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Image by Sigmund, colorful beads in tray


Teachers, students, artists, and creative types know how to take used and forgotten items and put them to good use! Check out our list of materials we accept that are clean, safe, and still usable. During the winter we are only able to accept one box or bag at a time due to limited space. We may look through the items and let you know if there is anything we are not able to accept. If you have more than one box or bag of items please reach out to us with a description of what and how much you have. 

Given the amount of donations we are expecting to receive we can only accept one bag or box at a time unless it is art supplies. Please see the bottom of this page for items we are currently not accepting. 

Reach us at 847.250.7185 or

Crafts Supplies


  • Blenders and erasers

  • Chalk

  • Clay

  • Drawing and art utensils

  • Drawing compass

  • Easels

  • Linocut materials

  • Paint, paintbrushes, related tools

  • Pastels

  • Sketchbooks and paper

Image by Jas Min


  • Bread tags

  • Dice

  • Film canisters (35mm)

  • Game pieces

  • Keys

  • Magnets

  • Paper grocery bags

  • Printer cartridges (empty)

  • Spools

  • Tennis ball containers, preferably with lids

Crafts Supplies


  • Beads

  • Beeswax

  • Corks

  • Craft foam

  • Fabric and textiles (4"x6" or larger)

  • Googly eyes

  • Leather and vinyl scraps (4"x6" or larger)

  • Legos

  • Mason jars

  • Pipe cleaners

  • Popsicle sticks

  • Tissue paper

  • Velcro

  • Wine boxes

  • Wire

  • Craft supplies of all types!

Image by Darling Arias


  • Buttons

  • Crochet hooks

  • Embroidery needles, thread, kits

  • Fabric and textiles (clean, 4"x6" or larger)

  • Felt

  • Knitting needles

  • Leather and vinyl scraps (clean, 4"x6" or larger)

  • Rope

  • Screen printing materials

  • String

  • Thread

  • Yarn

  • Zippers

School Supply


  • ​​Colored pencils

  • Glue (school, craft, sticks, super)

  • Erasers

  • Highlighters

  • Markers (including "Sharpies" and dry erase)

  • Notebooks (spiral, bound, graph, lined, unlined)

  • Paper (copy, lined, graph, construction, cardstock tissue)

  • Pocket folders

  • Rulers and protractors

  • Staples, staplers, staple removers

  • Tape ("Scotch", packing, washi) & tape dispensers

  • Writing utensils (pens, pencils)

Image by Marc Newberry


  • Bone folder

  • "Cricut" and related materials

  • Dye cut stamps and machines

  • Maps

  • Postcards

  • Punches

  • Scrapbook paper

  • Stickers

Image by Tuyen Vo


  • Cutting mats

  • Measuring tape

  • Leather punch
  • Paper cutter

  • Portfolio books

Image by Tuyen Vo

We are working on fundraising efforts to move to a new space but in the meantime there are certain items we can't accept as we already have a lot.

  • Books (K-8 level)

  • Calendars (whole or pictures only)

  • Crayons

  • Drying racks

  • Greeting cards (unused or fronts only)

  • Holiday & party items

  • Looms

  • Padded mailers

  • Paper (scrapbook, tissue, construction, cardstock)

  • Perler beads, patterns, trays

  • Pill bottles (cleaned)

  • Recyclables (paper tubes, containers, egg cartons)

  • Ribbon

  • Sandpaper

  • Scrapbooking embellishments

  • Sewing machines

  • Stamps

  • Stretched canvases

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