Monday, September 5, 2011

Grand (Re)Opening Weekend September 10 and 11

The Scrap Exchange creative reuse center is pleased to announce a weekend of festivities on September 10 and 11 to celebrate the official Grand (Re)Opening of our new and permanent home in the Cordoba Center for the Arts at 923 Franklin Street in Durham. Plans for the weekend include live music, free art making, sales specials, food trucks, a Swap-O-Rama Rama community clothing swap and more!

The celebration will begin on Saturday, September 10 when Durham Mayor Bill Bell arrives for a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10am to open the store. The Bulltown Strutters, a popular Durham street band, will be on hand during the ceremony to provide music and lead a parade into the new space.

The retail store will be open from 10am-5pm on Saturday. Shoppers can enjoy refreshments inside, food trucks outside and more live music throughout the day as provided by local bands The Eno Mountain Boys, The Blue Tailed Skinks, and Swag. Scrap Exchange staff will be on hand to lead tours from 10am–12pm on Saturday and talk about the creative reuse center's new home, its future and its benefit to the community.

The retail store will kick off a “Cash From Your Attic” fundraising promotion featuring a special collection of antiques, collectibles and vintage items, all specially priced at $20 each in honor of the nonprofit's 20 year anniversary as a pioneer and leader in the creative reuse industry.

The Scrap Exchange will also set up an Event by the Truckload demonstration on Saturday where everyone can enjoy free art making and experience this popular style of outreach programming that has become a Scrap Exchange hallmark.

On Sunday, September 11, the grand opening events continue when The Scrap Exchange hosts Swap-O-Rama-Rama, a giant community clothing swap that celebrates creativity over consumerism. This event will take place in the Scrap Exchange party room from 12-4 pm. Participants are asked to bring a bag of old clothing and a $10 donation ($5 for Friend's Club Members), and will be able to swap clothes with other participants and take home as much clothing as they want! DIY stations will also be set up during Swap-O-Rama Rama where participants can experiment with altering clothes and redesigning old clothes to create new outfits. Music will be provided by DJ Piddypat.

The Grand (Re)Opening marks a turning point for The Scrap Exchange after a summer filled with uncertainty and many challenges. The nonprofit organization was forced to move suddenly in mid-May from their old location on Foster St when the roof partially collapsed at the historic Liberty Warehouse, and the building was subsequently condemned. The Scrap Exchange quickly found a new home in a building owned by Julio Cordoba behind Golden Belt and opened for business in that facility on June 4.

However, while The Scrap Exchange remained in business, the emergency move and subsequent store setup has been a work in progress that strained both financial and personnel resources. After surviving several chaotic months, Scrap Exchange staff are excited to officially debut the most recent changes in their new, permanent home.

For more information, contact The Scrap Exchange at 919-688-6960.

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