FabMo beyond the San Francisco Bay Area


If FabMo, or something similar, were available in your area, would that interest you?  We’ve had inquiries from many places in the USA and Canada.

Part of our mission/vision statement is to provide information, mentoring, and encouragement for development of similar efforts elsewhere.  As our organization has developed, we can now devote more effort to helping similar efforts get established.

Just to recap, our all-volunteer organization diverts beautiful designer materials (more than 50 tons in 2012) from their otherwise destination, the landfill, and makes them available for creative reuse by artists,  crafters, sewers, and educators of all types.  We collect a truckload weekly and hold a “Selection Event” monthly.  FabMo’s impact is local to the San Francisco Bay Area, though we’ve had visitors from hundreds of miles away.

The map below plots zipcodes of people who have expressed interest in FabMo and how to find, start, or support such an effort elsewhere.  (Click on the map to zoom and scroll.) 

FabMo is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, EIN 27-0658796.  All donations are tax-deductible

We have an email list with such a focus.  Use the link above, and select the FabMo Elsewhere list.  Expect a newsletter every other month or so.  If your friends share a similar interest, they should also join the list, since that will help accurately reflect the level of interest in your area.

To create a FabMo-like organization, three components are essential:

  1. A dependable supply of materials - designer showrooms closely located.

  2. Local enthusiasts to absorb the supply - else it becomes a storage issue, no long-term solution.

  3. Self-sustaining organization to keep it all happening - volunteers, resources, space.


In March, 2012, enthusiastic supporters in the Auburn (CA) area asked for a “road trip” in which FabMo brought a truckload of materials to a wine-tasting facility and the local artisans were invited to come and make selections.  This was successful and a great opportunity to learn about assessing and building the market to absorb the supply - the second bullet point above. 

We plan to do more of this.  Click here to learn more.