Donate To The WasteShed

 

DONATE MATERIALS

We always accept the materials listed in this image. A transcribed version is at the bottom of this page.
We will also always accept tiny stuff like jewelry, and some interesting vintage items. Additionally, we always
need rubber bands and new or very clean tiny ziploc bags. 

 

On this page you will find details of our donation procedures and a detailed list of materials that we accept.  Note that all donations are subject to staff approval on site, so please bear with us. Emailing us is a great way to get your donation-related questions answered, and to get some donations pre-approved for drop-off during appropriate hours. We can be promptly reached at info@thewasteshed.com or via the form on our Contact page. If your inquiry includes out of the ordinary materials, including an image can help us decide whether or not we will accept them. 

We accept donations at our store at 2842 W. Chicago Avenue from 11:30 am - 5:30 pm, Tuesday - Saturday.  All donations must be in clean and in usable condition. We cannot be expected to immediately unpack your donation, all donations must be left in the containers that were used to transport them. Well organized donations are very much appreciated. 

PLEASE do not send us donations via mail or dump donations outside our store! Dumping is firstly rude and also illegal, and we do not have the means to accept packages via the mail, nor, as it appears, does Chicago have the means to effectively deliver them. Click here for a list of other Creative Reuse Centers around the country that may be closer to you or able to accept donations through the mail.

**Popular/in-demand materials are starred, we will ALWAYS take these materials, as well as the materials listed in the WANTED image above (text transcribed at the end of this page)**

 

MATERIALS WE ACCEPT:

Art supplies:
*Paint (except house paint and spray paint), *dyes, *brushes, *ink, *hot glue guns, art tools, stencils, chalk, pastels, glue, drawing utensils, *art pens, *permanent markers, *ceramic glazes, *pencil sharpeners, *mineral spirits, *resin, *cutting mats.

Craft supplies: 
Floral supplies, silk flowers, doll making supplies, candle wax, soap/candy molds, pipe cleaners, *googly eyes, pom-poms, craft foam, marbles, pins, board games/puzzles, jewelry, magnets, corks, *masks and mask forms.

Paper:
*Copy paper, letterhead, rolls of paper, construction paper, cardstock, *art paper and pads, origami paper, posters.

Collage/Scrapbooking/Images
Stickers, scrapbook paper, rubber stamps and stamp pads, calendars, playing cards, postcards, *National Geographics, select other magazines (please ask for details), *maps, old photos.

Fabric and Notions:
Fabric yardage only (1/2 yard and larger), yarn and knitting needles, fringe, cording, laces, lace, elastic, zippers, bobbins, thread, buttons, beads, sewing tools, *embroidery hoops, ribbon, Velcro, fasteners, leather, felt, patterns.

Office Supplies
Manila/hanging/accordion folders, binders, post-its, *thumbtacks, staples, paperclips, bull-clips, writing utensils, *dry erase markers, *scissors, hole-punches, staplers, tape dispensers, organizers, transparencies, sheet protectors, labels, envelopes, tape, *packing tape, *masking tape, notebooks, clipboards.

Framing/Signage
Foam core, poster board, mat board/plasticore, frames, old signs, plexiglass, silkscreens, vinyl lettering, photo albums, hanging hardware, *canvases (painted or new), easels.

Containers
Mason or baby food jars, tins, plastic organizer boxes, Rubbermaid tubs, jewelry boxes, buckets, cigar boxes, film canisters.

Party/Gift Supplies
Tissue paper, greeting cards, party decorations, ribbons, bows, rolls of gift wrap, gift bags, bubble wrap.

Architecture/Interior Design
Wallpaper, mosaic tile, paint swatches, mirrors.

Metal/Hardware
Wire, keys, nails, screws, bottlecaps, drafting lamps, light kits, *Xacto knives, most smaller tools. working lightbulbs.


MATERIALS WE DO NOT ACCEPT:

Items that are dirty or significantly damaged

Food or perishables

Clothing

Books

Housewares/furniture/appliances

Dishes

Food containers

Loose pieces of glass

Broken glass/ceramics

Computer hardware/software

VHS tapes, cassette tapes, CDs, or their cases

Printers

Toys

Knick-knacks (figurines, ornaments, baskets)

Spray paint

House paint

Toxic or unidentifiable substances

Junk mail

Most magazines except vintage, National Geographic, and art magazines, please ask

Paper towel or toilet paper rolls, egg cartons

Styrofoam

Fabric scraps under 1/2 yard

 

We will happily provide suggestions for other places to take items that we cannot accept. We appreciate your contribution, and we hope you can find some useful and inspiring materials while you visit our store.

 

If you have any questions, please get in touch!

info@thewasteshed.com

(773) 666-5997
 

Image Text: "Wanted: Alive and Reusable-- Cool art tools, paint, ink and paintbrushes, studio quality pens, pencils and markers, art paper, canvases and canvas making materials (bars and panels), sharpies, scissors, googley eyes, glitter, maps, screen and block printing materials, film, glue and tape, embroidery hoops, $$ Money $$, Volunteers" Image caption: We will also accept tiny stuff like jewelry, and some interesting vintage items. Get in touch with questions. Additionally, we always need rubber bands and new or very clean tiny ziploc bags. 

 
 
 

DONATE FUNDS

The WasteShed is only about 75% self-supporting through sales. We depend on small grants and donations from the people who love us to operate. Even a small donation can
make a big difference for our ability to effectively serve the community, and we are hoping to expand our education programming. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation.