My family and I headed for the beach and stopped at CARTM for a bit of creative reuse inspiration. CARTM is a really interesting place. The land is owned by Manzanita and CARTM uses the land for it’s transfer station, recycle station, and for the Refindery, a reuse store. . They make the most of their money from their reuse store 146,847 closely followed by 144,468 in revenue from recyclables. That’s not too shabby for a bunch of “junk”.
Right when we got there we spied some other visitors. These Elk were so beautiful. It seemed like everyone wanted to seek refuge at the Refindery.
We also spotted these rusty folks to the side of the building. We were glad the employees proved to be much happier looking.
Right when we walked inside, Bella and I oohed and ahhed over the mosaic wall. I could imagine this being a fun community project with folks donating and placing their prized glass pieces to encrust the wall. I really want to do this in Salem! Who’s game?
Then to the right, we entered the upcyled gallery space. With painted bags….
Jewelry made from roving and electrical wire…
and canvass wrapped with vino seals.
And then into the building we found many more creative ideas. Check out these mason jar lights:
Or this table made by magazines and belts.
And the funky signs helped organize the store. This shows the Re-imagine Gallery sign.
Records divided spaces.
And this cool sign cleverly made with wire led us to the electronics section.
We found this gem in the housewares section.
And these tables were made by signs.
More pallets and signs created this display.
Bella spotted this heart by the fabric section.
And remember those records? Contact paper is on the other side of the records. I can imagine these prints bring up amazing memories of home kitchens from the past.
My little spotter also was impressed by this bucket display for containing nails.
There were so many wonderful finds.
This boat became a light fixture.
And license plates became a new sign.
Behold, the two headed duck basket, freakishly priced at only $1!
CARTM was such a fun stop. I’m surely going back for a visit. Check them out online at http://www.cartm.org and send a little love or visit them in person.