We collect leftover/used ART, CRAFT and SCHOOL SUPPLIES. We RECONDITION them for SCHOOLS in need.


What we do ...

  • We collect leftover/used/unneeded art, craft and school supplies.
  • We recondition them into attractive "like new" kits.
  • We personally bring them to schools and children in need who otherwise do not have access to art, craft and school supplies. 

What we collect ...

  • Pens, pencils, crayons, markers, color pencils, erasers, pencil sharpeners (we'll test them all so don't worry about the condition)
  • Any kind of paper (white, color, thin, thick, small, big, full pages, little pieces)
  • Coloring books (even with used pages)
  • Stickers (one in a sheet or many)
  • Craft kits (even half used)
  • Notepads, notebooks
  • Paints, brushes
  • Play-dough
  • Jewels, beads, ribbons, yarn
  • Children books
  • Educational toys (little ones and big ones like kitchen sets, easels, playing dollhouses, train tables)
  • Musical instruments
  • Teaching supplies
  • Board games, puzzles
  • Legos (sets / loose - new /used)
  • And everything in between!

How you can help ...

  • By donating art, craft and school supplies you already have at home and no longer use. WE TAKE EVERYTHING!
  • No need to recondition anything yourself. Simply drop items off at one of the Chicago locations:

Upcycling Colors

1730 N Clark Ave.

Apple Dental Care

2062 N Milwaukee Ave. 

Building Blocks - Lakeview

3606 N Lincoln Ave.

Building Blocks - Wicker Park

2130 W Division Ave.

Together we make a difference!

Donations come from ...

  • Individuals
  • Families
  • Stores / Local Business
  • Companies and Organizations
  • Museums and Art Centers
  • Schools
  • Conventions and Conferences
  • Summer Camps
  • And so many generous people like YOU!

Thank you so much!

Reconditioned items go to schools in ...

  • Chicago
  • Puerto Rico
  • Argentina
  • Ecuador
  • Haiti
  • India
  • Nicaragua
  • Mexico
  • Zambia 

If your school is interested in partnering with us or you know a community (local or international) that will benefit from reconditioned art, craft and school supplies, please contact us at info@upcycingcolors.org 

Miscellaneous needed ...

Contact Us

Upcycling Colors

1730 N Clark St.

Chicago, IL 60614



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