923 Franklin Street, Durham, NC 27701

retail store phone: 919-688-6960
program office phone: 919-682-2751


What's New at The Scrap Exchange - November 2011 



Greetings from Our Director

 Dear Friends,

Are you ready for some holidays? If you’re still ramping up, I want to let you know about some fun things to see and do both here at The Scrap Exchange and around town ... Where do I start?!

First off ... it’s Third Friday, and not only is it Third Friday, but it’s Art Walk weekend in Durham! This is one of the BEST and MOST FUN weekends to be in Durham ~ you have access to more than 200 artists, music, food, cool spaces, more than 20 storefront art locations and great vibes all around town. Thank you Durham Arts Council for organizing this amazing semi-annual event!

You can kick things off by coming to The Scrap Exchange this Friday night from 6 to 9pm, to get the very FIRST look at our 8th Annual Craftland exhibit in our Green Gallery. (Thank you Owen FitzGerald, our Oakwood Intern, for organizing the show!) The show offers over 20 artists selling handmade-for-the-holidays gifts and products. Be the first to get a glimpse of the offerings and enjoy snacks, refreshments, PBR, and free art-making!

Also this weekend, one of our awesome Board members, Orla Swift has organized a Swing Dance at Duke Gardens with proceeds to benefit The Scrap Exchange. Swing for Scrap will be held on Saturday, November 19, from 8 to 11:30pm at the elegant Doris Duke Center, with a beginner dance lesson at 7pm for all of you newbie swing dancers who want to come but don’t know how to dance. This is a great way to shake it during the holidays and support The Scrap Exchange! You can reserve your spot in advance by buying a ticket at our store or online through Eventbrite at swingforscrap.eventbrite.com. Tickets will also be available at the door.

We’ll be closed on Thursday for Thanksgiving but will be open on Friday for our very own Black Friday celebration -- Smashfest! Come on out for some fun with metal bands, the opening of our Take-Apart Station, a mosaic hands-on, and the main event ... you can buy some breakable items (ceramics, plates, bric-a-brac, etc.) and SMASH them ... in a safe and respectful manner of course! A great way to have fun, get some of your holiday ya ya’s out, and celebrate the season, Scrap Exchange style.v

Hope to see you out and about ... many thanks for your support.

With love and gratitude,
Ann May Woodward
Executive Director

P.S. ~ A great big thank you to outreach coordinator Rowan Martell, who after three years of organizing all of our onsite and offsite programming, has moved on to bigger and better things. We wish her all the best, and welcome Jessica Moore as her replacement. Jessica has been working for us since the beginning of the year helping organize Triangle Reuse Alliance activities, including coordinating the Reuse Rodeos. Thank you Rowan and welcome Jessica!  


Make a Donation

Want to know how you can help The Scrap Exchange move forward and continue its mission of promoting creativity, environmental awareness, and community through reuse? Financial support is needed, now more than ever. Make a secure, online donation through Network for Good, mail us a donation, or stop by the store to drop off a contribution by cash, check, or credit card.



Store News

Parking Update

Coming to shop at The Scrap Exchange?  Please take note of this update to our parking situation.  Visitors to The Scrap Exchange are asked to please park only in spaces marked Reserved for CC&W in the central parking lot. (Unmarked spaces in that lot belong to Golden Belt/Scientific Properties and are not to be used by Scrap Exchange patrons.)

You may also park in any spot in the large lot at the end of Belt Street with the orange sunburst metal sculpture at the entrance.

If you are dropping off donations, you may use the loading and unloading zone directly in front of our main entrance.

Visit the Directions page for more information.  Thanks in advance for helping us be good neighbors with other businesses using the parking lots in the Golden Belt district!


Customer Appreciation Week November 26 - December 4

We love our customers at The Scrap Exchange!  And to prove it, we are hosting a Customer Appreciation Week  from November 26-December 4.   What are we planning for this fun and special week?  Here's a sneek peek!

Holiday Store Hours

Please note the following changes to our regular store hours in observance of the upcoming holidays.

11/24/11    Store closed on Thanksgiving Day
12/24/11    Store open from 10-3 on Christmas Eve
12/25/11    Store closed on Christmas Day
12/26/11    Store closed on Boxing Day
12/31/11    Store open from 10-3 on New Year's Eve
1/1/12        Store closed on New Year's Day

Tis the Season to Support our Artists!  

Many of you know that The Scrap Exchange is a great place to shop for unusual supplies for art, craft and other creative projects. But as we enter the season of gift-giving, we encourage you to think about The Scrap Exchange as a great place to also buy gifts.  And we are proud to say we have a wonderful group of exhibiting artists who create beautiful, creative gift items! Our artists are showcased year-round in our Artist Marketplace, as well as in Craftland, our extended holiday marketplace that we set up each year during November and December in the Green Gallery.   Make plans to shop this holiday season at The Scrap Exchange for handcrafted art, clothing, jewelry, journals, soaps, greeting cards,  quilts, frames, and much more.  All items are expertly created by local artisans using repurposed materials.  By purchasing handmade gifts you are supporting local artists and keeping your dollars in the local economy.  It's a win-win for all.

