We collect safe, clean, usable—but unwanted—items from local businesses and individuals, diverting over 10 tons of material from landfill each year. Our Creative ReUse Materials Depot contains a wide array of new and used items. This store is open to the public and is a great resource for teachers, artists, scout leaders, crafters, and anyone looking for an environmentally friendly and inexpensive option for materials.
The Creativity Lab also has a Community Makerspace with weekly “drop-in” hours.
Looking for an activity for your class or homeschooler, pick up one of our pre-packaged S.T.E.A.M.-based Maker Challenge Kits.
MATERIALS FOR THE COMMUNITY
Our Creative ReUse Materials Depot is filled with reclaimed and reusable materials procured from businesses and individuals in and around Orange County – materials that would otherwise fill our precious landfills. Our low-cost program and material scholarships ensure that all materials are affordable for the community. Materials include unique and clean manufacturing scraps, a variety of colorful fabrics and textiles, paper goods, decorations, coffee bean burlap sacks, school supplies, picture frame moldings, and many other items that can be repurposed for educational projects, arts and craft supplies, home décor and DIY needs. Because of the organization’s focus on hands-on science, technology, engineering, art, and math (S.T.E.A.M.) education, the Depot for Creative Reuse also provides pre-packaged STEM-Based Challenge Kits that support the continued engagement and enrichment of STEM fields in our youth.
All material donations and depot membership proceeds from the Depot for Creative Reuse support our educational programming, material scholarships, and other operational costs.
Child Creativity Lab Depot for Creative Reuse
1815 E. Wilshire Avenue, #906
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 4:30pm
Most Saturdays: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Through grants and fundraising contributions, the Child Creativity Lab offers a limited number of Materials Scholarships to distribute these materials free of charge to Title 1 educators, afterschool providers, and other community programs serving underprivileged children. Materials can also be accessed through the Depot for Creative Reuse’s membership program. “Providing this resource to our local education sector meets a considerable unmet need,” said Peter Chang, Executive Director of the Child Creativity Lab. “According to a recent study summarized in Forbes magazine, teachers are spending significant amounts from their own pockets – over $500 per year per teacher – in order to provide supplies and instructional materials for their classroom every year. The Child Creativity Lab Depot for Creative Reuse helps to alleviate some of that financial burden while assuring creativity in the classroom isn’t compromised.”
To apply for a Material Scholarship for your Title 1 classroom/school, fill out a Material Scholarship Application Form and drop it off in-person or mail to our location. Please note that Material Scholarships are limited and not all applications will be approved.