Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Are We?

Who Are We?

Make it Yours Upcycle Center, Inc. is a non-profit creative reuse center. Founded in 2015, we first opened our doors in a little red building in Welton, IA. In 2020, we moved to a larger store in downtown Maquoketa, IA where we've operated ever since.

 

Our store can be thought of as a thrift store for arts and crafts supplies, but we also offer much more! 

What is Creative Reuse?

What is Creative Reuse?

As the name implies, creative reuse aims to find unexpected uses for the things people often throw away or recycle. With a little creativity, anything can be repurposed into home decor or a thoughtful gift! 

For example, empty cereal boxes can be reborn as notebooks or pen holders. A can of Pringles can be covered in clay and paint in order to become the tower for a toy castle. 

The above examples don't even scratch the surface of what's possible with creative reuse. Looking for inspiration? Check out our Pinterest page!

What Do We Sell?

What Do We Sell?

Donations comprise the majority of our store's stock.  Examples of the sort of donations we accept include craft supplies, party decorations, office supplies, yarn and fabric, usable "industrial waste" from businesses, and much more. 

Other than donations, our store also offers a retail section with crafting staples from brands like Tim Holtz, Sizzix, Tonic, and Ranger.  

Upcycled goods crafted by our volunteers are also available for purchase. These goods range from wreaths to magnets to mini-dioramas, almost all of which were created using materials purchased from our store!

What Are Our Prices?

What Are Our Prices?

Crafted items and retail items are priced individually. 

As for donated items, that depends on what part of the store you're in. Most items in the front half of the store are priced individually, while items in the back half are priced by the pound ($3/lb). We also have bins in our store where items are sold in bulk by the bagfull. 

How Do We Use Our Money?

How Do We Use Our Money? 

Since Make it Yours is a non-profit, all money we earn goes back into paying bills and keeping our doors open. We hope to continue serving our community by keeping unwanted items from filling up the landfills. 

In addition, we offer discounts to teachers so they can buy supplies for their classrooms. We also participate in community events where we offer free crafts. 

In the future, we hope to expand our services even further!

How Can I Help?

How Can I Help?

Just by visiting us and spreading the word about our business, you're already helping out! But if you're looking to go even further, there's several ways to get involved. 

We are currently searching for volunteers that can work both inside our store as well as well as in the comfort of their own homes. Check out our volunteer page for more information!

Looking to donate? Check out our donation page!