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.

All donations are subject to staff approval on site. Email us at with questions, or call us at 773-666-5997. 

We accept donations at our store at 2842 W. Chicago Avenue for free from 11:00 am - 6:00 pm, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  

We accept materials donations with a $10 processing fee from 11-6 on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

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.



Art supplies:
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.

Craft supplies: 
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.

Office Supplies
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.

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

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

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


Items that are dirty or significantly damaged

Food or perishables





Food containers

Loose pieces of glass

Broken glass/ceramics

Computer hardware/software

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

Junk mail

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!

(773) 666-5997



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.