Traverse City Record-Eagle

Archive: Friday

January 25, 2013

Craft fair features creativity, sustainability

Scrap TC event is Saturday, Feb. 2

TRAVERSE CITY — "This ain't your grandma's craft fair."

With that compelling tag line on their posters, Scrap TC is spreading the word about a show featuring 15 local artists on Saturday, Feb. 2, at the shop at 821 Garfield.

Fun and eclectic offerings will range from knit boot cuffs and glass beads to fused glass pendants, feather earrings and hand-dyed yarn. The goal is to showcase creative people in a creative space.

"We want to provide an opportunity to support creativity in our community," said Kristin Anton, volunteer coordinator for Scrap TC. "It's a validation of your work when people buy it."

The Craft Bazaar will also bring people into Scrap TC's space, which features an array of donated items for sale. Large and small, unusual and mundane, Scrap TC offers everything from fabric, wire, plastic bottle caps and a variety of paper goods to beads, bottles, cardboard tubes and corks.

The store is open on Saturdays from noon until 4 p.m. and welcomes shoppers and donations.

"It can be overwhelming, there's so much stuff," Anton said. "But we have a lot of regulars that come in and lately our volunteers said that everyone who came in was a new face."

All items in Scrap TC are meticulously sorted, organized and displayed to captivate wandering artists or visiting crafters. The goal is to inspire creativity and spark ingenuity.

The nonprofit, volunteer-run Scrap TC fosters creative use of its offerings through weekly craft nights on Tuesdays from 7-9 p.m. with a suggested $5 donation. Instead of specific instruction, volunteers and attendees work together creatively on projects each week. Upcoming themes includes Valentine's Day cards Jan. 29 and vases Feb. 5.

Thinking out of the can — the garbage can — Scrap TC founders are thrilled that they have diverted 4,500 pounds of scrap from the landfill in 18 months. They are applying for grants to help fund additional hours of operation.

SCRAP TC is being guided and nurtured by the popular veteran organization, SCRAP, in Portland, Ore. With that 10-year-old non-profit as a mentor, the local adaptation is based on a tested and successful concept.

"It's still evolving, but people are getting it," Anton noted.

Text Only

Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Associated Press Video
What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth Bradley Cooper Explains His Voice in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad