Instead of throwing away a useful item, check out the resale shops in McLean County where you can donate, sell, or pick up something for yourself. Bloomington-Normal also has a great garage sale scene during the warm months. See the garage sale listings in the Pantagraph.
What to know before visiting your local resale shops:
- Buyback stores usually pay immediate cash for acceptable items.
- Consignment shops give you a portion of the proceeds once the item has sold.
- Be sure to adhere to each business’s procedures for dropping off items (some stores only accept certain items, and many collect items by appointment only). When in doubt, call the store.
|Acceptable Items||Store||Consignment, Donation, or Buyback||Drop Off Information|
|Small furniture, gently used clothing, shoes, accessories, kitchenware, some electronics. No TVs, peripheral equipment, toys or stuffed animals, bed frames, mattresses, or pillows||Bromenn Thrift Shop, 1322 South Main St, Normal, 309-556-7467||Donation||Monday–Friday, 10:00 am–5:00 pm|
|Clothes, smaller pieces of furniture||Salvation Army Thrift Shop, 611 W. Washington St, Bloomington, IL 309-829-9476||Donation||Monday-Friday 9:00 am- 4:00 pm|
|Seasonal/casual clothes||Clad Tidings, 2nd Presbyterian Church, 313 N. East St. Bloomington, 309-828-6297||Donation||Hours: Monday–Thursday 8:00am – 8:00pm, Friday 8 am–4:30 pm, Drop off only till 4:30 pm.|
|Clothes, shoes, flat screen TVs, dishes, decorations, purses, housewares, any furniture that is not broken||Goodwill Industries, 302 Landmark Dr., Normal, 217-280-1868||Donation||Monday–Saturday 9 am–7 pm, Sunday 12 pm–6 pm. Call for drop-off locations.|
|Almost anything you take out of your home, i.e. doors, windows, cabinets, appliances, etc. No dishwashers or CRT TV’s or monitors.||Habitat for Humanity Restore, 1402 W Washington St, Bloomington, 309-454-6047||Donation||Tuesday–Friday 10 am–5 pm, Saturday 9 am–4 pm|
|Household items, clothes (usable or not), and toys, personal hygiene, furniture, etc. No CRT TV’s or monitors.||Mission Mart, 1700 W. Washington St., Bloomington, 309-828-7356||Donation||Monday–Saturday 8:00 am–4:00 pm|
|Clothes||Mt. Pisgah Quality Clothing Closet, 801 W Market St, Bloomington, 309-662-2526||Donation||Monday-Friday 9:00am – 4:00pm|
|Women’s clothing, purses and shoes. Seasonal.||Penelope’s, 626 N Main St., Bloomington, 309-828-9155||Consignment||Hours: Tuesday, Friday, 11 am–6 pm, Saturday 10 am–5 pm, appointment.|
|Teens and 20-somethings , guys and girls clothes||Plato’s Closet, 1407 N. Veterans Pkwy, 309-662-9844||Buyback||Monday–Saturday 10 am–8 pm, Sunday 12 pm–6 pm|
|Clothes, baby through pre-teen clothing, baby equipment. No car seats, drop side cribs or anything that must be sterilized||Cute As a Button, 1407 N. Veterans Pkwy, #22, Bloomington, 309-663-7276||Buyback||Monday–Saturday 10 am–7 pm, Sunday 12 pm–5 pm|
|Clothing||St. Vincent De Paul Society Clothing Closet, 711 N. Main St., Bloomington, 309-829-9611||Donation||Drop-off hours are Monday through Friday: 9am-4:30pm|
|Hardware, electrical, plumbing, glass, tile, flooring, doors, registers, stairways, wood trim, and porch materials, furniture and older appliances. No liquids.||Architectural Warehouse (Old House Society), 214 East Douglas St, Bloomington,|
|Donation||Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 8 am–5 pm, Drop off/Pick up|
|Collectibles, coins, DVDs, Palm Pilots, antiques, jewelry, newer electronics, power tools, instruments. Call for additional information.||Midwest Exchange Inc, 512 IAA, Bloomington, 309-662-7296||Buyback||Monday–Saturday: 9:00am–4:00pm, Call for details.|
|Working TVs, VCRs, microwaves, game equipment, games, power tools, jewelry, etc. No firearms. Call for full list.||Monster Pawn, 1610 Route T. Dunn Drive, Bloomington, 309-821-1792||Buyback||Monday–Friday: 9:00am–6:00pm, Saturday: 9:00am-4:00pm|
|Call for full list of items accepted. No firearms||Monster Pawn, 1408 S. Main St, Normal, 309-452-5327||Buyback||Monday–Friday: 9:00am–6:00pm, Saturday: 9:00am-4:00pm|