Fabric Sale, Bar Crafts, and Ketchup Whistles!

open every day!
11am - 6pm

Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse
214 North Lexington Street Pittsburgh, PA 15208

same building as Construction Junction

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upcoming events
Fabric Sale! fabric sale
July 1 - 31

All month, enjoy 20% off everything in our fabric section. 
Bar Crafts
Sunday, July 5th from 6-9pm at the Allegheny Wine Mixer
Work on a creative project and enjoy an adult beverage at the same time.
Let loose with reuse at this mini-fundraiser!

Our shop will be closed on Saturday, July 4th. We are planning on relaxing, spending time with friends and family, grilling outdoors, and celebrating all the many things there are to celebrate!

We wish everyone a happy Independence Day, in whatever form that may take for you. Enjoy!
upcoming programs
From 6:30-8:30 on the evening of Thursday, July 9th, we'll be hosting a hand-sewing workshop for youth aged 10-17.
During this workshop, participants will take a backstage tour of Creative Reuse and learn about the environmental benefits and creative potential of reclaimed materials. They'll learn basic sewing and mending skills which, when combined with a little innovative thinking, can transform discards into high fashion!
Participants will earn two digital badges through the Pittsburgh City of Learning online platform. This workshop is free but seats are limited, registration is required, and participants must be aged 10-17. Click here to register.
Many thanks to our friends at The Sprout Fund for their support in making this happen!
On the afternoon of Saturday, July 11 we're bringing our hands-on, open-ended Reuse-a-Palooza activity to the super-fun Deustchtown Music Festival on the North Side. Keep an eye out for us in Allegheny Commons East that day and join in the creative fun!

Other programs we’re looking forward to in July:

june programs recap

  • Our ten-day stint at Three Rivers Arts Festival was nothing short of amazing. We were visited by over 6,300 festival goers who made creative magic happen with over 1,100 pounds of reclaimed materials! Many thanks are owed to the incredible people who lent their talents to the wonderful world of creative chaos that was our tent. Special thanks to the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust for having us be part of such a great event and providing us with such excellent volunteers, Flyspace Productions for making the event such a smooth ride, and Giant Eagle for sponsoring the Creativity Zone. Here are some photos of a few (hundred, that is) of the things folks created in our tent throughout the festival.
  • We had a blast making robots with awesome young campers at St. Edmunds Academy! It was so fun to witness all of their fun and inventive ‘bot-making ideas.

stedmunds bots

  • Our collaboration with TekStart’s Beauty of STEM Maker Institute had a terrific start at our pilot Sew, Mend, Make workshop. Each participant made a very well-crafted t-shirt tote, meanwhile earning two digital (and physical) badges! We can’t wait to see all of the other fashion pieces they create at TekStart’s culminating Maker Fashion Show in August.

tekstart sewmendmake

thank you
to the following businesses who chose to reuse last month by donating their discards!

Email barbara@pccr.org to find out about our business donation program.

to our current Project Sponsorship recipients

Lenka Clayton, artist - 100 New Works
from Lenka: 
I'm developing a new body of sculptural works all related to rethinking and representing found, used materials. I'm especially interested in that space formed by the combination of their form, function and imagined past lives/uses.

Camp AIM

The Camp AIM art program's mission is to enable campers of all ability levels have artistic experiences to promote creativity, self expression expression, sensory experiences, therapeutic benefits, innovation, independence, and fun through upcycled art projects.

Creature Camp
Pittsburgh Public School's Summer Dreamer's Academy program
in collaboration with the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
This program aims to help low income students continue their education
through the summer months and to minimize the achievement gap.

awesome item of the month

Whistles in the form of tiny bottles of ketchup! 3 for $1

Great for:

wedding favors

earrings and necklaces
pittsburgh sports watching parties
tiny, unexpected presents for friends
gifts for out-of-town guests

the fourth of july

ketchup whistles

volunteer at creative reuse

We couldn’t do what we do without our lovely volunteers!

If you’re interested in joining our mission by helping out in the shop – once a week, once a month, every day – simply fill out the Volunteer Application 
here and we’ll be in touch!

Like what we're up to? Consider donating now. Every dollar stretches our impact even further.

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