New in the Neighborhood: Scraps KC
We've all that moment, holding something cute that we really don't need, and wishing there was a better option than throwing it away. Now there is. One of Kansas City’s newest nonprofits blends a mission of redistribution with renewal: they give new life to craft supplies both common and outrageous, while offering new dignity to homeless volunteers.
Scraps KC rescues artistic and industrial materials for “Creative Reuse”. These donated supplies fill their retail space with paper, cardboard, flooring materials, fabric, yarn, handware, and more, all of which would otherwise have ended up in a landfill. Artists, crafters, teachers, and families can repurpose and upcycle all these unique materials for 20%-80% less than they would pay to get supplies elsewhere. Scraps KC—and the crafters shopping with them—have already kept 12 tons of materials out of the landfill since they opened in September of 2016.
If you need a fun activity for family or friends, Scraps KC also hosts a Make-and-Take space for all-ages creativity. This imagination station is stocked with unique materials from their ever-changing supply, along with tape, scissors, and staplers. It’s $5 for 90 minutes, or it can be booked for field trips, team activities, youth groups, ladies night, you name it. (Of course, children under 12 must supply their own adult.) They also offer a “Design Center” with a few sewing machines for teens and adults, and are hoping to gradually equip it for many other crafts and creations. They also offer birthday parties, summer art camps, and can even provide badge workshops for Scouting Troops.
To prepare their rescued supplies for the shop or distribution, Scraps KC finds their volunteers among Kansas City’s homeless population. The founding family’s dedication to helping the homeless was a big part of their motivation for starting the charity in the first place. In exchange for their time and work, the volunteers receive meals, dignified treatment, and survival supplies. The team at Scraps KC is hoping to expand their services as they grow, to offer more for these individuals and hopefully employ their homeless volunteers.
As another intersection of creative reuse, renewal, and redistribution, the charity is aiming to give school supplies to 100 under-provided classrooms in the greater Kansas City area through their Adopt-A-Classroom initiative. Any community member, school, or group can adopt a classroom, or simply provide new / repurposed supplies to be distributed. Obviously, it’s better for the adopted classrooms to have enough supplies for each student—and it’s better for all of us to make sure those materials don’t end up in the landfill.
If you (or your business) hate sending unused materials to the dumpster, check out which supplies ScrapsKC can accept. They take donations on the first Friday and Saturday of each month, during their retail hours.
Address: 1324 W. 12th St., Kansas City, MO 64101
Hours: Tue-Fri 12-5, Sat 10-5