Tinkertopia - Destination for Creative Reuse + Alternative Art Supplies

HEY KIDS, Meet Rerun the Tinker Crab!

N 47° 14' 40.4016" W 122° 26' 12.2238"

Alt. Art Supply + Creative Reuse Center 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 1914 Pacific Ave. Tacoma Washington 98402 Magnets, how do they work? Half pencil capitol of the world Take and Make Junk Drawer Starter Mix Kit

A destination for teachers, students, artists, crafters, inventors, makers, hackers, and tinkerers (of any age) in search of unusual materials for any creative venture.

In store MAKE & TAKE TINKERSPACE™ or at home TAKE & MAKE KITS! OH, IMAGINE...

  • DIY Game Prototypes games
  • DIY Rube Goldberg Machines machines
  • DIY Science Experiments science experiments
  • DIY Puppet Theater puppets
  • DIY Inventions Sonic Bubble Gun?  Flux Capacitor?
  • DIY Costumes Cosumes, Cosplayer
  • DIY Spy Gear Secret Spy Gear
  • DIY Interior Design Interior Decorating
  • DIY Dioramas Dioramas
  • DIY Action Figures Action Figure Toys

How Our Creative Reuse Center Works

Alt. Art Supply - "TAKE and MAKE" Retail Shop

We collect surprising materials offering them for creative reuse as discount ALTERNATIVE arts and craft supplies! While Rare/Ancient items are individually priced, most materials are sorted and sold in... BULK BY BAG SIZE (plus sales tax)! Choose from 3 different bag girths:


  • HUMONGOUS $19.95

  • Large $9.95

  • Small $6.95

We also stock surplus art supplies for emergencies including: pencils, pens, erasers, ink, paint, paper, sidewalk chalk, charcoal, locally made sketchbooks and MS. DARCY'S WORLD FAMOUS™ knitted cupcakes.
* At this time we sell neither popcorn nor potbelly stoves.


TINKERSPACE™
For Tinker Craft Parties, Tinker Workshops & Open Tinker Art Studio
Usage Cost Launch Window Buy Time
Private Birthday Parties [pdf] $150.00 (plus tax) Sat. 12:30-2:30 and 3:30-5:30
Sun. 12:30-2:30 and 3:30-5:30
2 hours
Individual Drop-In Fee $7.00 (plus tax) 10am - 5pm Weekdays
(Check Availability | Double-Check Availability)
90 min

BIRTHDAY TINKER PARTIES:

Here’s the perfect way to celebrate that certain child who loves to create, explore unique materials and generally gets lost in the process of imaginative inspiration. Tinkertopia offers a space for up to ten “Junior Tinker-Cadets” to experience a hands on explosion of creative construction in our one of a kind "Tinkerspace." Guests are introduced to the workshop and the materials by one of our knowledgeable Creative Reuse Specialists. If you are interested in an educational aspect, specialists can introduce the “Tinker-Cadets” to the very green aspect of recycled materials and their role as reuse artists. Children are able to create, tinker and construct a multitude of amazing things using the repurposed materials provided in the Tinker-space. Before leaving each child is given a party-size tinker-bag to fi ll with their choice of creative bin materials to continue their creative exploration at home. UPGRADES AVAILABLE FOR ADDITIONAL PRICE! Contact Ms. Darcy | (253) 778-6539

Flower Pots From a Famous Video Game Robot Head Space Armadillo Hedgehog Diner Set Love Bug Spycraft Party Diner Set Mask Makers husky squid occupy tacoma in a box doll house ball launcher space armadillo tinker crab see also: Tinkerspace Photostream!

People's Tinkertopia Activity Calendar

No individual drop-ins available when Tinker Party is in progress; Check weekend TinkerSpace availability!

Upcoming Tinker Workshops:

IN SEARCH OF: Local Alternative Arts & Craft Supplies

TINKER PATROL CALL TO ACTION: Don't let these materials go to waste! Give 'em a home at Tinkertopia [pdf]...

  • Animals
  • Antlers
  • Axles
  • Bags
  • Baskets
  • Beads
  • Beakers
  • Beanbags
  • Bearings
  • Bells
  • Bendies
  • Biscuits
  • Blinkers
  • Blocks
  • Bobbins
  • Bowling Pins
  • Brackets
  • Bricks
  • Brushes
  • Bugs
  • Burlap Sacks
  • Buttons
  • Buzzers
  • Caps
  • Cards
  • Cars
  • Cast Offs
  • Chains
  • Chimes
  • Clamps
  • Clappers
  • Clips
  • Clocks
  • Corks
  • Crystals
  • Cubes
  • Dice
  • Dinosaurs
  • Doodads
  • Dowels
  • Erasers
  • Fabric
  • Fat Quarters
  • Feathers
  • Flaps
  • Flowers
  • Fossils
  • Funnels
  • Game Pieces
  • Gears
  • Googly Eyes
  • Holes
  • Hooks
  • Hoops
  • Horns
  • Hoses
  • How To Books
  • Keys
  • Knobs
  • Lenses
  • Letters
  • Lights
  • Logs
  • Magnets
  • Magnifiers
  • Mailboxes
  • Maps
  • Marbles
  • Medals
  • Mirrors
  • Models
  • Motors
  • Nicknacks
  • Nozzles
  • Numbers
  • Paints
  • Paper
  • Pellets
  • Pencils
  • Pianos
  • Photos
  • Pins
  • Pinwheels
  • Pipettes
  • Plugs
  • Poppers
  • Propellers
  • Punches
  • Puzzles
  • Pyramids
  • Rainbows
  • Reams
  • Reflectors
  • Ribbons
  • Ringers
  • Rings
  • Rolls
  • Rubber Bulbs
  • Samples
  • Scraps
  • Sewing Machines
  • Shapes
  • Shells
  • Spools
  • Spoons
  • Sprockets
  • Squirters
  • Stickers
  • Stones
  • Stoppers
  • Strings
  • Stuffing
  • Suction Cups
  • Swatches
  • Tacks
  • Tape
  • Test Tubes
  • Threads
  • Tidbits
  • Tiles
  • Tins
  • Tool Boxes
  • Tools
  • Tops
  • Trains
  • Traps
  • Trinkets
  • Trophies
  • Tubes
  • Washers
  • Weights
  • Wheels
  • Whistles
  • Windups
  • Wires
  • X-rays
  • Yarns
  • Zippers