National Reuse Day at 577

Oct 14, 2022 | Curiosity Shop, News & Updates

Did you know October 20 is celebrated as National Reuse Day? The movement to make it a special day began with the purpose to highlight ways we can all do our part of making good habits toward a sustainable future for our loved ones and our planet.

For the second year in a row, 577 will honor this idea with a day dedicated to accepting donations of gently used and like-new art supplies and books on Thursday, October 20 with extended open hours from 10am to 7pm.

What started as a test run in 2021, has now blossomed into a new favorite of the 577 Curiosity Shop where we have added a large section of gently used art supplies available for purchase to our collection of like-new books. This is only possible through the generous donations of creative individuals and their families who instead of dumping unneeded, gently used art supplies in the trash bring them to us. 577 gives these items new life by making them available for other creatives to purchase at discounted prices.

Keeping these supplies from the waste stream and providing supplies and funding for more wonderful 577 classes is a win-win for our community.

If you have items you would like to donate, we are accepting up to 2-4 bags/boxes of gently used or like-new items listed below.

Art and Craft supplies:

  • Yarn ~ all colors and types of fibers
  • Thread
  • Fabric ~ fat quarters, usable yardage, no scraps please
  • Crochet hooks; Knitting needles
  • Working sewing machines
  • Buttons and sewing notions
  • Easels ~ standing or tabletop
  • Paintbrushes
  • Palettes
  • Paint ~ acrylic; watercolor; gesso; gouache; tempera; fabric
  • Graphite pencils
  • Colored pencils
  • Charcoal
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Inks
  • Calligraphy ~ nibs, etc
  • Sharpies
  • Artist papers
  • Sketchbooks
  • Canvases
  • Scrapbooking ~ stamps, stamp pads, embellishments, etc.
  • Scissors


  • Children and young adult books
  • Fiction books
  • Non-fiction books (published within the last 10 years)
  • Arts and crafts books/magazines
  • General magazines (within the last 12 months)

We do not accept:

  • Damaged books that have broken bindings, missing pages, yellowed or soiled pages, or that smell of smoke, or mildew, or are excessively dirty or dusty
  • Clearly outdated materials including, but not limited to: travel, legal, tax, medical, health books
  • Magazines older than 1 year
  • Encyclopedias, Reader’s Digest, or Textbooks
  • DVDs, CDS, cassette tapes, records, or other media
  • Computer software or equipment

Can’t make it Thursday? Donations (up to 2 bags/boxes) are accepted during Welcome Center & Curiosity Shop Open Hours. Autumn Hours are Wednesdays ~ Saturdays, 10am to 4pm

Questions about your donation? Give us a call at 419-874-4174 or email

Looking to find a new-to-you book, find supplies for a new art project, or find the perfect gift for a friend or loved one? Make sure to stop into the Welcome Center & Curiosity Shop during your next visit.

577 was thrilled to reopen the book center this past May as the Welcome Center & Curiosity Shop thanks to grant funding from the First Solar Community Giving Fund of the Greater Toledo Community Foundation. This refreshed space is the perfect place to browse the collection of thousands of gently-used books with selections for all ages and interests and relax and connect with a friend by the unique corn stove. Plus, crafters, teachers, artists, and students will love browsing the new large selection of art supplies, and everyone will love the new display of handmade pottery for sale created by students at 577.

577 staff is available to answer any questions on items available and upcoming classes, accept donations, and more. Looking to volunteer? Email for more information.

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