The East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse: “Every Teacher’s First Stop and Every Artist’s Second Home”

vintage linens, lamps, furniture

Maybe you’re a preschool teacher who needs 75 toilet paper rolls for a class project.  Maybe your pants ripped and you need a new button, zipper, or fabric for patching.  Maybe you’re a crafter or artist and need some art supplies.  Maybe you just got an apartment and need some affordable home décor.  Or maybe you’re just one of those nutball hoarders whose piles of crap just aren’t tall enough.  In any case, The East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse, located in the amazing Temescal District, is the perfect place to get your raw materials.

cardboard delights

Since 1979, The Depot’s non-profit store has been keeping waste out of the landfills by selling donated materials for reuse at low prices to teachers, artists, educators, and crafters out of their 4,500 sq. ft. warehouse.  They’ve got books, paper, stamps, buttons, cardboard, crayons, furniture, fabric, jars, corks, jewelry, egg cartons, vintage linens, wallpaper, plastic scraps, picture frames, foam core, glitter, yarn, bottle caps, everything you can think of, and more!  And, miracles of miracles, it’s organized.  Extra plus?  Donations are tax-deductible (for those of you broke-asses who actually pay taxes).

Teachers Resource Zone

Teacher's Resource Zone

Cutbacks in state-funded educational programs are forcing teachers to buy their own supplies for students and classrooms.  The Teacher Resource Zone, funded by education grants, is a really rad addition to the Depot store.  Not only do they have books on education, teacher’s edition books, language study books, maps and educational posters, chalkboards, and general school supplies, but they also provide lesson plans, sample creative projects, literature guides, a teachers’ email list for notification about new inventory, and information about upcoming workshops for educators.

Buttons galore!

Buttons galore!

The amazing thing about Creative Reuse is that you didn’t even know you needed this stuff ‘til you saw it.  But then, once you realize you can’t live without that jar of buttons, it’s ok to buy it because it’s cheap.  And I’ve found that if you go right before closing or flirt a little, prices seem to drop a bit.

Creative Reuse
4695 Telegraph Ave. @ 49th
Oakland, CA 94609
Store hours: 
11am-6pm daily
Donations:  11am-5pm daily

P.S. Keep your eye out for more upcoming features on shops, restaurants, events, and places to hang out in the Temescal area.

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Chloe - Pennywise Reporter

Chloe's youth was split between California and Kauai, frolicking on a macadamia nut farm in the tropics and landing finally in the Bay Area. Raised by super-Jew hippies, and the youngest of three sisters, Chloe learned early the virtues of thrift, economy, and green living. To the chagrin of her parents (who hoped, of course, for a Jewish doctor or lawyer), Chloe has put her degree from UC Berkeley to great use by becoming a folk singer. As "Chloe Makes Music" she plays shows throughout SF and beyond, donning vintage frocks, selling handmade merch, and pinching pennies as she sings for her supper. Calling Berkeley home for the last six years, you can think of Chloe as the website's East Bay Correspondent, opening your eyes to the hippie-filled, tree-hugging, organic-loving, vegan-eating, but way-overlooked and awesome assets of Berkeley, Oakland, and beyond.
  • Rosemary

    I think the flirting only works ’cause your Hapa