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SHOP and DONATE to complete the circle of use and reuse.

At The I.D.E.A. Store, we’re passionate about finding fun, functional and creative reuse for the materials we often take for granted. This is the place you bring the stuff that you just don’t need anymore. It is a unique shopping experience.You’ll find an ever-changing inventory of donated materials for projects of all shapes and sizes. The store is home to curious, creative, caring artists and educators. We share green ideas for art and everyday living.

We are an enterprise of Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation, a non-profit supporting excellence in our local public schools.


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Important Change:

“Accepted Materials and Items”

In effect during The I.D.E.A. Store’s expansion:  March 26th – May 31st, 2016

Our dedicated staff and volunteers will be working diligently during the expansion to open the new event space and to streamline the flow of donations from receiving to the retail floor for you.  Please help us by bringing only things on this list. We appreciate your patience as we make changes to better serve the needs of our community. List of Accepted Materials

What our expansion means to you:

We will be able to offer more classes and group events to the community!

You’ll be able to take part by helping us with the items we need. They are listed on our ‘Wish List’ here on our site. New events will be posted as our expansion gets underway.

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