FabMo - Rescuing Designer Materials for Creative Reuse

San Francisco Bay Area


FabMo is 501(c)(3) nonprofit, EIN 27-0658796. 

All donations are tax-deductible

Here are a few FabMo videos.

This video captures the Fourth Annual FabMo Textile Arts Boutique in 2012. Great fun!

The Boutique is important to us because what comes in as surplus must go out with purpose for our effort to be sustainable, else a landfill problem just becomes a storage problem, so we use the Boutique to celebrate our crafters and their creations. 

This is an inspiring recount of one woman’s exposure and subsequent embracing of everything FabMo. 

It all began with the 2013 Boutique while we were still at Quadrus Conference Center, when she was first introduced to FabMo.  She came, she volunteered, and returned to the next boutique as an exhibitor/vendor.  In between, she started a business and also opened up the Santa Cruz market for FabMo!  Take a look!

The Eighth Annual Boutique will be held at Palo Alto Elks Lodge, October 22, 2016.  In the 2015 boutique about 50 exhibitors presented their craft to a happy,  enthusiastic crowd of about 1000!  Hope you were there and enjoyed the Happy Hum of excitement!

This was our first video, made more than five years ago, now giving us a pretty good historical perspective.  Come check out the new facility, and see if you can spot the differences!

Volunteers are the essence of FabMo.  They pick up and sort all incoming material, welcome our guests and encourage them to have a memorable experience, and fill a variety of behind-the-scenes roles. If you’ve enjoyed FabMo, consider helping others have a similarly magical experience.  See the schedule here.

Your financial support is vital if we will continue to serve the community, the arts and the environment. We don’t typically sell our materials, rather offer them on a donation basis.  We participate in matching gift programs (including volunteer hours) with several Bay Area employers.  (Contact us for info.)  We have no paid staff, but our new facility will place new demands on our facility budget (and worth every penny!) 

FabMo is now a recognized charity for AmazonSmile Foundation, which generates a small donation as a result of your Amazon purchases.  Your prices and their service are as before.  Just click the link below and select FabMo.  If you have an Amazon bookmark, simply add “smile.” before the word Amazon and all your purchases will help. Quick, easy way to support FabMo!  Thanks!

FabMo’s warehouse is open on a limited schedule and by pre-arrangement.  Email to arrange someone to meet you or take your material donation.




Upcoming Events at a glance:   

  May 5-7      FabMo Selection Event in Mountain View.  Make appointment here on or after Apr 28.

                        Volunteer here

  May 10       SewMo 10am;

  May 11       FabMo Selection Event at Clubhouse, Harvey West Park, Santa Cruz.  12n-7p

                            Santa Cruz appointments here.      To volunteer in Santa Cruz click here.                          

  May 14       Donna Eck workshop.

  May 17      Sew Sew with FabMo (MV Library) 6:30pm

  May 21      Special sale of beads, jewelry, batiks and more in Mountain View. 10-2. (Corrected time)

  May 20-22 MakerFaire!!   Kids’ Make’n’Take, FabMo Information  

  Jun 9-11    FabMo Selection Event in Mountain View.  Make appointment here on or after Jun 2.

  Jun 11-19  San Mateo County Fair.  Great display, multiple Make’n’Take Activity tables.

See Calendar page.

Our next Selection Event will be May 5-7 at 970 Terra Bella Avenue in Mountain View (map).   Hours of operation and other details are in our blog here.   Self-schedule your appointment or a volunteer shift, starting about a week ahead.

Exciting news about FabMo spreading beyond Mountain View!  The next Satellite Selection Event takes place in Santa Cruz on May 11.  Brentwood is coming up in July.  Other locations are also on the radar screen.

Special Events in Mountain View.  We are hosting a special sale of beads, jewelry and more at our Mountain View location from 10a-2p, May 21.  We also have 2000+ vintage batiks (garment, other items) for upcycling, and a contest around best new projects.  Check out the blog for more info!

FabMo has a regular presence in community events such as EarthDay, MakerFaire, county and local fairs, etc., usually with a display, samples of materials, and fun with repurposing projects for the kids.  

Workshops are coming back!  We ran out of space to do our workshops in our old location.  We’ve been in our new space for a year now and plan to re-establish the program.  Next up is Donna Eck on May 14!

  1.                     Some great volunteers looking forward to welcoming YOU!

FabMo is all-volunteer, donor supported organization in the San Francisco Bay Area that diverts beautiful designer materials (about 70 tons annually!) from their otherwise destination, the landfill.   We regularly pick up samples of exquisite textiles, wallpapers, tiles, leathers, trims, etc., from designer showrooms and make them available for creative reuse by all interested parties on a donation basis.  Select treasures for your creative reuse monthly at our warehouse in Mountain View, also at other locations in the Greater Bay Area.

Donna Eck repeats her popular workshop, May 14!