Zippered pouches made from upcycled bags by E.C. Stanton Community School are among the items that will be for sale at the R-Bazaar on Nov. 11 in Fort Worth. Vendor spaces are still available.

October 24, 2017

A Fort Worth church is kicking off the holiday season with an art show and sale that showcases goods made from upcycled items.

First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church in east Fort Worth is hosting the inaugural R-Bazaar on Nov. 11, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Karl Thibodeaux, administrator at the church, says that formerly the church held an alternative holiday bazaar, but the event moved to another place.  

R-BazaarCollage of paper and modge-podge by E.C. Stanton Community School.

“The congregation thought that a recycling bazaar might be good, because there are a lot of people who sell things that are recycled,” Thibodeaux says.  

Most items for sale will be made from recycled or upcycled material, including plastic scraps, bags and paper. The Dallas artist who goes by the name VET will be bringing sculptures from paperback books. In addition, students from the E.C. Stanton Community School. which meets at First Jefferson, will be showcasing their wares.

“Currently, we have about a dozen participants, but are expecting more,” Thibodeaux adds. “Anyone who either makes decorative or useful items that might normally get thrown away is welcome. It could be something that is painted up. Actually, someone is crocheting little bags to sell.”   

The event is designed to be kid-friendly with a number of activities that will appeal to children, including a fashion show, featuring clothing made from recycled clothes. There will also be a “make space” where children can make things and a room where people can watch videos to learn how to make recycled items.

R-Bazaar“Also, Commodity Recycling Solutions, a recognized Fort Worth green company, will have a truck, so that people will be able to bring in items and drop them off to be recycled,” Thibodeaux says. “Community Recycling Solutions are going to do a demonstration on how to break down a computer to be recycled.”  

Book sculpture by VET.

Irene Forrester, vice president of the church board, adds that the bazaar isn’t just featuring recycled items, but made-from-scratch items like cloth reusable grocery bags, etc. The focus is on anything that can reduce the carbon footprint. Things that are refinished or refurbished will also be available.

“It will be up to our principles to take care of our planet,” she says. “We are a green church in that we use things like organic coffee and green power. We try to better our planet.”

First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church plans to make the bazaar an annual event. 

“It’s really our goal to turn this into something that we do every year.  People can put it on their calendar and look forward to it, says Thibodeaux.”

Artist/Vendor spaces are still available $15. Contact Karl Thibodeaux at or 817-451-1505

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About: A recycling themed art show and sale featuring recycling artists & vendors, children's recycled creation make space, recycled fashion show, papermaking, computer recycling demo, DIY recycled art project videos and electronics recycling drop off

When: Nov. 11

Where: First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church

1959 Sandy Lane, Fort Worth

Artists/Vendor Spaces: $15. Tables provided.

Contact: Karl Thibodeaux at or 817-451-1505


A shopping bag created from a feed bag by E.C. Stanton Community School.

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