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.
Questions to Consider
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]
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 e-mail ([email protected]
) to see if CoreCentric manufactures the missing part. They may be able rescue that Hoover vacuum or Westinghouse washing machine.
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.
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.
natural (not plastic) corks that you don’t need for art projects.
The Wheel Thing
, in La Grange Park, and Terry’s Bicycles
, in Countryside, offer bike repair services.
, a nonprofit advocacy group, typically offers an annual bike tune-up event along with regularly scheduled rides and other happenings.
carries used bikes for sale. You might also try Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, NextDoor, or online police auctions such as PropertyRoom.com
for how to donate old bikes to people who need them.
Books, CDs, DVDs, Etc.
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.
, 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.
- For children:
- For adults:
stores in Westchester and Willowbrook also carry clothes for both adults and children.
Furniture and Household Items
Repair and reupholstering
Knives and Scissors (Sharpening)
You can sharpen knives and scissors yourself with a knife sharpening tool.
Alternatively, Village True Value Hardware
, in Western Springs, and John’s Sharpening Service and Cutlery World
, in Westmont, sharpens knives and scissors.
If you need and cannot afford medical equipment, check out the Mending 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.
Repairs, rent, or buy used
Shoes and Boots
Anthony’s Shoe Repair in LaGrange (13 W. Hillgrove; 708-352-7171
See Clothing and Jewelry
above for some possible local resources.
If your kid needs new hockey skates, soccer cleats, tennis racket, you may find what you need a Play It Again Sports
and Horton’s Ace Hardware
repairs lawn mowers, handheld electrical tools, chainsaws, and other tools.
Rent or buy used
- Village True Value Hardware in Western Springs and Hortons Ace Hardware in LaGrange rent carpet cleaners.
Some local libraries sponsor a “Library of Things,” or collection of various tools, equipment, as well as games and other items that you can check out. See the Library of Things at Indian Prairie Public Library in Darien and at LaGrange Park Library.
Window Screens and Glass
Village True Value Hardware
in Western Springs and Horton’s Ace Hardware
in LaGrange fixes window screens and windows.