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, and a community room for artists to meet and create together. We envision a world where all non-trash items see a second life through art and creative reuse. We see a world where nothing is used once and thrown away ... but reused again and again.
Visit us in our new location at 4118 Spring Garden 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.
Our store is open seven days a week except for major holidays:
Now you can buy that perfect gift for the Holidays or for any occasion! Get a voucher for yourself or gift one to a friend! Click the link below and we will email this voucher with the selected amount of your choice. Thanks for supporting Reconsidered Goods!
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.
FOR OUR STAFF'S SAFETY, DO NOT LEAVE DONATIONS ON ANY DAYS OR TIMES OTHER THAN THOSE LISTED BELOW::
Dates: June 13-17: Ages: 2nd- 3rd grades
Description: This camp is for makers who are curious to ask questions about the world around them, to explore, to discover, and to play with an inventive way of making a work of art. Each day students will learn about a contemporary artist’s work inspired by the creative reuse, free-flow process. Students will explore how to use their imagination to create their own world and artwork, while learning the elements of color, shape, texture, contrast, repetition, and form.
Dates: June 20- 24: Ages: 4th,5th, 6th grades
Description: Perfect for the maker who wants to explore everything! Students will learn about the world of creative reuse and try a bit of everything! Each day students will learn about artists who are known for reusing, recycling, and repurposing materials as a part of their creative process. Students will use a variety of media like paint, clay, cardboard, wire, fabric, plastic, wood, and more to create one of a kind works of art.
Dates: June 27-July 1st Ages: 7th, 8th, 9th grades
Description: Inspired by art that incorporates an abundance of layers, lines, and movement visually, as Op Art, short for optical art, is an abstract art movement that uses lines, rhythm, and movement to create optical illusions. Artworks often look like they are moving, blurring, or coming alive. Sometimes what you first see morphs completely into something else. Students will learn how to create a composition by drawing and painting, using lines, geometric shapes, color, and black and white shapes, as well as, using positive and negative shapes. Students will learn how to place hard edges to the surface to make the lines and shapes “disappear,” using graphic edges that are painted or drawn close together to create an optical illusion that seem to pulse, vibrate, move, or reach off the page.
Dates: July 11-15 Ages: 10th, 11th, 12th grades
Description: The art of bookmaking and creating handmade paper will introduce students to basic concepts and techniques for making handmade paper and handmade books. Students will learn about measuring, cutting, folding, and tearing paper, as well as dissecting holes to create folded and sewn bindings with both soft and hardcover. Students will use materials that go along with the traditional handmade paper process found around RG as recycled materials including newspapers, magazine paper, construction paper, and more.
Dates: July 18 – 22 Ages: 4th, 5th, 6th grades
Description: Turn a plain cardboard box into a work of art! This camp’s design is to create art out of collected reusable materials, such as, cardboard boxes, tissue boxes, toilet paper and paper towel rolls, and flat sheets of cardboard. Students will learn the technique of how to create, build, and sculpt out of cardboard and other mediums to explore the basics of 2D relief art, and 3D art. Students will work individually and collaboratively to create artwork big and small throughout the week.
ates: July 25-29 Ages: 7th, 8th, 9th
Description: Students will explore how to create a work of art that focuses on realism and the abstract image through paper collage and other mixed media art. Learn how to use and manage paper collage techniques, learn about supporting materials for a collage, while incorporating other mixed media, as paints, ink, graphite, and more. Students will learn how to use patterns and textures to create an image/composition. The art of collage is about arranging, re-arranging, and layering your cut or torn images of paper. You will learn the basics of working the entire surface as you identify shape, form, space, and placement of materials. By the end of the camp students will have the basic knowledge on paper layering, assemblage, decorative collage, and acrylic paint collage.
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.
As an organization, nearly 90% of our annual budget will be coming from income generated through 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.
Reconsidered Goods accepts donations on designated donation days and is averaging around
of materials that are donated per month and diverted from our local waste stream.
