We achieve our mission through community initiatives including our SHOP where patrons can get materials they need for their creative projects, and through our hands-on creative PROGRAMS, both at our center and around the region.

You are cordially invited to our next big shindig: August 21st from 6-9 unnamedPM at the new Wigle Barrelhouse and Whiskey Garden on the Northside! It’s the perfect chance to check out their new digs while supporting an organization you dig.

Your pay-what-you-can contribution will help us to keep our shop magical, offer fun community programs, and save up for the day when our 21-year-old van kicks the bucket.

Indulge in some craft cocktails and kick up your heels to the foot-tappin’ tunes of the Lone Pine String Band. Prepare to get crafty at our build-your-own-party-hat station. And don’t forget to bring a wad of bucks for our non-traditional raffle featuring curious finds from our shop.

While you’re at it, you might like to savor some fine grubbery from our generous sponsors: B
ar Marco
, East End Food Co-op, and Bistro to Go. Expect a couple of food trucks to show up too, including The Pop Stop and others.

Get your tickets on Eventbrite before August 21st to breeze through the registration line, and to receive an Uber deal code to help you get to and from the event in style. It’s pay-what-you-wish for this one, friends; we appreciate any level of support you can give. Wigle Whiskey (how we love them!) is generously donating 12% of all drink and bottle sales to us . . . so drink up!

It’s going to be a good-eatin’, good-drinkin’ kind of time!

Parking Tips from Wigle Whiskey

You can park in all the following places:

1. Gravel lot on Spring Garden Avenue, diagonal from Whiskey Garden

2. In alley behind Whiskey Garden, which you can access from Vinial or Basin Street.

3. Street parking on Troy Hill Road, Vinial, Voskamp or any of the streets in the neighborhood. You can access Voskamp via Basin Street–we’ll have a Wigle person there to help you find it!

4. Lots surrounding Penn Brewery (including next to municipal building, and in gravel lot on Troy Hill Road, as well as lots on Vinial Street)

5. Lot behind Schiller Classical Academy which you can get to via Wetach St

Please do not park on sidewalks on Spring Garden Avenue. We heart our neighbors and the feeling is mutual right now. We don’t want that to change!

in the shop & around pittsburgh           

August is back to school month at Creative Reuse! Our Back to School sale runs from Friday, August 8th through Friday, August 29th. Stock up on all your school needs, including paper, pencils, rulers, erasers, binders, folders, organizers, and more! All school-related supplies are buy-one-get-one FREE for everyone. Special teachers-only deal: Sign up at the front desk to receive unlimited buy-one-get-one FREE bulk bags. All homeschool teachers, librarians, community teachers, and alternative teachers are welcome! Check out the Facebook event here!

August 14 is our next Open Studio from 6-8 pm.  It’s also the birthday of Halle Berry, Steve Martin, Magic Johnson, and Erika Johnson, one of whom will be on hand to serve you ice cream and cake and demonstrate a simple bookbinding method. Please join us for this monthly potluck, pay-what-you-wish community gathering of creative minds.  Make stuff, make friends, eat cake. RSVP here!

On August 16 & 17 we will be out at the Tanger Outlets in Washington, PA for their KidSTYLE Fashion Camp and Tour. We’ll be there on both days from 12-5 pm facilitating Reuse-a-Palooza: Wearables Edition. This is a public event with all kinds of fun and fashionable activities, along with some tasty food vendors! For more information click here. We’re so excited for all this month’s happenings, which will also include working with: Girl Power! at Homewood Children’s Village, residents of Pressley Ridge, teachers from La Escuelita Arcoiris, and new college students during orientation events at Pitt & CMU.

Additionally, we’re getting pumped for the upcoming Steel City Big Pour, which will happen at Construction Junction on Saturday, September 6. This event is so wonderful that tickets are already sold out! Our shop will be closed on that day.

Did you know that Creative Reuse volunteers get special discounts and occasional pizza-related perks?! If you’d like to volunteer with us, fill out our volunteer application and we’ll email you with an invite to our next volunteer orientation.

A MILLION THANKS to our summer interns! Joe & Maddie have been working tirelessly to make our shop even more orderly and magical than usual.  Megan has been doing some amazing evaluation and analysis work. And Renee has been working her design magic on all sorts of things — this newsletter for instance! They are all incredibly awesome! If you, or someone you know, might be interested in an internship at Creative Reuse keep an eye on our webpage and Facebook page for fall internship postings soon.

We can’t wait to see you in the shop, in and around the ‘Burgh, and especially at our Wigle Bantam Night!