About The Idea Store

We are Central Illinois’ Premier Eco-Edu-Art Creative Reuse Marketplace!

We’re a store, a community, a donation center – we are a marketplace of items and ideas! With a massive and ever-changing inventory of donated materials, projects of all sizes have never been as easy or Earth-friendly.

Our store supplies everyone – teachers, students, artists, crafters, program directors, community groups, churches, homeschoolers, and the curious with quality, safe reusable materials for artistic creations, the classroom, experimenting and more.  So shop, donate, volunteer, create and celebrate in a fun and educational way.

Brought to you by the Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation

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

Thank you from our co-founder

“When The Idea Store opened in October 2010, I was hopeful that our community would understand and embrace what Gail Rost and I, as co-founders, saw in this win-win-win venture.  Over 5-plus years, I have taken pride in the number of people who give, volunteer and develop friendships, learn and conserve through our wonderful marketplace.  carol joI love the excitement that’s been generated by Idea Store special events, seeing youngsters “get it” and hearing people say that they’re relieved to have an alternative to throwing things away.  Thank you for taking our vision where it is today. I’m even more hopeful for its future.”

Carol Jo Morgan, Co-Founder

Want to know more about the store? 

Call 217-352-7878 or email jessy@the-idea-store.org