The Marie Kondo method of cleaning is literally sweeping the nation. If you’ve watched her Netflix show and decided to declutter your space, there are plenty of thrift stores in Elk Grove Village where you can donate your unwanted things. In most cases, you will receive a receipt so that you can claim your donation on your taxes, and proceeds at many places help support charitable causes.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for some gently used home decor or furniture, you might also want to check out local thrift stores for a bargain. These are also great places to stock up on clothes, toys, and sometimes appliances. As an added bonus, we’re including a hidden gem where you can grab a bite to eat nearby.
WINGS Resale Shops
There are three WINGS Resale Shops in the area: Arlington Heights, Nile, and Schaumburg. All of them are open daily for donations and shopping. Proceeds help fund services for women and children who are fleeing domestic violence. There are other ways to support WINGS such as volunteering your time or attending an event that benefits their programs.
While you’re in Schaumburg, hop over to Honest where you can taste authentic Indian food made from scratch daily. This restaurant started as a food cart in the ’70s in Ahmedabad and has now expanded to the United States with two locations in Illinois.
Once & Again Resale
This year marks 10 years for Once & Again Resale in Des Plaines. The store is open every day with extended hours on Thursdays. Proceeds from sales benefit the Frisbie Senior Center. Also, if you’re looking for a place to volunteer this year, consider the Frisbie Senior Center. They are looking for instructors, shop stockers, and drivers for Meals on Wheels.
While you’re in the area, grab breakfast or lunch at Honey Biscuit, a new cafe in Mount Prospect only a mile from Once & Again. The pancakes, waffles, eggs, and french toast will give you plenty of energy for the day. They also serve burgers, sandwiches, and salads. You definitely can’t go wrong with a strawberry Nutella crepe.
St. Vincent de Paul
There are several thrift stores run by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Joliet Council, the closest in is Addison. The council offers many services including 13 food pantries, senior housing, and a car and mattress program. Donated items may also be given directly to low income people.
Just a few doors down, you can grab a slice of pizza and a cold drink while you play pool, darts, giant Jenga, or cornhole at Pyramid Sports Bar & Pizzeria.
In addition to these locally owned thrift stores, there are several Goodwill, Salvation Army, and Savers locations in the area. When you donate items to these non-profit organizations, you can be confident that you’re helping out good causes.
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