Welcome to the Defenders’ Storefront!

On this page, you will find a few ways to support the Defenders just by buying Defenders’ merchandise and by doing your regular shopping and web-surfing!

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The Green Spot and The Green Read Used Book Stores are a great way to support an

environmental cause (reuse) while supporting our non-profit organization.  Please come see (and shop) us!

The Green Spot110 S Johnson Street, Suite 104, Woodstock – in the Woodstock Square Mall


Tuesday through Friday — 11AM – 4PM and Saturday 11AM – 3 PM


The Green Read — 61 N.  Williams Street, downtown Crystal Lake


Monday through Wednesday, Friday & Saturday — 10AM to 5PM; Thursday — 10AM to 7PM; Sunday — 11AM to 3PM

Book donations are welcome. At The Green Spot, you can drop them off anytime we’re open.  At The Green Read, you are welcome to bring in up to ten  books at a time.


Need a book?  Our store, The Green Spot, is open Tuesdays-Fridays from 11AM to 4PM and Saturdays from 11AM to 3PM.  Closed Sundays and Mondays.  There's always something new! Donations of books in good condition accepted as well!

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Our  thanks to Del Douglas for building our book drop-off bin and to Home State Bank for allowing us to have it on their property.


Defenders t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, and more!

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

HyperStitch, whose owner has been a proud member of the Defenders for several decades, says “Most garments fit as expected.  If there is any doubt about the size, please make a note in the “NOTES” section while ordering, stating that you have a concern about the size and would like to try on the garment before ordering.  Arrangements can be made.  Decorated garments are not returnable. Sales tax is applicable, since you as an individual are making the purchase. Once you place your order online it will be filled within a 1-2 week window from your ordering date.”

There are three 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 while 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!

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Environmental Defenders

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.

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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 all at the sales or online!

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