Here are a few of our favorite items currently in stock in the store!

Flourescent light bulbs

Philips U-Bend
Light Bulbs

$2 each or 10 for $15
They work!
comic books

 1980s Comic Books, 50 Cents

Spiderman, Disney, & much, much more
Matboard corners

Matboard Corner Samples

Wide variety of colors, 50 cents each
Stage Lighting

Stage and Theater Lights

Shine a spotlight!
Most are $10 each
medical gowns

Medical Gowns
50 cents to $1

Cases of yellow and blue scrubs
solar battery pod

Solar Battery Pods, $25 per unit

Where else can you buy one of these?
wood doors

Heavy Duty
Wood Doors

$25 each, solid or with glass insert
kyoto hand fans

Kyoto Hand Fans
25 cents each

Transform into a work of art
Vintage National Geographics

Vintage National Geographics

$20 per bundle of 1930s, 40s, 50s, 60s
packing peanuts

Packing Materials Peanuts and More

Just in time for holiday shipping

20th Anniversary - Free Coffee and Refreshments on the 20th of Each Month!

Be sure to stop in the store on the 20th day of each month all through 2011!   We will be offering free coffee and snacks to all our shoppers on this day every month.  This is our way of saying "thank you" for your support over the last twenty years.    

tse storefront 20 years

Up-to-the-Minute News on the Web

Find out up-to-the-minute news and happenings from The Scrap Exchange by following us on the web! Whether you are a fan of Facebook, a Twitter Tweeter, an avid blogger, or an Ebay shopper, we are there.  

become a friend on facebook follow us on twitter view our photos on flickr blog calendar Shop with us on Ebay
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shop for our new
items on ebay


And Now on YouTube and Etsy!

 Breaking News!  We've added a YouTube channel to our mix of online media venues.   Visit us on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/ScrapExchange.  

And we are now selling on Etsy!  Visit our Etsy shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/scrapexchange.


Outreach Event News

Do you need a fun, hands-on activity for your upcoming fair, festival, company or school event, conference, or party? Call The Scrap Exchange’s “Events by the Truckload” program! We provide a vanload of fascinating materials and trained staff who set everything up, help facilitate the creativity, and clean it all up afterwards. There’s nothing else like it.

Here’s a look at where the Scrap Exchange vans will be in the next few weeks...

scrap va

If you’d like to book an event or get more information, call Jessica Moore at 919-682-2751 (program office number) or email her at events@scrapexchange.org.  

November 19 Swing for Scrap Fundraising Dance Durham, NC
November 30 Cresset Christian Academy Workshop Durham, NC
December 4 Parkwood Holiday Parade Durham, NC
December 9 NetApp Holiday Family Open House Morrisville, NC
December 10 Bayer Crop Science Holiday Party RTP, NC


New in the Green Gallery

About Our Gallery

The Green Gallery at the Scrap Exchange is dedicated to showcasing artists who are using repurposed materials in their work. Gallery openings feature beverages and snacks and free art-making in our open studio room.

Openings are held on the third Friday of every month, from 6 to 9 pm, in conjunction with Downtown Durham’s Third Friday gallery walk events. The public is always welcome to attend any opening.  Our gallery receptions are sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon - thanks PBR!  If you can’t make it out to an opening on Third Friday, then stop by and tour the gallery any time our retail store is open.
Green Gallery

This Month's Show

(Our 89th Third Friday Opening!)


November 18 - January 14
Opening Reception: Friday, November 18 from 6-9 pm

Nearly thirty local crafters, tinkerers, and artists flood The Scrap Exchange on Friday November 18th to kick off Craftland, our annual holiday marketplace set up in The Green Gallery! We're throwing ourselves into community, local production, local consumption, and creative reuse for the holidays. Swatches of discarded fabric are turned into tote bags and mermaids. Leftover yarn is transformed into pink elephant mittens. Newspaper and cloth become vases and planters. Scrap metal forms tiny robots with personality to spare. Driftwood is carved into whirligigs. And best of all, this magic comes to Durham and the Triangle by local hands practicing the art of creative, sustainable reuse.

Our opening night reception runs from 6 until 9 pm on Friday, November 18th. Many of our artists will there to meet and greet. We'll have light snacks, drinks, and free PBR for folks to enjoy. Local music will be be provided by Salt to Bitters and story/folk group Jokes and Jokes and Jokes. The delightful dumpling truck ChirbaChirba will be parked outside to feed folks who brought more of an appetite, and bikeCOFFEE will be on hand to caffeinate and warm the masses.