Originally from San Diego, California, Catena has worked for almost 30 years as an arts administrator, working in finance, operations, program development, and fundraising. She is currently the Director of Development at ArtsGreensboro, the city’s arts council, and previously served as the Deputy Director at The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, and Assistant Director at The Mattress Factory, a contemporary art museum, both in Pittsburgh, PA. She is a member of the Women's Professional Forum and AFP NC Triad Chapter, and co-chair of the Development Committee for Elsewhere. She lives with her husband Anthony and their rescue pets, dog Julio, and cats Sheila, Alberto, and Iggy.
Shayla comes to us from the coast of North Carolina where she received her bachelors degree in graphic design from Elizabeth City State University. Shayla spent several years as an arts educator for Guilford County Schools, and she sees the need that the school system has for outreach educational programs that focuses on the arts. She hopes to be able to help connect the two. Shayla is currently exploring a new career with Apple Inc and plans to focus on making connections and building partnerships.
Susan has been a huge fan and advocate of Reconsidered Goods since its inception. She holds the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional designation and founded Greensborobased Green Valley Wealth Management. She loves sharing her financial experience to support the mission of creative reuse and recycling. Other volunteer interests include African American Male Initiative, Triad Health Project, Financial Planning Association and a wide range of community outreach through St. Pius X Church. Additionally, the Rizzi family has supported retired racing greyhound rescue for over 35 years.
Jason was born in a small town in rural Virginia, growing up on the family 300-acre tobacco farm. He moved to Greensboro the first time in 2000 to attend The University of North Carolina at Greensboro to obtain a Master of Public Health degree. After leaving to work in health promotion for colleges, he returned in 2005 to work for UNCG for 7 years while obtaining his Education Specialist in Higher Education Administration from Appalachian State University and a Doctorate in Health Science from Nova Southeastern University. He now serves as the Chair of Allied and Public Health for South University overseeing the campus and online programs. In his spare time, he loves spending time with his husband and their small zoo of cats, dogs, and fish. He also does landscaping and other crafts, thus what brought him into the wonderful world that is Reconsidered Goods.
Heather is a scientist with the heart of a crafter. She has lived in Greensboro for 20 years, and has taught Biology at UNC-Greensboro for most of that time. Heather is a member and past board member of the Piedmont Chapter of the Embroiderer's Guild of America. She is a huge hobbyist who is always looking for a new craft to obsess over. As an environmentalist, educator, and crafter: Reconsidered Goods feels like a second home and she looks forward to doing great things with them.
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 Assistant Director for Advancement Communications at UNC Greensboro. She is passionate about creativity in all forms, particularly when it is used to build connections between people.
Sidney is an artist and educator who joined the Greensboro community after living on both the west coast and in the midwest. In her artistic practice, she works to question social norms and explore the oddities of the everyday. She is currently an Undergraduate Academic Advisor for the College of Visual & Performing Arts at UNCG. Sidney likes all things Titanic, dogs, and making pies.
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.
Tamra Hunt, is an artist, arts educator, and a proud member of the Lumbee Tribe of NC. Born and raised in Greensboro, she has always had a passion for the creative arts and how the arts can create unity within the diverse communities throughout Greensboro.
Tamra graduated from UNC-Greensboro (07’) with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and then moved to Knoxville, TN in 2011 where she attended the School of Art at UT and graduated in 2015 with a Master’s in Fine Arts, concentrating in Painting and Drawing. After graduating, she taught for four years as an adjunct Professor of Art at Walters State Community College in Morristown, TN. Along with adjunct teaching, Tamra has over ten years of teaching experience in a variety of schools, non-profits, and non-profit arts organizations.
Through her education and teaching experience, Tamra believes in the importance of community outreach and collaboration as a conversation starter to the discovery of artistic self-expression, exploration, and artistic growth that all humans have the ability and the right to experience. To learn to see, look, and practice creative thinking through the process of art making. Where students of all ages will grow in their own artistic language and creative expression, most importantly, to have fun!
Tamra is excited to join the staff at Reconsidered Goods as the Education Program Director. She looks forward to connecting to the RG community while creating youth camps, youth and adult classes, and workshops based the theme of creative reuse.
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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 scientists 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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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 4118 Spring Garden 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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