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The Idea Store’s fusion of creative arts and environmental sustainability is unique in our community, and many know it as a “hidden gem.” After 8 years, it’s time for us to come out of hiding and grow!

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Idea Store to Move to Lincoln Square Mall

The Idea Store, located at 28 E. Springfield in Champaign, is announcing their move to Lincoln Square Mall in Urbana, in the former Art Mart location. “This is an exciting opportunity for our business to expand and connect with new neighbors in Urbana,” says Jessy Ruddell, Idea Store manager. Along with the move, the store is in the process of separating from its parent organization, the Champaign-Urbana Schools Foundation, and forming an independent nonprofit. Vanna Pianfetti, CU Schools Foundation Board Chair says, “The CU Schools Foundation is in full support of this transition and wishes The Idea Store the best as it begins as its own nonprofit.”

“Our new location will more than double our current retail space. We expect to have more foot traffic and much better accessibility for shoppers, donors, and volunteers. We plan to re-introduce our popular educational programming and continue to serve the CU community promoting creativity through reuse,” Ruddell says.

The transition will take place over the summer months with the new location opening in the fall.  The Idea Store will remain open at 28 E. Springfield during the transition period.

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

At The Idea 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.