The Resource Exchange

at 1701 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, 19122 United States

Creative Reuse Center- An arts thrift store/gallery Sign up for our NEWSLETTER: The Resource Exchange was founded as the only salvaged and surplus materials organization in the Philadelphia region dedicated to serving the creative community. Since 2009, The Resource Exchange has kept over 2 million pounds of valuable material IN the creative economy and OUT of Philadelphia’s landfills and incinerators.

The Resource Exchange
1701 N 2nd St
Philadelphia , PA 19122
United States
Contact Phone
P: (267) 997-0060


We hope to incentivize creative reuse throughout the community by selling all of our material at reduced cost, typically 1/3 to 1/2 off the cost of buying new! • artists and craftspeople use our donated and salvaged material to create art, furniture, home decor, and other unique creative reuse items. • film and theater companies utilize salvaged scenery and set decoration in new productions, and are offered more responsible set building and waste management options. • builders and contractors who utilize green design and building strategies buy our low cost, reclaimed building materials. • homeowners and renters alike look to us for innovative ways to incorporate salvaged materials into home projects and decor. • reusable resources and manufacturer surplus can easily be incorporated into art and environmental education programs in public schools and other nonprofit organizations, where funding for materials is often limited. • environmentally conscious customers benefit from the opportunity to make purchasing decisions with not just cost, but conservation in mind.

How To Get to The Resource Exchange

You can get off the Market Frankford Line at the Berks stop (Berks and Front st.) walk west on berks, and make a left on 2nd. We're just two blocks down!

Opening time

  • Tuesdays: 10:00- 18:00
  • Wednesdays: 10:00- 18:00
  • Thursdays: 10:00- 18:00
  • Fridays: 10:00- 18:00
  • Saturdays: 10:00- 18:00
  • Sundays: 12:00- 16:00

General Info

Our objectives are to: • Keep valuable resources out of landfills by recovering reusable art and educational supplies, building materials, manufacturing surplus, and other reusable donations and making them accessible to the public for reuse at low cost. • Foster creative reuse by providing arts and cultural organizations, local artists and craftspeople, educators, and the larger Philadelphia community with affordable reuse resources. • Increase the awareness of the environmental, artistic, and economic benefits of reuse and recycling by hosting workshops and public events, and by providing local sustainability information and resources through collaborations with other organizations who share our goals.

Reviews for The Resource Exchange

Victor R.

I stopped by 3 different salvage warehouses this past Sunday in search of some cheap wood with which to build some diy pieces. The resource exchange was... Read more

Lisa D.

Your dream salvage warehouse for the crafty, DIY set. They have all sorts of materials from every era (beads, fabrics, wood, lettering, yarn, books, photos,... Read more

Morgan C.

RE is the epitome of a hidden gem - what a great little spot! The sign out front says it all - you never know what you're going to find inside. Whether... Read more
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Recently, team members of the local organization Help Hope Live came in to The Resource Exchange to get some reclaimed fabrics for a very important event, National Donate Life Blue and Green Day! HelpHopeLive is a national nonprofit with a mission to support community-based fundraising for people with unmet medical and related expenses due to cell and organ transplants or catastrophic injuries and illnesses. They bring communities together in tax-exempt fundraising efforts to help patients and families pay medical bills and access treatments. Read more about them and how they used reclaimed materials on our blog!

Published The Resource Exchange on 2016-05-17 14:32:08 GMT

Coming up this Saturday! The Trenton Ave Arts Festival is sure to be a great time, with many artists, vendors, live music and the Kinetic Sculpture Derby! Come say hi to the re team at our table!

Published The Resource Exchange on 2016-05-16 11:35:00 GMT

Check out our selection of unique art prints! Like this one- we don't just like it because it's of a guy collecting "junk," it's also a Midcentury limited edition signed serigraph print by artist Ronald Julius Christensen!

Published The Resource Exchange on 2016-05-15 00:55:00 GMT

In the store now! A beautiful antique treadle sewing machine base with working pedal. We think this would make a unique table base- just add a wooden or glass top!

Published The Resource Exchange on 2016-05-14 13:20:00 GMT

Gina made this banner from reclaimed letters and felt she found at the re! The gold letters were donated by a wedding decorator, and we always have felt in stock. #werksbearhouse is a theater and multidisciplinary performance space in progress that Gina and her housemates (graduates of Pig Iron Theater!) are setting up in their unit of Berks Warehouse. They plan to host variety shows, cabarets and salons where artists can go to discuss and share works in progress! #recreatephilly #berkswarehouse #banner #creativereuse

Published The Resource Exchange on 2016-05-13 14:40:37 GMT

Did you see our map at the Science Carnival? All the information that we've gathered so far is up on our website!

