Fabmo is a local organization that started by collecting fabric samples from the Interior Design businesses that were going to throw them out. They earned their 503b status in 2009, but have been around for a bit longer than that. They have since grown by leaps and bounds and now they divert about 70 tons of designer material annually from landfills, per their website.
The organization distributes the items three days a month in their Mountain View Distribution center for a small fee that covers their overhead costs. You can find their next distribution dates here. They have also started having satellite events. The first satellite event was in Santa Cruz. Materials are used by schools, from preschools to colleges, sewists and crafters, and even by businesses.
Fabmo held their 6th annual Fabmo Textile Art Boutique on Saturday, October 25, 2014, where sellers sold items created with at least 30% of the materials made from Fabmo content. Jennifer Medrano, a current student from the Cañada Fashion Design and Merchandising Department, gained valuable feedback and experience by selling purses in her booth.
You might check out Fabmo for resources as you plan future projects, or even consider items for a contest entry in our Play It Again contest.