Craftland will run from Friday, November 18th until Saturday, January 14th. The opening night reception is free. Craftland will be open to the public during all regular store hours.


2012 Green Gallery Calendar 

Call for Artists         

January - December 2012

The Green Gallery at the Scrap Exchange has issued a call for artists for the 2012 calendar of exhibitions. We offer a wide range of exhibits throughout the year, featuring artists who use reusable, reclaimed, repurposed or environmentally friendly materials in their work. Gallery shows change out monthly, and openings are scheduled on the third Friday of each month, in conjuction with other Third Friday Durham activities.  If you are interested in having a show, curating a show, have a show idea, or want to join the gallery committee in facilitating the shows, send an email with your proposal to store@scrapexchange.org .  Please put "Green Gallery 2012" in the subject line of the email.   The deadline for proposals is December 16th, 2011.


More Scrap Exchange News and Events

Swing for Scrap: A Dance Fundraiser
November 19

Join us at a rocking swing dance in Duke Gardens’ elegant Doris Duke Center to raise money for The Scrap Exchange. The dance will feature DJs playing classic East Coast swing tunes and a beginner dance lesson at 7 p.m. where you can learn some basic moves that will serve you all night.

No special attire is required—anything from blue jeans to vintage Lindy Hop dresses is fine. Leather-soled shoes are highly recommended for ease in dancing.

We’ll also have dance bags and other goodies for sale, along with snacks and soft drinks (no alcohol permitted).

To purchase tickets online, visit swingforscrap.eventbrite.com (service charge applies). Advance tickets without a service charge can be purchased at The Scrap Exchange, 923 Franklin St, Bay 1, Durham, NC 27701.

Tickets are $12 for the general public and $10 for members of the Scrap Exchange Friends Club or members of the Triangle Swing Dance Society, Carolina Dance Club, or Piedmont Swing Dance Society.

What Swing for Scrap Dance Fundraiser
Where Doris Duke Center, Duke Gardens, Duke University, 420 Anderson St., Durham, NC
When Saturday, November 19, 2011
Time 8:00 pm to 11:30 p.m.
beginner lesson for ticket holders at 7:00pm
Parking On-Site, free after 5 p.m.

Durham Art Walk November 19-20

The Durham Art Walk Holiday Market is a unique downtown art event featuring the work of over 200 artists in a festive holiday setting.   Art Walk festivities will run from 10am-5pm on Saturday November 19, and from 1pm-5pm on Sunday November 20.  The Scrap Exchange is a participating site and a featured stop on the Art Walk map.  

This event is free and open to the public.  The Durham Art Walk is  produced by the Durham Arts Council with support from MANY generous community sponsors.   More information including a schedule of events, participating sites and map can be found at http://www.durhamartwalk.com/.

Vote for The Scrap Exchange in Chase Community Giving

Chase Community Giving is giving over $3 million dollars in grants to charities this fall, and you can help The Scrap Exchange be a recipient!  The Chase Community Giving contest is taking place on Facebook, and the public can vote for the eligible organizationsthat they support.  The top 100 charities collecting the most votes will receive between $25,000 and $250,000 each.  If you are a Facebook user, you can go to our profile page on Chase Community Giving and cast your vote for The Scrap Exchange.  This is an easy and quick way for you to show your support for the Scrap Exchange and our mission.

Introducing: The Take Apart Station!

Ever wanted to take a machine or gadget apart and see what makes it tick - or beep, or wiggle...?  Do your kids like to dismantle your expensive gizmos to make “robots?”  Well now you can breathe easy, the Scrap Exchange is busy preparing a new program to assist you.

The Scrap Exchange is  proud to introduce our  new Take Apart Station!  We provide the gadgets, the tools, the safety gear and some simple guidelines so you can tinker to your heart’s content.  Just like our Open Studio make and take program, the Take Apart Station costs only $5 per participant for 90 minutes of tinkering!  Don’t worry about making a mess in your living room and being stuck with a pile of e-waste, let us provide the space and the recycling.   You can keep any parts you want, and we’ll deal with the rest.

The Take Apart Station is for kids or adults; kids under 18 must have a parent or guardian present.  You can bring your own item to take apart or you can purchase something here in the store and use the Take Apart Station to harvest the useful parts.

Questions?  Call the store today at 919-688-6960 to find out more!

Scrap Exchange Hosts Smashfest on Black (metal) Friday
November 25

The day after Thanksgiving is nicknamed Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year marked by mass consumerism and celebrated by malls and retailers all over the country.  The crowds, the overspending, and the fight for parking spaces are enough to give anyone a massive headache.  

On November 25, from 6 to 9 PM, the Scrap Exchange will celebrate a different kind of "Black Friday" by hosting Smashfest, a fundraiser / party to ponder our excessive consumer culture and the oncoming darkness of winter by breaking stuff and listening to metal bands in close proximity to fire.

