Join us this summer for the Lakewood Drive In


Motion picture shows return to the West End this summer as Durham Cinematheque and A/V Geeks join forces with The Scrap Exchange to present the new Lakewood Drive In. Located in the parking lot beside The Scrap Exchange in the “Shoppes at Lakewood” shopping center, the drive in will present three shows this summer and will open on Friday June 19.

Lakewood Drive In will feature real film projected on a big screen and a FM transmitter broadcasting sound to car radios. Tom Whiteside of Durham Cinematheque and Skip Elsheimer and K. Sean Finch of A/V Geeks are curating the shows and promise to deliver a fun and funky twist on traditional drive in fare. Fill your car! Admission charges will be $20 per car or $5 per person for walk-ins or people arriving by bicycle. Two-seater cars will be $10. Tickets may be purchased either at The Scrap Exchange on the day of the show or via the following link:

Additional ticket sales and parking for the show will begin at 7:30pm. The films begin at 9:00, after traditional Scrap Exchange 3rd Friday festivities. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. Attendees are also encouraged to bring a picnic.

Here’s the schedule:

June 19: Bring Your Car to the Movies – high octane cinema covering the entire history of automobiles, plus bikes!

July 17: Great Big World  – there is no need for expensive travel – we will transport you to exotic locations and show you strange things

September 18: Dang It’s Cold! – snow and ice are great therapy for hot weather, so come join us and chill (but beware of frostbite)

Some folks will remember when The Scrap Exchange building was a movie theater, the Center, but film history in this location goes way back. Lakewood Amusement Park was the site of the first screening of motion pictures in Durham in 1903, under a tent.

            Employees of The Scrap Exchange are using their ingenuity and resources at hand to build a screen, a projection platform, and the rest of the infrastructure needed to turn a parking lot into a drive in. “Outdoor shows are not simple, there is a lot of behind the scenes work to do in preparation. Skip and I are very happy that we’ve got a whole team working with us. It’s fabulous.” said Tom Whiteside, director of Durham Cinematheque.

Open Mic Poetry Kicks off January 18 in the Cameron Gallery

On Sunday, January 18th, local poets will share their work with the public. Published authors Lou Lipsitz and Hugh Giblin will read their poetry, and afterwards community members can read their own. Poets are encouraged to share work that relates to the environment or reuse.

Lipsitz’s newest collection, “if this world falls apart” was published by Lynx House Press in 2011. Giblin’s work has appeared in local and online journals. His nonfiction has appeared in a men’s journal, and he has received honorable mention in Duke’s annual poetry contest.

This poetry open mic will continue on the third Sunday of each month throughout 2015. For more information, please contact Roderick McClain at gallery[at]

Shop Craftland December 19-21 for Handcrafted Gifts!

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Do your last minute holiday shopping at Craftland Holiday Market this weekend and support local creative re-use artists!

Craftland will be open during the following hours:

  • 6-9pm on Third Friday, December 19
  • 12-7pm on Saturday, December 20
  • 12-7pm on Sunday, December 21

This weekend features:

  • DIY Terrarium kits and aromatherapy gifts from Urbane-Terrain
  • Imaginative salvaged metal creatures from mergworks
  • Beaded necklaces and upcycled button rings from Jewelry Designs by Sarah
  • ELK Soaps’ fragrant homemade goat’s milk and castile soaps
  • Quilt-like aprons, pillows, and tote-bags made from upcycled fabrics by Kiki’s Rewind Designs
  • Suite 508’s fantastical creatures and whimsical paintings
  • Ceramics made with re-purposed clay by No H Designs
  • OJ Designs’ colorful polymer clay jewelry
  • EcoSoftArt’s quilted wall-hangings, placemats, and table runners made from scrap fabrics
  • Hanunah’s handmade dolls, children’s aprons, needle books and other textile gifts
  • Jewelry and decorative objects made from upcycled ephemera by Christina Henthorn
  • Fused glass pendants and earrings from glass factory discards by Dickinson Designs
  • Paper Poseables’ creative paper building kits
  • Sarasvati’s crocheted hats, headbands and re-purposed textile-cone Christmas Trees

Click on the links above to be directed to each artist’s website or see our Craftland 2014 Facebook album below for photos and details about each artist.

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September is Teacher Appreciation Month!

PrintJust to show our teachers how much we love and appreciate them, we have designated September as Teacher Appreciation Month at The Scrap Exchange!

