The East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse touts itself as being “every teacher's first stop and every artist's second home” for a good reason. It is stuffed to the gills with excellent freebie finds embodying the adage one person's trash is another's treasure that makes websites like craigslist and freecycle tick.
What will you find there? You will discover art & craft materials, feathers, egg cartons, educational supplies, vintage home décor, well-worn furniture, fabric, and much more. Founded in 1979 by two Oakland public school teachers, the mission of the depot is to:
Divert waste materials from landfills by collecting and redistributing discarded goods as low-cost supplies for art, education, and social services in our Depot Store. The educational mission is to increase the awareness of school children and the general public regarding the green benefits of reusing materials.
Anytime is a great time to visit. So, stop on by and stock up. Or if unloading is more your style, donations are accepted daily from 11am to 5pm.
Plan your visit to the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse
Open for shopping 11 am-6 pm every day but major holidays
11 am-5 pm 7 days a week
Donations are accepted at the loading dock at the rear of the store, on Shattuck Ave. between 47th and 46th Streets.
The East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse is located in Oakland’s historic and vibrant Temescal District.
4695 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, California 94609
[Photos from Yelp. I reused them]