The Idea Store welcomes you!
We’re an Urbana, IL nonprofit offering a vast, uncommon array of reusable materials for arts, crafts, education, and beyond. All quality, all safe, and all donated by community members and local businesses.
125 Lincoln Square, Urbana, IL 61801
We are located in the southwest corner of the Lincoln Square Mall in Urbana, accessible from the South parking lot.
Donate Your Stuff!
What are you donating?
We aren't your average thrift store! Collect your lightly-loved items and pack them into a container you can part with.
Items we love:
☑ Arts and crafts ☑ Yarn & fabric ☑ Office supplies ☑ Jewelry ☑ School supplies ☑ Toys & games ☑ Electronics & media
We currently cannot accept: Binders, Bubble wrap, Wine corks, Greeting cards, Sea shells
Please make sure your items are free of mold and rust, have not held food or been used for personal care, and are culturally appropriate. Items like clothes, furniture, & appliances would be better appreciated by another local resale outlet.
For more information about what we can accept, see our official donation policy.
Leave it to us!
Donations are only accepted at our outdoor receiving zone, during donation hours. Please come at your scheduled time, if you had to make an appointment.
Pull your car up to our donation drop-off spot, and call the number on the door to let us know you're here. Pop your trunk and our donation staff will take care of the rest!
Thank you for supporting our community through creative reuse!
☒ NO DUMPING ☒ NO DONATIONS IN-STORE
Your donations allow our community to create, experiment, teach, and learn! You also help keep reusable items out of the trash and give voice to kids, artists, craftspeople, and creative entrepreneurs.