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

Here are a few videos.

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. Our annual FabMo Textile Arts Boutique celebrates crafters and their creations.  At the 2014 boutique 50 artists exhibited and 900 guests came to see - and buy - these treasures, each with significant FabMo content! 

This video captures 2012’s event very nicely.  Great fun!

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 will be held at Palo Alto Elks Lodge, October 24.  We expect about 50 exhibitors again presenting their craft, with a waiting list.  Mark your calendar!  It’s a can’t miss event!

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!

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 Events at a glance:

  Oct 8-10     FabMo Selection Event in Mountain View (Calendar opens Oct. 1)

  Oct 17         Special Sale of Home Sewing Fabrics & Notions  in Mountain View

  Oct 24         Seventh Annual FabMo Textile Art Boutique at Palo Alto Elks Lodge.

  Oct 31         FabMo Selection Event at TechShop San Jose.


See Calendar page.

Our next Selection Event takes place October 8-10 at 970 Terra Bella Avenue in Mountain View (map). Hours of operation and details are here.  You can self-schedule your appointment or a volunteer shift, starting about a week ahead.   After October, our next Mountain View Selection Event will be November 5-7.

We will host a special sale of home sewing materials at our Mountain View location from 9a-3p, October 17;

Next Selection event away from Mountain View:  TechShop San Jose October 31.   We’re also 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.

At TechShop San Jose! Sat. Oct. 31  (BOO!)

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