Wondering what Reconsidered Goods is all about? The short version is that we are a 501-(c)(3) non-profit that takes donated materials from maufacturers and individuals and helps divert them from the landfill and instead, puts these items and materials into the hands of artists, makers, teachers and kids to create something new. Our locations features a retail store, workshop space, a maker's lab, gallery space, and a community room for artists to meet and create together. We have opened our retail location and we are now be able to offer these materials to the public as inexpensive supplies to reuse and be creative with, rather than purchasing new.

Visit us in our new location at 2805 Patterson St, Greensboro NC 27407

If you have items or materials that you know have some life left in them or if you work at a company that has materials that are unused or could be used creatively, then get in touch with us about making a donation. View our list of items we accept below. As we are a non-profit, your donations can be deductible. Conversely, if you are looking for unique items and materials, we have lots from which to choose.

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Did You Know?

There are


creative reuse centers in America


We're always looking for new items and materials and would be glad to take your donations based on the list below. If you have somwthing unique or are unsure if it's something we can accept, please give us a call or email us. Also, as a 501(c)(3), many donations are tax-decuctible.

Individuals bring us things like these:

  • Clean, usable art and craft supplies
  • Fabric, yarn, trim, buttons, sewing tools, weaving supplies, notions
  • Beads, findings, broken jewelry, jewelry-making supplies and tools
  • Scrapbooking supplies and tools
  • Office supplies and school supplies (paper, organizers, staplers, crayons, pens & pencils, etc.)
  • Frames, albums, photo storage materials
  • Photography supplies and equipment
  • Projectors and screens
  • Old photographs, slides, filmstrips, home movies
  • Vinyl albums, CDs, DVDs, diskettes, cassette tapes
  • Typewriters, sewing machines, adding machines, portable record players, radios
  • Books related to art, craft, do-it- yourself, architecture, design, or science
  • Maps
  • Artwork (paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture)
  • Easels and other studio equipment
  • Seashells
  • Clean, label-free glass jars with lids
  • Candles and wax
  • Greeting cards, stationery, scrapbooking materials
  • Odd, old, interesting, or mysterious items that might be used by an artist or teacher
  • Anything on the business donations list if you have it in large quantities

Businesses bring us things like these:

  • Architecture and design samples (carpet, flooring, upholstery, surface, glass samples, etc.)
  • Small hardwood scraps from woodworking
  • Computer punch cards, unused ledgers, and other pre-digital office materials
  • Paper, envelopes, hanging folders, binders, staplers, stamps, and other office supplies
  • Typewriters, projectors, screens
  • Lab glass and other unused lab supplies
  • Surplus, seconds, or misprinted promotional items
  • Cut-outs, roll ends, industrial mistakes
  • Cut-offs and other unprinted paper
  • Wine corks and other corks
  • Blueprints and architectural plans
  • Leather scraps and samples
  • Clean buckets, barrels, and other containers
  • Cigar boxes
  • Unused paper bags
  • Mat board, frames, and frame samples
  • Cardboard tubes
  • Film canisters
  • Spools, reels, and cones
  • Stickers and labels
  • Gears, cogs
  • Cord, wire, rope
  • Mannequin and other portable display fixtures

Did you know?

The Average American discards

4.34 lbs.

of garbage a day?


Kids and teens alike will enjoy great experiences at Reconsidered Goods doing creative and fun projects. We'll provide the materials they beed to make their projects and they’ll learn about creative reuse and as well as learning to use materials in fun and creative ways.
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SPECIAL EVENTS: We host regularly scheduled art & creative events such as our weekly Wednesday Make It™ nights. You can find out more about these on our Facebook Events page!

FIELD TRIPS: Reconsidered Goods is a field trip destination for area schools. Students learn about recycling, upcycling and creative re-use. View our Field Trip Info packet here. Contact us to schedule an appointment!

BIRTHDAY PARTIES: Host your child's birthday party with us and make it a fun, memorable and creative day!. Learn all the details on our birthday parties by downloading our Birthday Party Info Sheet. Contact us to schedule an appointment!

frequently asked questions

What is Reconsidered Goods?
Reconsidered Goods is a Creative Reuse Center with a 501(c)(3) nonprofit status and our mission is to promote creativity, environmental awareness, and community through reuse. We will collect materials from hundreds of individuals, businesses, industries, and municipal sources and distribute those materials for purchase in a retail store located in Greensboro, North Carolina as well as through workshops, events, and parties.

