ABOUT US

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 manufacturers 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

HUNDREDS

of creative reuse centers around the world?

WHAT TO DONATE?!

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?

SUMMER WORKSHOPS & CAMPS FOR KIDS & TEENS!!

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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CREATIVE EVENTS, FIELD TRIPS & BIRTHDAY PARTIES!!!

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. We also offer private events for adults as well. Ready to plan a fun and creative event with us? Submit your info on our Private Event Planning Form 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 successfully 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.



Special Events Calendar


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. In 2016, 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.


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 17 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 waste Reduction Supervisor for the City of Greensboro. She has a passion for reducing waste heading to the landfills, increasing recycling, and educating residents about small simple changes that can make big impacts on our local environment. As the self titled “Recycling Empress of Greensboro”, she is dedicated to sharing RG’s mission with everyone she meets.


Amy Charbonneau

Amy is a high school art teacher at Piedmont Classical High School in Greensboro. Since moving to Greensboro 16 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 a crafter, a sewer, a putting-junk-together-and-calling-it-art-er. Her love of all things creative and recycled, paired with her nonprofit training and experience are a natural match for Erin and RG. She has loved helping Reconsidered Goods become the first creative reuse and recycle center in Greensboro. She's the Executive Director of Humane Society of the Piedmont during the day and can be found toiling away on her 1947 Singer featherweight after the kids have gone to bed - using fabric from RG, of course!


Gavin Sands Stevens

Gavin currently serves as the Executive Director of the Alamance Community Foundation. Before taking on that role in her home community, she was the Senior Director of Resource Development at the United Way of Greater Greensboro. Gavin returned to the area 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. She lives in Elon with her husband and young daughter.


Amy Snyder

Amy was born and raised in Greensboro before earning a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After working for two years as a graphic artist, she felt a need to give back to the community and went on to earn an M.S. in Creative Arts Therapy from Nazareth College of Rochester. She has spent several years in the non-profit field, as Support Services Coordinator at Bell House, Inc., Development Associate at The Barnabas Network, and Teaching Artist for the Creative Aging Network-NC. Amy is currently the Communication Specialist for Alumni Engagement at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is passionate about creativity in all forms, particularly when it is used to build connections between people.


Dustin Yankovich

Originally from colder climates, then spending time in a warmer place for a while, Dustin found his way to Greensboro a couple of years ago. For work, he has been primarily in sales and administration, with a dash of communications on the side. In his free time he enjoys reading, playing with his doggo's, tinkering around the house doing chores and random furniture restore projects. While only recently joining the Reconsidered Goods family, he looks forward to being able to help in some way with the mission and vision this quickly growing nonprofit affords to the greater community of which it belongs.

 



Retail Store Staff


Paige Cox
Co-Founder/Executive Director

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.


Martha Hughes-James
Co-Founder/Associate Director

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.


Laura Maruzzella
Education Director

Laura Maruzzella is an artist, educator and proud Greensboro native. She is passionate about the arts as a tool for personal and community wellness. Laura graduated from the Art + Design program at NC State and went on to study at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, receiving her Masters in Art Therapy in 2013.She’s since worked teaching art classes and leading therapeutic arts workshops in a various settings including schools, non-profits, assisted living centers and children’s hospitals.

Laura believes the best educational experiences are built with collaboration, creativity and community and is dedicated to designing programs for people of all ages and abilities. Aside from her role as Education Coordinator, Laura keeps busy creating art from reused textiles, pursuing her Art Therapy license, and spending time with her amazing family and friends. Sharing her love of art with the Reconsidered Goods community is truly a dream come true!

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Did You Know?

High School Students can volunteer with us and

earn credits

towards their required volunteer hours for graduation?

Contact Us

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 and a community room for artists to meet and create together.

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