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Do you know Scrap?

It is one of those San Francisco gems that once you find out about you wonder how you ever got along without it. It is a treasure trove of reusable supplies for any possible art project that you can dream of.

The way it works: you gather as much as you can, take it up to the counter and whoever is lucky enough to be at the register, gives you a price. And then you pay, in cash. Don't try to barter - you'll just get a frown. I have never felt that my pile of loot was overpriced, not even in the slightest.

Three lessons I have learned:

1. Go with a project in mind - or else you will end up in craft supply overload and buy too much or nothing at all.

2. Don't go with your cleverly crafty toddler - this is not a place for little hands if you don't want to be saying "No don't touch that everyone 30 seconds!

3. Give yourself time - especially if its your first time. There is so much to look at, that being on a time limitation may squelch your creative juices!

Other than that, go and explore!

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