5.16.2014

New peeps - Strathcona BIA Resource Exchange

Checked out another very kewl local hot spot today - the Strathcona Business Improvement Association Resource Exchange. I found out about it through the Maker Social last weekend.

The Strathcona BIA operates the Resource Park, a site that allows the local community to reduce waste, share resources and create new opportunities in the neighbourhood.



The site houses eight sheds. Some of the sheds store donated materials from local businesses that are available for reuse. This one was filled with loads of fabric samples. Another had burlap, scrap wood and carpet. It's an upcycler's dream  hang out!



And how kewl is this - Green Graffiti. I am not a gardener but I couldn't help but admire their wall gardens!



Loved this top bar honeybee hive made by Homesteader's Emporium. It included a window so you could watch the bees get industrious.



They also house 27 raised planter beds. There are gardening workshops through local organizations that take place at the Resource Exchange.



Here's Johanna and Meg. Meg is the one who gave me the tour. She's Strathcona BIA's Sustainability Coordinator. I'm so glad someone hooked me up with this place. Free crafting/upcycling supplies rock! It's also amazing what can be done with a small space - donated business supplies for repurposing then there's the composting, recycling, gardening, bee keeping... And more.



Johanna and Meg gave me a bunch of very pretty flowers from the wall garden that smell so darn good.



And here's what I scored... Funky fabric samples. I want to use these for making stuffies, maybe some Xmas ornaments plus DIY hang tags for the wine cork buttons I'm making for Bird on a Wire - yup I'm selling some of my wares in a swanky store on Main Street. Will write more about that soon!



The Resource Exchange is a great spot for free crafty/upcycling supplies. Visit their website at www.strathconabia.com for more info.

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