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Scraps KC expanding its reach with online presence

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Posted at 5:00 AM, Nov 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-27 08:45:21-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Scraps KC, a Kansas City nonprofit and resale shop, is expanding its reach with its online presence amid the pandemic.

"When we closed down, we're normally an in-store warehouse type of resale shop. And we didn't really anticipate starting an online presence, selling items or doing curbside pickup," co-founder Brenda Mott said. "But we had to do something to survive the pandemic and that's where we really started to blossom."

Mott says Scraps KC has reached all across the country, including Hawaii.

"We have people purchasing items, crafts, kits, fabrics," she said. "Just different kinds of things that we have. We have Zoom classes for Girl Scouts."

Recently, Scraps KC had a Girl Scout troop from San Jose, California, partake in its Zoom class.

"It just amazes us and so those were some of the pivot points that we've had to make. But we've been able to continue them as we have reopened," Mott said. "But who's to say that we're going to not have another lockdown at some point. And so, just being able to take the things we've learned and utilize them to continue to work, as well as our own nonprofit, but then also just being able to embrace our whole city because we're just really grateful for the way the city has embraced us."

This weekend, Scraps KC is offering a make-and-take space, where families can come in and create memories together.

"People can purchase tickets on Eventbrite; we want to keep it safe and socially distanced," Mott said. "... We have those tickets on sale for the entire weekend, Friday through Sunday. So we can bring in families that are needing to get out and just come in and create."

There are a number of different classes available on Scraps KC's Facebook page, through its reimagined #GivingTuesday intiative.

For more information, visit its Facebook page.

We've created a Facebook group, We're Open Kansas City, where members of the community can post businesses serving their community.