Good news: the Turnip Green Creative ReUse Center has found a new home.
This eclectic non-profit reuse store that accepts donated art and craft supplies and sells them to artists and crafters for little or nothing, is moving to 407 Houston St. where it will double its space when it reopens on March 2.
“We are very excited,” said executive director Leah Sherry, who said the new location offers 4,500 square feet of space, compared to the 2,000 square feet it has had in East Nashville.
She said the additional space will be used to better display the donated items, more gallery space and more room for in-house creative art programs and workshops.
Turnip Green Creative Reuse Center (Photo11: Mary Hance / The Tennessean)
“It will allow us to be more organized and we need more space for our programs and workshops,” Sherry said.
Turnip Green history
Turnip Green has been in business since 2011, when it opened on Fourth Avenue South. It has been on Woodland Street in East Nashville for the last two years, but the building was sold and the store lost its lease.
Turnip Green’s mission is to keep usable stuff out of the landfill by inviting people to donate items, and then offering them to artists and crafters who pay whatever they want for whatever they see that they could use in a project.
The news of the new location comes after almost a year of Sherry and her board searching for a spot to buy or lease for its programs and sales.
In addition to offering programs in house, Turnip Green also provides many hands on recycling and art programs for children and adults at festivals, libraries and schools.
Donating items has multiple benefits
By donating, not only will you will be keeping a lot of stuff out of the landfill, but it is a great way to breathe new life into seemingly useless items, like old picture frames, buckets of bottle caps, corks, game-and-puzzle pieces, and, yes, all kinds of cords, encyclopedias, photos, broken toys, ribbon, gift bags, mirror remnants, marbles, snow globes, cardboard, notebooks, office supplies, school supplies, broken jewelry, paints, pipe cleaners, foam, pieces of electronics, outdated calendars and more.
So far more than 200 tons of various materials has been diverted from the landfill through the Turnip Green program.
The Woodland Street store will be closed Feb. 28- March 1 and the new location will reopen on Houston Street at noon on March 2.
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Turnip Green will open its new location at 12 p.m. on Sat. March 2 and resume normal hours:
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“TGCR has 4 areas of service: a retail donate what you wish ($) store, education/outreach, artist support, and a green gallery. It provides a welcoming and neutral place for artists, educators, and any creative person to connect. We hold a high priority to serve the art community as well as work with children in our community, bringing them ways to create from what they see going in the trash everyday.”
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