October 2020

Creepy Creative Costume Contest
Not-so-Creative Costume Sale
Specialists + Ebay Sellers Wanted
At the Warehouse
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Creepy Creative Costume Contest!


Whether you're making a costume to show off on Zoom, dressing up your pet for a socially-distanced walk, sprucing up your home with decorations, or looking back at Halloweens past, we want to see your reuse techniques at their most creepy and/or creative! 

Our first "Creepy Creative Costume Contest" has four categories:  People costumes (Adult), People costumes (Kids), Pet costumes, and/or Home decorations.   It is easy to enter by posting + tagging on social media, and each post counts as one entry into our raffle.  The contest runs from Wednesday October 7 through midnight on October 31, 2020. If you have more than one costume or decoration to share, post each one individually for extra entries. You may enter as many categories as you like.  

There will be four winners, one in each category. Winners will receive a  "shopping spree" at CCRx and a CCRx goody bag featuring  a "Trash is just a Failure of Imagination" t-shirt.     Winners will be announced on November 5, 2020.

We'll be re-sharing our favorite costumes and decorations throughout the month and can't wait to see what you all have created!

Click here for details on how to enter.     #Creativechirx   #CCRx   #CreepyCreative 
Not-So-Creative Costume Sale

We REALLY want you to be creative and make your own costumes, but we do have some costumes for children and adults in our inventory that need to find homes....  and a lot of Halloween decorations too!   

Make an appointment to shop the warehouse.   We also have desks for young scholars, lots of books and binders (always free!) and other special finds.

Specialists + EBay Sellers Needed

CCRx receives donations ranging from vintage Lionel trains to printer ink and everything in between.  To find homes for these niche objects -- within and beyond our normal audience --  we building a team of Subject Matter Specialists and EBay Sellers for specific categories of donated items.   

Subject Matter Specialists will oversee how items are organized in the warehouse; make referrals to potential recipients, such as teachers, nonprofits, community groups; and sometimes refer items for online sales to our CCRx Ebay Sellers / Charity Shop.

Both Specialists and Sellers will start on a volunteer basis and we will negotiate in-kind renumeration and possible contract employment.   EBay sellers will work on commission to be negotiated on a case-by-case basis. 

Learn more here.  Together we'll help Chicago teachers + Nonprofits get materials and inspiration they need and keep great things out of the landfill!

At the Warehouse
CCRx has the following special items available:Man wearing plastic face shield
  • Face Shields -- clear plastic shields for high-volume interactions
  • Student Combo Desks -- for heavy-duty desks sized for middle/high school students.  $40 each
  • Sleep Apnea Machine, Coin Counter, Laserprinters and other items.  See examples here.
  • Chairs - Office, reception, rolling and student chairs
  • Other Desks and Tables that can be special ordered. See examples here.
  • Whiteboards, foamcore, matboard, posters + decor, shelving
  • Silkscreen frames in various sizes!

Our warehouse pricing system covers:
  • "Basics"    $5 to fill a small box with 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,  Workbooks, Posters + Classroom Decor, Vinyl Banners, Raw Materials + Multiples.
The CCRx warehouse is at 2124 W. 82nd Place and open Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays by appointment only.   Patrons must be Chicago teachers or affiliated with a Chicago non-profit organization or community group.  Up to 5 people can shop by appointment every hour.   Masks, social distancing and temperature checks are mandatory. 

VOLUNTEER!   We ALWAYS need help sorting and organizing donations!  Teachers especially welcome and volunteers get "dibs."  Masks, social distancing, closed toed shoes are de rigueur!   Shifts are open Wednesdays through Saturdays.   If you would like to lend a hand,  sign up here.

Volunteer from Home   Prefer to work from home?  Help us make Supercrayons and Recycloponies!  Blog posts and social media.  Update our email lists.  Graphic design...  and more.   Fill in our General Volunteer Interest Form and we'll be in touch!   You will also be on the list for special volunteer opportunities.

Make an appointment to shop, donate and volunteer at the Warehouse! 
News You Can Use
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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.  Please share this with others who'd be interested too. The Creative Chicago Reuse Exchange (CCRx) is a 501c3 nonprofit committed to the creative reuse and redistribution of surplus materials to 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!   Help pay our staff -- 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.    Questions?  Comments?  Ideas?   Contact us at     
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The CCRx Warehouse is located at 2124 W. 82nd Place, Chicago 60620.

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