I first read about reuse stores as an option for frugal decorating on From Shopping to Saving. I checked out what options we have in Pittsburgh, and I found two. They’re both in the same building: Construction Junction and Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse (PCCR.) Construction Junction is the one that runs the free bike program that I wrote about, and their shop is mostly for old construction stuff, though I did see a couple walking out with a glass door. PCCR is for…everything random you could possibly imagine. Mostly crafty and artsy.
I had a couple of projects I wanted to start working on, so we headed to PCCR. I was floored. There’s bins and containers everywhere, most of which are pseudo-organized, overflowing with…stuff. Some of the things I saw: old trophies that could easily be repurposed, tons of slides and slide projectors, a whole section dedicated to sewing/knitting (including yarn, material, and sewing machines,) a mannequin, old school stationary, greeting cards, and postcards, small kids toys, rubber cartoon pig heads, cds, records, antiques, birthday stuff, nails, screws, etc., paint, nice $8 decorative vases (that easily could be used practically,) jewelry, beading supplies, ink for printers! (but they didn’t have the right size for mine..even though they were HP,) paint and painting supplies, flags and material scraps for the fourth of July, and a million other random little things.
My haul? Included: the ceramic mermaid head pictured above, red sand for sensory bottles, confetti sequins for sensory bottles, balloons, kiddo sunglasses and a gift bag. My sibling walked out with a roll of used film they intend to develop for curiosity’s sake. Our bill? $4.60-some cents. I’m glad I didn’t just go to Michael’s. Everything at PCCR was $8 or under the day I went (aside from the mannequin, who was $85.) Most of it fell in the $.50 to $1.00 range.
It was amazing, but it’s more of a place to browse when you’re not on a tight schedule and don’t have a specific item in mind. I was able to find things specific for what I wanted to do, but they sell whatever’s been donated; they don’t have a regular inventory. Crafty imaginative people will love it. And, like Erika suggested, home decorators who are starting with a clean slate both in their apartment and in their mind.