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The Scrap Exchange


2050 Chapel Hill Rd
Durham, NC 27707
Phone: (919) 688-6960
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Photo of L. L. L. L.
Feb 2, 2021 5

So much to see and so many good deals on art supplies. I'll be going back. Some of the yarn might have been there a while, because I had to wash it before using it (I'm allergic to dust). I've had to do the same for yarn from big box stores sometimes so it's not a big deal, though.

Photo of Indigo Lamb Indigo Lamb
Dec 16, 2020 5

It is always a treasure hunt at the scrap exchange. I'm am art teacher and I love coming up with lessons and projects based off of the unique finds I discover here. The people are wonderful and I am happy to support such a great place.

Photo of Theo Theo
Nov 11, 2020 5

This is the BEST thrift store/craft supply store I have EVER gone to. If you love thrift stores and crafting this will be paradise for you. It certainly was for me! One of the coolest spots is near the front where they have barrels full of misc items that are usually trashed. They even have an interesting selection of scientific equipment/supplies! Plan to spend at least half a day here when you come! I'll never forget this store!

Photo of Malinda Love Malinda Love
Nov 10, 2020 5

This place is a treasure trove. If you need something it's usually a good place to check first. You can usually find what you're looking for at a really low price. It's also just a fun place to wander through and see what they have.

Photo of Heather Chandler Heather Chandler
Aug 25, 2020 5

This place is like no other. It's part thrift store, part art supply store, part 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.

Photo of Frances Archer Frances Archer
Sep 19, 2020 5

Have not been here in quite some time They have made it even better than before

Photo of Mari Casas Mari Casas
Sep 4, 2020 4

It's a great store if you like to go to find treasures. I love the variety of crafts finders. The personel is really nice all the time. Also you can set up visits to got your kids and play with some reclycled materials. Love this place! It's sad that is far from home so I can only 3 to 4 times a year.

Photo of Michael Perry Michael Perry
Sep 9, 2020 5

The best thriftstore within a 2 hour radius. We travel 90 minutes to search through craft material, books, DVDs, records and more!

Photo of Cassidy Cassidy
Sep 13, 2020 5

Huge selection of odds and ends as well as every craft product you could want. A great place to just walk especially if you need inspiration for a project. Very helpful and friendly staff. All personal were wearing masks and some even gloves. Social distancing was encouraged as best they could given the space.

Photo of Mike Belanger Mike Belanger
Sep 1, 2020 5

My girlfriend and I absolutely enjoy going here! We started going here this past spring but hadn't been back until recently. The whole store, inside and out, has been completely renovated, and generally just "cleaned up" making it appear very nice and welcoming. Also I cannot stress enough how amazing some of the deals are inside. Her and I geocache and we were able to find a LOT of geocaching supplies for just $3!!! Cannot be beat, 11/10.

Photo of Anita G. Owens Anita G. Owens
Jul 26, 2020 5

Crafter's dream! Making use of things that would ordinarily end up in the landfill. Great prices and huge selection. Plan to spent a few hours.

Photo of Cortni Hollywood2 Cortni Hollywood2
Jul 21, 2020 4

5 stars for the actual store as I always find my crafting needs and MUCH more..yet 4 stars for the staff iv personally encountered for their lack of much needed help. Everything in 3 pics here I got for less than 5 bucks! Prices are unbeatable!

Photo of Nina McManus Nina McManus
Jul 6, 2020 5

If you are a crafter of any sort this place is a must-do. ABSOLUTELY MUST! Imagine if every crafty person in the world cleaned out their stashes, but instead of having 10 million tiny yard sales they all sold everything in one place, but at the same low prices. And it's good stuff too, some new some used, but no junk. There's also finished pieces from local artists too. If you need inspiration you cant fail to find it here. And don't forget the people: staff and other shoppers tend to be creative types too, so if the stuff can't inspire you the people probably can.

Photo of Margot Gerrity Margot Gerrity
Jun 23, 2020 5

Anything you can think of, they've got it second hand. Ultimate in upcycling, they are an amazing source of materials for the creation of diverse projects. Nice folx, too. Excellent prices.

Photo of Road Block Road Block
May 23, 2020 5

Great place to find very unique items for creative projects. Metal, wood, glass, paper, cloth, and so much random stuff that always seems to be different each time I return. The scrap Exchange is loosely organized into areas that breeds ingenuity and creativity that has expanded my projects from cool to awesome.

Photo of Madeline Roper Madeline Roper
Jul 31, 2019 5

It's a really good place to bring old stuff for other people to reuse. It has fabric, broken jewelry, buttons, clothes, an art gallery, mystery bags and more. There's also a thrift store that has dolls, books, toys and more stuff. The employees are really nice and didn't mind when I took a minute to find enough money. It's really interestingly decorated and colorful.

