Creative Junk

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Provide materials, art supplies for creative & imaginative happenings for children & community Workshops to promote recycle reuse rethink


Creative Junk is a not-for-profit community centre incorporated in 1985

We collect and accept a wide range of cheap and reusable materials to be used for creative and imaginative happenings in the community. Materials are used by children of all ages in early childhood education centres, schools, recreational groups and the community

Art materials and other equipment are for sale at wholesale prices.

WORKSHOPS are held to promote recycle, reuse, rethink and develop and strengthen education profile on and off site

We have play equipment for hire to members:

parachute, tunnel, musical instruments, body-sox, infant toddler steps, clear boards, and more!

Creative ideas are on display for inspiration.

We are always looking for fun, useful junk…


In order to operate successfully we rely on you, the public, to supply us with “Junk”, if you have access to waste materials you think may be of use....let us know!

WHAT CAN WE USE? NON-TOXIC, CLEAN & SAFE, items like: Aluminum Cans, Art Supplies, Baby food jars with lids, Beads, Bangles and Jewelry, Blueprints, Bottle caps/metal, Brushes & Rollers, Bubble wrap, Buttons/Zip/Thread/ Lace, Calendars, Candles, Cards & Wrapping paper, Carpet & Vinyl Squares sample, used CDs/Floppy Disks, Christmas decorations, Colourful & Shiny Materials, Cone from out of sewing cottons, Corrugated Cardboard/Plastic, Fabric Book Samples, Film canisters/slide boxes, Flowers – fake, Formica samples, Glitter, Leather, Magazines, Magnets, Matchboxes – empty, Milk bottle lids, Nuts & Bolts, Springs, Paint – watercolour, acrylic & oil, tempera, (not dried out or house paint) no spray paint, Paper - all kinds eg Sticky back, tissue, Photos, Piano parts, Pop sticks, Puzzles (doesn’t matter if pieces missing), Records, Ribbon/bows, Rubber bands, Squeegees, Stamps & pads, Stencils, Stickers, Tennis balls, Transfer letters & Numbers, Velcro, Wallpaper Books, Wine corks, Wire/Chicken Net, Wire – Coloured not power cords

Yarn especially non-acrylic

Raw Materials eg Pine Cones, Shells, Feathers

Anything else you think could be used for creative play


We appreciate it if you can deliver but if you need us to pick it up

· just give us a call on 379 4040.

· Email

More about us

Our aim is to provide an affordable and extensive range of recycled and natural materials, collected from industry and the community to promote creative and imaginative play and happenings in the community for children, their families and related community services

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Latest update

Newsletter June 2020  17 June 2020

Posted by: Creative Junk

A big thank you for the financial and moral support we are receiving. The donations received are very much appreciated (4 weeks to 14 June)

At the centre, $4,000

Memberships, $765

Direct to our bank account, $720

‘Give-a-Little’ page, May $316

up to 16 June $500

Creative Junk’s team of volunteers and staff have been doing their best to mitigate the loss of income over the last few months.

Monthly Expenses are:

Rent and OPEX costs $4,330

Wages 100% $4,720

currently paying 90% (wage subsidy)

Admin Costs including Van $830 approximately

Big thanks CERT for the $5,000 grant towards Rent costs, approved March and recently received. Our landlord waived one month’s Rent payment of $3,550. We applied and have received the 8 week Wage Subsidy extension for our two paid staff.

At the beginning of this month, we hosted a Lego display and proceeds donated to us, thanks Brickonymous. We are planning another Lego display over the July School holidays during our open hours. The Carboot Sale went well but due to the weather finished early. We intend to do this again.

Workshops to make musical instruments using recycled materials, will be held over the July School Holidays, thanks to support from Creative Communities.

Check our Facebook page and website for upcoming events. To book a workshops or birthday party, please contact Christine, for more information.

MAKERSPACE -Community space at 25 Disraeli St.

providing sewing machines, tools, and resources for you to create, upcycle and/or repair goods using waste materials. OPEN: Wednesday to Friday 11am to 4pm by arrangement. Cost: $5.00 per person per hour plus materials

Workshop and Makerspace room available to hire.

Suitable for Artists, Co-ops, Community GROUPS, meetings. For more information, please email

Fill a bag price, $7.00 for members and $10.00 for non-members, larger bag $10.00 for members and $15.00 for non-members.


Your membership is important to us, thank you for your continuing support.

Hire Equipment and Props – available for Members to hire

Art Materials: great prices, extra discounts for members

Volunteers/Helpers Wanted

Friends, members, supporters and waste warriors!

We always need enthusiastic volunteers for regular or one of events to help us bring our waste reuse message to the wider Christchurch community.

Creative Junk is a charity that has been operating in Christchurch for over 39 years, recycling materials for use by the community and schools as an affordable resource for art and craft projects, giving a second lease of life to items that would otherwise end up in the landfill.

Creative Junk needs support to stay open, to offer this important resource to the community and continue to divert materials away from the landfill by giving them a creative second lease on life, thereby doing its bit to help save the environment. Any support, either funding or publicity to get the word out to the wider community, would be appreciated.

Many thanks to our current Funders.

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