New Scrap Thrift Store Opens in Durham

Shop used clothing, jewelry, crafts, housewares, furniture and more


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The Scrap Exchange's new Scrap Thrift store opens Dec. 14 at 11 a.m. at 2020 Chapel Hill Rd., Ste. 31, in Durham's Lakewood Shopping Center (across the parking lot from the Scrap Exchange) just in time for last-minute holiday shopping. The 18,000-square-foot store features a huge selection of gently used men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, shoes, jewelry, fabric, notions, crafts, holiday items, housewares, furniture, electronics, office supplies, home and garden supplies and tools, toys and games, and vintage items. 

In late January, a complete used book store will be added in the rear of the store. The Scrap Exchange purchased inventory and shelving from Nice Price Books on Broad Street in Durham prior to the store’s closing in 2016. “We are looking forward to having a quality used book store as part of our thrift store operations, and we hope that the many long-time fans of Nice Price Books will come out to see what we have to offer,” says Finance Director Rebecca Currie.

Funds for renovating the thrift store unit came as part of the RAD Durham project, which received a $ 4.8 million loan from Self-Help Credit Union and Duke University’s Office of Durham and Regional Affairs in August 2017. Additional support has been provided by the Cascade Alliance. The Cascade Alliance, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, helps nonprofits turn discarded items into a stable revenue stream and source of quality jobs. Since beginning its partnership with Cascade Alliance, The Scrap Exchange has significantly increased its operational efficiency, resulting in increased profitability, substantial organizational growth and additional green jobs for the Durham economy.

The current location will continue to house the “Scrap Shop," including the iconic blue barrel section, Make N Take room and Design Center. In addition, the Scrap Shop will include an expanded selection of bulk items and materials for artists and educators. Future plans for the space include artist studios, maker spaces and an artists’ marketplace. The Cameron Gallery will also remain in the current building, providing year-round opportunities for reuse artists to exhibit their work.

Several fun activities are planned in the existing location during opening weekend:

  • FREE Make N Take all day Friday in the Make N Take room.
  • Third Friday Holiday Art & Craft Show in the Cameron Gallery from 6-9 p.m.
  • Rags to Riches Theater: The Gingerbread Boy, Make N Take Room, Saturday, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Ages: 2 and older, $10 for show and Make N Take (individuals who purchase three or more tickets prior to the day of the event will receive a $5 store voucher). Tickets available at: gingerbreadboy17.eventbrite.com. Tickets will also be available at the door via cash or credit card.
  • Scrap Gives Back! Sunday, Dec. 17, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Design Center. Join us to support The Animal Protection Society of Durham. Make dog and cat toys from reuse materials and The APS of Durham will bring cats in need of new homes 1-3 p.m. We will also be accepting cat/dog food donations 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Scrap Thrift is located at 2020 Chapel Hill Rd., Ste. 31. The store is just steps away from our current location. Follow the newly expanded section of the Yellow Brick Road from the current location to the Thrift Store front door!

For more information visit, scrapexchange.org/shop/retail-store.

Source: The Scrap Exchange

 

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