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Trash to Treasure

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WSVN -- Everything old is new again at this Broward warehouse.

Lucia Romano, Art Teacher: "I always come here for a lot of stuff."

It's Trash to Treasure, a nonprofit creative reuse center dedicated to giving clean scrap new purpose.

Casey Eckels, Founder, Trash to Treasure: "It's a really good way to save money."

The warehouse is full of all kinds of things, like donated art supplies, books, cut glass, fabrics and party supplies.

Casey Eckels: "I know people who have come in here and, believe it or not, they've gathered together the supplies to do their weddings and their wedding receptions, their baby showers, birthday parties."

Trash to Treasure is all about using the imagination to recycle, like making a handbag out of old audio tape-

Woman: "It's with tape. It's crochet, isn't that cool?"

Parents save big here.

Alexis Colbert, Likes Trash to Treasure: "I save about $300 to $400 a year on school supplies just by buying things like three-ring binders, pencils, pens, even paper envelopes."

And teachers love to raid the center for class projects.

Lucia Romano: "It got to the point where my car didn't have enough room, so I would unload it and come back."

Lucia Romano's art class made a map of the world from painted bottle caps.

Georgina Sutton's first grade class made a backdrop.

Georgina Sutton, First Grade Teacher: "The kids picked out all the stuff--wood, cardboard boxes and different things--and that's how we built all the props."

In addition to the thrift store, Trash to Treasure offers a lending library, activity ideas for crafts and projects and all kids of workshops, too.

A one-year membership costs $60 per person or $120 for a group.

Casey Eckels: "Stop buying so much new stuff. Look at our own backyard and use what's in our own backyard. There's really kind of something for everybody here."

Lynn Martinez: "If you're not a member and you just want to drop in, you can also pay a day rate of $10. The center is open on Friday and Saturdays."

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:Trash to Treasure Creative Re-Use Center

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