Quilt Shop Tours

Who Gives a Scrap?

We spent some time in Colorado Springs, Colorado this weekend. While there I visited a very cool place – Who Gives a SCRAP, a creative reuse center.

The description from the Who Gives a SCRAP website:

Who Gives a SCRAP is a donation based scrap store that carries an impressive mix of arts and craft and hobbies supplies in addition to unique vintage finds.  We carry everything from scrapbook paper to game pieces, used books and sewing patterns, the variety is a crafters dream.  We believe that the reuse of  goods and materials is the most efficient, environmentally friendly and economically viable way to reduce the waste stream. Our shop is open to the public and our ever changing inventory is based on individual and business donations.

When I first walked into the main shopping area of the place, I was greeted with three (3) tubs of FABRIC SCRAPS!

For my first 20 – 30 minutes in the shop I did not get much further than those three tubs as you could fill a bag for $1.00 with fabric scraps!

I found some amazing fabric scraps, filled my bag and finally moved on to the other parts of the shop filled with donated/recycled crafting and art supplies for EVERY craft you could imagine (painting, beading, scrapbooking, quilting, doll making, knitting, etc.)

It was kind of overwhelming!

Overstimulated from looking at a seemingly endless collection of inexpensive crafting/art supplies, I wandered into the book area to look at their large collection of second handing arts and crafts books:

I behaved and only bought one quilting book.

My partner John joined me in the shop (he went off to get our car washed while I initially wandered the shop); and together we wandered into a room of sort of “antiques” and other odds and ends for sale.

Inside this room we found some unusual items, including several pieces of “shoe art” that John found:


There was more eclectic art and “antiques” in that room.

If you are ever in Colorado Springs, CO I recommend a visit to this place! Oh and no worries, if you like fabric scraps, I did leave you some in those tubs when you first walk in (smile).

37 thoughts on “Who Gives a Scrap?”

  1. What a treasure! I visited Colorado Springs in my teen years while visiting family. I adored everything about Colorado! I can only imagine how much fun you had while there! Thanks so much for sharing. People definitely need to know about this place.

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  2. Gold mine! I would totally be in it all the time, but would be able to justify purchases because I would donate my unused craft books and supplies there and call it even. ;>) The shoe art is a little over the top though, so I would probably leave it…

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  3. A logical extension for reduce, reuse, recycle especially for quilters! Do they accept scrap donations from everyday quilters? What about quilt magazines? If so, that makes it a great ‘full circle’ sort of resource, too. Ya know?

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  4. Please tell me you bought at least one shoe art piece! We have a similar store in San Antonio, named Spare Parts. I walk in with scraps and quilting books, only to walk out with more scraps and quilting books. One of my friends volunteers at this store. I love the idea of recycling/upcycling.

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  5. We have a place like that, called “Reconsidered Goods”! I take my no-longer-wanted supplies there, but I try to just take them to the donation door and not go in the front where I might buy more!

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