Re: Scrounging Tips Wanted
Bob Costello (bobc775@HOTMAIL.COM)
Wed, 13 Aug 1997 11:37:20 PDT
> Hey Gang:
> I need your favorite tips and places to go for free or next free
> crafting materials.
Some of these may be redundant, but a few might spark a new interest.
In South East Michigan, Ann Arbor to be exact, there is a place
called the Scrap Box. Local companies donate industrial scrap
such as vinyl, foam rubber, head rest covers, hard plastic in
unique shapes, etc.. Local people will also donate scraps like
milk bottle caps, oatmeal cans, about anything you can think of.
The items are sold by the brown-bag full (my recollection is
$3.50 per bag as stuffed as you can get it). It's a great place
if you live near ann Arbor. I did 4 years of Cub Scouts using
Scrap Box materials for 90% of my craft projects.
Restaurants, especially pizza places, are a great source for #10
cans. The local Little Ceasers can supply me about 10 a day.
Fabric stores will sometimes sell their scraps and remnants very
cheaply. Again, it is a good idea to mention you are a scout
leader (In my case, I am both a Girl and Boy Scout leader...sometimes
the fabric stores won't discount to Boy Scout troops, but will to
Girl Scouts...imagine the look on that clerk's face when she
turned me down as a Boy Scout leader and I deftly whipped out
my Girl Scout id card).
If you live near a furniture manufacturer (La-Z-Boy is in Monroe
Michigan), you can contact them for material scraps.
Don't forget garage sales and rummage sales. Many treasures abound
at these places.
Limber yards will occasionally have scrap wood that they will
donate or sell cheaply.
Most discount stores (K-Mart, Target, Wal-Mart, etc.) have a policy
of giving gift certificates to Scout units on a yearly basis. Go
to the customer service desk and ask. Be prepared with your
Scout ID and your Charter Organizations tax number (if you can get
it). Also, it helps to have a letter on Troop/Pack letterhead
My big thing is to constantly tell retailers that I am a Scout
Leader and ask them for a discount when purchasing for the
Pack or Troop. More times than you'd think you will get a positive
answer, and when you don't just smile and suggest that they
consider it next time.
Cubmaster - Pack 765 Charter Organization Rep. - Troop 775
Westland Michigan - Detroit Area Council
Former District Training Chair for Cub Scouts
Staff member for Scoutmastership Fundamentals
Certified Trainer - Huron Valley Girl Scout Council
I used to be a bobwhite.... working my ticket -- C-4-96
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