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The Scrap Exchange

Posted by DID 20 Jul 2012 No Comments

Though it offers nothing edible (other than the occasional Third Friday cheese) the Scrap Exchange is one of the many reason we routinely pledge our allegiance to Durham. Over 20 years old, it’s a warehouse full of “cast-offs” that takes the reduce, reuse, repurpose concept to new levels. The Scrap Exchange is a nonprofit that accepts donations of random items from businesses and individuals that might otherwise end up in landfills and then sells the items at a reduced price. If you’re looking for old beakers, Scrap Exchange is your place. If you’re in the market for bottle caps or bubble wrap – Scrap Exchange is where you’ll find them. Carpet samples? Fabric remnants? Old tiles? Glass? Mirrors? Wood? Both the useful and the seemingly useless are organized into bins just awaiting your next project at the Scrap Exchange.

A Durham institution, the Scrap Exchange relocated to the Golden Belt complex into the Cordoba Building last year after some “issues”  with their old building. Though somewhat of a less desirable location for foot traffic, the Scrap Exchange’s new digs are even better than their old spot. With lots of room to spread out (22,000 square feet) and organize, the Scrap Exchange has new energy. There is now a larger retail space, an expanded Green gallery and two Make-N-Take rooms.

Most Durhamites have discovered the Scrap Exchange for themselves and most parents have probably attended a child’s birthday there, but the Scrap Exchange can also be rented out at night. A friend threw a “Robot” birthday party there on a Saturday night that involved adult beverages, building robot costumes and general Scrap Exchange revelry. It was a cheap, cool alternative to a fancy birthday dinner followed by cocktails downtown.

Why the write up today? Today marks the 100th Third Friday the Scrap Exchange has celebrated and tonight they are hosting a reception with free beverages, snacks, an “All-American hotdog cookout,” free make-and-take activities, PBR and live music. 6 to 9 pm.

And Saturday night the Scrap Exchange is hosting their annual celebration/benefit  Scrape A Go-Go at Motorco. This year’s party has a retro outerspace theme and costumes are strongly encouraged. There will be crafts, music, contests and more. Last year the event had an underwater 70′s theme and local favs The Wusses played. There were jellyfish costumes, outrageous 70s outfits, raffle prices, dancing, aerial dancers and great Durham fun. In other words, this is one of those not-to-be-missed Durham events.

The Scrap Exchange
Store Hours: MTW 11–5, Thu & Fri 11–9, Sat 10–5, Sun 12–5
923 Franklin Street, Bay 1
Durham, NC 27701

More about the 21st Anniversary Celebration:
A Night of Retro Outer Space Madness
w/ your host MC JOHN G (aka Juan Huevos)
Dance Contests
Costume Contests
Silent Auction
Free Make-N-Take
Foodie Trucks
and More
$10 adults/$5 kids
Motorco Music Hall

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