Donate Your Stuff

We want your stuff!

Maps, postage stamps, trophies, yarn, lab glass, golf tees, wallpaper samples, keys, clothespins, sewing patterns from 1974…. 

If you’re not using it, donate it to the Idea Store!

The Idea Store is now accepting donations by appointment only.


  • Make your appointment here. Starting July 1, 2021, appointments will be available from 12-5 Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, and 10-4 Saturday. We open bookings one month at a time, around mid-month for the next month. 

  • Please pack your donation into a container that you are ready to part with. We cannot empty donations into other containers. If possible, place your donation in the trunk of your car. If you have other items in your trunk, please label your donation clearly.

  • We can accept up to two boxes (copy paper size or equivalent) per appointment. If you have more to donate, you may make up to two appointments on the same day and bring four boxes at once.

  • No donations will be accepted without an appointment.

  • Please drive around to the back of the building. We will not be accepting donations inside the mall. Give us a call at 217-352-7878 and a staff member will meet you there. Please do not get our of your car. Just pop your trunk, and we will take your donation for you. 

  • If you are unable to keep your appointment, please cancel it by emailing or calling us at 217-352-7878, so that someone else may take your slot.

What to bring.

You’re really only limited by your imagination, but some materials are more appropriate than others.

For a complete list of items we do and don’t accept, check out our official Donation Guide.

Questions about donations? Email us at or give us a call at (217) 352-7878.