Make Your Own Furniture: Join us at the ReStore Upcycling Series

ReStore Upcycle Seminar Poster 8.5x11 - Ottomans


We’ll be doing a live demonstration at ReStore’s Upcycling seminar this Sunday. Come learn how to make one-of-a-kind furniture as we transform an old coffee table into an upholstered ottoman!

Admission is $5.00. Register here.

What is ReStore?
ReStores accept donations of new and used building materials from homeowners, contractors, retailers and manufacturers, and sell them to the public at greatly reduced prices. Money raised through sales covers 100% of the cost of Habitat for Humanity’s Greater Vancouver operations.


Habitat for Humanity provides affordable homes to families in need, but it also has an environmental mission very similar to Our Social Fabric’s:

Our disposable society has continually been told that it’s best to get rid of the “old” to make way for the “new”. We know “new” is still necessary in many circumstances, but we also know the value in recycling, reusing, repurposing, and redesigning what may be old, outdated or currently unusable items into beautiful works of art.

Please join us, and check out ReStores’ upcoming seminars, too!

Looking for space to expand

Our Social Fabric has grand ambitions, one of which is to hold regular sales and have our own storefront. We are looking for space in Vancouver – anywhere between 500 and 1000 square feet. Because fabric doesn’t do well in cinder block or cement buildings, we’re looking for wood frame/drywall type construction. If anyone has any leads on space for us, please let us know at Thank you!

YWCA Women of Distinction Award

Louise Schwarz, one of wonderful board members and co-owner of Recycling Alternative, has been nominated for the prestigious YWCA Women of Distinction Award in the Environmental Sustainability category for 2012. Louise has been involved in recycling in Vancouver for over 20 years and has given countless hours of her own time to various community groups. Read more about her here.

We’d also love it if you could cast a vote for her for the Connecting the Community award, which is a separate award where the winner can donate $10,000 to the YWCA program of their choice. Click here to cast a vote for Louise.

We Have a New Home at Frogbox!

OSF has moved to a new home. We are very pleased to be partnering with Frogbox! Doug Burgoyne of Frogbox is a community-minded, socially responsible entrepreneur. He and his team have kindly arranged to sub-lease some light industrial office space to Our Social Fabric and we moved in on Saturday!

The new space is a really exciting change for OSF and it’s wonderful that we have so much community support to help us do it. Last Saturday we had a big work party at the storage locker to organize all the donations from the last few months, pack up the best of it, and move it to the new space. Many thanks to Patty of Pure Magnolia gowns and Kent from Patch who volunteered their time and effort to our very hasty move, and also to prospective board members Andrew and Katharine who pitched in a considerable amount of energy and showed their commitment! Thanks also to Recycling Alternative for donating a truck to us to move with in the afternoon.

Best of all, we will be able to hold sales inside our new space, which was a challenge with our previous storage locker arrangement. Check back soon to find out when our next sale will be and learn more about the new donations and inventory receiving policies we are developing.