The Scrap Exchange is a great resource for arts and crafts and an excellent venue for recycling unused and antique gadgets and knickknacks. Their do-it-yourself workshops are wonderful for stimulating the imagination of kids, and undervalued as occupational therapy.
Stop by just ONCE, and you'll see why. Bring your imagination, nostalgia and creativity!
May 7, 2019
Great place to go for that unusual something that you didn't know you needed. Now divided into 2 stores side by side...one a thrift shop with assorted household gadgets and thingamabobs, the other full of various scrap items that stir the imagination. Need a knitting needle or2.?.they have it.need a gently used soccertrophy, ? Yep, that too...Need a glass dome with radiation warning symbol on it? By golly they had that too , on a recent foray. Remember, with an open mind, anything is possible!!
Jun 8, 2019
My crafting heaven! This is definitely my favorite place in Durham. Going in and spending an hour just gathering odds and ends is my perfect Saturday afternoon.
Apr 15, 2019
As a visitor to Durham my daughter took me to both the scrap exchange resale and the next door art supply. What a treat, the resale had a lot of nice finds and we didn't see it all due to closing time. The art supply was completely overwhelming. I don't think there's a word in the English language to accurately describe it. If a former scientist became a scrapper, never threw out anything, and had a eye for neat used stuff this would be his paradise.
Apr 27, 2019
Very exciting place for those who like to rummage while they ruminate. Filled with everything from fabrics to wheels to metal objects to solid oak columns from a dismantled church. Good place to spend a rainy afternoon. Proceeds from sales go to a local charity. P.S. While I was there, 2 groups from area public elementary schools were engaged in craft actvities.
Jun 23, 2019
Such an interesting and wonderful place. If you are an artist or teach/have kids who are into art, this is a wonderful place to look for different types of supplies! I was so impressed with the variety of things they had there. Most of my time was spent looking at postcards! Consider this place when looking for supplies and when getting rid of things you do not use! You would be surprised what other people can do with things you no longer need!
Jul 6, 2019
This is a great place to go on a regular basis. There are always surprises.One building houses a scrap department that always has a wide variety of fabrics, leather scraps, yarn, string, thread, and so on. There are also wood scraps, containers of various kinds, paper, envelopes, nails, screws, tiles, bottles, bottle caps, three ring binders, laboratory glassware, and much much more. Today I got four large three-ring binders, never-before-used as far as I can tell, and payed $1 for all four.
There is also another building that is a resale shop that has clothes, dishes knickknacks, books, kitchen tools, all the stuff you usually find in such places.
They accept donations so it is also a good place to take stuff you need to get rid of, but which is not really trash.
Jul 5, 2019
This place is a painstakingly crafted bazaar of junk, scrap, and discarded things constantly reorganized by the people who work there. It's a testament to the sheer amount of consideration and care invested in this community sponsored shop fulfilling a niche role in it's own little industry. I would recommend touring it if you're in the area, even if only for a day.
Jun 24, 2019
Some many treasures and room to make your creations come alive! One of my weekly go to places. You have to have an open mind. The scrap exchange is composed of 2 similar but different stores. You have the thrift store where you can find clothes, shoes, furniture, books, records, and house hold decor, electronics and much more and the other store is more arts and crafts, fabric finds, science supplies, and extra material from other projects.
I would highly recommend The Scrap exchange for teachers looking for supplies for the classroom and their students. Also for creative artist looking to create the ultimate masterpiece. Basically any one who loves to thrift and catch a good deal lol
Oct 6, 2019
Everyone needs to come here at least once! You can find anything you’ll ever need. If you can’t find it here, try the thrift portion of The Scrap Exchange. Satisfy any needs you may have and certainly your curiosity by coming here. If you’re real cool, you’ll bring something to donate every time you visit. Keep Durham unique!
Oct 15, 2019
An amazing place. Every city should have a Scrap Exchange. As a set designer, costume designer, Halloween costume-maker, and all-around thrift queen, the scrap exchange has blessed me with its treasures countless times.
Aug 17, 2019
The store is magnificent! I could have spent the whole day shopping. Theh have sales based on the color tags on the merchandise. I bought fabric, buttons, lace, doilies, vintage ephemera, sheet music, post cards etc.. the people are very helpful. The store is well organized and everything is labeled. I will return and bring my friends.
Oct 3, 2019
My kids love this place. The staff is amazing and everyone there is so sweet even the customers. Plus I found some treasures for pennies 💜
Aug 23, 2019
So much interesting stuff to look at. I found many items that were great prices. Staff was very helpful.
Nov 15, 2019
This is the greatest place on Earth. You can find any assortment of art supplies and office supplies. There are all sorts of fun artistic classes that take place there. They get so much China that they sell for quarters. Every Black Friday you can go there and buy little things to smash on the cordoned off back porch.
Nov 12, 2019
This place is great.... Has tons of great things to use in any kind of project.. Wish I had one closer!
Nov 13, 2019
BEST thrift store in the Triangle. So many wonderful options to repurpose items! Highly recommend.
Nov 20, 2019
Wow! It's good, it's a nice maze, full of surprises. Odds and ends galore. Be surprised every 10 steps, wait, no. Every three steps! Loved the experience. Yes, one of the floorings is made of actual maps of the world! Enjoy your imagination.
Dec 11, 2019
This place is like no other. It's part thrift store, part art supply store, party miscellaneous things you didn't know you needed store. I go here every few months to get supplies for various art projects I am doing - they have a great second hand fabric section and lots of scrapbooking supplies. They also have scientific beakers, particle board, wood scraps, yarn, kids craft supplies, and so on. You can walk out with two bags of stuff for less than $10 and it contains enough to keep you busy for days! In addition, they have an actual thrift store next door that has clothes, books, furniture, and other household items.
Dec 10, 2019
Soooooo awesome! Endless amounts of stuff and things to upcycle and use for all sorts of projects. Being there puts me in the mood to get creative and makes me feel crafty. A great way to reuse items that might normally end up in a landfill.
Dec 24, 2019
This place is so fun. I took my daughter to make a craft. It’s $5 for 1.5 hours of crafting time, all supplies included. Also they have a ton of things available to buy such as scrap leather sold by the ounce that I’ll use to make earrings! So fun.
Dec 16, 2019
great place! found some nice walnut sheets for mere pennies. also got some old rusty clamps for restoration for really cheap. love it here.