This place is heaven on earth. Teachers. I may not be able to provide you the yearly salary you deserve or one that will afford you basic supplies like… pencils. BUT I can point you in the direction of this lovely reuse store. UPCYCLE is located in Old Town Alexandria and gives patrons access to a myriad of art supplies and gadgets that would have otherwise collected dust in a drawer or been thrown away. They are partners with ReUse Alexandria, a group that “unites Alexandria’s reuse community and markets Alexandria as a desirable destination for environmentally conscious visitors and residents.” Heck yeah they do!
UPCYCLE: the goods
fabric, yarn, sewing trinkets, needles, thread, bobbins, beads, zippers etc.
lined paper, construction paper, resume paper, poster board, newspaper, tissue paper, gift wrap, tape, glue, magnets, buttons, etc.
craft supplies, scrapbook supplies, plastic bins and containers, cork, bottle caps… the list goes on!
**To donate or learn specifics on what they may have at the shop today, follow this link**
UPCYCLE: the community
Summer Camp! Three unique camps are being held at various times throughout the 2018 summer. If you have a child that loves to make a mess and get their hands on everything, then they’ll love the Fun With Junk summer camps! Does your kid like to build and unearth? They’ll love the opportunity to get up and close with Art in Motion. Or maybe you have a creative “outside the lines” kind of thinker, then they will love Thinking Outside the Box (of Crayons!). Providing young children with the opportunity to get hands on with their creativity and problem solving skills is the key to our next generation of practical engineers!
Adult Art Classes! These art classes are taught by local artisans and provide students with new artistic techniques to add to their skill set. The classes range from beginner to more advanced but everyone is encouraged to partake regardless of skill level because the idea is to get creative! I’m especially interested in the Pieces Parts Necklace Workshop, we get to use broken jewelry and trinkets from UPCYCLE’s reuse collection to make a brand new masterpiece!
Calling All Teachers!Visit UPCYCLE with your class, group or team to learn about UpCycling and why we should “Choose to Reuse” before buying new. Use creative energy to transform items destined for the waste stream into art!
A teacher of mine in high school told my class to put up dividers around our desks and then passed out M&Ms to everyone. He asked everyone to organize them. After a few minutes he gets to my desk and sees that I have made a sun and a tree out of the colors I had been given. Laughing, he asked everyone to see how their neighbor had organized their M&Ms. Everyone had organized them into color columns or blobs. He points to mine and says “everyone does things a little differently, and we can all be right.”