Commonly Accepted Materials

All donations must be in reusable/resellable/good working condition and free of any leaks, rips/tears, dust/dirt, mold, odors, rust, cracks, rot, tangles, nails, pins, etc. 

art/craft

artist studio equipment + tools

artist + craft brushes

artist paints: watercolor,  tube acrylic, oil paints, tempera, etc.

colored pencils, crayons, chalk, pastels, markers

sculpture tools, materials, sealed clay

beads/jewelry making supplies + tools

drawing paper, colored paper, tissue paper

cardstock/poster board/mat board/foam core/sintra/plexi

artwork, paintings, drawings, prints, vintage photographs

frames (nothing broken/missing/unattached pieces)

canvas/muslin: remnants over 1 yd

canvas stretcher bars

printing blocks/stencils

easels, drawing/drafting tables

art supply storage containers

portfolios, carriers, & flatfiles

gift wrap/ribbon/gift bags

scrapbooking materials

glitter, glue, stickers, stamps

fabric/textiles

fabrics/trim (must be clean, minimum one square yard pieces, no partial projects, clothing, rags or fur please)

select designer fabric samples with prints, stapled paper labels only

sewing, knitting, weaving, needlework supplies

yarn: skeins and cones 

working sewing/serger machines

books/education/office

paper, pads, notebooks, journals, stationary

staplers, tape, scissors, desk accessories

maps/educational posters/classroom decor

art, design or environmental books

cork + chalkboards 

decor/housewares

vintage or quality furniture

lighting

antiques/collectibles/oddities

framed mirrors

outdoor/patio/garden

gardening handtools

flower pots

building materials/hardware

knobs/pulls, brackets, hinges, etc.

hand tools

small quantities of decorative ceramic tile/carpet tiles

latex house paint, 3/4 full or more, with color marked clearly on the lid

lumber

dimensional lumber at least 6 ft length (unless it is hardwood) 

sheet goods of wood, plexi, sintra, etc. (half sheets or larger) 

molding/trim at least 6 ft length

architectural accents/ elements

decorative windows + hardwood doors (no hollow core)

scenery from film/theatre

unique scenery pieces

painted backdrops/signs

mannequins/display fixtures

reusable 4’x8 flats + platforms

We save a wide variety of set materials and props from film, theatre, + events to keep them from ending up in landfill after the curtain closes!  If you have materials that could be reused in future productions, email us info@theresourceexchange.org

Other items that might lend themselves to creative reuse projects.
If you find yourself saying “someone could make something with this!” —contact us! 

Additionally, please review the below list of materials we cannot accept before donating.

Materials We're Unable to Accept

damaged, mildewed, or soiled items will be returned at the time of donation, as a small organization we cannot afford to recycle or dispose of unsellable materials

hazardous materials
batteries, flammable materials, solvents, etc.
spray paint/adhesives

e-waste
computers, printers, televisions, etc.
appliances, refrigerators, freezers, AC units

typical curbside trash or recycling items 
toilet/paper towel tubes, plastic food containers, etc.

styrofoam packing materials

tires/automotive parts

lumber
standard dimensional lumber less than 6’

sheet goods less than half sheet

wood with nails, screws, paint, warping, signs of rot or water damage

pressure treated lumbers

art/craft
Picture frames that are broken and/or with missing or unattached pieces

partial fiber projects 

fabric samples

real fur

plastic or stuffed toys

decor/housewares
we can accept some household items and costume pieces, but most clothing, furniture, and housewares that we cannot accept will be referred to local thrift stores, shelters, etc.

Christmas or holiday specific decor/items

unframed mirrors

valances: unpackaged or framed 

custom window treatments

mattresses/box springs/bedding

used carpets + padding

building materials
plain ceramic tile

oil-based house paint

latex house paint where the can is less than 3/4 full and/or shows signs of rot or rust on the interior or exterior. paint in unacceptable condition will be returned to the donor for proper disposal.

unpackaged/unlabeled hardware

non-tempered glass storm doors, large plate glass

plastic or aluminum window blinds. we may be able to accept hardwood blinds with prior approval.

track lights without their coordinating tracks

fluorescent lightbulbs

books/education/office
binders + hanging file folders 

magazines, encyclopedias, educational texts 

cassettes/CDs/VHS tapes/vinyl records

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