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Drop-offs

Got materials you're not using? Drop them off with us for in-store credit, or to just plain keep them out of the landfill.

We accept drop-offs of items on our wish-list anytime during business hours(Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm) at our store.

knitsIn-Store Credit optional for qualifying items brought to the store.

Average credit of $5/ten gallon basket. Limit $20 credit per load/day. Credit amount awarded at the discretion of the store operator, and corresponds to the average price that customers have chosen to pay for that category of inventory.

If you would simply like to drop-off items to us without receiving a purchase credit, we call that a Quick Drop! There is no need to stay and wait for us to go through your things for a Quick Drop. If your drop-off contains anything we can’t use, we will make every effort to either recycle or donate those items to educational programs that can.

Alternate Drop-off Options

The Upcycle Exchange participates in two events annually where we collect materials on our wish-list outside our shop. The Earth Day Recycling Extravaganza takes place every year towards the end of April at the St. Louis Community College Forest Park campus. Strange Folk Festival is an annual event the last weekend in September in O’Fallon, IL. Check their websites for dates and details!
Besides our convenient South St. Louis store location, Circa Boutique in Belleville, IL will also accept Quick Drops of materials on our wish-list. Circa is located at 128 E. Main St. Belleville, Il 62220 and their hours are Tuesday – Friday: 10am to 5pm and Saturday: 10am to 4pm.
At this time, we do not have the operational capacity to pick-up incidental amounts of materials at homes or businesses. However, occasionally, we have arranged to clear estates of large amounts of craft supplies that are high-turnover for us. This includes fabric/sewing supplies, yarn, scrapbook materials, and beads/jewelry stashes. Email Autumn at upxchange@gmail.com to inquire about arrangements for estate pick-ups.

It’s Been in the Basement Awhile…

Do not hesitate to drop off materials that have that faint “attic/basement smell” from being stored for long periods – we usually find that just letting them air out a few days at the shop reduces that odor significantly(we also have some other things to try if that doesn’t work). We adore aged paper ephemera, old fabric, retro yarns, and those mysteriously messy jars of buttons…we’ll clean them up and lovingly display them in our beautiful, well-organized space! Unfortunately, we can’t usually save that are heavily soiled/damaged or have strong odors of smoke or mildew.

Other Local Donation Venues

The Upcycle Exchange focuses on beautifully merchandising the materials on our wish-list so that they have the best chance possible to be used. Lots of people ask us what do we need, what flies off the shelves? Everything we carry, but that’s thanks, in part, to our well-developed wish-list. There are definitely materials that we do not have room for, or are not popular with the DIY community we serve. However, other venues exist in the St. Louis area that may be a better fit for those items we don’t take.
Got small furniture, like chairs, drawers, and desks? Is it made of…wood? Perennial might be able to upcycle it!
Got children’s books or school supplies? Try St. Louis Teacher’s Recycling Center.
Disposables like yogurt tubs, laundry detergent bottles, and paper towel rolls? Check out Leftovers.
Windows, doors, trim, and other household fixtures? ReStore or ReFab might be able to take it.
Clothing, lamps, toys, and other household goods not on our list? Check with your local thrift store, but Twice Blessed is one of our favorites! They aren’t far from our store, and benefit a local women’s shelter.

Responsible Storage Suggestions

You might have noticed that our wish-list has a section of things that we don’t take. They are items brought to us often enough that we feel the need to call them out specifically. Some of these things are indeed craft supplies, but may likely contain motifs from eras (namely, the 80’s/90’s/early 00’s) that have not sufficiently aged to be considered vintage. Things like teddy bear embroidery kits, 80’s pants suite sewing patterns, folk art cross-stitch books, silk flowers, and doll parts have very little demand at this point in time. We suspect it may take another 10-15 years before any of it becomes widely desirable. So, if you have these things, we suggest throwing them in storage totes in a climate-controlled environment, and waiting to unload them until you start seeing young adults sporting puffy paint sweatshirts. Sometimes, the best way to be green is just to take good care of your existing possessions, and be patient.

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