Treasure Truck Rolling!


Individual Annual Membership – For One Teacher/Classroom (Click to Purchase)           $50 – One year admission to reInterpret studio/Treasure Truck including materials

Family Membership (Click to Purchase)                                                                                 $25 per teacher – One year admission to reInterpret studio/Treasure Truck incl. materials

We are here for you!!

The efforts of our local teachers are commendable. And we are here to help you in your pursuit of creative reuse opportunities. Please check your email for updates on our Treasure Truck events, or call 619.933.9737 if you would like to set a Saturday appointment to visit our studio.

In either case, we are adhering to all guidelines set forth by the state with regard to safety during COVID.

Thank you for your continuing support!

Stay Creative (and Safe), Friends!

Dear reInterpret reUse Community,

Let’s take a break from our usual celebration of creative reuse and focus on the health and safety of our community!

Currently, reInterpret is adhering to all local, health protecting restrictions by enacting a moratorium on donations and material collections, and pausing all studio visits and Treasure Truck operations. We will look forward to supporting our community with reuse opportunities as soon as restrictions have been lifted. If, in the meantime, you need photos from our collection or ideas from our seasoned child development professionals for your online learning resources, please let us know.

Thank you, again, for your commitment to healthy reuse!



Hundreds of Materials, Million of Possibilities

All Is She – Call For Artists

Call for artists to create visual or performance art pieces inspired by the poem, “All is She,” by Joan Green. Read the poem at

It’s time we make visible, the healthy planet we seek. Artists will respond to the poem, “All Is She,” describing the feminine rebirth of our planet

Enter up to (4) pieces in any medium. Max weight 50 lbs. Fifty percent (50%) commission will benefit reInterpret, Expressive Arts @ 32nd & Thorn and Green Art Labs.

3/13/20 –     Art proposals due. Please include images, size and media, and email 

4/10/20 –     Art due to St. David’s Episcopal Church 10am-3pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church
5050 Milton St., San Diego, CA 92110 Please contact Joan Green at 619.206.6613 to make alternate delivery arrangements

4/11/20 –     reInterpret Reception and Fundraiser, 5pm-10pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church
5050 Milton St., San Diego, CA 92110 

4/18/20 –     All Is She Opening, 6pm-10pm Expressive Art at 32nd & Thorn 3201 Thorn St.,San Diego, CA 92104

All work must be delivered in display-ready condition, and be freestanding or include a method of hanging. Provide an 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ artist statement with artist’s name, medium/media, price, and repurposed or sustainable materials/processes used to create art. The use of salvaged or repurposed materials is preferred, but not required.

More information at

Sale of Art:

The All is She Art Show will retain the industry standard 50% commission on sales. All commissions will benefit reInterpret, a California 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Expressive Arts @ 32nd & Thorn and Green Art Labs. 

For more information please contact: Joan Green, (619) 206-6613


reInterpret & Little Sprouts’ Contemporary Coffee and Conversation!

Come celebrate our 10th Anniversary by visiting Little Sprouts’ newest location in Mission Valley! You will have the opportunity to see their beautiful environment, see how they utilize Loose Parts in the classroom, share ideas with their staff, and meet other members of reInterpret! There will be coffee and light refreshments. This event is free and a perfect way to introduce yourself, or a friend, to the Loose Parts community.

Saturday, March 30th  9-11am                                                                                                      Little Sprouts                                                                                                                                           403 Camino Del Rio South, San Diego, CA  92108

August 2018 – Events

CLASSROOM MATERIALS SALE / EXCHANGE                                             Saturday, August 4, 2018, 8 – 11am

Bring your gently used classroom furniture, decor, books/textbooks, toys, materials, etc. to sell, give or exchange to others who are in the child development and/or education field. Or join to us to shop items that have been collected over the years by seasoned teachers. Please call 619.933.9737 for more information.

Co-sponsored by reInterpret and the San Diego-Imperial Chapter of the CAAEYC.


New Date             Saturday, October 13, 2018, 9 – 12:30pm

For more information or to register CLICK HERE.


A workshop for adults and children aged 8 and up (do art with your kids).

We all need time to unwind and find space for creating. As our children grow and become independent creators, we can enjoy working side by side with them. We invite you join us for a morning of bringing loose parts to fine art. Feel free to bring a son, daughter, niece, nephew, or other  child(ren) with whom you would like to share your creative time.

When:     Sat., July 29, 2017

                  10am to 1pm

Where:    The reInterpret Studio                          10250 Magnolia Ave                                        Santee, CA  92071

Cost:        Adults $25   Children $15

                 To Register CLICK HERE

Finding Solutions for Toddlers…with Loose Parts

We just love the book Loose Parts 2: Inspiring Play with Infants and Toddlers by Lisa Daly and Miriam Beloglovsky with Photography by Jenna Daly. We definitely didn’t want to leave out the photography credit, because the pictures are what really make the book! If you have any interest in providing rich environments for young children – this is the book for you! And remember that many of the materials (or similar materials) are available at reInterpret!

Well, we love the Loose Parts 2 book so much that we created a workshop for teachers of young ones to celebrate the book and create environments inspired by the book, using reInterpret materials. HEre is a recap of some of what we discussed and learned on Saturday, June 24th.




First, we discussed the differences and similarities between toys and loose parts….

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We decided that loose parts and toys could be used very effectively together, and loose parts could extend the play with toys.

Next, each group was assigned a section of the book, which is divided by different areas of play and development. Our task was to create a new photo for the book…
































































How did we do? Hmm, yes, I guess Jenna Daly’s photography still has a leg up on us!

Some of the key concepts that came out of our activity included these things to consider:

 – Choking hazards and other elements that may not be age appropriate.

 – Colors can “set” the mood of a space or activity.

 – How materials are accessible to small children (can they reach?)

 – How many items are appropriate to offer.

 – What accommodations have been made for organization and clean up.

 – How does the invitation promote parallel, group or collaborative play.

 – How “dumping” can be replaced with active engagement.

Finally, the group discussed some behavioral challenges and how they might be addressed using loose parts. We agreed that some children may face additional challenges due to sensory issues, space perception and/or mistaken goals. Loose parts can provide a wide variety of opportunities if presented in the right environment.

If you are interested in our upcoming workshops, please click on the “Workshops” tab. We hope to see you soon!