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

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 about 50 exhibitors again presenting their craft, with a waiting list.  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.  See the schedule here.

Your financial support is essential if we are to 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:

  Sep 6          Mini MakerFaire, History Park in San Jose   10a-6p

  Sep 12        TechShop San Jose - Open House

  Sep 17-19   FabMo Selection Event in Mountain View (Calendar opens Sep 10)

  Sep 23        FabMo Selection Event in Santa Cruz (Calendar opens Sep 10)


See Calendar page.

Our next Selection Event takes place September 17-19 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 August, our next Mountain View Selection Event will be October 8-10.

Next Selection events away from Mountain View:  Santa Cruz Event September 23.  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.

Inaugural Event at TechShop! Sat. Aug. 1

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