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 info@thewasteshed.com if you have questions about what materials we accept, or call us at 773-666-5997. 

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. 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.

**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)**


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.



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. 


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



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


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.



Art supplies:
*Paint (no house paint or spray paint please), *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, casting materials.

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, 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, fringe, cording, laces, lace, elastic, zippers, bobbins, thread, buttons, beads, sewing tools, *embroidery hoops, ribbon, Velcro, fasteners, leather, felt, patterns.

Office Supplies
Binders (3 inch or narrower), 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, *masking tape, notebooks, clipboards.

Foam core, poster board, mat board/plasticore, frames, old signs, plexiglass, silkscreens, vinyl lettering, photo albums, 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.

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