Welcome to the environmental defenders’ shopping area!

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On this page, you will find a few ways to support The Environmental Defenders through purchases at our two book stores, special sales and Defenders’ merchandise! The Green Read and The Green Spot Used Book Stores (and more) are a great way to support an environmental cause (reuse) while supporting our non-profit organization.  Please come see us!

The Green Read, 61 N.  Williams St., Crystal Lake

Hours:  Monday through Saturday ~ 10AM to 5PM      
Closed Sundays.  

Contact information: phone – 779-220-4945; Instagram – The Green Read; website:  https://thegreenreadbookst.wixsite.com/home 

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Welcome to The Green Read!
Shop for sustainable gifts at the Eco Nook.

The Kids Corner makes the shop a great destination for families.


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The Green Spot, 110 S. Johnson St., Suite 104, Woodstock

Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday ~ 11AM – 4PM                              Saturday ~11AM – 3 PM                                                                                       Closed Sun, Mon, Wed.

Contact information: Phone – 815-338-0393 (Defenders’ office.)

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DefendersWare…WEAR your support!   Tees, polos, caps and more!



The Environmental Defenders has an online store through Hyperstitch in Marengo!  We have chosen garments and colors that reflect our mission and hope you will purchase some of these items and wear them proudly to show your support for our mission to preserve and protect the environment.

Shipping options:

1. You may have your order shipped by UPS directly to your home or office.
2.  You may pick up your order at Hyperstitch in downtown Marengo.
3.  You may pick up your order at the Environmental Defenders’ office in Woodstock.

***Options 2 and 3 are Free!  Please make this choice while checking out. Look on the right side of the screen after you have entered your name, address & phone.***

All prices include the garment, Defenders’ logo, and a small contribution to the Environmental Defenders.  If you have any other garment or ordering questions, feel free to contact the staff at HyperStitch any week day between 8 & 5 at 815-568-0590 or send an email to sales@hyperstitch.com.

Thank you!


Raising funds; keeping things out of landfills!

Throughout the year, the Fundraising Events Committee puts on several sale events – garage sales in May and July and the Big Fall Book Sale in September at the Algonquin Township complex in Crystal Lake, and Spring & Holiday Hallway Book Sales in June & December at our office in Woodstock. Watch our online calendar, Facebook, & Twitter for details!



How can the Stuff in your attic or storeroom bring you a tax deduction and help the environment?

By donating that stuff to the Defenders! Each year we hold one or more garage sales, usually in May and July, where we can sell anything from pots and pans to VCRs. We offer the more collectible things for auction on eBay, Amazon, and Craigslist. And each fall we host a big used book sale. Check our calendar (link at top of page) for upcoming dates.

You can participate in three ways:

  1. Donating your used but usable things
  2. Shopping at the garage sales and bidding on eBay items
  3. Volunteering your time to help!

What type of things can we accept? Antiques and collectibles, household items, books, tools, dishes, pots and pans, dressers and tables, etc. Just about anything, with a few exceptions – small appliances & electronics must be in working order, we cannot take clothes, upholstered furniture, televisions, computers, or large appliances. Not sure if we can take it? Call the office and ask, or email us.

ebay logo When we are auctioning items on eBay, they will be shown HERE. Click on “items for sale”. Anne maintains our store

What kind of volunteer help do we need? The garage sales always need people before the sale to accept donations, clean, price, and display (The better the items are cleaned and displayed, the more they will sell for), and during the sale to help buyers and take money.

We look forward to seeing you at our stores, special sales or online!


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