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Best Place to Responsibly Dispose of Your Old Bric-a-Brac 

East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse

When in doubt, throw it out? Hard advice to heed when the item in question looks like it might be perfect for an art project or arcane household purpose as yet unimagined. On the other hand, squirreling it all away may result in cupboards clogged with egg cartons, fancy ribbon, and cool old buttons. Depot for Creative Reuse to the rescue! To donate there is to part with potential gems mindfully, knowing that someone will use those old zippers to possibly make a funky handbag. (Plus, the throwaways could reap a tax deduction.) In addition to providing relief for recovering packrats, the depot is a godsend for teachers, who have remained the depot's raison d'être since it was founded by two teachers back in the '80s. School supplies of every stripe — sheet music, microscopes, dry-erase boards — are available to them at a discounted price. Artists also love the selection of cheap goodies. In a disposable era, it's nice to know that trash can still be treasure.

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