Reconsidered Goods is a benefit for all that are involved — after we achieve our501(c)(3) status, our donors will be eligible for a tax deduction for the value of the items they donate. Community members will have access to hard-to-find, affordable materials. Usable materials are kept from entering the waste stream..

Where do you get your materials?
We collect materials from Greensboro and the surrounding areas. Materials will include foam, paper, fabric, zippers, buttons, test tubes, and much more. We also will take in contributions from individuals. We welcome craft materials, art supplies, vintage goodies, and other unique items..
What materials do you accept?
Please visit our What materials do we accept page for information about donating materials, and what we are able to accept.
What do you do with the materials you collect?
Our materials are sorted and evaluated for sale. Materials will be sold in our retail store and are also featured in a variety of creative arts programs and workshops.
What are your store hours?
Tues. - Sat 10AM-5PM • Sun 12-5PM
Where are you located?
We are located at 2805 Patterson St. • Greensboro NC 27407
What do you do with the money you make selling materials?
Store sales and income generated by fee-for-service programming will support our operation and will allow us to collect materials from businesses and individuals in our area, and to process those materials and make them available to the public.
How did Reconsidered Goods get started?
In 2015, Paige Cox and a group of supporters began shaping Greensboro’s creative reuse center. Paige attended a 4 day Bootcamp hosted by The Scrap Exchange in Durham. Armed with the knowledge of this experience, our group has succesfully created Greensboro's first fully functioning non-profit creative reuse center.

As an organization, nearly 90% of our annual budget will be coming from income generated through store sales and fee-for-service programming. The money we make through retail sales and outreach programs will pay for day-to-day operations (salaries, rent, utilities, vehicles, etc.) and will allow us to continue collecting materials and providing programming that fulfills our mission. The remaining 10% will be generated through community grants to further the arts, education, and environmental endeavors.

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Did You Know?

A similar intiative in Durham, NC
was able to accept

103 TONS

of reusable material that was destined for the landfill in one year alone.

Board Members

Kathy Andersson

Kathy, a Greensboro native, holds a BS in interior design from East Carolina University and has devoted the last 22 years of her career to color marketing within the paint and coatings industry. Early this year Kathy made the decision to leave corporate in favor of entrepreneurship and has started a home staging and redesign business Rendered Nest. Her business ethos is solid and in many ways parallels with Reconsidered Goods: eco-consciousness, a re-use mindset and support of local industries. Kathy’s passion for color and design exemplifies inspiring people to create environments and objects that make them happy.

Alex Arnett

Alex Arnett has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from UNC Wilmington. He currently works as the Waste Reduction Supervisor for the City of Greensboro, where he manages the City’s recycling program. Alex is a Greensboro native and is excited to make the city a greener, more sustainable place to live and work.

Heather Azzu

Heather comes to the Board of Reconsidered Goods as a long-time member of the Greensboro community. She earned a degree in Sociology from Guilford College and then pursued a Masters in Liberal Studies at UNC Greensboro. She has worked in higher education admissions for 15 years at both four-year and community college levels, working with both traditional age students and those who are returning as adults or transfer students. Her passion is helping people to develop an educational pathway that leads to their personal and professional success. Reconsidered Goods has wonderful potential to add to the educational community in this area and Heather is excited about being a part of this energy!

Amber Bogle

Amber is eager to contribute her business background to the success of Reconsidered Goods. Although she claims she is notably lacking creative instincts, she is inspired by community – particularly the arts and the environment. Past involvement includes volunteering with the National Folk Festival’s first year in Greensboro, serving on her neighborhood association board, advocating for Rails-to-Trails and solid waste reduction and recycling efforts.

Tori Carle

Tori is the Recycling Education Specialist for the City of Greensboro.  She earned her BS in Biology and her MS in Environmental Education from UNC Wilmington.  She works with school and community groups throughout Greensboro to promote recycling, waste reduction, composting, and creative reuse.  Tori is particularly passionate about Plarn—aka plastic bag yarn—which has a multitude of reuse options and keeps plastic bags out of our recycling centers, landfills, local environments, and the ocean. 

Amy Charbonneau

Amy is a high school art teacher at Piedmont Classical High School in Greensboro. Since moving to Greensboro 15 years ago she has served as a community volunteer with a variety of organizations including The Prelude Society,  The Guilford County Animal Shelter, The Greensboro Opera, Red Dog Farm and the Irving Park Elementary School PTA.

