Store Hours:

10:00am – 6:00pm

8:00am – 4:00pm

Closed Sunday


We are a 501 c-3 non-profit located inGrand RapidsMichigan. We are starting our 12th year of success in the community.

Learning from Scratch works with business and industry identifying and re-purposing their waste and excess materials for use in art and education. We work very closely with companies with waste reduction and reusing their products in the community .

Our involvement with the schools and local artists is very exciting as we watch their creativity bloom. Science teams use our materials for exploring and problem solving.

Whatever your profession or business is: home school parents, church, camp, teacher or just someone who has a creative flair, you will find our materials useful for all sorts of projects. Regardless of your interests, we at Learning From Scratch know that you will find something to aid you in whatever it is you do.

We are a place where you can turn everyday recycled materials into bigger ideas. Come see us. You will be glad you did.


6 Responses to About

  • Mary Tinker says:

    Hi Betsey,
    I met you a few years ago, when I was gathering supplies for EGR summer crafts camp. I am so glad you are still going strong- I need to visit your new location! what are the shop hours?

    • betsey says:

      Hi Mary, This is Jerry, I’m helping Betsey with the Web Stuff. The Hours are:
      Store Hours:
      Monday-Friday 10:00am – 6:00pm
      Saturday 8:00am – 4:00pm

  • Maggie Lancaster says:

    I just wanted to thank Betsey for starting this amazing company. I have been a board member at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum for years and they are constantly striving to show kids/families how you can play, imagine and create anything with items that are just around your house and no cost at all. You exemplify their mission! Please feel free to contact me to collaborate!

    Thank you again for all you are doing!
    Maggie Lancaster

  • betsey Hamm says:

    Hi, the hours for Saturday are now 10 to 6 PM. Stop in and see us! Lots of new stuff to create with or just build that masterpiece you always promised the world. Thanks!

  • Terry Rott says:

    Call me!

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