With the holidays behind us and the kids finally back at school, it’s a great time to make some New Year’s Resolutions for your home.

Are you feeling overwhelmed with too much stuff? Hoping to get your house on the market soon and need to declutter? Or are you hoping to spruce up your house a little bit and fill in some gaps?

We’ve found some great places for you to donate or sell your items, as well as places to buy everything from couches to lamps to new windows.

Before you clean out, decide whether you want to donate or sell your items. A thrift store accepts donations of items – you don’t receive money but you do get a tax write-off. A consignment store sells the items for you: Once an item has sold, they take a percentage and pay the rest to you. If you decide to consign, be sure to check how the store determines percentage, how they determine the lowest price, and what happens if the item doesn’t sell.

Thrift stores generally have lower prices while consignment stores generally have higher quality. But not always. There are treasures and bargains at both places just as there are benefits and drawbacks to donating or consigning.

That said, here are some options for great resale stores in our area, followed by furniture consignment stores.

 

Resale stores:

Re-Store

869 S. Rohlwing Road
Addison

(630) 517-2080

dupagerestore.com

The retail store features furniture, lighting, and appliances, as well as building materials such as cabinets, flooring, doors, paint, lumber, sinks, toilets, and windows and screens.

You can also donate furniture (non-upholstered), appliances, and building materials. They also accept new building materials, as well as cars, trucks, trailers or boats.

All proceeds benefit the DuPage Habitat for Humanity, which helps build homes for limited-income, working families.

 

Pink Elephant Resale

121 W 1st St
Elmhurst

(630) 834-7379

Located in downtown Elmhurst, the store sells and accepts donations and features furniture, kitchen items, clothing and accessories, books, and paintings.

All proceeds benefit the Edward-Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare.

 

Community Shop

23 W Calendar Ave
La Grange

(708) 354-3803

http://www.communitynurse.org/shops/thecommunityshop/

The Community Shop accepts and sells furniture, home décor, housewares, collectables, and seasonal merchandise.

Proceeds benefit Community Nurse, a health center for lower-income individuals and families in the western suburbs.

 

Brown Elephant Resale Shop

217 Harrison St.
Oak Park

(708) 445-0612

http://howardbrown.org/wp/brown-elephant/donate/

Brown Elephant accepts and sells antiques, art, lamps, housewares, upholstered furniture, dining room furniture, bedroom furniture, books electronics, as well as clothing, shoes, purses and jewelry.

Benefits Howard Brown Health, an agency that provides healthcare resources and education for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

 

 

Sharing Connections – donations only

5111 Chase Ave.
Downers Grove

(630) 971-0565

www.sharingconnections.com

Sharing Connections accepts gently used cribs, mattresses, box spring sets, dressers, table and chair sets, sofas and loveseats.

They then provide furniture and household items to local families who are referred through domestic violence shelters, housing organizations, food pantries, schools, and veteran and teen parent programs.

 

And of course, don’t forget the Salvation Army, Goodwill, and St. Vincent DePaul thrift stores for other great finds. These thrift stores accept almost all donations (check locations for their policy on upholstered furniture.)

 

Consignment stores:

The Courtyard

63 Village Place
Hinsdale

(630) 323-1135

shopthecourtyard.com

High end furniture and home accessory store, which accepts donations or consignments.  Located in downtown Hinsdale, the store sells fine furniture, artwork, lamps and chandeliers, quality rugs, china, crystal and silver, jewelry, and home accessories. The Courtyard is staffed by volunteers and all proceeds benefit the Wellness House, which provides individuals and families information and resources after a cancer diagnosis.

 

Divine Consign

809 S. Oak Park Ave.
Oak Park

(708) 386-3366

www.divineconsign.com

A high-end furniture consignment store. They accept and sell sofas, sectionals, loveseats, chairs, dining room furniture, dressers, beds, sofa tables, consoles, mirrors, wall art, floor and table lamps, and home décor.

They offer pickup and delivery serves for a small fee, and customers can combine pickup with delivery of furniture purchased at Divine Consign.

Their sister store, Trends, also in Oak Park, sells consigned clothing.

 

My Favorite Things Upscale Resale

136 Ogden Ave
Downers Grove, IL 60515

(630) 963-5518

Formerly located in Hinsdale, My Favorite Things sells home décor and decorative furnishings alongside women’s clothing and accessories. Clothing consignments are done seasonally, while home furnishings and furniture are accepted year-round.

 

Slipcover Plus Upholstery and Consignment

451 Madison St
Oak Park, IL 60302

(708) 386-9398

http://slipcoverplus.com/

Slipcover Plus has a 2,000 sq. ft. showroom of new and consigned furniture, including bedroom sets, dining room furniture, sofas, loveseats, chairs, lamps, desks, and cabinets. They also have an extensive slipcover, re-upholstery, and furniture restoration business. 

 

And for something fun:

Jackson Square Antique Mall
112 E Burlington Ave
La Grange

www.jacksonsquaremall.com

(224) 388-9152

An antique emporium with more than fifty dealers selling We home decor and furnishings, antiques, collectibles, jewelry and clothing.