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.


  • 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

"TAKE and MAKE" Retail: Bulk Bag + Individually Priced

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.

For Tinker Craft Parties, Tinker Workshops & Open Tinker Art Studio
Usage Cost Launch Window Buy Time
Private Party Birthday
Over 5 people Group Rate
$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 Depending on Availability
(Check Availability | Double-Check Availability)
90 min

People's Tinkertopia Activity Calendar

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

Upcoming Public Tinker Workshops:

Tinkertots is a workshop designed for younger tinkerers who are just on the verge of thinking three dimensionally. The workshops are shorter in length than a normal tinker-session, lasting about an hour for shorter attention spans. Three age-appropriate hands-on activities will be presented for a guided experience and expose little hands to basic construction, texture combinations and fine motor skill practice.
Tuesdays and Fridays 10:30-11:30. $5.00/Tinkerer. Preschool (3-5)
WAKE+MAKE: Saturday Morning Workshops
Come join us for seasonal and material specific hands on crafts with Ms. Darcy! Based on customer popular request. Check out our Facebook events for details?
Every 2nd and 4th Saturday
$10.00/Tinkerer. All ages
(Young children must be accompanied by an adult)

Schedule A Private Tinker Craft/Birthday Party:

What great way to celebrate the curious child who loves to create, explore unique materials and generally gets lost in the process of imaginative inspiration. Tinkertopia offers a safe environment for up to ten (10) “Junior Tinker-Cadets” to experience a hands on explosion of creative construction in our one of a kind "TINKERSPACE." Cadets are introduced to the workshop and the materials by one of our knowledgeable Creative Reuse Specialists (viz Shop Owner Ms. Darcy). If you are interested in an educational aspect, specialists can introduce the 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 complimentary party-size tinker-bag to fill with their choice of creative bin materials to continue their creative explorations at home.
Contact Ms. Darcy | (253) 778-6539 | Looking for Tinker Party Invitations? DIY Tinker Party Invitations pdf!

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!

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