Seattle ReCreative diverts materials headed for landfills by collecting and re-distributing items to people who can use them for education, art, and inspiration. Community members and local businesses can reduce waste while help enrich education and the arts. We offer receipts for your tax-deductible donations.
How to donate:
What? We accept donations of clean and usable art, craft, and school supplies. Please carefully read our list below before making an appointment. We greatly appreciate if you organize your materials in advance . For example: labels removed from jars, fabric folded, small items bagged, similar items grouped together. Any information on the value of your items is also helpful. We ask that you donate materials in a container that you plan to leave with us. We cannot transfer materials into other containers during your appointment.
When? We accept your donations by appointment only, due to our limited space and staff. Click the BOOK NOW button below to schedule your donation appointment.
Not sure about your donation? Got a lot? If you are not sure if we accept what you wish to donate, have a large amount of materials to donate (approx. a full car trunk or more), or have circumstances that conflict with available appointments, please email our Operations/Materials Manager, Emily, to schedule an appointment. This way we can save you a trip, be sure to make space to put your donation, or make accommodations to fit your needs. email@example.com
We accept the following items:
Paper (lined & unlined) • Paper pads/tablets • Stationary • Drawing or painting paper • Colored papers-origami, construction & cover stock • Rolls of paper (drawing, craft, contact, wallpaper) • Newsprint-unprinted • Computer paper • Calendars • Wall paper & sample books • Graph paper • Maps • Stickers • Posters • Photos • Postcards • Greeting cards • Mat board • Chip board • Foam core • Tubes • Gift boxes
Craft tools • Wicks • Wax • Cork • Pipe Cleaners • Foam blocks • Baskets • Ribbons • Cookie Cutters • Faux Floral • Flags • Fans • Game/Puzzle Pieces • Glitter/Confetti • twine/string • Unused/clean Medical Supplies • Molds • Doilies • Small Toys • Glass Jars with lids (clean and with labels removed) • Marbles • Musical instruments • Tools for construction • Sandpaper • Educational materials • Costumes • Costume jewelry • Beads & findings • Ceramic • Empty thread spools • Tennis balls • Ceramic tiles — no broken tiles • Vinyl • Peg boards • Inner tubes • Wood bookcases (please inquire before donating) • Storage Containers (clean and sturdy) • Drafting boards & tables • Scrapbook supplies • Cardboard tubes • Magnets • Circuit boards
Feathers • Shells • Stones • Pine cones
Brushes • Art paints & pigments • Colored pencils • Fabric dyes • Pens, markers, crayons, chalk, pastels • Table looms • Ceramic glazes • Wax • Stained glass supplies (glass sheets must be safely packaged in cardboard and labeled with the contents, color/texture/size, no scrap glass or exposed sharp edges)
Fabric - fat quarters (18” x 22”) or yardage at least 1/4 yd or larger (9"x36") - no scraps please • Printed cottons • Upholstery • Corduroy • Muslin • Canvas • Denim • Fleece • Knits • Felt • Burlap • Leather (2"x2" or larger) • Elastic • Lace • Fur • Batting-fiberfill • Piping/cording/trim/binding tape/rick rack • Yarn • Knitting needles • Crochet hooks • Needlepoint canvas • Sequins • Buttons • Patches/applique • Needles & pins • Patterns • Sewing tools (thimbles, rulers, pincushions, threaders, cutters, etc) • Sewing Machines/ Sergers • Webbing/interfacing • Snaps • Hook & eye • Boning • Zippers • Mill ends of all kinds • Looms • Spinning wheels • Embroidery • Cross-stitch • Weaving (We are currently unable to take Sewing patterns due to immense volume)
Wood scraps (good condition only — NO NAILS) • Stretcher bars • Veneer • Blocks • Boards • Boxes • Dowels • Frames • Craft shapes • Popsicle sticks • Toothpicks • Chopsticks
Wire • Sheet metal • Cookie cutters • Jewelry parts • Trays/Tins • Film reels • Nails & screws • bottle caps • hardware
Upright files • File folders • Dividers • Tape • Glue • Rubber bands • Pens of all kinds • Pencils of all kinds • Crayons • Rubber stamps & stamp pads • Ledger paper • Receipt pads • Drafting templates • Notebook binding • Legal pads • Envelopes • Clip boards • Scissors • Keyboards • Erasers • Chalk & chalk boards • White boards & markers • Cork boards • Staplers & staples
Mylar • Boxes • Film canisters • Slide frames • Tubing • Folders • Flowers • Colored Bottle caps • Baskets • Buckets
Items we cannot accept:
- Clothing, curtains, and half-finished sewing projects (this means anything with a sewn edge; no linens, no deconstructed clothing, no scraps, etc)
- Household goods like furniture or appliances (but we can direct you to our sister store Ballard Reuse!)
- Computers, printers, ink cartridges, software
- Most food containers
- Black and white bottle caps
- Styrofoam or packing peanuts
- Broken glass, ceramics, dishes, frames
- Beer/wine/liquor/soda/water bottles (unless they are unusual and without a label or vintage)
- Holiday Decorations
- Open/used gift wrap rolls
- Sewing Patterns
- Magazines of any kind
- CDs, VHS, Cassette tapes and cases
- Glass or mirror with sharp edges
These items are just not right for ReCreative, but thankfully, there are many other great places in town you can take them. Check out these Donate or Resell Resources on the Seattle Public Utilities website!