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


FabMo, Inc.   970 Terra Bella Ave., Suite 8    Mountain View, CA, 94043


Here are a few FabMo videos.

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, therefore 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 which we were still hosting 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 started a FabMo-centered business and also opened up the Santa Cruz market for FabMo!  Take a look!


The Ninth Annual Boutique will be held at Palo Alto Elks Lodge, Sunday, October 29, 2017.  In the 2016 boutique about 50 exhibitors presented their craft to a happy, enthusiastic crowd of about 1000!  Hope you were there and enjoyed the Happy Hum of excitement!

The 2016 application forms were available starting July 1, and all available tables were claimed within 2 weeks!  The 2017 Application will be available online and in the newsletter July 1 of this year.


This was our first video, made more than seven 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 heart of FabMo.  They pick up and sort all incoming material, welcome our guests and help 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.  We’re also pleased to host special “volunteers-only” appreciation events.

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.   It’s based on your purchases.  Your prices and their service are unchanged, but each purchase generates a small donation to FabMo.  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.







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Upcoming Events at a glance:  

  Apr 29      Special Sale - Jumbos and Home Sewing @ FabMo

  Apr 29      Mini MakerFaire, Santa Cruz

  May 1       Sew Sew with FabMo, Mountain View Public Library

  May 4       Lunch & Learn @ Google

  May 7       Crocheters’ Meetup @ FabMo, 10am

  May 11-13  Selection Event @ FabMo, Mountain View.

  May 16     SewMo (@ FabMo) @ FabMo, Mountain View 10a-2p

                    (See older blog post about SewMo here)

  May 19-21  MakerFaire!  San Mateo Event Center

  See Calendar page.

Come gather beautiful designer materials that aren’t normally available to you at all.  Use them for your sewing and crafting projects!  Our next Mountain View Selection Event will be May 11-13 at 970 Terra Bella Avenue (map).   Hours of operation and other details are in our blog here.   Self-schedule your appointment or a volunteer shift, starting about a week ahead.  After this, next dates are June 8-10.

Exciting news about FabMo spreading beyond Mountain View!  Santa Cruz (next 6/1/2017) is an established great success.  We’ve  been to Vallejo twice, are currently coordinating repeat visits at TechShop, and seeking folks interested in championing the effort in San Francisco, Oakland/Berkeley, Livermore, or ???

Private Donations:  while most of our fabrics come from the design showrooms, we also frequently get questions about accepting material from individuals.  Here are the guidelines in their current form for them.

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

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FabMo provides unique, high-end materials to artists, teachers, and others for their creative reuse.  These exquisite textiles, wallpapers, tiles, leathers, trims, etc. are from the design world, and are usually not available to you at all except through a designer.  FabMo makes them available on a donation basis, diverting about 70 tons/year of them from their otherwise destination - the landfill! 

We are open to the public for 3 days each month to select treasures at our warehouse in Mountain View, also periodically at other locations in the Greater Bay Area.  For safety and enjoyment, we use self-scheduled appointments to help manage crowd size, starting about a week ahead.

See children’s repurposing craft tables at various events throughout the year, as well as the fabulous variety of handsome projects fashioned by the community  including annual Textile Art Boutique. (Scroll down for video of 2012 Boutique.)

Mountain View Selection June 8-10!

Links for this Selection:

  Appointment   Volunteer


Our kidsprojects are always FUN!