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The Purchasing CO-OP

How It Works

We offer a clean, no-hassle interface:

  • Your institution joins MPMA
  • We send you the list of products and prices plus the special CO-OP code to get deep discounts from each company
  • MPMA sends your institution’s name to each company so they know you're eligible to use the CO-OP
  • You place your order and arrange shipping with the company.

If you would like to see a complete list of products in the CO-OP, Download this List or call us at 303-979-9358.


Use the CO-OP!

  • Stretch your museum dollar with Special Discounts
  • Get discounts on acid-free Conservation Products and More!
  • Get the deepest discounts of any other program - more than 20% and up to 83%
  • Access a wide selection of acid-free collections-care products.

Economy hitting your museum hard?  Not satisfied with only a 15% or 20% discount that most associations get on collections products?  Want to impress your boss with budget savings?  Find out how to save on Collections-Care Items (up to 83% off).

Shopping for collection-care items can be expensive, but you can save money if you use the Purchasing CO-OP.  As an MPMA’s Institutional Member, you are eligible for MPMA’s exclusive member discounts through the CO-OP.  These discounts are on top of many discounts usually available from businesses selling conservation supplies. If you'd like to save more money than you thought possible on your next order of collections-care products, the Purchasing CO-OP can help you save a real bundle.  Here's how you can become eligible to use the amazing Purchasing CO-OP:   Join MPMA as an Institutional Member. 

Selections from the 2017 CO-OP List

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Note: This list does not have the special ordering codes.  You need to contact MPMA for company contact and codes.   Your institution must be a current Institutional Member of MPMA. Not sure? Call us at 303-979-9358.

  • ACID-FREE FILE FOLDERS
  • ACID-FREE TISSUE
  • ALL-STABILO PENCILS
  • ALPHARAG MICROCHAMBER MAT BOARD
  • ARTIFACT ID TAGS
  • ARTIFACT INTERIOR TRAYS
  • BARRIER COAT B-72
  • BARRIER COAT B-67
  • BATTING
  • BENCHMARK FELT
  • BLOTTING PAPER
  • CD SLEEVES
  • CORRUGATED BOARD
  • COTTON GLOVES
  • COTTON TWILL TAPE
  • DOCUMENT BOXES
  • DUST BUNNIES
  • ENVELOPES
  • ETHAFOAM
  • ETHAFOAM RING MOUNTS
  • FLAT STORAGE BOXES
  • HANGERS
  • HOLLYTEX SYNTHETIC FABRIC
  • IDENTI-PENS
  • INTERLEAVING PAPER
  • LABEL HOLDERS
  • MAP AND PRINT FOLDERS
  • MAT BOARD
  • MELINEX (or equivalent)
  • MUSEUM WAX
  • NITRILE GLOVES
  • PERMALIFE PAPER (or equivalent)
  • PHOTO MARKING PENCIL
  • PHOTO AND NEGATIVE SLEEVES
  • PIGMA MICRON PENS
  • POLYESTER L- SLEEVES
  • PLASTAZOTE FOAM
  • PRINT BOXES
  • QUILT-COSTUME BOXES
  • RECORD STORAGE CARTONS
  • STEREOGRAPH BOXES
  • STOCKINETTE
  • TEXTILE BOXES
  • TEXTILE STORAGE TUBES
  • 3M 415 DOUBLE SIDED FILM TAPE (or equivalent)
  • TYVEK type 1443R or 1422R
  • UV LIGHT FILTERS FOR FLUORESCENT BULBS
  • VOLARA FOAM
  • ZIPLOCK BAGS

Testimonial

You may not realize the Purchasing CO-OP has some of the best bargains on conservation supplies.

"It's kind of nice because you can sit in your chair, order from MPMA’s list of products and your boss is ecstatic because you saved the museum a load of money," said Jenny Yearous, Curator of Collections Management, State Historical Society of North Dakota.  Here is what Jenny saved on a recent project:

Value of items purchased: $4286.55

Total spent to date: $2095.22

Total savings $2191.33

“It is official: I have now saved more than I have spent... the savings have definitely paid for our MPMA membership for the next couple of years. I will definitely use the CO-OP again and will tell my friends about it."

About the Purchasing CO-OP

Our thanks to CWAM (Colorado-Wyoming Association of Museums) for being a great partner and having the foresight to start the Purchasing CO-OP!

Since the 1990s, the Purchasing CO-OP has been a leading shopping destination for collections-care products for museums. Our goal is to help institutions save money. We do this by providing collections managers, registrars, curators and directors a quick and easy way to find and purchase acid-free products and more from reputable conservation-oriented businesses. Our CO-OP offers the deepest discounts on choice products because we set up a bid process to get companies to compete for items. No one else has a bidding process like ours, and yet this is the ONLY way to get deeper discounts. We thank our CWAM colleagues for starting the CO-OP and inviting us to join.

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