December  Update 2020

Ho ho ho!
CCRx-Made Holiday Wares
Music, Chess and more at the Warehouse
Introducing... Social Distancing Magic!

Keeping a safe distance from people is important nowadays, but it can feel awkward and unnatural. That's why we invented Social Distancing Wands!

Ever wonder how long 6 feet really is? Social Distancing Wands provide an easy and fun way to find out.  Each wand is a cardboard tube at least 5' long, decorated with fabric, glitter and other fancy stuff.  Create your own safety circle to gently demonstrate proper spacing, and maybe grant a couple wishes!   Learn more here.

CCRx-Made Holiday Wares

CCRx is pleased to introduce our first CCRx-Made Creative Reuse Products! 

CCRx-Made Imagination Journals, Recyclo-Pouches and DIY Imagination Journal Kits are made from donated surplus reimagined for your use by designer and CCRx Kathryn Trumbull Fimreite and handmade by local artisans.

Rx Imagination Journals, Recyclo-Pouches and DIY Imagination Journal Kits can be purchased at our online store for shipping or warehouse pick-up.   Check them out and start your sustainable holiday shopping!

Now at the Warehouse

Check our inventory for any last-minute holiday items.  We still have an upright double bass, several electric keyboards, marching band drums and carriers, other percussion and woodwind instruments, tables and stands, and a zither!   

Other items are brand new Noah's Ark by PLAN Toys, Roy Lichtenstein Art Kits,  even a vintage Kasparov Conquistador Computer Chess Game from 1988!    Plus s
tudent desks and chairs, printers, calculators, Cricuts and more.

 Check them out and purchase online for parking lot pick-up or schedule an appointment to shop at the warehouse.   

How to Shop
Anyone associated with a Chicago school, nonprofit or community group can Shop Online for Parking Lot Pickup or Schedule an appointment to shop the warehouse.

We are open Wednesdays-Saturdays and located at 2124 W. 82nd Place (entrance via the parking lot).   
Masks, social distancing and temperature checks are mandatory.  See our COVID protocols for more info.  
Schedule your appointment here.
  • "Basics"    $5 for a shoebox full of pens, pencils, markers, post-its and more, $20 for a large box of office supplies, arts + crafts, teacher resources, science and textiles.
  • "Special Finds"   Furniture, printers, computers, lighting, shelving, collectibles, other specialized equipment are priced as marked - priced to move! 
  • "Always Free"  Binders, Office Organizers, Fabric Scraps, Books + Class Sets, Vinyl Banners, Raw Materials + Multiples.

We ALWAYS need help sorting and organizing donations, making kits and products.  Join us -- it's fun!!

We welcome all volunteers over age 14, but we limit our numbers to no more than five.   Masks, social distancing, sanitizing, closed-toed shoes are de rigueur.  Shifts are Wednesdays thru Saturdays. 

If you would like to lend a hand,  sign up here.

Volunteer from Home   Prefer to work from home? 
Help us make Recyclo-pouches and Ponies!   Blog about reuse and share social media.  Update our emails and listings.  Graphic design...  that and more.   Fill in our General Volunteer Interest Form and we'll be in touch!   
Isn't Every Tuesday Giving Tuesday?

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
-- Winston Churchill

Every Tuesday is Giving Tuesday.
We encourage you to give...

Your time
Your surplus
Your financial support

Thank you!

About CCRx
You are receiving this email because you signed up, attended one of our events, or we thought you would be interested in creative reuse in Chicago.   The Creative Chicago Reuse Exchange (CCRx) is a 501c3 nonprofit committed to the creative reuse and redistribution of surplus materials for Chicago teachers, non-profits, arts and community groups.  We are grateful for support from the Chicago Teachers Union Foundation, Art Works Fund/Chicago Community Trust, Harper Court Arts Council, the Field Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council (a state agency), Montgomery Ward Foundation, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, many individual donors... and YOU!   

Please consider a financial gift to the 
Creative Chicago Reuse Exchange (CCRx).  You can donate via Paypal Giving Fund, or send a check to CCRx, 5530 S. Shore Drive 15b, Chicago IL  60637.   All donation are tax-deductible.    

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