Creating Treasures from Trash: Part of This Year’s Art Expo

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It’s been said that one’s man trash is another man’s treasure. That’s certainly been the case for OXXO Care Dry Cleaners at 2180 Wilton Drive.  For the past few weeks, its customers have donated unwanted clothes to a non-profit organization called Trash 2 Treasure. Its mission is to locate clean, re-usable materials and redistribute these items as valuable educational and artistic resources.

The donated clothes have been repurposed and turned into art by students from Fort Lauderdale’s Calvary Christian Academy, a few local high schools as well as adults.

“The money raised will be used to maintain the Trash 2 Treasure resource center facility also known as our store,” says Trash 2 Treasure Director Nanette Saylor. That’s where we collect and redistribute more than 300 pounds of repurposed material every week.”

On Nov. 21, the recycled clothing will go on display at OXXO from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. as part of this year’s Art Expo. The suggested donation for the art on display will be shown on each item. All proceeds go to Trash to Treasure.

“The center is currently operated with no paid staff -- all Trash 2 Treasure representatives are volunteers. To ensure that creative materials are available to everyone across all socio-economic divides we have kept the cost of those materials extremely low -- just $1 per pound,” Saylor said. “We are also offer individuals, schools and other non -profits a membership program that ranges from $75 - $200 per year for access to unlimited supplies for those who embrace our mission and use repurposed materials regularly in their creative work. We cannot survive on memberships and materials sales alone, however. Those revenue streams do not cover the expense of leasing space for the supplies, and to date, we have not uncovered a benefactor who would gift us space. Monies raised from community efforts like this OXXO fundraiser fill the gap between the revenue we earn through our low-cost membership program and $1 per lb. materials price and our costs to operate.”

During the Art Expo, OXXO will also host a raffle with prizes including some from Infinity Lounge on Wilton Drive.

“Putting these two entities together is a great fit,” said OXXO employee Terrence Smalley. “It’s a unique way this small business could do big things by giving back to the community and participating in this year’s Art Expo.”

You can find out more about Trash 2 Treasure at Facebook.com/Trash2TreasureFL. See how OXXO Cleaners is helping to turning apparel to art at http://on.fb.me/1NswM6K.

If You Go:

What: OXXO Art – A recycled clothing art exhibit
Where: OXXO Care Dry Cleaners at 2180 Wilton Drive
Date: Nov. 21
Time: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.


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