Material Donations

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 (more than 3 bags or boxes), 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. emily.ellingsworth@seattlerecreative.org

We accept the following items:

PAPER
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 ITEMS
Craft tools • Wicks • Wax • Candles (only new and in package or clean jars with wax removed) • 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/racket balls • Vinyl • Peg boards • Inner tubes • Storage Containers (clean and sturdy) • Drafting boards & tables • Scrapbook supplies • Cardboard tubes • Magnets • Circuit boards

NATURAL MATERIALS
Feathers • Shells • Stones • Pine cones

ART SUPPLIES
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)

FIBER ARTS
Clean, dry 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 (only in working order, must set up upon donation) • Webbing/interfacing • Snaps • Hook & eye • Boning • Zippers • Mill ends of all kinds • Looms • Spinning wheels • Embroidery • Cross-stitch • Weaving

WOOD
Wood scraps (good condition only — NO NAILS or other hardware) • Stretcher bars • Veneer • Blocks • Boards • Boxes • Dowels • Frames • Craft shapes • Popsicle sticks • Toothpicks • Chopsticks

METAL
Wire • Sheet metal • Cookie cutters • Jewelry parts • Trays/Tins • Film reels • Nails & screws • bottle caps • hardware

OFFICE SUPPLIES
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 • Paperclips • Push pins • Wood/metal bookcases (please inquire before donating) • Laptops/tablets/smartphones with wi-fi 

PLASTICS
Mylar • Boxes • Film canisters • Slide frames • Tubing • Folders • Flowers • Colored Bottle caps • Baskets • Buckets • Pill/mint bottles 

These items we take on a limited basis.

If you wish to donate these items please email emily.ellingsworth@seattlerecreative.org to see if we currently have space to take these items. We accept Holiday themed craft items in the month previous to the holiday. 

Binders, holiday decorations (only 1 month before holiday), craft books & magazines, sewing patterns, Ceramic/stone tile.

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!)
  • 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)
  • Open/used gift wrap rolls
  • Books or magazines on topics other that arts and crafts
  • 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!