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Nonprofit throws party for 2 years of reuse, recycling

It wouldn’t be a SCRAP party if there weren’t a creative element to Saturday’s fundraiser for the local reuse shop, boutique and gallery.

SCRAP Denton — the acronym stands for School and Community Re-use Action Project — celebrates its second year in business (and in diverting 22 tons of useful material from local trash bins and rummage sales, thanks to donations) with its Masquerade Fundraiser from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at 109 Industrial St.

The creative part: Patrons and supporters can show off their handmade masks, with the top ones nominated for competition, and they can take a turn in the event’s photo booth.

SCRAP Denton offers educational and creative programs for all ages, teaching creative reuse through donated materials. The shop sells everything from fabric to office supplies, and a boutique sells a revolving inventory of merchandise handmade by local craftsmen and women who rely on found, discarded and reused material. The Re:Vision Gallery is reserved for visual artists who create art that is made mostly of found, reused or discarded material.

The nonprofit agency does all of this to coax shoppers, students and art lovers to challenge their ideas about trash, what makes objects valuable and the intersection of both.

Saturday’s fundraising party will include live entertainment, a silent auction and a raffle. The event will happen at 109 Industrial St., next door to Dan’s Silverleaf. Advance tickets cost $5 at the shop, 215 W. Oak St. At the door, admission costs $10.

— Lucinda Breeding