Q. What is the Spare Parts Center For Creative Reuse?
The Center For Creative Reuse facilitates the intake of pre-owned creative materials and supplies that would otherwise be thrown away or underutilized and offers them back into the community through our program offerings and storefront.
Most major cities in the United States have a creative reuse center, a few include: Austin Creative Reuse (Austin, TX), Seattle ReCreative (Seattle, WA), Indigo Hippo (Cincinnati, OH), and SCRAP Creative Reuse (Portland, OR).
You can visit and commemorate the all the Reuse Centers in Texas with the Texas Creative Reuse PassPort.
Q. Where are you located?
The Spare Parts Center for Creative Reuse is located at 13491 Wetmore Rd, San Antonio,Texas, 78247 in the North East “Uptown” area. The nearest major intersection is Thousand Oaks and Wetmore Rd.
Q. What are your hours of operation?
We are open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays, from 10am – 6pm and Sundays, from 10am – 2pm. Material donations are by scheduled appointment only. Please do not bring donations when you shop. See below for donation questions.
Don’t forget to bring your own reusable bags to shop with.
Q. What is the best way to contact you?
For general questions, please fill out the contact form on this page.
Q. Why don’t you have a phone number listed?
We try to provide as much information on our website as possible to limit the need for phone calls. For information needed outside of that, we prefer email since we do not have regular staff dedicated to phone inquiries. On open shopping days we do not want to take our focus away from customers, especially at checkout. You can usually expect a response within 48 hours, if not sooner.
Q. Do you offer classes and workshops?
We offer workshops. Please visit our online store to see what workshops are currently being offered.
Q. What is a VIP member and what are the benefits?
VIP members receive a 30% in-store discount on the first full weekend of a month (Friday Saturday and Sunday) and a 10% discount the rest of the time. VIP members are also allowed to bring in one-bag donations per shopping trip.
Q. How can I become a VIP member?
New VIP memberships are available at checkout anytime during operating hours or through our online store.
Q. Will my VIP membership be tax-deductible?
No. A VIP membership is not the same as a donation (material or monetary).
Q. How can I donate materials?
At this time we schedule donation drop-offs by appointment only. Please visit our donation page for more information.
Q. Why do I have to schedule a donation?
Donation appointments and size limits have been set in place in order to keep the volume of donations coming in consistent with the amount our dedicated volunteers are able to safely weigh, sort, price, test and package in our 8ft x 8ft receiving area. The San Antonio community has been incredibly generous in their giving of materials with no end in sight. In 2022 we took in over 20,000 pounds of materials! We are constantly looking for ways to accept more donations from the community but for now, the scheduling system is what currently works best.
Q. What material items do you accept?
We accept items like office supplies, fabrics, art supplies, jewelry and beads, mason jars, kid craft materials, and so much more. Please see this page with a complete guide of what we can and cannot accept.
Periodically we may announce a public “ask” for specific items we are in great need of.
Q. What items do you not accept?
We cannot accept appliances or electronics, batteries, bedding, clothing, flammable or hazardous materials (spray paint and solvents), styrofoam, prescription bottles, stuffed toys, toiletries, or anything water damaged, rusty, sticky, moldy & dirty. See this page for more examples of what we cannot accept.
Q. I have a large donation (greater than 200 pounds) or I am a business owner with bulk materials that I would like to donate. How do I go about this?
Please visit our contact page and send a description of your donation. If the Center is able to accept a donation like this we will make special arrangements with you.
Q. Can I get a receipt for my donation since you are a 501(c)(3) organization?
Yes, receipts are provided upon request.
Q. Can I arrange for a group to volunteer or to shop outside of regular hours?
Yes, provide us your information on your contact page and we will do our best to accomodate groups that wish to volunteer or to shop.