Published The Resource Exchange on 2016-05-12 14:35:00 GMT

Check out this video from CLOSE UP by Brian Rudnick of our table at the Philadelphia Science Festival! Find out more about what Brian Rudnick saw at the Science Carnival:

Published The Resource Exchange on 2016-05-11 14:19:46 GMT

Trying out the stilts we made with reclaimed lumber and bike tires in Mark Rice's stilt making + walking workshop on Saturday! #recreatephilly #stiltwalking

Published The Resource Exchange on 2016-05-10 16:08:14 GMT

Workshop with May reCreate featured artist Mark Rice

Published The Resource Exchange on 2016-05-10 15:58:52 GMT

Did you know that May is Older american's Month? Celebrate Arts & Aging with St. Anne's Senior Community Center, May 13th-May 31st by visiting their art gallery! More information on their website:

Published The Resource Exchange on 2016-05-09 13:13:00 GMT

Published The Resource Exchange on 2016-05-08 13:04:00 GMT

Workshop with May reCreate featured artist Mark Rice

Published The Resource Exchange on 2016-05-07 18:10:00 GMT

There's still room for YOU! Don't miss this chance to make your own stilts and learn how to use them- happening TODAY at 2pm!

Published The Resource Exchange on 2016-05-07 00:45:00 GMT

This month our reCreate Featured Artist is Mark Rice! Check out his work in our in store gallery all month- and don't miss his STILT MAKING workshop TOMORROW! More info on our event pages:

Published The Resource Exchange on 2016-05-06 14:17:05 GMT

What's happening in May at the re? Find out in our newsletter!

Published The Resource Exchange on 2016-05-05 17:53:42 GMT

@balourestyle uses reclaimed yarn for her tags and boxes from the re for her business! Check out her Instagram!

Published The Resource Exchange on 2016-05-05 14:28:06 GMT

Customer Karen used reclaimed fabric swatches she found here at the re to create these lovely placemats. Why buy new when you can keep reusable materials out of landfill? Come in today and get inspired for your own projects! #recreatephilly #theresourceexchange #reclaimedfabric #creativereuse

Published The Resource Exchange on 2016-05-04 14:29:25 GMT

Students at Mary McLeod Bethune elementary in North Philly working with Americorps volunteers used reclaimed paper to make pinwheels which they sold to raise money for Students Rebuild, a non-profit that is rebuilding schools and providing emotional support for Syrian youth!

Published The Resource Exchange on 2016-05-03 15:09:07 GMT

Don't miss our stilt making workshop this Saturday with reCreate Featured Artist Mark Rice!

Published The Resource Exchange on 2016-05-02 00:45:03 GMT

Check out this art show featuring pieces made from recycled and reused materials! Featured artists include one of our staffers and some of our customers! Opening reception is today from 2-5pm.

Published The Resource Exchange on 2016-05-01 16:18:55 GMT

Philadelphia Science Carnival is kicking off! Come visit the re team in Climate City to learn about reusing, reducing, and recycling almost everything. 10-4 at Penn's Landing! #theresourceexchange #philadelphiasciencecarnival #getnerdyphl #creativereuse #whereisaway

Published The Resource Exchange on 2016-04-30 14:20:50 GMT

Find our table, "Where is Away" at The Science Carnival today at Penn's Landing 10am-4pm! We'll be in Climate City talking about reducing, reusing, and recycling! #GetNerdyPHL #theresourceexchange

Published The Resource Exchange on 2016-04-30 00:06:14 GMT

Sustainability-minded Students in the Teach2Serve program at Solebury School used reclaimed glass bowls and vases, seashells and little figurines from the re to make terrariums that they are selling as a fundraiser for the installation of a living wall on their campus! #soleburyschool #teach2serve #terrariums

Published The Resource Exchange on 2016-04-29 14:38:10 GMT

Customer Ashton created this painting by making stencils out of poster board found here at the re! Using #reclaimedartsupplies is a great way to make art and experiment with new ideas. Come in today and get inspired! #youneverknowwhatyoullfind #theresourceexchange #recreatephilly #creativereuse

Published The Resource Exchange on 2016-04-28 14:23:24 GMT

One of our regular customers, Daniel Capello, made the stretchers for his paintings using reclaimed lumber from #theresourceexchange . What will you make with what you find here?