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 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 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 will be available for download starting July 1.



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.







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Upcoming Events at a glance:   

  Jun 9-11    FabMo Selection Event in Mountain View.  Make appointment here on or after Jun 2.

                        Volunteer here

  Jun 11-19  San Mateo County Fair.  Great display, multiple Make’n’Take Activity tables. 

                     Setup display Jun 9, Activity tables Jun 11, Jun 13, and Jun 19.  Volunteer opportunities!

  Jun 14       SewMo 10am

  Jun 25       Home Sewing Goods Sale.  Partial bolts, too.

  Jul 1          Boutique Application forms available.  Registration opens.

  Jul 14-16   FabMo Selection Event in Mountain View.

  Jul 23        Special “How to Sell” workshop, to help you decide/prepare for Boutique.

  Jul 30        Special Sales Event

See Calendar page.

Our next Selection Event will be Jun 9-11 at 970 Terra Bella Avenue in Mountain View (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.

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

Special Events in Mountain View.  We are hosting a special sale home sewing, partial bolts, and more at our Mountain View location from 9a-3p, Jun 25.  No appointments will be necessary.  We have several opportunities to help out with these popular sales!

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. 

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  2. 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. 

See the fabulous variety of handsome projects fashioned by the community at various events throughout the year, including annual Textile Art Boutique (Scroll down for video of 2012 Boutique.)

Special Sale coming up June 25.


Boutique Registration opens July 1, special Boutique Preparation workshop July 23.


Another FUN kids’ project @ MakerFaire: