Recraft: Breathing New Life into Leftover Craft Supplies

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If you are like me, sometimes you get excited about the latest craft fad, buy the supplies, do it once, and then leave the project untouched in the closet thinking you’ll get back to it and then never do.

What if instead of tossing that old fabric, scrapbook paper or yarn out, you could donate it to a place that will make sure it’s being used for more projects and not ending up in a landfill? That’s exactly what owner Bethany Daugherty had in mind when she opened the second-hand craft store which she appropriately named Recraft.

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Located in the Fountain Square district of Indianapolis, Daugherty opened the store in November of 2018. She says she’s always been passionate about reducing waste, and after working with a friend who owns a sustainable events consulting group, decided to look at ways she could incorporate that in her own life.

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Everything for sale in the store is donated and priced very low. In fact, some people tell her it’s TOO low, but Daugherty believes that keeping things at a lower price point is a way that a for profit business can still do good in the community. Accessibility is also key – Daugherty herself grew up below the poverty line and keeping prices affordable helps break down barriers to access for people without the means to purchase expensive products.

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Sometimes she places big ticket items on consignment in the store, and has been able to successfully sell sewing machines and cameras for her customers. Overstocked items are donated to places like women’s shelters where she knows they will get used.

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Recraft is also a place people can go to learn, and a variety of classes are held in the space on the weekends. Anyone can teach a class or attend a class, and with a variety like paint and pour, knitting, sewing and wood burning, there’s something for everyone.

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Recraft is located at 1802 Shelby Street in Indianapolis. Say hi to Sally the dog if you visit 🙂

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