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, 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.


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Retail Hours

Our store is open seven days a week except for major holidays:

Mon-Sat 10-6
Sunday 12-6

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, 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

Donation Acceptance Days & Times

For our staff's safety, do not leave donations on any days other than those listed below:

Mon-Sat 10-5
Sunday 12-5


NO CURRENT EVENTS

All Reconsidered Goods events are currently on hold due to COVID-19. Please contact us for more information.




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?
Mon - Sat 10AM-6PM • Sun 12PM-6PM
Where are you located?
We are located at 4118 Spring Garden 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 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?

Reconsidered Goods accepts donations on designated donation days and is averaging around

9 tons

of materials that are donated per month and diverted from our local waste stream.

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Board Members


Catena Bergevin

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.


Matt Bryant

Matt is a communication manager at UNC-Chapel Hill, and lives with  his wife and fuzzy children in Greensboro. He's a weather geek, nature lover, tinkerer, wanderer, avid kayaker, and loves good music and beer.


Doris Dempsey

Doris relocated from New York City 20 plus years ago and loves living in Greensboro. Doris oversees an Infrastructure team off a national IT Department. Volunteering is her passion and she continually House, Out of the Garden Project and Urban Ministry. She also was Chairman of the United Way Committee at ITG. When not out volunteering she likes to explore the trails in the Piedmont by walking, hiking and biking. Reconsidered Goods and plans on continuing to make a difference in our community.


Shayla Doyal

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 Rizzi

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 Robertson

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 Rushforth

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 Newland

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 Stretz

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.


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.

 


Staff


Erin Stratford Owens
Executive Director

Erin comes from a long line of makers, sewers, cute-weird thing collectors (SEE: burgeoning cuckoo clock collection) -- arting and crafting are in her DNA. She is thrilled to join Reconsidered Goods as a staff member after serving as a board member in RG's formative days five years ago. A long time ago, Erin moved from her Greensboro hometown to Brooklyn after graduating from UNCG. In New York, she lived, worked and earned her Master's in Nonprofit Management from The New School. After 12 years in the city, Erin came back home and discovered a vibrant, artful Greensboro unafraid of its quirkiness and proud of its compassion for others. In her life and career, she has dedicated herself to nonprofits of all missions, flavors and sizes: Yasna Voices (a Bulgaria Women's Choir), The Atlantic Philanthropies (International Foundation based in NY), Greensboro Urban Ministry, Guardian Ad Litem in Guilford County, Safe Haven (Domestic Violence, NYC), RightRides (free rides home for women, trans, gender queer people, NYC), The Barnabas Network (Greensboro furniture bank) and most recently, the Humane Society of the Piedmont (high quality, high volume spay neuter hospital, Greensboro). Coming to Reconsidered Goods completes a circle for Erin as it gets her close to the art and passionate arty people she loves and identifies with while continuing her work making the world a better place. Erin lives close to Downtown Greensboro in a 1924 Foursquare with her husband, two children, two dogs and a kitty cat who acts like a dog.

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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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 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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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 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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