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Interested in learning how to start and operate a creative reuse center? The Scrap Exchange has developed a program just for you, based on 27 years of experience as a national model and leader in the creative reuse center industry!

The Scrap Exchange will hold its next Creative Reuse Center Boot Camp from June 12-15, 2018. Whether you are just getting started in developing a center, or need help growing an existing program, this boot camp is for you. Take advantage of our knowledge and experience in growing a reuse center from 2 founders with a dream in 1991, to today’s multi-faceted, 7-day/week operation employing 10 staff members and 22 part-time employees in a 23,000 sq. ft. creative reuse arts center and an 18,000 sq. ft. thrift store! Space is limited, so be sure to register today.


A four-day training session on how to start and ramp up your creative reuse center. Take it from the experts and a national award winning 27 year old creative reuse art center: The Scrap Exchange shares its institutional knowledge, business model, and long history of experience.


Tuesday, June 12 – Friday, June 15, 2018

The camp starts on Tuesday June 12th at 3:00 pm. The Tuesday session includes committee meetings and a Board meeting starting at 6:30 pm. (We set up the camp to make sure it was on Board meeting week, and also during a Third Friday opening gallery reception week/night) The hours include: Tuesday 3-9 (dinner included), Wednesday 10-6-Friday 10-6 pm- Ends at third Friday gallery opening.


The Scrap Exchange, 2050 Chapel Hill Road, Durham, North Carolina 27707

What you will learn

Operations overview including: collecting and managing materials, programming (creative arts services, retail sales, online sales, gallery shows, and more), options for business models, PR and marketing strategies, financial management and data tracking, working with volunteers and staff, working with a board of directors, facility issues, and best practices. Additional information includes an opportunity to attend a Scrap Exchange Board of Directors meeting and committee meetings, Third Friday Gallery opening, open studio, and opportunities for connecting with other participants in the Reuse sector.

Cost and Registration

Includes all workshops and some meals during bootcamp hours. Accommodations are not provided. Please let us know if you would like a list of convenient accommodations.

You can register and pay online at Eventbrite or you can call us to register over the phone or by mail. Seats are limited.

Early bird rate — on or before 5/3/18
$1,500   (single attendee or first team member)
$1,350  (10% discount for additional team members from same organization)

Regular rate — on or after 5/4/18   (Registration ends 6/8/2018)                            

$1,800 (single attendee or first team member)
$1,620 (10% discount for additional team members)

Includes 30 hours of workshops and programming plus some meals during bootcamp hours. Accommodations are not included, but we can provide you with a list of affordable accommodations with information about the venue, rates, and distance and transportation options.

Refund policy
Before Monday, May 21, 2018 — Full refund.
Between Tuesday, May 22 and Friday, June 8 — 50% refund.
After Friday, June 8 — No refund.

(Contact Ann Woodward at director [at] scrapexchange [dot] org to request a refund.)

Pre-Conference Questionnaire: Once you have registered and paid, we will send a brief survey with questions about your background and level of interest/ knowledge so we can tailor the information in a way that is most useful to the current session’s attendeed.

For questions or more information contact: Ann May Woodward, Executive Director, director [at] scrapexchange [dot] org, 919-682-2751.