To Our Community

To our valued members and friends,

Extras regretfully announces it will be closing before the end of August.

Extras will honor current memberships while there are materials left. Non members will be able to shop by the bag or by the day pass. The prices are currently $25 to fill a bag we supply or $50 for full visit privileges.

Additionally, items are still for sale in the store area. Inventory in both the Imaginarium and store will be changing constantly. To have the most up to date information please visit Extras during business hours: Wednesday through Saturday 10am – 3pm.

This Thursday, July 27th, Extras will have late hours from 6pm-8:30pm. Please use this time to spend a visit or shop in our store or simply to visit and say goodbye. The focus in the store will be jewelry for our last special event: Patina and Pearls after hours.

More fun Fabric Ideas

The other day I was perusing Facebook (something I spend way too much time doing!) and a friend posted an amazing video of a quiet book of the first Harry Potter book using felt and fabric.

Isn’t that amazing?  I can’t believe the amount of thought and work that has gone into that.  Diagon Alley has to be one of my favorites.

And then, when I went to Extras the other day to help out we were going through all the new fabric we’ve received and we got these incredible fabric books.


These would make the perfect base for your own quiet book!  I’d love to make a Harry Potter one of my own, what book would you want to try?

A Message from the Board of Directors

Dear Members and Friends,
Extras for Creative Reuse is struggling terribly.

We are 3 months behind on rent and have other expenses mounting.  We fear we will not be able to keep the doors open without a very large influx of donations or grant funds.

We have decided we cannot in good conscience continue to sell year-long memberships.  Existing memberships are valid, of course, but instead of selling new ones we are now offering “by the bag $25” and “day pass $50” options.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to take advantage of all the wonderful materials available while we decide what to do.

Hours are Wed-Sat 10am-3pm.


* Angel donors that can contribute $1,000 or more immediately.

* Power developers that can solicit similarly or exponentially larger donations of money from businesses, matching gifts, foundations.

* Grant writers that can find grant opportunities and jump right in and run with submitting a grant.

* Letter writers that can draft a fundraising campaign letter and spearhead the campaign.

Please email our Treasurer at

July Extras After Hours

We want to thank everyone who came to our event this past week.  It was so nice to see some new faces!  Also, if you are interested in anything we posted on the Facebook page, please get in touch with us, we still have lots of unusual items left.

We are hoping to make the After Hours event a monthly activity, so we’ve started planning July’s!

Minimalist Mood Board Photo Collage

Please add it to your calendar!  There will be lots more on our Facebook and blog in the coming weeks.


Check out the Fabric Corner!

We often get fabric as donations…….things people won’t use or from cleaning out a relatives house or we even had a group run a fabric donation for us.

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Sometimes the fabric is small pieces, which are great for all sorts of projects.  They make nice trims and pieces for things, or if you are a quilter we have some amazing funky fabric.  We had a volunteer take home on of the fabric sample books and make amazing banners for us!


A friend of mine posted a great resource on Facebook the other day, Vintage Sewing Pattern Wiki.  It lets you search by different criteria to find patterns for your projects.  Check out some patterns and then come visit us!


Extras Extras Read All About It


The number one question when people come into Extras and find me behind the desk is “Where’s Jocelyn?” If you missed her Facebook post,she’s stepped away from the organization for personal reasons. I’m spending the summer as acting Operations Manager while the Board of Directors decides how to replace Jocelyn. I come to the organization with a fair amount of nonprofit and customer service experience as well as a love of the organization from being a member. 

— Kathy

Summer Hours Change:

Extras will be closed Saturday, July 1, in observance of Independence Day Weekend.

Extras will then switch over fully to summer hours:

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 10am – 3pm

Phone Number Update:

We’ve been in Peabody almost a year now. It is time to stop the forwarding on our old number as we cannot afford the expense of two phone numbers.

You can reach us at: (978) 587-3758

What is this item?

what is this

Every day brings new and interesting items to Extras! Unfortunately I don’t know what some of them are. If you know what this is please let me know! If you’re interested in owning this item let me know that too!


Preparing for After Hours

Hi Everyone!  My name is Meghann and I’m one of the newest volunteers at Extras.  I’ve taken on some of the social media and blog responsibilities, so you’ll see me posting things frequently.  I have been at home with my children for the last 10 years, but before that I was a teacher for kindergarten and 1st grade.  I also come to Extras with lots of event management and volunteer experience.

In preparation for our upcoming Extras After Hours we have been cleaning up the shop and some of the back rooms.  As donations come in, on occasion we find some items that just don’t fit in the Imaginarium!  Opening boxes you never know what you’ll find, the other day we opened a box to find a combo of salad tongs, an African mask, some jewelry, packs of sweatbands, and bundt pans.

My job lately has been photographing our finds and getting them posted to Facebook for everyone to see.  Behind the scenes, that often means spending quality time with Google trying to figure out exactly what things are and what they are worth.  Many are straightforward, because they come with information printed on them.  Others take time to narrow down exactly what they are.

music box

The other day I opened this box up.  Doesn’t look like much, huh?  But I took a picture and added the listing to my notebook and moved on.  A few hours later I sat down to do some research.  Any ideas on what’s in this box?  It’s music box parts!  And my research turned up some interesting things, so I thought I’d share them with all of you.

The company that made these parts is Thorens Movement.  The company was started by Hermann Thorens in Sainte Croix Switzerland in 1883 and produced music boxes and clock movements.  At the time Sainte Croix was the music box capital of the world.  Did you know that the first music box was actually a musical pocket watch, invented in 1796?

Thorens was well known for wooden music boxes with revolving handcarved wooden figurines.  They continued to produce music boxes until 1986 when the music box portion of the company was sold to Reuge SA a music box company that was started in Sainte Croix in 1865, and at the time produced musical pocket watches.

Over the years Thorens produced many different things, including harmonicas, automatic lighters, razors and finally phonographs and record players.

It has been fun to research so many of these objects.  We hope you come and check out others at our Extras After Hours June 29th!  If you know anyone interested in music box parts, please let us know!  We’d love to see them go to someone who will be able to use them.



Extras After Hours

We’re so excited for our upcoming Extras After Hours!  On our facebook page, over the next week, until our event we will be sharing some of the fun items we have for sale at Extras. We get donations of all shapes and sizes, so there are lots of fun and interesting things to show off!

We’re trying to raise a little extra money to help with a few of our past bills and prepare for future. If there is something you are really interested in, please feel free to reach out to us. Also, some of the items are fairly specialized, so if you know someone who might be interested in them, please let them know what great things we have!

Join us at Extras from 6-8:30pm on June 29th!

After Hours

Tell us how you celebrate EARTH DAY! – Join the celebration too

Earth Day 2017 is just a few days away. Stop by the center for FREE gift bags and a fun day of recycling, reusing and reducing!


Are you:

  • Cleaning up your town?
  • joining a walk?
  • Doing a recycle fest?
  • Making art
  • Making a statement?

Share your plans on our Facebook page.

We want to acknowledge our awesome members.

We had a great crowd at the recent ribbon cutting to officially “open” the shop at our location 58 Pulaski Street Peabody, MA


This is some of the goodies we have available for you this week:

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