Hey there! I made a quick trip to Nashville over the weekend to have an early birthday celebration with Jamie and Andy. I also had an appointment to update my Blog Headshot and Bio.
Simply put—I met with two very nice, young women, Claire wrote fixed me up with a professional bio , and Andrea took a bunch of photos of me. (did you know I REALLY don’t like to have my picture taken?) More about that later, as I don’t have the pictures yet.
So, of course we had to do some shopping while I was there. (and some eating) Jamie was excited to show me one of her favorite places to do some thrifting. It’s a fun place, and I think that many of you will be able to relate to the concept. It’s called Smart-Scrap Made Art Supplies.
source: SMART Facebook page
SMART! is a one-of-a-kind resale space, offering donated art and craft materials to Nashville’s creative makers while benefiting Progress Inc.—a local nonprofit for adults with intellectual disabilities.
Another picture from their Facebook page. Everything is so incredibly organized.
This picture is also from their facebook page. Jamie’s friend Michelle Bukowski is the featured artist at SMART this month. They feature artists who use repurposed materials in their artwork. Michelle uses granola boxes as her canvases to keep them out of the garbage. You can see her pieces in the background hanging on the wall. See more of Michelle’s art on her Facebook page Michelle Bukowski, artist.
As I was walking through the aisles, I was thinking to myself “I could donate so much stuff to this store” You name it, and they have it. Many of the items are small, but I got 2 table leaves for $7 each. I also picked up 4 scrabble tile holders for about $1.50. In addition I got 2 cardboard tubes (this store has everything) for 70 cents. One can never have too much Plaster of Paris to make some DIY chalky paint.
I’ve been needing the blog updates, and seeing the family was a bonus!
So, my question to you is this—would you visit a store like this to make a donation? Or to pick up some needed craft supplies?