Reconsidered Goods June 2019 newsletter

Hello RG fans. We are well into June and catching up from busy and fun activities that we have planned. We saw many great donations that came in from May. Our total weight of diverted waste came to 9.99 tons!

RG is excited to be a part of Ebay's Retail Revival program. Some items that are donated are special and need that perfect person to appreciate it. Many of our vintage items are delicate and get harmed on the sales floor. Having this program for our non-profit helps keep our mission's outreach funded and we are able to provide additional services to the community. Martha works very hard on curating special items to sell online. To see what we have listed, visit us at this link, .

This summer we have been fortunate to have 5 interns from UNCG join our team.

 Ally Gilgen  was one of these interns and has been with Reconsidered Goods since the beginning, when she joined us as a volunteer in her freshman year. Now a senior in the Arts Administration program at UNCG, Ally has returned as an intern, helping with grant writing, marketing and education programs.

"During my time at Reconsidered Goods, I’ve realized just how much it takes to maintain day-to-day operations. Interning at Reconsidered Goods is always exciting because you never know what you’ll be walking into that day. Since my first day, I have done a range of activities including grant research, social media posting, composing Make & Take grab bags, and preparation for events. Before interning here, I wasn’t aware of how involved Reconsidered Goods was with the community of Greensboro. Now I am informed of their community outreach events along with their goal to educate others about creative reuse. One thing that surprised me was how many people I’ve gotten to interact with daily. Not only do numerous customers come in, but they have a large support system made up of wonderful staff and volunteers. Overall, I have thoroughly enjoyed all of the activities I have completed under the supervision of Reconsidered Goods and the people that I have gotten the pleasure to work with and know."

To find out more info about internships at RG, email

June is packed with fun activities.
 Craft & Draft

Join us on the third Tuesday of the month at Horigan’s House of Taps between 6-8 p.m. to make a simple upcycled craft. On Tuesday June 18, we will be making ice cream garlands. Materials and instructions will be provided. It’s only a $5 donation for a great time and you’ll leave with something awesome!

Horigan's House of Taps


Free Admission

Join us on the third Thursday of the month this fall for Full Steam Ahead Storytime Book Club at Reconsidered Goods! Children from ages birth to 5, along with their caretakers, are invited for STEAM powered fun focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Children of all abilities are welcome to this fun-filled learning experience.

June 20 | These Bees Count by Alison Formento | Bee Houses + Bug Hotels: Investigate the natural world around us as we create our very own bee houses and bug hotels from recyclable materials. Learn what these tiny creatures need to stay happy and healthy in their environment. Design a house, hotel or bed and breakfast to put in your yard for our bee and bug friends to live in! 



2805 Patterson Street | | (336)-763-5041

Add some creative reuse fun to your summer with camp at Reconsidered Goods! Designed for young artists and makers ages 8-12, our half- day weeklong art camps deliver different themes all with a focus on reuse, recycling and environmentalism. Each day campers will explore art materials, build new skills and make new friends through hands-on creative projects, interactive games, and fun camp adventures!

REUSE RUNWAY | June 24-28

Turn trash to fashion and learn basic skills for creating eco-friendly designs out of collected reusable materials. Participants will learn hand and machine sewing techniques as they create bags, pillows, necklaces and other unique creations. A reuse runway fashion show will take place at the end of camp highlighting campers one of a kind looks as they learn how to take something junky and turn it into something funky.


Add a little magic to your summer for your creative reuse wizard. At Wizard Academy camp we will be crafting up spells, slime and all things magic! Campers will become real-life wizard scientists as they mix together potions, design their own magic wands, craft their own fairy gardens and get into all kinds of magical mischief. Costumes are encouraged!


An adventure in sculpture for the artist who wants to try a little bit of everything! Campers will create, build and sculpt using a variety of different mediums to explore the basics of 3D art. Sculptures big and small, both individually and collaboratively, will be crafted throughout the week. Campers will work with polymer clay, wire, wood, cardboard, bottle caps and all kinds of unique reuse materials. Campers will create a portfolio of mixed media works to keep at the end of the week.

TIME | 9:00 AM-1:00PM

PRICE | $125 per camper. Materials included, snack provided and campers bring lunch. Please provide a snack if your child has food restrictions.

CANCELLATION POLICY | Cancellations made one week or more prior to camp date receive a full refund minus a $25 cancellation fee. No refund will be made for cancellations less than 7 days prior to camp.
Join us for our Make-It Days in July
Wednesday 7/3 and Sunday 7/7. We will be turning old jars into a colorful summer fruit salad!

Drop in during our regular open hours on either day. Activities are kid and adult friendly! We give you the supplies, directions and show you some examples to get your creative juices flowing. Cost is $8 per maker- bring drinks and food if you wish (alcohol is allowed)! Allow yourself at least 1 hour (or more!) to get your craft on.


Reconsidered Goods and UNCG’s Healthy Relationships Initiative are partnering together this summer for Love Yourself, Express Yourself, a workshop series designed for teenage girls who want to learn more about strengthening healthy relationships.

Do you enjoy crafting and getting to know other people your age? Are you looking for something fun to do with your girlfriends? Join us at Reconsidered Goods for monthly art activities focused on fostering self-care practices, self-expression through the arts, strengthening leadership skills and setting effective goals. Workshops are $10 each with all materials provided. All workshops are for participants ages 13-19 and take place at Reconsidered Goods. Please contact us at for scholarship information.

Love Yourself, Express Yourself | Self-Care Boxes | July 10 | 5:00-7:30 PM:

We will be creating a self-care "toolkit" with each participant receiving a box they can paint, collage and decorate to fill with mementos, notes and items that are special to them and that add to their self care. These boxes will provide participants with different coping skills duing times of stress, anxiety or grief. We will talk about the different ways we care for ourselves and how art making can be used as a tool for self-care.


June Kids Sewing Class | 9-17 Years Old

Learn the basics of sewing with RG staff Laura Maruzzella. In this class you will be provided with the materials and instruction to sew your own tote bag. Participants will learn basic sewing techniques including hand sewing and machine operation as well as sewing terminology. This class is for participants 9-17 years old. Reserve your spot by signing up through Event Brite.