All teachers receive a 20% discount off their retail purchases throughout this month with a valid ID. (Discounts do not apply to Artist Marketplace or Cameron Gallery items.) A current teaching ID must be presented to receive a discount. Homeschool teachers may present their homeschool verification record, which is available on the website.

Are you a teacher AND a Friend’s Club member? Our teaching Friends will receive 40% off the purchase of any retail supplies! Find out more about our Friends Club program on our Friends Club page.

What can teachers expect to find at The Scrap Exchange? A lot of unusual and inexpensive supplies and resources! Our supplies include a wide variety of materials including paper products, matboard, folders, binders, craft paint, house paint, fabric, thread, trims, tubes, frames, electronic discards, cutaways, science supplies, labware, and much, much more.

So teachers, get those classroom supply lists together, grab your ID, and head on out to the Scrap. And please pass the word along to your other academic amigos! Teacher Appreciation discounts are available September 1 through September 30.

Item of the Week! April 27 – May 3

292Our Item of the Week is 3M laminate rolls! Any size, just $10. Each roll contains 50 yards of peel and stick laminate.  Sale price valid April 27 – May 3.

Customer Appreciation Week: April 12-19

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The Scrap Exchange turns 23 years old this month, and to celebrate we are honoring YOU, our most valuable customers, with Customer Appreciation Week!

Customer Appreciation Week runs April 12-19, and kicks off with our Semi-Annual Storewide Sale on April 12. Our entire inventory of scrap materials is on sale! All retail store items are 50% off for Friends Club members, and 20% off for non-members.*

Friends Club members can also shop early for the best selection! Doors open to Friends Club members on April 12 at 8 am, and to the general public at 10 am. Friends Club memberships will be sold at the door. For more information on our Friends Club program, go to our Friends Club page.

Customer Appreciation Week continues on April 13 with FREE Open Studio during store hours from 12-5pm. Drop in anytime with friends or family and enjoy free art-making in our Make and Take room. Great activity for family fun!

During the rest of the week, enjoy free refreshments while you shop. And then on Friday, April 18, join us from 6-9 pm for the opening reception of our annual Friends and Family show. We are still seeking reuse artists for this non-juried community exhibit. Please join us!

Here’s a quick rundown of special events throughout the week:


Customer Appreciation Week
April 12-19

Free refreshments daily while you shop, plus these additional special events!

April 12
Semi-Annual Storewide Sale
8 am:  Doors open to Friends Club members
10 am:  Doors open to general public

April 13
Free Open Studio
Drop in anytime from 12-5 in Make and Take room

April 18
Opening Reception
6-9 pm Friends and Family Show
Artists wanted – see our Call for Artists below!


Questions? Call 919-688-6960. And then stop in and let us personally say THANK YOU for 23 amazing years supporting our creative reuse mission!

*(Discounts apply to retail store materials only; artist items in the Green Gallery or Artists Marketplace are not included.)

Item of the Week! February 10-16

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Our Item of the Week special for February 10-16 is 50% off rubber stamps. Stock up today! Good thru Sunday, February 16.

Triangle Book Arts Show Opens January 17

Triangle Book Arts Show
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January 17 – February 15
Opening Reception: Friday, January 17 from 6-9 pm

green gallery book artThe concept of a “book” is being scrambled now. Classic books have been digitized and accessible from the internet. Authors can write specifically for e-book publishing, bypassing traditional publishing methods altogether. Words are changing their spellings and their meanings faster than ever, and morphing into new iconic forms.

The definitions of the physical nature of the traditional book form is also changing. Books can be interactive, transformed into objects or dimensional story-telling vehicles, and a visual platform for metaphor, protest, and much more.

This exhibit at the Green Gallery, coming on the heels of the Triangle Book Arts show at The Carrack Modern Art Gallery in Durham, serves as a further window into current thinking about “the book” by some artists in the Triangle area.

Unusual forms, functions, and expressiveness are manifest in this work. Conventional ideas of what a book is, and can be, are challenged.

Participating artists include: Brian Allen, Martha Sue Carraway, Lisa Gilbert, Bryant Holsenbeck, Stacey Kirby, Susan Leeb, Barbara Livingston, Alisa Malette, Martha Petty, Melinda Rittenhouse, Karen Stone, Emily Weinstein.

Triangle Book Arts Show runs January 17 – February 15. The opening reception is scheduled for Friday, January 17, from 6-9pm and includes refreshments and music. Green Gallery receptions are free, open to the public and sponsored by PBR.

The Green Gallery is located inside The Scrap Exchange creative reuse arts center at 923 Franklin St. in Durham. For more information, call The Scrap Exchange at 919-688-6960.

