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Binders for 50 cents. Card stock for a dime. Packages of stickers for a quarter.

The deals are plentiful at the Cary Creative Center, a non-profit organization that aims to reduce the amount of trash headed to the landfill and educate folks to look at trash in a more creative way.

And that's just for starters.

The center, located at 155 Wilkinson Ave. in downtown Cary, has seemingly endless spools of ribbon and boxes of colorful envelopes and notepads. There's yarn and plastic wrap, report covers and poster board, fabric and mailing tubes.

On any given day you never know what you might find, said Betsy Dassau, the volunteer director of Cary Creative Center.

Anyone interested in a giant clam shell measuring 12 inches across?

You're too late for that one but how about a full-size chaise lounge fashioned from construction tubing? "It's so architecturally interesting because the ends of the tubes are open," Dassau said.

Prices at the center start at a nickel. The most expensive item right now is a vintage lamp for $35.

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