The one thing about having the reputation for "being crafty" your friends are constantly looking out for you.
"Hey Bets wanna take a road trip I found a store you will LOVE!" This was the message my friend Amy texted me a couple of weeks ago. She was driving to meet her kids and had some spare time to wander around and found a store that was a bit different.
When you walk into the store you immediately notice there is something different. Gone are the typical rows of brand new crafting supplies, instead you are met with supplies, leftovers and other treasures that might otherwise be tossed aside. The goal of this store is to "Engage a mind and save a landfill."
All supplies are purchased by the pound and you purchase a pound pass to use at the store. A 10 pound pass was reasonable for $10 and any leftover is kept on account to use at a future date. Their inventory is constantly changing so there may never be the same items twice, meaning if you see it there pick it up when you can!
The walls were adorned with jewelry, and artwork by local artists. Many of the pieces created were made using supplies from around the store others were not only hanging to inspire but many were for sale as well. The store likes featuring artists that use scraps, recycled, and repurposed materials.
I left Reusable Usables with my mind awhirl of ideas and a desire to go back next chance I have. I just need to convince my pal Amy to let me ride along on the next trip to Iowa!