FabMo - Rescuing Designer Materials for Creative Reuse

San Francisco Bay Area


We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, EIN 27-0658796.  All donations are tax-deductible

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.  Last year 50 artists exhibited and 900 guests came to see - and buy - these treasures, each with significant FabMo content! 

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

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

This was our first video, made 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, perform all manner of behind-the-scenes roles, and they welcome our guests and encourage them to have a memorable experience selecting beautiful treasures.  Once you’ve enjoyed FabMo, please consider helping others have a similarly magical experience.

Your financial support is essential if we are to continue to serve the community, the arts and the environment. We don’t 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.                       Our great volunteers are looking forward to welcoming YOU!

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.

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.  Opportunities to select treasures occur monthly at our warehouse in Mountain View and increasingly at other locations in the Greater Bay Area.

Upcoming Events at a glance:

   May 27     Huge Italian Lighting & Glass sale at FabMo in Mountain View!

   May 30     Huge Italian Lighting & Glass sale at FabMo in Mountain View!

   June 11-13  FabMo Selection Event in Mountain View

  1. June extra events include San Mateo County Fair where we will have a display, 3 opportunities for kids activities, and a sponsored competition.   

See Calendar page.

Our next Selection Event takes place June 11-13 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 May, our next Mountain View Selection Event will be July 16-18.

Santa Cruz also had a well-attended Selection Event April 23.  Next Santa Cruz event probably September.

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.   

MakerFaire has been a fabulous event for FabMo every year since 2010, and we’re headed back this year!

San Mateo County Fair has asked FabMo to create an upcycling competition this year!  Fun!  Fun!  Fun!  Check it out here.  We’ll also be there with activity tables and fun projects for the kids!

Fun selection of unique lighting fixtures and Italian Glass!  Click pics for details

Italian Lighting Blowout! Wed. May 27 & Sat. Jun 30