Tampa Upcycle is an art, sewing and craft supplies boutique that collects and offers used (and some new) art supplies such as paints, canvasses and brushes, sewing supplies such as fabrics, notions, and patterns, and craft supplies such as scrapbooking papers and embellishments, yarns and tools with “pay-as-you-wish” pricing. The idea is to have a central location where indie artists, designers and crafters can find materials that can be repurposed and made into something new. Everything from partially used paints to vintage sheets to cereal boxes.
The use of recycled or post-consumer materials to create different types of art or handcrafted goods is growing, but independent artists don’t always have a consistent source in the Tampa Bay area to find those supplies that they are in need of at an affordable price. Yet there is an abundance of usable material being added to landfills every day, often times just because individuals don’t know what else to do with it. The Tampa Bay area will benefit from Tampa Upcycle because residents, even people who are not artistic themselves, can contribute to the local artists who are helping make Tampa a more artistic and eco-friendly place to live and visit.
Tampa Upcycle is modeled after The Upcycle Exchange in St. Louis, MO. Are you too far away from Tampa to come visit me? Check out http://upcycleexchange.com/ to see if one of our sister stores is near you!
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