Understanding the concept and how we work
The Scrapstore takes clean waste materials donated by local businesses and individuals and sells them at minimal cost for use in art, craft and play activities. This is a great video from the national Scrapstore network that explains the concept and the benefits brilliantly.
We operate on a membership scheme with annual membership starting at just £6. More details are on our membership page, but everyone is welcome to join the Scrapstore and once you are a member you can come to the shop and fill a carrier bag with materials for £1.50 or a huge sack for just £2.50.
We do have some items that are individually priced such as large pieces of fabric which are £1 each, but most materials are available on a pick and mix basis.
We are part of a huge network of scrapstores across the UK, all working together to find and share the best supplies so you will always find something new and exciting in stock. Find out more about the network at https://www.reusefuluk.org
From rainy day projects, home education supplies and seasonal crafts to charity makes, toddler group supplies and school art supplies, we’re perfect.
Way back at the turn of the millennium a group of parents, childminders and play-scheme workers collectively part of the Hampshire Children’s and Families Forum (HCFF) came together and noticed that it was often difficult getting affordable craft materials. The end result was the Waterside Scrapstore which opened it’s doors on the 1st December 2001 down at Cracknore Hard, Marchwood.
Marchwood was a nice home, but very isolated meaning we were unknown by most in the area. So in October 2004 we re-opened in our current home in Rumbridge Street, Totton – much more prominent if a little more cosy.
How are we run?
Everyone is a volunteer. Yes, everyone from our management committee through to the people who man the shop, we’re all volunteers. We’re always looking for more people who can help us, even if it’s just spreading the word or making some examples. Find out the many ways in which you can help us here.
Why do we keep funny hours?
As all our shop staff are volunteers, we can only open when they are available. Between us we can commit to be open on these days and times. If you can’t find anyone there, give us a call and someone will be there as soon as possible. The only way we can expand our opening hours is if more people volunteer and help us, otherwise it would be the same few people dedicating all their free time.