Discovering new things are always fun, especially whenever you stumble into them. If you’ve read my previous post, you know it’s times like these that I love and value the most.
After having brunch, which you can read all about my review here, my friend and I started to wonder off down the block on 3rd until we saw a little shop with all these trinkets inside.
The Long Beach Depot for Creative Reuse is a non-profit business that collect donations of used and recycled materials. People would then purchase these materials, from construction papers to buttons to fabrics for any crafty and artistic projects. Originally from the Bay Area, Lisa Hernandez opened the shop about seven years ago in the East Village of the Arts District, having heard word that Long Beach was going green. Lisa wasn’t happy with the jobs she held in the corporate world, and with the encouragement from her daughter, she then decided to introduce the first creative reusable shop to the city of Long Beach.
The idea of the shop came from many influences, including being inspired by her father. Growing up, Lisa’s father had her reuse materials until they were no longer able to use them. She didn’t understand the purpose of her father teachings then, but after doing a little growing up, she learned to appreciate the value of her father’s lessons. Lisa’s father owned a warehouse, and he had collected arts of his own, so The Long Beach Depot for Creative Reuse is decorated in his memory.
If I had known about the place, I wouldn’t have dumped six boxes of magazine articles in a dumpster. Because of that, I want to encourage you to find a local reusable shop. Take in your used or recycled materials so that kids or artists within your community can use it for their own creativity.
Lisa reminded me the importance of giving back to the community, and finding creative ways to reuse unwanted materials. Overall, it was such a pleasure speaking to Lisa about the business! As advised, call to inquire about dropping off any of your unwanted materials at The Long Beach Depot for Creative Reuse! For more information, please visit The Long Beach Depot for Creative Reuse.