I am ALL for reusing materials for art and crafts. There's something about working within the limitation of what's available that sparks innovation. (Although it's also fun to get inspired by other projects.)
Two afternoons a month, year-round, you can pick up overstock or used arts/crafts materials for free in Seberger Park as part of St. Cloud Recycled Art Project Shop (S.C.R.A.P.S.). This could be a great source for materials for the next time you are hosting a chat'n'play or other event. Remember, donations are not required but highly appreciated.
Times in 2012:
Thursday, November 1st, 3:00-6:00 pm
Thursday, November 15th, 3:00-6:00 pm
Thursday, December 6th, 3:00-6:00 pm
Thursday, December 20th, 3:00-6:00 pm
Place: Seberger Park Shelter, 2001 Second Street North, Saint Cloud