Need a clown nose for a gag? Art supplies? Yarn?
Those and literally hundreds of other new and gently used items are for sale at Wonderland Reuse, 1022 SE Oak Ave., in downtown Roseburg.
The eclectic store is modeled after Scrap Creative Reuse in Portland and a similar store, Mecca, in Eugene. Like those, Wonderland Reuse is part arts and crafts store, part community art center, part classroom, and more.
The News-Review spoke with owner Jenny Johannesson about the store and her vision for it.
What is Wonderland?Wonderland is a collaboration between Cat Hughes and myself. It is a Community Art Center and a creative reuse store. The creative reuse store is like a thrift store for art and craft supplies. We sell art materials, craft, school and office supplies that have been donated by the community. Those sales make it possible for us to have several art and craft classes every week. All of our classes are free. We opened last fall and it has been going very well. Our sales, donations and the number of people at our classes all continue to increase.
How did you come up with the idea?The creative reuse store is modeled after Scrap in Portland and Mecca in Eugene. I love the creative reuse model for two reasons. It makes art and craft materials much more affordable than buying everything new and also the mix of items is extremely inspiring. The free classes are the heart of Wonderland. It is so important to have places in the community for art and creativity.
What kind of items are you looking for?We are looking for all kinds of art and craft materials to be donated. We also accept and sell school and office supplies. Local businesses might have items to donate to Wonderland such as anything they have to pay to dispose of, seconds or cast-offs.
People can contact us if they have a donation they think we might be interested in. Donations can be dropped off during store hours or we can arrange to pick items up.
Tell me about the classes — who teaches them, who can attend, what do students learn?Cat teaches all of the classes unless we have a local artist come in to teach one. We have a wide variety of classes and they are for people and children of all ages.
Last week there was a sock stuffed animal class and nineteen people were there. We’ve recently made cork keychains, glitter globes and pom poms. In February we will have a mending workshop, a class where we turn old feedbags into shopping bags, a no-sew heart pillow class and a glow-in-the-dark glitter slime class. We have a rock painting party once every month.
Who does what in the store?I do our social media pages, graphic design and work on planning. Cat is the store manager. She works in the store, teaches the classes, does private parties, accepts and sorts the donations and interacts with the customers.
How can people get involved?What we need the most right now is customers. Wonderland is a nonprofit and we are able to keep the free art and craft classes going by selling donations in the store, so donations are also very important.
People can come to the free classes, volunteer in the store and help spread the word about Wonderland by sharing our Facebook posts. We are always looking for local artists to teach classes and do window displays for Wonderland. We also do birthday and private parties.
Anything else?We have a raffle every month. In December we gave away a new sewing machine and this month we are giving away a pound of fudge from Umpqua Sweets and Treats. In February we will be giving away a gift certificate for Old Soul Pizza and in March a gift certificate for Kim’s Cupcakery. Every Friday is Open Volunteer Day at Wonderland and volunteers receive a 50% discount. Our contact information and monthly calendar of events can be found on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/wonderlandreuse