The I.D.E.A. Store

Bio / Description: 

At The I.D.E.A. Store, an earned-income enterprise of our local education foundation, CUSF, we’re passionate about finding fun, functional and creative reuse for the materials we often take for granted. With a massive and ever-changing inventory of donated materials, projects of all sizes have never been as easy or Earth-friendly. We’re a store, a community, a donation center – we are a marketplace of items and ideas!

Our store supplies everyone – teachers, artists, crafters, students, program directors, community groups, churches, homeschoolers, and the curious with quality, safe reusable materials for artistic creations, the classroom, experimenting and more. We are your marketplace. Shop, share, donate, and volunteer in a fun and educational way and support our local schools through the Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation at the same time!

So why this store?

Every day, vast amounts of the Earth’s resources are sold as products for our use. Large or small, in our homes, businesses, or factories – it’s everywhere! And when we use them up, or can’t use them all, we just throw them away. Sometimes we wash it and use it again, we try to recycle, we keep stuff in our closets or we give it to our friends, but we wish there was something else we could do with all. that. stuff.

It’s all part of “The Waste Stream.” It flows day after day in an endless cycle – new resources being used while creating more and more waste.

But it can be interrupted!

The. I.D.E.A. Store is a simple and fun way to pluck the good stuff out of the waste stream and find it a use in our everyday lives. Participating in our little project – either as a customer, donator, or volunteer – is a way that you can help give old items a new life.

Phone: 
217-352-7878 (35ARTS8)
Address: 
28 E. Springfield, Upstairs Champaign IL 61820