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A commitment to reusing instead of buying new will not only reduce the amount of garbage sent to landfills but may also save you money, contribute to the budding circular economy, and help others in need.

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Local Resources: Where to Repair, Rent, and Buy Used

Below are some resources around the LaGrange area that can help residents commit to reusing and repurposing items, as well as buying preowned items. Go Green LaGrange is not endorsing any of the following services, just passing along information on available local resources.

If you know of other local resources, please contact Go Green LaGrange at [email protected].


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    - Pillows-Feather (May, 2024)


Repair services

When home appliances break down, review your warranty, if applicable, and check with the manufacturer. If that route doesn’t help you get the appliance repaired, consider hiring an appliance repair service. There are many that serve the LaGrange area. Forbes Home offers some advice on how to pick a service. If you can recommend a local repair service, let Go Green LaGrange know at [email protected].

If you need a particular part to fix an appliance, consider CoreCentric Solutions. Call (866-737-2244) or email ([email protected]) to see if CoreCentric manufactures the missing part. They may be able rescue that Hoover vacuum or Westinghouse washing machine.

Buy used

You may be able to find a toaster oven, coffee maker, or other small appliance at Goodwill.

ReStore, which is Habitat for Humanity’s resale store, sells large appliances like stoves and refrigerators. There are locations in Chicago, Arlington Heights, and Elgin. Proceeds help fund Habitat for Humanity’s mission.


Repair services

The Wheel Thing, in La Grange Park, and Terry’s Bicycles, in Countryside, offer bike repair services.

Cycle Brookfield, a nonprofit advocacy group, typically offers an annual bike tune-up event along with regularly scheduled rides and other happenings.

Buy used

Terry’s carries used bikes for sale. You might also try Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, NextDoor, or online police auctions such as

See Also:

Recycle for how to donate old bikes to people who need them.

Books, CDs, DVDs, Etc.

Buy used

Locally, Half Price Books in Countryside and Goodwill stores in Westchester and Willowbrook carry used books, movies, records, video games, and comics. These stores also have an online presence.

SCARCE, in Addison, also sells used books, records, CDs, and DVDs.

If you are willing to drive further east, you’ll find more used bookstores and record stores in Oak Park and Chicago. One used bookstore is the nonprofit Open Books, which devotes 100% of proceeds to literacy efforts for children and adults.

Caps and Gowns from LTHS

Each year approximately 1,000 students at LTHS buy a new disposable cap and gown that they either save forever or throw away after graduation. The school doesn't advertise this, but students can wear caps and gowns passed down to them from family, friends, or neighbors who graduated in previous years. Who cares if the color doesn't match perfectly?

The least the school can do is to encourage seniors to save their caps and gowns and pass them on to 9th, 10th, and 11th graders they know. It's a small ask for such a big impact!

Clothing and Jewelry


The Idea Studio in La Grange offers classes in knitting and crocheting so you can make your own hats, mittens, and sweaters. The store also teaches jewelry making.

Local libraries, including the Indian Prairie Public Library (Darien) and the Linda Sokol Francis Brookfield Library, have “Maker Studios” where you can reserve sewing and embroidery machines, as well as take classes on how to hem pants, embroider, and learn other needle crafts.


Buy used

     Goodwill stores in Westchester and Willowbrook also carry clothes for both adults and children.



Cork Art Turn corks into to art. Build yourself a family of critters using corks. Corks, pushpins, straight pins, paperclips, and scrap paper are all you need to create a cheerful crowd of critters.

See Also:

Recycle natural (not plastic) corks that you don’t need for art projects.

Furniture and Household Items

Repair and reupholstering

Buy used

Knives and Scissors (Sharpening)

You can sharpen knives and scissors yourself with a knife sharpening tool.

Alternatively, Village True Value Hardware in Western Springs, John’s Sharpening Service and Cutlery World in Westmont, and Repair Cafe in Countryside, sharpen knives and scissors.

Medical Equipment

If you need and cannot afford medical equipment, check out the Medical Lending Closet of Holy Guardian Angels Church (formerly St. Barbara’s) in Brookfield. Sooner or later, everybody has a hip or sports injury and needs help for a while.

Musical Instruments

Repairs, rent, or buy used

Pillows – Feather

Take your feather pillows to Breen's to be reticked. Over time, pillows tend to become flat, or lose their bounce. Most people who have allergies tend to think it is the feathers in the pillow that irritates them, but actually it is this dust. Pillow cleaning and reticking returns the bounce to your pillows. The process sifts the dust out, cleans the filling and returns the bounce to your pillows.

Designed specifically for pillow renovating, the cleaning process uses an ozone-emitting germicidal light to kill bacteria, sanitize, and deodorize the filling. The old pillow is cut open and emptied into a tumble chamber which has rotating brushes that expose everything to the germicidal lights while breaking up clumps that have formed, fluffs up the down clusters and sifts out the dust that has been trapped in the pillow. With down pillows you can add more feathers to bring it back to the density of a new pillow. At the end of the cycle the entire filling is blown back into a 100% cotton down proof ticking.

Shoes and Boots


Anthony’s Shoe Repair in LaGrange (13 W. Hillgrove; 708-352-7171)

Buy used

See Clothing and Jewelry above for some possible local resources.

Sports Equipment

Buy used

If your kid needs new hockey skates, soccer cleats, tennis racket, you may find what you need a Play It Again Sports in Westmont.

Tools & Equipment


Home Depot and Horton’s Ace Hardware repairs lawn mowers, handheld electrical tools, chainsaws, and other tools.

Rent or buy used

Window Screens and Glass

Seek repairs

Village True Value Hardware in Western Springs and Horton’s Ace Hardware in LaGrange fixes window screens and windows.