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A scrapstore is an organisation which collects items that would otherwise be thrown away and uses them for art and craft projects, usually with children. They are a brilliant way to reuse materials which would otherwise be thrown away, while giving children lots of materials to get creative with.
These materials may be supplied to schools, playgroups, holiday clubs, special needs groups and other community organisations. Some scrapstores even organise their own art activity sessions in school holidays. Others sell items to the general public online or in local shops to raise money to fund thier activities.
Some scrapstores will only accept donations from local businesses while some will accept donations from the general public.
If you wish to donate materials to your local scrapstore it is best to contact the organisation in advance to check what types of material they will accept.
Reuseful maintain an extensive directory of all the scrapstores in the UK.
About the Author: Jacqui O'Brien is the Editor of Reduce Reuse Recycle.