Market Spotlight – Voluneer Judy Wojcicki

The ReUse Market is an entirely volunteer-run organization, it is our volunteer that make it possible for us to continue to keep high quality arts and crafts supplies out of the landfill and available to our local artists, teachers, parents, and makers of all sorts at an affordable price.

Judy Wojcicki has been a volunteer with the ReUse Market since the beginning. Learn about Judy’s journey and what keeps her dedicated to creative reuse.

Images: Hand-made journals from a class that Judy taught at the Public Library with materials found at the ReUse Market.

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How long have you been volunteering with ReUse Market?

I’ve been devoting my time as a ReUse Market volunteer for the past 2 ½ years. However, I’ve supported the Market far longer as a loyal customer. As a teacher, I was delighted to be able to acquire interesting and affordable materials for the classroom—all in keeping with a strong personal and classroom commitment to the Market’s mission of keeping art/craft materials out of the landfill and putting them back into the hands of artists (in this case, into the hands of young, talented and aspiring artists). There was never a doubt in my mind that upon retirement I would “give back” to an organization that gave me so very much. I enjoy contributing time and energy as well as the donation of materials.

Why do you enjoy volunteering at ReUse Market?

The most gratifying aspect of my volunteer work has been the opportunity to meet talented artists and crafters. They are a constant source of inspiration. Seeing and spending time with “repeat customers” is like spending time with family and brings a strong sense of community to the overall mission of the Market.

What has been your favorite or most unusual find with ReUse Market?

From the first day I arrived as a volunteer, I greatly admired a beautiful book press. Book art is an area of interest I had hoped to pursue in retirement. Months passed as I admired this incredible donation—reluctant to make the purchase because of my lack of practical experience in the field of book art (as though I had not yet earned the right to make the purchase). Because of my hesitation, I lost out on the purchase. However, my pure joy came when I personally sold the press to a talented, local book artist. My joy came in meeting the artist and knowing that it had found its way to a perfect home.

What kind of crafting do you enjoy doing?

I have always been a “Jack of All Trades-Master of None.”  I’m a “life long learner” who enjoys discovering and experimenting with all sorts of artistic media and creative ideas. Our customers and volunteer colleagues help further my retirement interests with their willingness to share their expertise and words of encouragement. I enjoy sharing artistic ideas and projects with youth and adult audiences and am always excited about the opportunities we have as an organization to offer art and craft experiences in a variety of different venues and in collaboration with other community partners.


Get Rewarded for Your Creativity!


We KNOW Santa’s elves aren’t the only ones already working on holiday projects for good little boys and girls, and ahem, maybe for ourselves too {wink, wink}. And ReUse Market would like to reward your creativity!

So, we’re hosting a Stocking Contest, with guest judges awarding prizes for Best Use of Recycled Material and Thinking Outside the Box.

Guest Judges include:
Metalsmith and Jewelry Designer, Kay Seurat
Artist and Owner of BeeWise Goods, Gabrielle Krake
Designer and Owner of 60gritt Home Decor, Stacy Rosenbaum-Weeks

Top prizes include a gift basket full of thoughtful goods from BeeWise Goods, a driftwood christmas tree from Flowers at Will, home decor from 60gritt, and more!

We’re still gathering prizes so don’t forget to Like Us on Facebook where we will post additional details about prizes.

You can also be a judge by joining us on December 9, 2015, to vote for the People’s Choice awards. Stop by Grind Modern Burger at 705 W. Fulton St., Boise ID 83702 anytime between 6 and 9 p.m. (voting ends at 8:30 p.m.) to cast your vote and see the winning creations!

Official Rules for ReUse Market’s Stocking Contest:

No cost to enter, must submit a valid entry form to be considered for prizes. Entry forms can be picked up at the ReUse Market during normal operating hours (generally noon to 5 p.m., Thursday thru Saturday): 3777 W Chinden Blvd., Garden City ID 83714. Entry forms will also be posted electronically on the ReUse Market’s Facebook page.

Entry forms will collect your name, age category, a description of the materials used including the % of recycled content, and a valid email address. Contestants will automatically be subscribed to the ReUse Market newsletter. You may choose to unsubscribe at any time. Invalid email addresses will automatically be disqualified from winning prizes.

Requirements: 50% of the project needs to use recycled materials (e.g. upholstery fabric, repurposed sweaters, paper products, carpet samples, suede, etc., go wild, use your imagination!)

Entries (finished stocking & entry form) must be received at the ReUse Market by 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015 and will be ready for pick up at the conclusion of the contest on Dec. 9, 2015, or during normal Market hours (noon-5 p.m., Thurs-Sat), beginning Dec. 10, 2015. Entries not picked up by Jan. 9, 2016 become property of the ReUse Market.

ReUse Market reserves the right to convert the contest into a random prize drawing on the night of Dec. 9 2015, if fewer than ten (10) entries are received.

All winners will be announced on or around 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 9, 2015 at Grind Modern Burger and Postmodern Brewers: 705 W. Fulton Street, Boise ID 83702

There are four prize categories — two chosen by guest judges and two people’s choice awards.

Guest Judges will award the following categories:
Grand Prize for Best Use of Recycled Materials; Second Prize for Thinking Outside the Box.

Guest Judges include metalsmith and jewelry designer, Kay Seurat; Artist and Owner of BeeWise Goods, Gabrielle Krake; Owner and Designer of 60gritt Home Decor, Stacy Rosenbaum-Weeks. Additional judges or substitution judges may be necessary, and will be done at the discretion of the Board of ReUse Market.

Guest judges and ReUse Market Board Members are ineligible for top prizes. Guest Judges are eligible for People’s Choice awards.

People’s Choice Awards will be voted on by the general public from 6-8 p.m. on Dec. 9th 2015 at Grind Modern Burger and Postmodern Brewery, and awarded by age category: one each for Adults, and Under 18; or first and second place People’s Choice Awards for adults, if there are no entries in the Under 18 age category.

A Big Thank You To Our Supporters

Thank you to all of our supporters throughout this process!

Thanks to our Business Partners!

Thanks to Kieffer Design Group for donating the most amazing space to us that will allow The ReUse Market to grow to its full potential!

Thanks to Stacie at girl*in*gear studio for donating her time to create our beautiful logo and website, and for assisting us with all of our tech needs!


Thanks to Signs Now on Fairview for donating their time and the materials for our sign and window decal!


Thanks to Anne Wallace Allen for featuring us in the Idaho Business Review published November 2nd, 2011!

Thanks to our Volunteers!

Thanks to the volunteers who helped us move to our new location and took on the daunting task of the initial sorting of materials.

Thanks to our Customers!

And last but not least, thank you to the loyal customers of the market that have kept us motivated by continually asking us when we would be re-opening the doors and reminding us that the market is so loved and supported in our community!

We couldn’t have done this without all of you!