Tinkertopia™ - Destination for Creative Reuse + Alternative Art Supplies, A Fun Place for crafty kids

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

Alt. Art Supply + Creative Reuse Center + Tinker Craft Party Zone
Donate Your Lightly Used Arts and Craft Supplies in Tacoma

IN SEARCH OF: TINKER-MATERIALS donate lightly used arts and Craft Supplies!

TINKER PATROL CALL TO ACTION: Don't let these materials go to waste! Give 'em a home at Tinkertopia [#insearrchof] Donate any of these fine materials listed below today... And know that your hoard will be transformed into something magical. Your local art students will thank you, we call this cycle "The Great Material Continuum" + LOCAL PICKUPS AVAILABLE, depending on the mood of our volunteer van driver. DROP OFFS, now by appointment only.. (253) 778-6539

  • Animals
  • Antlers
  • Axles
  • Bags
  • Baskets
  • Beads
  • Beakers
  • Beanbags
  • Bearings
  • Bells
  • Bendies
  • Biscuits
  • Blinkers
  • Blocks
  • Bobbins
  • Bottle Caps
  • Bowling Pins
  • Brackets
  • Bricks
  • Brushes
  • Bugs
  • Burlap Sacks
  • Buttons
  • Buzzers
  • Cards
  • Cars
  • Cast Offs
  • Cassette Tapes
  • Chains
  • Chimes
  • Clamps
  • Clappers
  • Clips
  • Clocks
  • Corks
  • Crystals
  • Cubes
  • Dice
  • Dinosaurs
  • Doodads
  • Dowels
  • Erasers
  • Fabric
  • Fat Quarters
  • Feathers
  • Flaps
  • Flowers
  • Floppy Disks
  • Fossils
  • Foreign Coins
  • Funnels
  • Game Pieces
  • Gears
  • Googly Eyes
  • Holes
  • Hooks
  • Hoops
  • Horns
  • Hoses
  • How To Books
  • Keys
  • Knobs
  • Leather
  • Lenses
  • Lego Minifigs
  • 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
  • Switches
  • 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

Donation FAQs

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CAN I JUST DROP STUFF OFF? One or Two sorted bags of things you've dropped off in the past, sure. A full-carload of materials you think we may like... please schedule a time to drop off! Space is extremely limited and our sorting area is our maker-space :)

ITEMIZED RECEIPTS? Although it is TRUE that Tinkertopia™ was born out of the community-driven, non-profit 501c SpaceWorks Tacoma, we are currently operating as a micro, for-profit mom&pop LLC. THUS AND SO we cannot offer any tax write-off paperwork in exchange for material donations. We have no million-dollar CEOs, work hard to make rent and proudly pay taxes!

DO YOU BUY STUFF? We do not buy. We do not buy. We do not buy. We do not buy. There is no money.

DO NOT WANT: We will go ahead and pass on the following items... ¡no, gracias!

Please recycle or trash where appropriate. Contact rerun@tinkertopia.com with questions! These items are typically too sticky, smelly and or gross for our material sorting volunteers...

  • Deck Stain
  • Baby Toys
  • Old Batteries
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Cat Food Cans
  • Old Clothing
  • Couch Foam
  • CFL Bulbs
  • Chew Toys
  • Canning Lids
  • TV Dinners
  • Egg Cartons
  • Foam Meat Trays
  • House Paint
  • Juice Lids
  • Kitchen Appliances
  • Kitchen Wares
  • Mattress
  • Gross Medical Waste
  • Plastic Mesh
  • Pill Bottles
  • Vacuum Cleaners
  • Shampoo Bottles
  • Tiny Fabric Scraps
  • Toiletries
  • Wrapping Paper
  • fast food
  • Lazy-boy Recliners
  • Yogurt Containers

SEE: Your Materials UPCYCLED by our Tinker Cadets!

Sold as discount "alt. art materials" to art students on campus AND as part of our all-you-can-use salad bar of TINKER MATERIALS in our TINKERSPACE ACTIVITY CRAFT ROOM! Here are some examples of real "Tinker Creations" below...

Oversized Novelty Pencils 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 Tag us in your Tinker Creation Picture #tinkertopia; #tinkerbuilt SEE ALSO: Tinkerspace Photostream!

About Us - Creative Reuse + Tacoma Tinker Party Maker Space Specialists

Tinkertopia, LLC. works with local businesses, capturing safe, reusable materials from the wastestream (aka Great Material Continuum), and reimagines these as unusual arts and craft supplies for kids, teachers, makers and tinkerers.

CEO Ms. Darcy + Spokesmodel Commander RR

FOUNDERS: CEO Ms. Darcy + Spokesmodel Commander RR

Founded by two Tacoma artists (one a preschool art teacher, the other a political cartoonist), Tinkertopia™ promotes an definitive sense of planetary resource conservation working with local industries to divert safe+clean remnants, seconds, scraps, off-cuts, discards, misprints and overstock from the waste stream, then redistributing these goods as low-cost arts & crafts supplies.

One person's junk is another person's bonanza of materials for early education art classes, learning games, science experiments, crafts, costuming, and other expressions of creativity. You'll see a variety of innovative uses for everything we collect on display throughout the store. Tinkertopia™ is designed for everyone, regardless of skill level, but mostly school-aged children with a creative streak!

A Proud Alumni of Spaceworks Tacoma "Creative Endeavor" Program

Tinkertopia, LLC. is a graduate of Spaceworks Tacoma, a joint non-profit of the City of Tacoma Arts Commission and the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce! Spaceworks is working to activate Tacoma with destination-quality artwork, art projects, and arts-based business.