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The WasteShed Art Store, selling recycled materials at a lower price, opens second location in Evanston – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) – Art supplies at an affordable price and help protect the environment.

Jim Williams of CBS 2 tells us about a store that has just opened its second location in the Chicago area and has been welcomed by artists and teachers alike.

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What we may see as garbage ready to be taken away.

“Somebody just put them on the curb.”

Eleanor Ray sees a world full of creative possibilities.

Jim: All this material had been discarded?

Eleanor: It was all thrown away.

Craft felt that was once discarded is now part of this work of art – Eleanor’s own creation – that hangs in her shop.

“We are a second-hand shop for supplies, school supplies, creative materials of all kinds and supplies for art and education.”

A business she calls The WasteShed.

“Clay and easels and craft paint, nicer paint, printing supplies.”

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Art supplies, many of them recycled and reused, for a fraction of what you would spend at retail.

“We make the connection between materials that are just lying around and not used and people who use them to do good,” Eleanor said.

This Evanston store didn’t open until the weekend. It is the second WasteShed location. Eleanors Humboldt Park Shop has been around for seven years.

Artist Hahn Ray – no relationship with Eleanor – once a customer, now an employee.

“An oasis of painting utensils and creative reuse was something really big for me,” says Hahn.

This section here is free for all educators. Eleanor points out that elementary and high school teachers often spend their money out of their own pocket and that can be very expensive.

“The average teacher spends $ 500 a year out of pocket on materials, so we try to help them offset those costs and find unusual and interesting and unique materials that they may not get elsewhere.”

A combination of art and monument preservation.

“It’s very enjoyable. the community we built in Humboldt Park was absolute

great and we look forward to building a similar community in Evanston, ”said Eleanor.

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The business also accepts donations for art supplies and materials used to make art.

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