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Spare Parts San Antonio transforms one person’s trash into creative treasures


Friends of Spare Parts-Talking Points and FAQs

DIY pumpkin gnomes & paper pumpkins for fall | SA Live | KSAT 12

How to Start a Creative Reuse Center–Spare Parts’ Founder Mary Cantu contributes to this article

From Jack Morgan at Texas Public Radio (TPR) ‘Spare Parts’ Makes Recycling a Work of Art.

“San Antonio’s first sustainable art store takes in more than 13,600 pounds of material” Read more at


Used art supply store helps save money and the environment via FOX29 News

Spare Parts’ newly opened store connects artists with materials otherwise destined for the landfill via WOAI

Spare Parts’ newly opened store connects artists with materials otherwise destined for the landfill via the San Antonio Current

‘So many fun things’: New Spare Parts art supply store in San Antonio turns castoffs into creative finds via SA Express News

Feeling crafty? Visit San Antonio’s first sustainable art store via MYSA

Discount art supply store, a ‘first’ of its kind in San Antonio, opens on North Side via KSAT 12


  • Co Lab Magazine article re Center for Creative Reuse “… the store itself, of course, is the crown jewel of their programs. Absolutely everything in the store is donated, the message spread through word of mouth, email, or media, resulting in over 4 tons of raw material diverted from landfills since their programs started.
  • Since Ruby City can’t host hundreds of families on its grounds, it’s taking this annual fest online and inviting locals to get crafty at home. Tune in for digital tutorials on making bubbles, encouraging creative play and more thanks to videos by Ruby City and Spare Parts, a nonprofit arts education organization. This event was postponed from earlier in the summerSaturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.





Special Announcements

Friends of Spare Parts is pleased to announce an award of $8,000 from the John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation of the San Antonio Area Foundation. This grant money will be used for general operating expenses regarding Spare Parts programs and general expenditures. 

Spare Parts Selected as a Charity of Choice during 2019 San Japan Anime Convention

Spare Parts is pleased to announce that we’ve been selected as one of San Japan XII – 2019 Anime Convention’s Charities of Choice on August 30-September 1.

All San Japan Charities of Choice will also be equal beneficiaries of the silent auction, live auction, masquerade tickets, and other charitable endeavors. Drop off any contributions at the San Japan Info Desk, Charity Booth, or SJ Cares Booth during the convention.

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