FabMo - Rescuing Designer Materials for Creative Reuse

San Francisco Bay Area


FabMo is 501(c)(3) nonprofit, EIN 27-0658796. 

All donations are tax-deductible

This video captures the Fourth Annual FabMo Textile Arts Boutique in 2012. Great fun!

The Boutique is important to us because what comes in as surplus must go out with purpose for our effort to be sustainable, else a landfill problem just becomes a storage problem, so we use the Boutique to celebrate our crafters and their creations. 

This is an inspiring recount of one woman’s exposure and subsequent embracing of everything FabMo. 

It all began with the 2013 Boutique while we were still at Quadrus Conference Center, when she was first introduced to FabMo.  She came, she volunteered, and returned to the next boutique as an exhibitor/vendor.  In between, she opened up the Santa Cruz market for FabMo!  Take a look!

The Seventh Annual Boutique was held at Palo Alto Elks Lodge, October 24.  with about 50 exhibitors again presenting their craft to a happy,  enthusiastic crowd of about 1000!  Hope you were there and enjoyed the Happy Hum of excitement!

This was our first video, made more than five years ago, now giving us a pretty good historical perspective.  Come check out the new facility, and see if you can spot the differences!

Volunteers are the essence of FabMo.  They pick up and sort all incoming material, welcome our guests and encourage them to have a memorable experience, and fill a variety of behind-the-scenes roles. If you’ve enjoyed FabMo, consider helping others have a similarly magical experience.  See the schedule here.

Your financial support is vital if we will continue to serve the community, the arts and the environment. We don’t typically sell our materials, rather offer them on a donation basis.  We participate in matching gift programs (including volunteer hours) with several Bay Area employers.  (Contact us for info.)  We have no paid staff, but our new facility will place new demands on our facility budget (and worth every penny!) 

FabMo is now a recognized charity for AmazonSmile Foundation, which generates a small donation as a result of your Amazon purchases.  Your prices and their service are as before.  Just click the link below and select FabMo.  If you have an Amazon bookmark, simply add “smile.” before the word Amazon and all your purchases will help. Quick, easy way to support FabMo!  Thanks!

FabMo’s warehouse is open on a limited schedule and by pre-arrangement.  Email to arrange someone to meet you or take your material donation.

  1.                        Some great volunteers looking forward to welcoming YOU!

•  Special Sale of Jumbo samples 9a-3p, Nov 14   Fabulous jumbo samples,  vintage kimonos, special buttons, colorful array of glass tiles, more. 

FabMo is all-volunteer, donor supported organization in the San Francisco Bay Area that diverts beautiful designer materials (about 70 tons annually!) from their otherwise destination, the landfill.   We regularly pick up samples of exquisite textiles, wallpapers, tiles, leathers, trims, etc., from designer showrooms and make them available for creative reuse by all interested parties on a donation basis.  Select treasures for your creative reuse monthly at our warehouse in Mountain View, also at other locations in the Greater Bay Area.

Upcoming/Recent Events at a glance:

  Oct 31         FabMo Selection Event at TechShop San Jose.    Fun!  Hope you were able to join us!

  Nov 7-8      Urban Epicurean Festival, Fort Mason, San Francisco   Wow!  35-40,000 attendees!

  Nov 14        Special Sale of Jumbo Fabrics & Notions  in Mountain View  Always popular!


See Calendar page.

Our most recent Selection Event took place November 5-7 at 970 Terra Bella Avenue in Mountain View (map). We had a lot of newcomers who learned of us at TechShop and other outreach events.  Our next Mountain View Selection Event will be December 10-12.  Hours of operation and other details will be posted shortly.   You will be able to self-schedule your appointment or a volunteer shift, starting about a week ahead.

We will host a special sale of “Jumbo” materials at our Mountain View location from 9a-3p, November 14.  Check out the blog for more info on this great sale!

TechShop San Jose October 31 was a “hoot”.  Lots of folks interested in FabMo; more than 50 toured TechShop under guidance of our helpful cow.   We’re building toward events in the East Bay and elsewhere.

FabMo has a regular presence in community events such as EarthDay, MakerFaire, county and local fairs, etc., usually with a display and samples of materials and fun, repurposing projects for the kids.  

FabMo in the media:  Jonathan recently participated in a panel discussion on a local community access TV station.  Topic was Sustainable Environment on the show Silicon Valley Business.  Here’s a link to that show.

Then SCORE mentor, John Edwards, asked if Jonathan could do a segment with him regarding how SCORE helps nonprofits as well as for-profits, so it was back to the studio.  Here’s the second show.

Here are a few videos.

Special Jumbos Event Sat. Nov. 14

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