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« on: January 12, 2005 07:32:09 PM »

i was wondering if any of you knew of any stores that give away free stuff// such as fabric scraps and little extras//

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« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2005 03:00:36 PM »

i was wondering if any of you knew of any stores that give away free stuff// such as fabric scraps and little extras//

As an official policy, it's rare.  I've come across a couple of secondhand bookstores that had free sections--one place was damaged books open to anyone to take as many as they liked, the other was perfectly good books and you could get one if you spent over $10. 

A lot of places give away things unofficially.  I used to work at a one hour photo center, and we would give out film canisters to anyone who asked.  We would also give away the AA batteries taken from disposable cameras to employees and occasional other people.  Just about every store will give away boxes if you ask.  I've known or heard of other freebies like scrap wood from a furniture manufacturer, scrap fabric from upholstery places, outdated promotional things like posters, and so on.  You have to be willing to ask, of course, and exercising basic courtesy when asking makes it more likely you'll get a yes.

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« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2005 06:45:44 PM »

Small or local thrift stores sometimes have "freebox"es.  Same thing goes at garage sales, things that people don't see potential in themselves may have super value in your own personal crafts and add so much individuality!

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« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2005 10:32:32 PM »

here's a big one no one thinks of- movie posters.  non-chain or small movie rental and theatres give them out to whoever will take them.  i live in campus housing and ra's every year go around and get free posters to use as decorations, granted they are usually b movies and left overs but the backs are white and their heavy paper.  good for paper crafts and wrapping paper. and sometimes theyll even have the cardboard cutout displays.

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My neighbor was a nurse and would always bring home all these medicine bottle caps, in all sizes and colors, they looked like buttons.  they were great to glue on things.  but i have no idea how to go about getting any

ummm...i think thats all i got...oh, for those into dumpster diving- pay attention to college campuses school schedules bc college students tend to throw away things rather than haul them with them- especially wood lofts and beat up furniture, which is always great for refinishing and such.

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« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2005 11:45:27 AM »

the traveler's inn restaurant in CT (I forget what town, but, traveling south from MA, it's the very first exit off of 395.  You can very clearly see the restaurant from the highway & there are signs) give you free books when you eat there - a book per customer.  They also have a nice selection of used books for cheap.
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« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2005 04:54:22 AM »

if you go into an Ikea store and go into the "as-is" section, they will give you all the broken glass you could ask for! It's even divided up into catagories such as mirror pieces, dishes, and clear/ frosted glass. Just ask! they let you take as much as you want!! Grin

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« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2005 06:03:45 AM »

I go to tailor shops that custom make men's suits and ask them for their old fabric swatch books.  The fabric is great (mostly wool suiting material) and since they're all pretty much the same size, they're great for patchworking, among other things. Bridal shops would probably have fabric remnants but I haven't tapped any yet.

Law firms throw out hadbound books, great for altering books, on a regular basis. Many books are superceded by new volumes annually and the old ones just go into the trash. I think a good hard bound volume would make a great purse, there's a tute here somewhere on that.

Like geekmagnet said, campuses are great especially around this time of the year, when everyone is going home.  I'm lucky to live close to a medical school -they have nicer stuff than undergrads and, especially in the case of furniture, they don't seem to use their stuff much. Guess they're never home.

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« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2005 04:48:50 PM »

It's not a store and it's located in San Francisco (of course!) but the Really Really Free Market happens once a month in Dolores Park.  I've literally walked out of there with bags of amazing stuff.  It would be nice if it was a monthly event all over the place Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: October 27, 2005 06:36:48 PM »

Paint stores usually give away discontinued wallpaper books, the usually have fabric swatches in them to. d
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« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2005 10:00:45 PM »

I got a giant bag of remnants from a local upholstery place.  many pieces are too small to be useful but I also got some great large pieces.  I made an awesome patchwork hippie tubetop with some of them.  Definetly consider checkin it out.

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