Photo of Sybil Richardson Sybil Richardson
Feb 2, 2020 5

Great place , you can find some of everything here. Parking is great, they have discounted color tags on already low cost items . Friendly staff.

Photo of James Goerke James Goerke
Mar 10, 2020 5

The kids had a great time here. We did the craft time where you get 90 minutes of free craft time and unlimited supplies from the bins for $5 each. We were the only ones there for the whole time so it wasn’t crowded at all. It’s a neat place and if the kids ask for it again it’s worth it.

Photo of MJ Mills MJ Mills
Mar 14, 2020 5

It is so much fun to visit the Scrap Exchange. It tickles the imagination just to walk through and see all the things available! I wish I had time to play with them all! From a practical standpoint, they have an excellent supply of office supplies that are rock bottom prices.

Photo of Peter Larsen Peter Larsen
Feb 24, 2020 5

The Scrap Exchange is unique and fascinating. If you are creative, curious, or have high-functioning hoarder tendencies, you should visit. There is a conventional thrift store (a quite good one with home goods, books, clothes, and furniture), but next door there is a whole building FILLED with low costs 'scrap' materials. Mostly of the materials are art and creative supplies (paints, scrap wood, sewing materials, fabric scraps, leather, metal, etc) but also overstock medical supplies, garden and office equipment, and anything else that has been donated. Most items ar $0.25 - $2.00 or sold by the pound, but the occasional item can be $10 - $50

Photo of Bill Private Bill Private
Feb 26, 2020 5

What an awesome place , it was fun to go through and see what deals can be found. Great people and fair price. You need to go see for yourself

Photo of Benjamin Palmer Benjamin Palmer
Dec 16, 2019 5

great place! found some nice walnut sheets for mere pennies. also got some old rusty clamps for restoration for really cheap. love it here.

Photo of Devin M Devin M
Dec 24, 2019 5

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.

Photo of katnnv . katnnv .
Dec 10, 2019 5

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.

Photo of Heather Chandler Heather Chandler
Dec 11, 2019 5

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.

Photo of 256 Atoms 256 Atoms
Nov 20, 2019 4

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.

Photo of Amy C Amy C
Nov 13, 2019 5

BEST thrift store in the Triangle. So many wonderful options to repurpose items! Highly recommend.

Photo of Malia Moriarty Malia Moriarty
Nov 12, 2019 5

This place is great.... Has tons of great things to use in any kind of project.. Wish I had one closer!

Photo of Benjamin Gunn Benjamin Gunn
Nov 15, 2019 5

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.

Photo of Cynthia	 Waggoner Cynthia Waggoner
Aug 23, 2019 5

So much interesting stuff to look at. I found many items that were great prices. Staff was very helpful.

Photo of che' Boone che' Boone
Oct 3, 2019 5

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 💜

Photo of Mary Engleman Mary Engleman
Aug 17, 2019 5

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.

Photo of Unique Gupton Unique Gupton
Jun 24, 2019 5

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

Photo of Faye Goodwin Faye Goodwin
Oct 15, 2019 5

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.

Photo of Vivian Voss Vivian Voss
Oct 6, 2019 5

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!

Photo of Max B. Max B.
Jul 5, 2019 5

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.

Photo of Blake Ray Blake Ray
Jul 6, 2019 5

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.

Photo of Savannah Bowman Savannah Bowman
Jun 23, 2019 5

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!

Photo of Margaret Renfranz Margaret Renfranz
Apr 27, 2019 5

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.

Photo of Ananth tacob Ananth tacob
Apr 15, 2019 5

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.

Photo of Amy Arcos Amy Arcos
Jun 8, 2019 5

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.

Photo of K Robinson K Robinson
May 7, 2019 5

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!!

Photo of Geri Vital Geri Vital
May 26, 2019 5

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!

Photo of John Von Vincent John Von Vincent
May 31, 2021 5

All kinds of stuff for all kinds of needs. Go and you will know

Photo of Dana Szalontai Dana Szalontai
Jan 5, 2022 5

Thanks to CJ, his mom, and other staff for helping me get a computer monitor and the proper cables at a great price. Love this place!

Photo of Deborah W Deborah W
Mar 22, 2022 5

Always exciting to shop at the Scrap Exchange. I shop the fabric section. Great place to pick up pieces. While contributing to a good cause.

Photo of Jessi Hessler Jessi Hessler
May 12, 2022 5

Kooky place full of odds and ends! The people are incredibly friendly, and you will leave feeling inspired! The prices are pretty reasonable. You can easily spend an hour or two exploring the treasures here.

Photo of Nathan Anglin Nathan Anglin
Jun 25, 2022 5

If you're into crafts or just looking for slightly used art supplies at deeply discounted prices, The Scrap Exchange is the place for you. Pretty cool spot - never know what you might find. Check it out!