Donate To The WasteShed
We always accept these materials in good condition: art tools, art paint, ink, paintbrushes, studio quality pens, pencils and markers, art paper, canvases and canvas making materials, sharpies, scissors, googly eyes, glitter, maps, screen and block printing materials, film, glue and tape, embroidery hoops, and jewelry supplies.
On this page you will find details of our donation procedures and a detailed list of materials that we accept. All donations are subject to staff approval on site. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions, or call us at 773-666-5997.
We accept donations at our store at 2842 W. Chicago Avenue from 11:00 am - 6:00 pm, Tuesday - Saturday. All donations must be in clean and in usable condition. Well-organized donations are much appreciated!
PLEASE do not send us donations via mail or leave donations outside our store when we are not open! 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.
MATERIALS WE ACCEPT:
Paint (no house paint or spray paint please), dyes, brushes, ink, hot glue guns, glue, art tools, stencils, pencils, pens, markers, pastels, charcoal, ceramic tools and glazes, pencil sharpeners, mineral spirits, cutting mats, moldmaking and casting materials.
Fake flowers, doll making supplies, candle wax, soap/candy molds, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, pom-poms, craft foam, marbles, pins, board games/puzzles, beads, jewelry, magnets, corks, masks and small costume elements, seashells.
Copy paper, rolls of paper, construction paper, cardstock, art paper and pads, origami paper, posters.
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, cords and laces, lace, elastic, zippers, bobbins, thread, buttons, sewing tools, embroidery hoops, ribbon, fasteners, leather, felt, patterns.
Binders (2 inch or narrower only), post-its, thumbtacks, staples, paperclips, writing utensils, scissors, hole-punches, staplers, tape dispensers, organizers, transparencies, sheet protectors, labels, envelopes, tape, notebooks, clipboards.
Foam core, poster board, mat board, frames, old signs, plexiglass, silkscreens, vinyl lettering, hanging hardware, canvases (painted or new), easels.
Mason or baby food jars, tins, plastic organizer boxes, Rubbermaid tubs, jewelry boxes, buckets, cigar boxes, film canisters.
Tissue paper, greeting cards (unused), party decorations, ribbons, bows, rolls of gift wrap, gift bags, bubble wrap.
Wallpaper, mosaic tile, paint swatches, mirrors, shelf brackets.
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
Loose pieces of glass
VHS tapes, cassette tapes, CDs, or their cases
Hanging files, binders over 2" wide
Knick-knacks (figurines, ornaments, baskets)
Spray paint and house paint
Toxic or unidentifiable substances
Most magazines except vintage, National Geographic, and art magazines, please ask
Paper towel or toilet paper rolls, egg cartons
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 when you visit our store.
If you have any questions, please get in touch!
The WasteShed is 75% self-supporting through sales; however, we still depend on grants and donations from our friends to operate. Even a small donation can make a big difference for our ability to effectively serve the community and expand our reach. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation.