Reclaim: A design sample bonanza!

Expired design samples often get thrown into the landfill when they go out of style – but they have plenty of creative life left in them!

Through our biannual Reclaim event, we collect and process thousands of pounds of samples from local designers and architects, and add in an assortment of other surplus materials like trophy parts, paper, office supplies, odds and ends, and media in our warehouse. We then open our warehouse door and invite the public to take as much as they want for a minimum $5 donation per person. This event is great for artists, crafters, educators, and DIY aficionados, but everyone is welcome to participate. Our unique and quirky retail shop will also be open during the event, so if you haven’t experienced the magic of our reuse center, please plan to stop in after Reclaim.

Interior designers, architects, and other design professionals make appointments to bring
expired design samples to Creative Reuse on the Friday before the event. We accept donations from 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM that day. Dozens of volunteers help process the donated materials. They also weigh and organize the donations.

The next day, the public is welcome to take as much of these materials as they wish for a $5 donation. Teachers in particular love this event because they can stock their classrooms with unique materials at a unbeatable price. Creative Reuse will add overstock from our warehouse which can include: paints, paper, office supplies, media, and frames to Reclaim.

Over 900 people have attended our Reclaim events.

There is no fee for businesses to drop off their materials, but we need to make Reclaim sustainable for the long term. The support of our design community is a vital element in achieving that goal. We suggest a $25 donation to cover costs, but will happily accept more to ensure our future success. Reclaim sponsorship levels and benefits are available.

To participate as a materials donor and Reclaim sponsor, please email: If you are interested in volunteering please email


Event Schedule:


  • Collection days: Tuesday April 23 – Saturday April 27 by appointment
  • Take away day: Sunday, April 28, 10 AM – 4 PM
Want to support the longevity of this event? Or position your business as a sustainability leader? Become a sponsor of the Fantastic Fabric Fill-a-bag Spectacular!

Reclaim Fall 2019

  • Collection days: TBD
  • Take away day: Saturday, August 17, 10 AM – 4 PM