Welcome to environmental defenders’ shopping!

The Green Spot will remain closed through the month of May and The Green Read will be open for curbside/delivery on May 4! Please check back for updates.

DURING our stores’ closure due to COVID-19, WE WILL NOT BE TAKING BOOK DONATIONS AT THE GREEN SPOT and THE GREEN READ. Thank you for understanding.

New shirt designs available at our books stores (limited selection) and at Hyperstitch online sales (full selection.)

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 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!

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The Green Spot                            110 S. Johnson Street Woodstock Square Mall Woodstock

Hours: Tuesday through Friday — 11AM – 4PM                                   Saturday — 11AM – 3 PM

Please do not leave book donations in the hallway out of respect for us, other tenants of the Woodstock Square Mall  and our landlords. 

Thank you!


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The Green Read                       61 N.  Williams St.               Crystal Lake


Hours:  Monday through Saturday — 10AM to 5PM                         Sunday — 11AM to 3PM

Book donations are welcome and needed!  At The Green Spot, you can drop them off anytime the store and office are open (Defenders’ office is across the hall).  At The Green Read, you are welcome to donate up to ten  books at a time.  Books should be in good condition; we do not accept encyclopedias, dictionaries or textbooks.

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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Defenders’ shirts, caps and more!

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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.

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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 at our stores, special sales or online!

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