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Jan 10 / edwardsj

Happy New Year!

After the delights of the festive season, are you starting the New Year with some green resolutions? Whether it’s to create less waste, recycle more, learn a new sustainable skill or simply finish one of those DIY projects, Orinoco can help! Come and browse the Scrap Store and find great materials to brighten up your home and garden. If you’re feeling crafty there’s plenty to tempt you, from card, paper, paint and stationery to fabric, wool, dye and more!

If you’d like some help or advice with repairing or upcycling, come along to our weekly Bring & Fix on Tuesdays at 11am.

We look forward to seeing you at Orinoco!

Dec 9 / edwardsj

Festive Swap Shop this Saturday!

The next Swap Shop is this Saturday, 13th December from 11:00 to 13:00 and will be combined with Christmas food in the kitchen, a tombola stall and – if he decides to pay us a visit, Father Christmas handing out goodies. Come and join us for some festive fun and last-minute Christmas swapping!

The Orinoco Scrap Store  will also be open, so come and get your hands on some of our craft items  - perfect for making those special handmade Christmas gifts and decorations.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Dec 1 / edwardsj

Make and Mend, Bring and Fix

Every Tuesday from 11:00 to 1:00 is weekly Make and Mend, Bring and Fix at Orinoco. Bring in things or ideas to make, mend or fix. Get advice about DIY, IT, arts and crafts. You can even borrow Orinoco tools to do small repairs. Help support people mending things or learn how to use their computers. Broadband and WiFi available.

Nov 21 / edwardsj

New materials in stock now!

NEW IN! Silk covered white plastic perfect for making gift tags, models, angels and other seasonal crafts.

Archive boxes – conservation grade archive boxes in many different shapes and sizes are available. Filled with “treasures” these make great gifts and displays.

Blank white notebooks are also in stock. These look great covered in the fine silk now in store, and make lovely gifts. Use them for diaries, photo albums, scrap books or sketch books.

Come down to Orinoco and make a start on your Christmas crafts and presents!

Nov 15 / edwardsj

Orinoco artworkers get creative

Over the last few months,  Store Manager Chris Bonfiglioli and Artworker Godfrey Phillips have taken the Orinoco Scrapmobile to fairs, fetes and playdays across the county and beyond. Supporting Orinoco’s aim of promoting re-use, art and creative play, they have arrived with a van full of scrap material and helped people to transform it into art. As you can see from the photos in the gallery, all that’s needed is some cardboard, scrap materials, paint, and a bit of imagination…even on a rainy day! As well as trains, planes and time machines, there were also some great Halloween creations at the Sonning Common playday on 30th October, including a drawing of the cutest werewolf you’ve ever seen. Enjoy the photos!

To book the Scrapmobile for your event please contact Orinoco.

Nov 6 / edwardsj

November Swap Shop – this Saturday!

Join us this Saturday  8th November for our monthly swap shop, where you can bring stuff along that you no longer want or take something away that you think you could use. Great if you’re having a pre-Christmas clearout, or starting to plan for this year’s Christmas gifts!

The Swap Shop runs from 11am until 1pm and is free and open to all.

Find out more about it on the Swap Shop page.

Dec 19 / Howie Watkins

Christmas is here…

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Rather than see their lovely Christmas decorations go to the tip, Debenhams have given them to us. Hurrah! Chris has just picked up a selection of fabulous Christmas trees, baubles and other goodies. They’re in the store now. Grab some fabulous fake foliage to go with all our other scrappy Christmas offerings… tinsel offcuts, end-or-rolls of shimmery and shiny things, silver sparkly card, etc. Prizes for the best festive photos we receive of houses decorated the Orinoco way!

You’ve got to be quick. The last opening day of the year is Saturday 21st December!


Nov 11 / Howie Watkins

Wesley Barrell fabric


STOP PRESS – The Wesley Barrell fabric is here.

Nov 4 / Howie Watkins

New scrap – 04/11/2013


Chris went up to the annual ScrapstoresUK conference last week. Quite apart from having a lovely time (which was nice) he also did some SWAPPING. He gave away a load of surplus Orinoco stock and came back with loads of lovely new scrap from the other scrapstores he met on the day. We’re still sorting through the lovely things he grabbed but most of the new stuff should be out on the shelves by opening time on Tuesday 05/11/13. Get it while it’s fresh! read more…

Nov 3 / Howie Watkins

Footprints Gallery

A selection of photographs from the Footprints project. read more…