of my supplies for creating from LCR. All photos shown below include pieces I have made from materials found at this “shop”.

The staff is great and so are the prices, you’ll never know what you will find!

Matthew M.6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love going to Lancaster Creative Reuse. The selection is always interesting and diverse, the staff is friendly, and the prices are amazing!!! I like the place so much I even volunteer on occasion.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lancaster Creative Reuse store is the place for a quilter, love all the benefits that it provides us as quilters. Great staff who are so helpful.

Jennifer230

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lancaster Creative Reuse is a fabulous spot for a creative person to browse and for an educator to find supplies.

It’s also a great place to take donations of any art/craft/office supplies no longer wanted or needed in your space.
If you have items “someone could make something out of” and you realize that someone will not be you, LCR is the place to donate them.

The staff is always friendly and the displays and inventory are changed often. There are sections for various arts and crafts, with a whole room of paper, stamping & office related supplies & a whole room of fabric, notions & sewing-related items.

I was an LCR customer first & spent so much time there that I was able to help other customers find stuff. That’s when I realized volunteering would be a great idea! Volunteer hours are flexible and the tasks vary as much as their inventory. Here is my blog post about it! http://artistsofallstripes.blogspot.com/2013/05/its-official-im-volunteering-at.html?m=1

Nancy H K.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization with its store has a significantly large inventory of hobby and craft supplies of every description. They are available to the retail market for a dime on the dollar so to speak.

Still more impressive, they are available for FREE to all NGO’s who want to provide activities to the young and old alike. The range is so wide: schools, adult and children’s clubs, rec centers, nursing homes, orphanages, etc.

LCR is a useful and needed resource for the entire community.

Jess S.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Best art store and staff ever! Always something to look at and plenty to find.. the staff is always very helpful and kind. These ladies are amazing.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There are always treasures to find! Great supplies for creative activities ... too many to list. Staff is friendly and helpful. Wonderful way to keep useful items out of landfills.

Mary Cantrell T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lancaster Creative Reuse is my go to arts, crafts and sewing supplies store. I love hunting for vintage fabrics and trims. I love getting bargain prices on sewing tread and binding. Recently I bought BEAUTIFUL lambswool yarn that will become my favorite sweater for a fraction of the retail price. Inventory is well-organized and staff is readily available to answer any questions. When my home is overflowing with arts and crafts supplies it's nice to know where to donate them. I appreciate their emphasis on environmentally friendly practices and their support of other local non-profits. Every trip is an adventure!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I absolutely LOVE the creative reuse. I am particularly enthusiastic about embroidery and sewing, which can traditionally be a bit expensive when having to buy from a big craft store. The reuse ALWAYS has amazing fabrics and so many wonderful embroidery supplies, including interesting hoops and any color floss you could want. The staff is so friendly and it allows me to be creative and helps me fill my days with things that bring me joy. I wouldn’t be able to do half of what I do without the reuse, so I am very thankful for the work they do.

1 Cheryl Powell C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love LCR. I travel from NJ just to see what's new in this wonderful shop. You never know what you will find.I always find something that I can't live without . So much to explore!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great place! Always has something for the art/crafty person!