There will be breakable items to purchase such as plates, mugs, and other bric-a-brac and a handy wall upon which these items may be dashed to bits.

Inside the store we will be joined by Skip of A/V Geeks  who is selecting some relevant treasures from his massive film collection to share with us.

To further aid you in your stress lowering, id celebrating, giant meal digesting metal mania we will also have beer and fire. So come join us and let loose in the darkness, you’ll feel better.

The following bands will be performing at Smashfest:  Systems,  Church of Wolves, and Feast Upon Thy Brother.

smashfest poster

Shop Independent Durham Week
November 26 - December 4

The Scrap Exchange is proud to be a member of  a group of independent Durham retailers that vow to promote shopping at local businesses during the entire year.  "Shop Independent Durham" was started thanks to the efforts of Tom Campbell at The Regulator Bookshop.  To launch this holiday season's Shop Independent Durham campaign, each participating retailer, including The Scrap Exchange, will host special events and sales specials from November 26 - December 4 to encourage Durham residents to shop local, independent and small businesses.  

Sales specials at The Scrap Exchange will coincide with our Customer Appreciation Week, and will include:
To find a complete list of merchants participating in Shop Independent Durham Week, go to http://www.sustainabull.net/.  

Holiday Party and 3rd Annual Iron Crafter Competition
December 16, 6-9 pm

Mark your calendars!  You are invited to attend our annual Holiday Party from 6-9pm on December 16 right here at The Scrap Exchange.  As always, we will provide good food, beverages and great music.  And that's not all!  This year our holiday party will feature the third annual Iron Crafter competition!  Never seen our Iron Crafter competition?   Imagine a couple dozen artists, of all ages and skill levels,  competing side by side in front of your eyes to come up with the most creative solution to a design challenge using materials from The Scrap Exchange and a super duper secret ingredient!

We can't wait to see what people come up with this year! We will provide all the tools and materials, and of course the secret ingredient. As usual, we'll have drinks and snacks and other fun things going on. We are in the process of finalizing our Holiday Party and Iron Crafter details, so be sure to check  our website, our blog, or Facebook and Twitter to get the latest information and submit your name to participate in this wild and wacky competition. Stay tuned for more details...

Classes at The Scrap Exchange

Fall Session of Classes Now Underway! 

Are you ready to take a class in creative reuse? There's still time to learn a new skill and apply it to making holiday gifts. We have one class remaining in our fall session. 

    December 4: New Creations from Old Quilts 

Visit the Classes page on our website for a complete description and registration information.

In the Neighborhood

Third Friday Durham Events

Our Green Gallery openings are always scheduled to coincide with other Third Friday events in downtown Durham. Here are the things we know about now happening on this Third Friday; there may be more in the works! All events are Friday, November 18 from 6-9 pm unless otherwise noted. More information is available at www.thirdfridaydurham.com.

Three Views of the Same Subject , 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Studio 123 at Golden Belt , 807 East Main Street Durham NC , Durham, NC 27701

Exhibition Opening and Artist Reception: Handcrafted Photography of Kevin Logghe , 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Through This Lens , 303 E. Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701

In the BASEMENT presents... A Stitch in Time: 9 Local Artists , 6:00pm - 9:00pm
susan frosch art & design , 305 e chapel hill st, durham arts place, basement studio- enter from alley behind building, Durham, NC 27701

Green Gallery Opening: "Craftland", a holiday marketplace , 6:00pm - 9:00pm
The Scrap Exchange , 923 Franklin St., Bays 1 and 2, Durham, NC 27701

Giving Thanks through Hydroponics , 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Recyclique , 2811 Hillsborough Road, A creative upcycling nonprofit, Durham, NC 277005

RECEPTION Burlap: Agrarian Portraits of Piedmont farmers by Raymond Goodman / open studios , 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Bull City Arts Collaborative , 401-B1 Foster Street, Durham, NC 27701

re·cep·tion- the Art of Cody Tyler and Adesola Ogunleye , 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Rock Paper Scissors Salon and Gallery , 413 East Chapel Hill Street, Durham, NC 27701

Reese McHenry “Backgrounds” , 11:00am - 11:00pm
The Broad Street Cafe , 1116 Broad Street, Durham, NC 27705

Season of Lights Opening Reception , 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Claymakers , 705 Foster Street, Durham, NC 27701

HOMEGROWN/UNDER 35 , 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Craven Allen Gallery/House of Frames , 1106 1/2 Broad St., Art Gallery, Durham, NC 27705


More Neighborhood Events

Visit our In the Neighborhood page on our blog to see what is happening here in Durham and beyond over the next few weeks!New entries provide information about opportunities from the Raleigh Arts Commission, classes at Tech Shop RDU, and programming from Stone Circles.  Read all about these and much more! 




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