An End for Odds and Ends

New shop puts leftover yarn, thread, and fabrics to crafters’ use.



Need a little yarn or a few beads for a project? This is the place.

Photo by Megan Small

The ReCrafting Co.

Crafters’ Supply Store for Knitters and Stitchers

Andrine Smith is a fan of needlepoint and cross-stitch. “I’m an aspiring knitter,” she says, “and a traditional rug-hooker.” She shows off several samples of hooked rugs in a nearby book, and then gets down to business—her new store. Smith, a longtime Alameda resident, has just opened a clean, modern boutique, bright with checkerboard tiles and white-painted brick—a cheerful backdrop to the crafting reuse and consignment stock she displays.

“All crafters accumulate stuff,” Smith says. Elders pass on, too, and leave a closet full of yarn or fabric. What to do with that perfectly usable material? Take it to the ReCrafting Store, where Smith will sell it for a reasonable (affordable) price; she splits the proceeds 50-50 with consigners. Everything from thread, trims, beads, yarns, fabrics, and needlecrafts to paper and scrapbooking materials are on hand. But Smith cautions that hers is not a thrift store.

“Everything is previously owned, but it’s not used,” she says. There are few, if any, half-done projects. Instead, find new old-stock patterns, craft books, and individual balls of yarn—perfect for adding a color stripe to an afghan, but don’t expect to find enough yarn for a whole blanket. The ReCrafting Store is an eclectic, fun place to pop in and see what you might find—at a great price—to inspire your latest work in progress.

Smith is a retired attorney who spent 20 years in San Francisco’s financial district. But she wanted to make a change and stop the commute, if possible. She also wanted to start a business that made a difference in the world, and encompassed something she enjoyed. Finding homes for orphaned balls of yarn, leftover quilt squares, and virgin knitting needles would keep these items out of the waste stream; talking about crafting would be a pleasurable way to spend her days, and she could walk to work from her East End home when the shop opened. After considerable research, Smith realized that there is really nothing quite like her idea, her store, in the whole state of California. Although East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse and SCRAP have crafting supplies, they’re better for artists and teachers, less so for knitters or tailors/seamstresses. Smith is glad to have opened a shop where she can cater to handcrafters of all stripes and keep these materials within reach of the right person to use them.

She offers some items for children’s crafts; on one visit, a child’s book on knitting, a spool knit kit, and some ornament kits were on hand. But the nature of consignment means that goods come and go, so if you see something you like, buy it. “You never know what you’ll find,” she says.

For Smith, running the consignment side is exciting. “It’s really fun! I really enjoy arranging things. It’s sort of like Christmas every day when people come in with boxes. It’s so much different than practicing law.” The Island crafting community has welcomed her with open arms, she says. After the holidays, Smith plans to open her doors for crafting nights. Look into this charming boutique at the corner of Santa Clara and Everett for quality crafting goods at an affordable price. 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Tue.–Sat., 2449 Santa Clara Ave., 510-263-0249, www.TheReCraftingCo.com, Facebook/TheRecraftingCo

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