Erin Stratford Owens

Erin is happy to have contributed to Greensboro’s thriving nonprofit community as Executive Director of The Barnabas Network for the past six and a half years. She volunteers as secretary of the board for Partners Ending Homelessness and on the steering and program committees of the Guilford Nonprofit Consortium. Erin, who holds a Master’s in Nonprofit Management, also works as a consultant specializing in new projects, start-up organizations and nonprofits experiencing turn-arounds or significant reinventions.

Gavin Sands Stevens

Gavin currently serves as the Senior Director of Resource Development for the United Way of Greater Greensboro.  She returned to Greensboro in 2014 after working as an internal strategic consultant with the Macy’s Merchandising Group in New York City. Prior to that, she worked for Elon University as Assistant Director of Admissions and Assistant Director of Annual Giving. Gavin holds a BA in Art and an MBA from Elon University as well as a Certificate of Non-Profit Management from Duke University. 

Toni Tronu

Toni moved to Greensboro with her band in 2011. She holds a BFA with a concentration in Photography from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Toni has been working with artists since 2009 and works at GreenHill, a non-profit dedicated to the promotion of NC arts, as The Shop manager and registrar. Aside from arts management, she is the lead singer for the rock band Elemeno and teaches private lessons at the Center for Visual Arts. In her spare time Toni has volunteered with organizations such as The National Folk Festival, Peacehaven, and Record Greensboro. 

Retail Store Staff

Martha Hughes-James

Martha joined the RG co-founders after many years of serving as a community volunteer and enjoying being mom to two boys and the active life that comes with that. In her previous career, she was a Research Associate at the Center for Creative Leadership, where she focused on educational and non-profit research and leadership experiences of women and people of color. Her community involvement includes working for organizations such as Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), The Women’s Resource Center, and serving on several school PTA boards. Martha’s experience with individual and organizational development, organizing and managing large events, providing office support and fundraising for non-profit organizations, and leading peer coaching groups will be well utilized at Reconsidered Goods. Her 15 years of experience working with a successful faith-based flea market has served RG well in its start-up phase. Martha has a tremendous appreciation of art and finds RG’s customers who are artists, crafters, and repurposers very inspiring. She has been an avid recycler/re-user all of her life, often to the embarrassment of her family, as she is known to remove recyclable items from public trash cans! In her spare time, she dedicates herself to fitness activities, friends and family, and advocating and fundraising for a cure for her sons and all others who live Type 1 diabetes. Her most recent personal accomplishment was bicycling 105 miles in JDRF’s Ride to Cure Type 1 diabetes.

Joseph Edwards

Joseph Edwards is a Graphic Designer, Illustrator, and Tinkerer. Originally from eastern NC, he has lived and worked in Greensboro for about 20 years since graduating from UNCG as an English major. He's been everything from a carpenter's assistant to the Art Director at Our State Magazine. Despite being an adult he still regularly skateboards, drinks on strange porches, and avoids parties. He is made whole by his wife and daughter, and makes bizarre counterfeit antiques on the weekends. Additionally, he cannot bear to speak about himself in third person for one minute longer.

Paige Cox

Paige grew up in Asheboro, NC and has always been into Environmental organizations. She went on to receive her BFA from SCAD in fiber arts and pursued her arts & crafts careers for years, selling wholesale and retail all over the country. She settled into a creative job at Anthropologie in Greensboro as the store display coordinator and later the visual merchandiser. After realizing that the Triad could use a Creative Reuse Center, she attended a 4 day bootcamp at Durham’s Scrap Exchange and was trained on opening a non-profit model to reduce our waste going into the landfill.

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High School Students can volunteer with us and

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Give us a call at (336) 763-5041 or drop us an email! We're interested in hearing from you! We're looking for sources for reusable materials. We're seeking volunteers and we want to hear form artists, teachers, makers, dreamers, builders, mad scientist and everyone who would love to have access to a wide range of materials for your classes, projects, experiments, art etc! Send us a note or a question!

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Help us raise critical funds!

Exciting things are happening this year with our efforts to start a creative reuse center in Greensboro NC! Our current intitative is become sustainable from ongoing sales of donated materials in our new location at 2805 Patterson St in Greensboro NC! However, we do have unfunded needs and startup costs that could benefit from financial donations. Please visit our donation link below and share this with your friends.

We have opened our retail location and we are now be able to offer these materials to the public as inexpensive supplies to reuse and be creative with, rather than purchasing new. Our facility features a retail store, workshop space, a maker's lab, gallery space, and a community room for artists to meet and create together.

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