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circle of reuse

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.


We did it!

Our beautiful new classroom and event space opened May 20th! Thanks to our dedicated staff and volunteers who worked diligently during the last few months to prepare the space and streamline our donation process. You’ll begin to see changes in the store as we expand our sales floor and shift materials around to better serve your needs.

As of June 1st, we resumed our normal donation schedule, accepting donations from the 1st-25th of each month. Please refer to our List of Accepted Materials.

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