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I live in Brevard Co. Florida where I am on the board of directors for a non
profit organ. called The Reusable Resources Adventure Center. We offer
memberships to individuals or groups for a nominal fee and have open times
for gathering up the goods. One of the neatest things we have are green
round pieces of foam about 3 in in diameter and about 2 in thick. They are
the punchouts from the foam that oranges are shipped in. They are WONDERFUL
for limitless things, from clay work to cleaning, sponge painting,
Our organization was patterned after another such place in Boston (which was
one of or the first of such places.) We have others which have sprung up
around Florida and we "trade" surplus goods. I went to art school in the
late 60's early 70's and scrounging was part of my teacher training. To
have such a place that has limitless "junk" increases what I am able to
offer my students. I often go with another teacher and we walk thru
brainstorming ideas for "what could we do with that".
Another suggestion to those already posted is to contact any of your local
print shops and office places for paper overruns and mistakes. Several
years ago I got the leftovers from some printed calendar sheets--several
different colors and textures--it was printed on one side but very heavy--we
have used it for all sorts of projects. If you ask, all they can do is say
yes or no. Nothing to lose.
Good junking. Marlyn Foell, art teacher, Rockledge H.S. Florida