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Give Salvaged Signs New Life!

There comes a time in every person’s life when they need a sign — perhaps a yard sign, a sign advertising a performance, event or business, or a sign to bring to a protest. Having a durable sign made new can be both expensive and environmentally unsustainable. Vinyl, foam board and corrugated plastic–common sign materials– are not recyclable, so are destined for landfill unless reused. Fortunately, the durability of these materials means they can be easily and repeatedly repurposed with a bit of paint and creativity.  We saved hundreds of pounds of signage in various materials this summer from both the Democratic National … Continue reading

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“Whaddya think this thing is?!” The story of sorting it all out.

Vintage furniture pieces, unique items from major motion pictures, large quantities of lumber, beautiful stage curtains–the range of materials we save here at the re is broad. It’s our mission to not only divert these materials from landfill, but to also help find new uses and homes for them, and to share these reuse stories with our supporters. We often share the biggest, weirdest, and coolest donations that come through our roll door. While many of our donations are exciting, there are other materials we save that are equally as important, but may not be quite as glamorous to share. … Continue reading

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Little Bags. Big Impact!

Anna Welsh is an inspiring, young social entrepreneur and re customer who is using her artistic skills as a force for positive change.  Just 12 years old, Anna started a business called Little Bags. Big Impact (check out her instagram @littlebags.bigimpact) selling a line of lovely, hand made clutch bags she created using reclaimed fabric purchased here at The Resource Exchange.  A portion of each bag’s proceeds will go towards buying books for middle and high school girls living in poverty in the Philadelphia region! Her bags are currently being sold in the boutique shop Fuzion in Narberth (see @fuzionstyle on Instagram). … Continue reading

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