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Tag: Tinkertopia

July
10th

One person’s junk, another person’s Tinkertopia: Art foraging store opening mid-July on Pacific Avenue

R.R. and Darcy Anderson in Tinkertopia, opening soon on Pacific Avenue, Tacoma. Photo: Rosemary Ponnekanti
R.R. and Darcy Anderson in Tinkertopia, opening soon on Pacific Avenue, Tacoma. Photo: Rosemary Ponnekanti

It looks like an OCD nightmare – tins and barrels and baskets of plastic bits, wooden piano keys, yarn spools, picture frames, fabric remnants and any other little object you can imagine, all sprawled around the baby-blue space at 1914 Pacific Avenue. But for R.R. and Darcy Anderson, new entrepreneurs at creative reuse center Tinkertopia, it’s heaven – and the couple are hoping it will be for local artists, parents, teachers and anyone else who likes making things.

“Both of us are creative people and like to reuse things,” explains Darcy, a former pre-school teacher. “We were always fans of Creation Station in Lynnwood (another artist recycling store) but it was so far away.”

Then, when R.R. Anderson – a local cartoonist and chalk artist – lost his design day job, they realized the moment had come. The couple applied for the City of Tacoma’s Spaceworks Creative Enterprise program, which offers rent-free empty commercial space to start-up businesses on a temporary basis, and moved into the former gyro restaurant last month.

Since then they’ve been getting donation after donation: unused plastic slide holders from hospitals, tile samples from architectural firms, buckets of wood and plastic bits from the Creation Station, where the owners are retiring. Read more »