Recycled Materials Make New Gifts

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EUGENE, Ore. — There’s a new spin on regifting–transforming recycled items into innovative gifts.

Adults and kids are getting creative at M.E.C.C.A., the Materials Exchange Center for Community Arts.

For some, the materials there are trash. For others, it’s treasure. You’ll find it all organized.

“In this year alone we have helped to divert 26,000 pounds of scrap materials,” said Mija Andrade, MECCA Executive Director.

Material, popsicle sticks, thread–odds and ends find new life in fun and innovative crafts.

“We never know what we are going to get from one day to the next,” Andrade said. “What’s fun is to inspire people with everyday items.”

For example, they have a bouquet of flowers made with a deflated Mylar balloon.

Instead of buying gifts, kids are also creating. Every Saturday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. is a drop-in clinic. Kids pay a fee on a sliding scale, $3 to $6, which covers supplies.

Some of their bright ideas are a baby food jar transformed into snow globe, a T-shirt made into a hat, and scraps of material stitched into a fun doll.

Anyone can get creative during open studio hours, where you pay a nominal fee and purchase supplies.

And with a little imagination, old becomes new.


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  1. Janice E. Knori says:

    The video you showed is only 17 seconds long, does not show the full video. Are you going to repost the full video?

    1. KEZI Staff says:

      Yes, we just re-posted the full video. It should be working properly now.

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