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 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 started a FabMo-centered business and also opened up the Santa Cruz market for FabMo!  Take a look!

The Eighth Annual Boutique will be held at Palo Alto Elks Lodge, October 22, 2016.  In the 2015 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!

Application forms for this year’s Boutique were available starting July 1, submitted quickly such that we now have a wait list.

This was our first video, made more than six 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 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.




Upcoming Events at a glance:   

Sep 10       Selection Event @ The Hub, Vallejo.   Make appointment here on or after Aug 27.

  Sep 15-17  Selection Event @ FabMo, Mountain View.  Make appointment here on or after Sep 8.

                        Volunteer here

  Sep 24       Special Sale at FabMo - Home Sewing Goods and Yardage.  9a-3p. No appointment needed.

  Sep 28       Selection Event @ Clubhouse, Harvey West Park, Santa Cruz    Appointment here

  Oct 13-15  Selection Event @ FabMo, Mountain View.  Make appointment here on or after Oct 6.

  Oct 22       Eighth Annual FabMo Textile Art Boutique, Elks Lodge, Palo Alto.  DON’T MISS THIS!

See Calendar page.

We’ll be at The Hub in Vallejo from 11a-5p on Saturday, September 10 with a truckload of great stuff for local artists, teachers, crafters and sewing enthusiasts.  This popular location will be jumping with FabMo materials inside, and Farmers Market outside!

Our next Mountain View Selection Event will be Sep 15-17 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. 

Special Events in Mountain View.  We are hosting a special sale of home sewing goods, a large quantity of short bolts, and more at our Mountain View location from 9a-3p, Sep 24.  No appointments will be necessary.  We have several opportunities to help out with these popular sales!

Exciting news about FabMo spreading beyond Mountain View!  Santa Cruz (next 9/28) is an established great success.  We return to Vallejo, 9/10, plan to coordinate repeat visits at TechShop, and find folks interested in championing the effort in San Francisco, Oakland/Berkeley, Livermore, or???

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.  

Workshops are coming back!  We ran out of space to do our workshops in our old location.  We’ve been in our new space for over a year now and things are underway to re-establish the program. 


  2.                     Some great volunteers looking forward to welcoming YOU!

FabMo provides unique, high-end materials to artists, teachers, and others for their creative reuse.  These exquisite materials (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 (about 70 tons/year), diverting them from their otherwise destination - the landfill!  Because we are all-volunteer, we are only open to the public for 3 days each month to select treasures at our warehouse in Mountain View, also at other locations in the Greater Bay Area.  For safety and enjoyment, we use self-scheduled appointments to help manage crowd size.  Make appointment 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.)  In 2016 at Palo Alto Elks Lodge, 10a-4p, Saturday, Oct 22.

Exquisite Treasures Available For You This Week!

Boutique Preparations getting exciting!

Our kids’ projects are always FUN!