It’s not quite ready to go yet.
Supplies still are being unpacked. More shelves are needed. Tables too.
But SCRAP Tri-Cities is taking shape in downtown Kennewick.
And when it opens later this month, it won’t only offer affordable arts, craft and office supplies.
It’ll also support local artists through a gallery and “reboutique,” and offer education programs and inspiration in creative reuse.
“For artists, it’s a communal space” to create and share art, said Chrissa Terrel, co-director. It’s also a resource for the community, she said.
A soft opening date will be announced soon.
Terrel and Rachael Thompson, fellow co-director, have been working to bring a creative reuse center to the Tri-Cities for months.
SCRAP Tri-Cities is part of the nonprofit SCRAP USA network , which originated with the popular SCRAP Portland.
The local SCRAP will sell art, craft and office supplies, from paint and colored pencils to yarn, paper, fabric and frames.
Because the items are donated and SCRAP Tri-Cities has low overhead — Terrel and Thompson are running the place as volunteers — the materials can be sold at well below market price.
That should be a welcome news for local artists and crafters.
Supplies can be spendy, and “a lot of artists don’t have the funds to be spending a lot of money on materials,” Thompson said.
But, “there are so many materials out there” ripe for reuse, she said.
“In people’s closets,” said Terrel.
And SCRAP collects them, brings them together.
A gallery will showcase work by local artists and a “reboutique” area will feature handcrafted items for sale. Pieces in the gallery and the reboutique will be made largely from reused materials.
Terrel and Thompson plan to offer classes for kids and adults, and reach out to the community with information about sustainability and reuse.
Along with the other benefits, creative reuse centers prevent usable materials from ending up in the trash and cut down on the demand for new materials to be manufactured, which in turn means less waste and pollution, Terrel and Thompson told the Herald.
They look forward to SCRAP Tri-Cities making its debut, they said.
“We’re excited,” Thompson said. “Come and see us.”
SCRAP Tri-Cities is at 323 W. First Ave.
Terrel and Thompson are accepting donations of art and craft materials. Donors are asked not to leave items outside the center and instead arrange a drop-off time by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCRAP Tri-Cities also is in need of shelving and long, sturdy tables.
And Terrel and Thompson are raising money to help with rent and expenses for the first few months. The goal is $4,000.
They’re also looking for volunteers to help once the center opens, and they hope to build partnerships with local businesses that might have excess materials to donate, such as upholstery and flooring companies.
To donate or volunteer or for information, email email@example.com.
For the latest on SCRAP Tri-Cities, check out its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/scraptricities. A website is coming soon.