Be a Super-Hero! Support The Scrap Exchange Annual Fund Drive

Dear Friends,

We are super- hero crazy around here and are convinced that our special power is turning trash into treasure!

What is your special power? Is it saving materials from going to the landfill? Making things from reclaimed materials? Sparking imaginations and teaching others to create? Supporting activities that align with your values?

Or maybe it is your willingness and ability to make a financial contribution in support of a program you believe in.

­If you picked any of these, please consider making a donation to The Scrap Exchange today!

Your support helps us work towards achieving our mission of promoting creativity, environmental awareness and community through reuse.

Now more than ever, we are working on critical issues affecting our community and our environment. Our work ranges widely in supporting our fellow citizens, schools, and other nonprofits.  Your contributions help us continue to build sustainable systems in support of resource allocation, educational and creative opportunities, entrepreneurial endeavors, and arts and cultural activities.  We are proud of our national model creative reuse center and know that it is a program you can believe in.

Here is a brief update on what we have accomplished and what are working on, super-hero style.


We are buying a building! The organization will finally have long-term stability with our location, something we have been working on almost as long as we have been around.  By the end of 2013, we will own the former Lakewood Theater building (which many of you might remember as the home of the Duke Surplus Store).  Our lease at our current location runs through March 2015, so we have some time for renovations and to make an orderly transition to the new space.  Super power translation: Site stability!


We defer more than 40 tons of waste a year from landfills.  We sell low-cost materials in our store seven days a week.  We offer affordable programming for schools, communities, child care centers, after-school programs, health programs, and senior facilities.  We accept and process more than 1,500 drop-off donations each year.  Super power translation: Vital community resource for all demographics!


The organization is acutely aware that every community needs a creative reuse center, but not every community has one.  This year, we hosted our first ever Creative Reuse Center Boot Camp, with in-depth instruction on how to start and run an operation like ours for participants from across the country.  We are also involved in advocacy locally and nationally on issues related to reuse, conservation of resources, and cultural opportunities.  Staff participates in the national Reuse Alliance, statewide Environmental Stewardship Initiative, city and county Environmental Affairs Board, and local citizens group “Don’t Waste Durham.” Super power translation: Improving communities through advocacy and education!

Please consider donating today.  We hope you see the value in giving your support to The Scrap Exchange, and we invite you to join us by making a tax-deductible contribution.  No donation is too small; any contribution is greatly appreciated.

You can  mail us a check, call us with a credit card donation, or make a secure online donation through Network for Good.  You can also let us know if you’d like to volunteer with us!  We’re always looking for allies.


Thank you in advance for your thoughtfulness and generosity.

Ann May Woodward
Executive Director
On behalf of everyone here at the Scrap Exchange


Haunted Moon Opens October 18 in the Green Gallery

The Scrap Exchange - Jerris Gibbs - AngelGhostly, angelic women cloaked in mist, tarot themes, and Appalachian magick come together on found wood in the next Green Gallery show at The Scrap Exchange. Haunted Moon, opening October 18th, explores gender identity, socioeconomics and the creative reuse of objects and media.

Jerris Gibbs is a Tennessee-born, self-taught, folk/outsider artist from the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. With vivid, contrasting colors and a variety of media, Gibbs creates figures that blur gender lines and erase masculinity, invoking mythological and quasi-iconic themes. Using gesso and acrylics, she builds layers of texture on found wood and sketchbook paper. Gibbs, who has been painting for five years, says she has never taken a class. Instead, she has relied upon Youtube and other internet-based art tutorials—she is a true, self-taught artist.

Gibbs is influenced by both folk and “fine” artists, citing Frida Kahlo, Alphonse Mucha, Francisco Goya, Audrey Kawasaki, Patrick Nagel and R. Crumb among those who inform her vision. She also draws inspiration from Art Nouveau, Lowbrow Art, Pop Surrealism, Southern American Folk Art and any other kind of people-based art.

The Scrap Exchange - Jerris Gibbs - GhostGibbs has previously exhibited in group shows at The Scrap Exchange and at Q Gallery in Orlando, Florida. Haunted Moon is her first solo show.

Haunted Moon runs October 18 – November 9. The opening reception is scheduled for Friday October 18, from 6-9pm and includes refreshments and music. Green Gallery receptions are free, open to the public and sponsored by PBR.

The Green Gallery is located inside The Scrap Exchange creative reuse arts center at 923 Franklin St. in Durham. For more information, call The Scrap Exchange at 919-688-6960.