Center for Creative Reuse FAQ

Q. What is the Spare Parts Center For Creative Reuse?

The Center 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).

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 Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 3pm. Material donations are by scheduled appointment only. Please do not bring donations when you shop. See below for donation questions.

Capacity at this time will be limited to 16 including staff and properly fitting masks are optional for vaccinated individuals. Please bring your own reusable bags to shop with.

Q. What is the best way to contact you?

Please note our phone number is a land-line that is only answered during operating hours.

Q. What is a VIP member and what are the benefits?

Annual VIP memberships receive a 30% in-store discount on the first weekend of month and a 10% discount on remaining weekends. VIP members also receive special announcements and other perks.

Q. How can I become a VIP member?

New VIP memberships are available at checkout anytime during operating hours (Saturday & Sunday 10am-3pm)

Q. Why is the VIP membership $25 that seems high?

As a nonprofit organization, we rely heavily on monetary donations from the community to continue to operate and grow. The Center for Creative Reuse is still in its infancy so the $25 fee is our way of raising funds from generous supporters so that we can continue to operate, grow, and eventually provide other services and programs to the community.

Q. Will my VIP membership be tax-deductible?

No. Although our $25 VIP membership is not tax-deductible, if patrons give a monetary donation in addition to the fee, the additional amount will be tax-deductible.  

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?

Since we are volunteer-based we can only schedule donation drop-off days when we have a team available. Donations days not only include receiving donations but also weighing, sorting, pricing, and sometimes cleaning. Some days we can receive over 1,000 pounds of items and materials. The number of donors scheduled are capped so we can work through the donations in a timely manner. 

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. If you have any specific questions about an item not listed, please email store@sparepartssa.org.

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. If you have any specific questions about an item not listed, please email store@sparepartssa.org

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 send an email to store@sparepartssa.org with a description of your donation. If the Center is able to accept 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.