The ultimate way to reuse things!

Zero Hero Andrea is a fan of her local scrapstore and wanted to share her experience with you today.

If you’ve never heard of them, scrapstores literally allow ‘One Man’s Trash’ to become another man’s treasure by connecting businesses with things to give away with the people who want them.

Andrea’s nearest scrapstore is Thurrock and she writes:

Thurrock is very privileged to have its own resource centre.

As you can see from the pictures it has a good stock of craft materials for sale but the exciting part is the scrap store where you can find all sorts of treasures from what would have otherwise been sent to landfill.

They are very lucky to have support from some large organisations always plenty of fabric scraps, plastic, wood offcuts…….. but you have to visit to appreciate the scope of materials they have.

You do need to be a member to purchase from your scrap store but at £6.00 for an individual which allows you to fill a bag for a £1 this is really good value. Some items are limited in numbers per visit. It is very popular with gardeners who have created some great strawberry planters using the plastic pots brought in.

Any company can donate to the store – offices, shops, factories, and if Thurrock can’t take it then one of the scapstores from around the country can. There are regular swaps around the country to keep the stock fresh.

Check out their website for opening times and more details on the organisation running our scrapstore.

What about you – do you have a local scrapstore and have you ever used it?


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Rachelle Strauss


  1. suellap on May 30, 2015 at 1:10 am

    Scrap stores are great. Lots of schools and nurseries use them Sometimes there is a small fee to pay to have access to all sorts of good stuff often over-production by local firms. Students find them really helpful as well.

    I take magazines to my local doctors and dentists when I have finished them.


    • Rachelle Strauss on June 1, 2015 at 6:23 am

      Interesting about the magazines; the author of this article said her local doctor surgery wouldn’t accept hers!

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