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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

1 Jeffrey S. L.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Long Beach Depot is part of the Upycling movement - they play a key role in accepting donations of items that other organizations will not take - especially arts and crafts supplies and than distributing them to those in need for very little or for nothing. We all need to do our part but LBDFCR led by Lisa Hernadez and her daughter are doing great things for the Long Beach Community as they seek to Upcycle waste and divert from landfills. jeffrey s. lemanksy UPcycler in Chief @ Upcyclity.com

2 MaDonna M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My 'other' names for The Long Beach Depot for Creative ReUse are "The Little Shop Around the Corner" and "The Clubhouse." It is not only an East Village Arts District phenomenon, but it also draws in the larger creative community, the whole City of Long Beach and beyond. One can find thingamajigs and buttons, gizmos and fabric, doodads and paint. You can also rummage around in "The Box of Awesomeness." Then you go home and make something wonderful with your stuff! I personally buy beads, yarn, and these wonderful little formica pieces that come in different finishes like granite, malachite, marble and wood. The joy of creating is enhanced by the knowledge that worthwhile items, already in the consumer world, are being reinvented or redesigned into something else that is useful, decorative or both. It's a win/win/win and a warm, welcoming and fun place.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Well organized and super friendly! This is a such a fun place to spend time treasure hunting in! It's so great that they are recycling art supplies and other items to be used creatively and offering them at such affordable prices. If you are anywhere near Long Beach I highly encourage you to come check it out!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Not only does the Creative ReUse Depot have a wonderful selection of trinkets, they offer services to the community so creative projects can happen as well as fairs and workshops to make trash into treasures! I have learned creative ways to reUse grocery bags into purses and cardboard into bus pass holders, business cards, and so much more. The part of this store that impressed me the most was when I took a group of artists with mental disabilities to the creative reuse depot and we were embraced with open arms. The staff patiently showed the group idea's for art projects and help supply items that we sold at our Farmer's Market Booth. THANK YOU CREATIVE REUSE!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found the Creative Depot for ReUse while walking around Long Beach and entered a world of infinite imagination. Everything you thought could not be put to use but can is found here. Both Lisa and Yoshi have a smile that lights up a room greet you making you comfortable and family. The Depot brings the community together and inspires everyone who enters.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Creative Depot for ReUse is one of my favorite stores to visit in Long Beach. I love their mission and think every city in the world should have one or more. The owner, Lisa and her daughter are always so friendly and helpful. The store is so organized and always is an enjoyable experience to find amazing reused items for art and craft projects.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Depot inspires and builds unity in our community. It's a place where people of all ages meet and discuss projects and ideas together. My sister, a supporting artist of The Depot introduced me to them at the end of 2009. Since then, I have also been a supporting artist. They have made it possible for me, in these hard times, to make clothing and artwork, without having to spend a lot of money on materials, therefore allowing me to sell my products for a fair price. For the past few years I have made it one of my goals to have as low of an impact as possible on the environment. One of the things I have taken on is the challenge of reducing as much as possible the amount of trash and recyclable items I consume. The Depot does this quite well and in an organized manner, making it possible for visitors to find all sorts of colorful items. Therefore for me, The Depot is a planet saver, because they help "would be thrown away items" stay out of our landfills, keeping our city more and more eco-friendly and birthing environmental consciousness within our community. If I could, I would put one on every block. We humans consume too much and we need to wake people up before it's too late. The Depot has changed my life in such a positive way. I recommend The Depot to all my students, friends and family.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

3 Rebecca40

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

1 Julie K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!

2 Buck W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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-)

2 Coronado

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Incredible. A vision of the future. The city of Long Beach deserves to have so many more facilities just like this.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love this place! I go here to get all kinds of things to run my Etsy business. Some of my favorites are colored paper, beads, cardboard, old calendars and posters! And there's so much more! It's in a great location too. Go check it out!

2 Mey J.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It's true that a place in your dreams can actually exist! You have to go there in person to understand that it really is beyond words alone. They carry all the little stuff that you can't really find any place else and cheap! For a small place, it packs a lot and you can spend hours there so if you drive, watch your meter! They are really helping the public and artists with their service and support. I go there whenever I'm stressed and need a positive place to hang out in. Thank you Creative Reuse depot.