It all started with a trip to Art Scraps to gather supplies for an upcoming craft project. Art Scraps Reuse Store is part of Art Start, a local nonprofit arts education organization. Per its website, the store:
collects scraps, overstock, factory rejects, and other items normally destined for the landfill. ArtScraps makes these products available to teachers, parents, artists, scout leaders, day care providers – anyone working with children or interested in reducing waste through reuse of discard able materials.
I suppose I at least fall into that very last category, don't I? The real appeal for me is that it's a constantly rotating motley mix of art materials. You never know what's going to be in there, and as soon as I entered the store, my imagination just exploded! In addition to a mix of paper, envelope, ribbon and fabric scraps, there were tiny glass tiles, photo slides, postcards, old advertising magazines, and on and on.
It was incredible and I loved the whole place. You should totally go here.
It probably doesn't hurt that I overheard this exchange between two shoppers, a dad and his very young son:
Son: This is a baseball store.
Dad: Yeah...except there's not baseball stuff.
Son, merrily: Except the baseball stuff.
Dad: I don't know that I agree with you.
I picked out wonderful, kooky, fun art supplies for my project, and the total cost was much less than I would've paid for a similar range of new products. Am I setting up justification for a more frivolous purchase? You bet I am. (Oh! I got my flu shot this morning and my doctor did say I should pick up a little treat for myself!)
Well, I found myself wandering down this aisle chock full of rubber stamps, and I remembered how I used to love rubber stamps. They were all less than one dollar and I confess that several ended up in my basket, plus an ink pad labelled "shimmery iridescent purple ink." In case you were wondering, one I will use with a straight face and the rest fall into the "so goofy I love them" category.
I was so tickled by my new stamps that I would randomly start laughing out loud to myself on the walk home, thinking about what I could do with my growing stamp collection.
This one is my favorite. It's really big.
I absolutely cannot wait to go to a party and afterward drop a note to the host in the mail that says simply "Had a great time" via my new stamp and shimmery iridescent purple ink.