Creative Junk is a trust that has been operating in Christchurch for over 35 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.
Located at 25 Disraeli St in Sydenham, Christchurch, it is open Wednesday Thursday Friday 11 am – 5 pm and Saturday 11 am – 1 pm. It has one full time worker, one part time worker and a team of volunteers who staff the store and collect donated resources.
Creative Junk supplies a large range of clients- schools, families, individuals and organisations. Members pay a yearly membership fee and pay less for the material bought, while non-members do not receive the discount. It has also supplies “junk boxes” which are couriered around the country on request.
Creative Junk has reached a crossroads with a critical shortfall in income. Covid-19 closed the business down for 8 weeks resulting in no trade and no workshops. The volunteer board that governs Creative Junk and the staff have been doing their best to mitigate these factors.
The organisation needs help to stay open, to offer this important resource to the community and to continue to divert materials away from the landfill by giving then 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.
Car parking is available in front of our building and across the road, Across the road is in the empty section in front of Number 26, so go up driveway opposite our building and there are 6 parking spaces (marked with yellow paint) in middle which can be used while visiting CREATIVE JUNK
New Art Supplies for sale
TEMPERA 500 ml
TEMPERA 2 litres
ACRYLIC 500 ml
ACRYLIC 2 litres
SCHOOL PVA 2 litres
HIGH GRADE PVA 2 litres
Variety of Steam Punk embellishments
HIRE EQUIPMENT – Members Only
Props, Earth Balls, Blocks, Toddler Steps, Tunnels, Body Socks, Parachutes, Musical Instruments & more.
Many thanks, we have recently received Grants from
Christchurch City Council
The Southern Trust
Also to our suppliers, without them we would not be here. So thank you for the wonderful support. We appreciate the great drop offs that come in.
Have you considered becoming a donor or sponsor to our very worthy organisation?
We welcome donations. If for any reason you wish to remain anonymous we would of course respect your wishes. All donations made to us are tax deductible as we are a registered charity.
Creative Junk welcomes new members and opportunities to be involved with the community and to continue generating awareness about creative means of utilizing resources that would otherwise become landfill.
Over the years we have become well known for our presence at some of the mainstay events that happen annually in Christchurch.
Each year we take part in the winter holiday Kidsfest program. This has always been very popular and often requires early bookings. One of our most memorable events was in conjunction with the Christchurch City Council when we did wearable art with the children and the council held a catwalk and ball in the large snow dome at the park, where the children got to proudly show off their amazing creations.
We are also a popular participant in the Childrens Day festivities. We really enjoy having the parents and children come along and see what they can make out of the materials we provide. This is always fun not just for the kids either! It is very rewarding for us to see the collaboration between families when there are no boundaries on their creativity.
At the end of each year we have a float in the December Santa Parade. We have always had a good turn out for this. We can provide some costumes but really encourage families to come in and get supplies to make their own unique costumes. We love to decorate bikes and scooters too. We have no number limits on this event. The more the merrier. At this time of year we love to remind Christchurch residents to live life to the full and live creatively.