Monday, October 10, 2011
repurpose, iMagine, create
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We took our final trip yesterday to Wonderscope, a hands-on children's museum near Kansas City that we always adore visiting because it is bright, cheery, educational, big enough to keep the kids' interest for a long time, and too small to get lost or overwhelmed. Within it is one of the coolest crafty concepts I've ever seen: the Repurpose, iMagine, Create store, a tiny room crammed with art/craft supplies and recyclables priced at next to nothing. The goal of the store is simply to encourage teachers, parents, kids & crafters to repurpose old stuff instead of buying new. Hardly anything costs more than a quarter.
The store is funded entirely by donations so it's like an ever-rotating garage sale. This time I saw latch hook yarn (!), greeting cards (one penny each), rolls of cash register tape, film canisters, fabulously cheesy paint by numbers, baby food jars, acrylic paints, ribbons, yarns, fabrics, envelopes, paper, even pieces of someone's personal scrapbook from the 70s. It's all more or less sorted out by category, but still jumbled up enough to make a treasure hunter happy. I found many a stack that looked (and smelled) like it had been in Grandma's attic for at least 40 years. So much fun to dig through. A place where you can still get away with giving the kids an allowance of 50 cents. Paper Source it is not, but if you're looking for the thrill of the find (and a year's worth of crafty projects) for less than the change under one sofa cushion, this place is indeed a scope of wonder.