August at The Scrap Exchange

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August is Teacher Appreciation Month at The Scrap Exchange


… and we have great things on tap for those hard-working, under-resourced heros!

  • Teachers receive 20% off all purchases at both stores (simply show your ID at the register)
  • Our outreach staff will attend the New Teacher Orientation at Hillandale Elementary School on August 14th to provide up-to-date information on our educational programming
  • We’re offering Teacher Tours on August 11th and August 25th at 1:00 P.M. in the Design Center Annex. Teachers taking the tour will receive a free gift.


We donate materials to teachers and classroom projects. Simply download this form, tell us about your project, what kind of materials you need, and return to us.

Please allow 2-3 weeks for processing.

Growing Up and Giving Back

by Bryn Hamberg

For many of those who call Durham home, The Scrap Exchange is a consistent presence in their lives, and Tyler Chambliss is no exception. Born and raised in Durham, Tyler remembers as a kid going to one of The Scrap Exchange’s old locations. Not the most artsy kid at the time, he was still enthralled by all of the cool items he saw, and throughout the 18 years in he has lived in Durham, he says he heard about The Scrap Exchange a lot. When a friend recommended volunteering here as a way to fulfill his requirements for National Honor Society, it was an easy choice. A volunteer beginning this past August, he began working around New Years, picking up weekend shifts while the school year was finishing up.

Now that he has more time, he is able to work in the Scrap Thrift three days a week, juggling an assortment of jobs as is common here. On any given day you can find Tyler taking in donations, processing and sorting, working behind the cash register, and organizing all of those cool items he saw as a kid. Through all of this, Tyler emphasizes the atmosphere of the Scrap Thrift, how much of a welcoming environment it is to him and everyone he works with.

“I feel like I can work and do what I can, and if I feel like I’m not doing as well as I can always ask for help, and get trained, and do better. I don’t feel like I have to keep that in.”

Tyler says bringing his own energy and personality to the interactions he has with both coworkers and customers alike is what makes the Thrift so enjoyable to be at. Whether it’s about the funny things that come through the store or just how their days are going, Tyler likes making connections with those around him. 

In the fall, Tyler will be leaving us to attend George Washington University in Washington, DC, where he is excited to visit museums like the Smithsonian and National Archives. Luckily for us, though, he says he’ll be back whenever he can, to hopefully help out as much as he has this summer.

Scrap Fleet Campaign Update

By Ann Rebeck

Carol Anderson was an early supporter of our mission and she continues to be one of our favorite shoppers and reliable donors. As the owner of Vaguely Reminiscent we value Carol’s sage advice and perspective on the retail world.  When we launched the Scrap Fleet Campaign, Carol was one of the first to donate and be an active participant in our 500 Club. Her other secret power is identifying some great treasures in the store…and then giving them to others! Much love and gratitude to you Carol Anderson.


Mysterious Visitor at RAD!

The Reuse Arts District got a visit from a mysterious guest on Tuesday, July 30th. This high-profile sound man has worked with J Lo, Beyonce, Natalie Cole, Madonna, Chris Brown, Earth Wind & Fire and more! He was here partnering on a new music venue. If you know who he is, send us your guess for a chance to win 2 tickets to the opening show! Send your guess to:


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