Message from Ann: November/December 2015

Dear Friends,

Happy fall y’all!

I saw that on a sign last weekend as I was tooling around the North Carolina countryside near Yadkinville and Mt. Airy — beautiful scenery, lots of great antiquing and fall foliage, and less than 3 hours away!

On my trip I learned that there is a movement towards restoring and saving old tobacco and feed barns — I kept seeing the barns that needed saving, there’s a lot of work to be done, but it’s refreshing to know that folks want to preserve these structures as part of the history and fabric of the South. Does that sounds like a busman’s holiday? Always!

And yes it made me think of The Scrap Exchange and waste diversion/deconstruction and all of the effort and consciousness it takes to save materials from the landfill.

Over the past five months, we’ve expanded what we accept here at The Scrap Exchange, to include books, clothes, shoes, housewares, and more. This past weekend we had a “pop-up thrift store” in the former beloved Thrift World space in the main part of the Lakewood Shopping Center (which we’ve leased as our warehouse).

We wanted to see if we could put the items we’d collected back into circulation, and also to try to raise extra funds to support some much-needed upfit on our space (replacing the two remaining HVAC units that weren’t replaced when we moved into our building … almost $25,000, eek!)

The sale was a resounding success! Everything was priced at $1 and we sold more than 6,000 items! Amazing!

A great big thank you to Madeline James, our retail store manager, and the retail store staff who planned, organized, and carried out the event, and also to our Cascade Alliance partners who pushed us to stop saying “no” and to collect what is out there. A special thank you to Sue and Bethany for coming out to help with the sale, and also to all the Scrap Exchange board members, staff, volunteers and shoppers who participated.

Look for more pop-ups in the future! And if you want to receive notices about events, sales, classes, camps, etc., you can sign up for our newsletter using the “sign up for our mail list” form on the right sidebar of our website at

And speaking of programming, this Third Friday, November 20, we continue our Pauli Murray exhibit as we celebrate Pauli Murray’s birthday from 6 to 9 p.m., with cake, community and creativity!

This also marks the final weeks of the exhibit — if you haven’t visited the show yet (or if you have but want to see it again) you have until Saturday, December 12 to come on out.

Then next month, opening on December 19, we have our $24 Show!

Local artists will exhibit work in an art show/cash-and-carry local sustainable marketplace. Come prepared to see hundreds of pieces of art that you can purchase for yourself or as holiday gifts. If you’re interested in participating, here’s the call for artists with all of the details.

We have creative classes coming up and a new class schedule coming out soon. The N&O published a great article about one of our artist instructors — Amelia Freeman-Lynde, who is teaching an upcycled gift wrap and stamp class… Thank you Corbie for the article, and Amelia for teaching!

AND last but not least, the Thanksgiving holiday is almost upon us, meaning that it is almost time for … Smashfest! Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, November 27, from 3 to 8 p.m.

This is our signature post-apocalyptic event — you can buy ceramics, pottery, and other assorted breakable bric-a-brac and hurl them against an immovable object! This year we’ll also have fire dancers, dj, electric violin!, and several contraptions including The Crusher, The Gonzo Trebuchet (aka the Hand), and the Pendulum — or you can JUST THROW IT!

This is a great opportunity to get out of the house and move around, be with your family and community and blow off some steam. Come on out!

Hope to see you!

Ann May Woodward
Executive Director
The Scrap Exchange

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