East Bay Depot for Creative Re-Use

East Bay Depot for Creative Re-Use

Is there anything in San Diego like The East Bay Depot for Creative Re-Use?

A few years ago, during one of my first visits to the Bay Area, a good friend (hi Meghan!) took me on a tour of Oakland. Knowing my crafty inclinations, we walked into what looked, in my mind’s eye, like a huge warehouse — like crafting heaven. Aisles and shelves and tables and boxes full of all sorts of off-the-wall material: bins of milk and egg cartons, old sewing patterns, crumbling sheet music, broken hand mixers, and binders and manila folders, in addition to more traditional crafting materials like fabric, markers, crayons, and chalk.

I dream of this place.

So is there anywhere in San Diego like this? Architectural Salvage in Little Italy comes close, in the sense that it’s a space filled with a random assortment of stuff, but it doesn’t come close to the eclectic, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” vibe of the Depot. And in the early days of my craftiness (ie high school), I had some luck finding craft material through the Freecycle group in Escondido, but a quick browse of the San Diego Freecycle group looks devoid of anything useful, unless you want 60 moving boxes.

I long for broken hand mixers.

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