The Great Wedding Recyclery in Chicago: Buy or Sell Slightly Pre-Loved Wedding Items

If you’re a newly engaged Chicago area couple looking for great deals on fabulous items for your upcoming wedding ~ OR ~ are a recent bride or groom that’s still hanging on to extra stuff from your wedding, then join The Green Wedding Alliance, a group of wedding vendors dedicated to sustainability and creating greener events, for the The Great Wedding Recyclery Event at Loft on Lake on April 28, 2013. It’s the perfect place for brides and grooms to buy and recycle decorations, jewelry, dresses and tuxes that they no longer need.

3 Ways to Sell Your Stuff (Choose One)

Whether you choose to sell your stuff, have the CGWA sell it for you or donate the proceeds to a worthy cause, it’s a great opportunity to clear out the closets.

1 – Rent a table
Sell your items yourself and man (or woman) your own table. Tables must be attended at all times – $40 per 6 foot table for the day.

2 – Consign with us
Give the CGWA your items and they’ll sell them for you. They will take a 25% cut of the total amount sold to help support their work.  There is a minimum value of $50 in one “batch” of items (so no single, lonely Mason jar, please). You must price and tag all of your items yourself. Stickers will be provided at drop-off.

3 – Donate to the CGWA
Don’t fancy yourself a salesperson? Want to just unload your stuff and be done with it? No worries, the CGWA will be happy to take things off your hands. They’ll price everything and sell your items on behalf of the Chicago Green Wedding Alliance.  Any items left at end of day will be donated to Howard Brown Health Center/Brown Elephant

What They Want:

Bring your lightly used or unused: dresses, shoes, accessories, ties, baskets, silk petals/flowers, ring bearer pillows, unity candle holders, branches, signs, stationery sets, favors kits, table numbers, votive candle holders, ribbon, cake stands, cake cutters, cake toppers, platters, linens, vases, bowls, dishes, Mason jars, and even neat vintage furniture. Please bring them clean and sticker free.


Consignors and donators are responsible to drop off their items.  The CGWA will store your things in a secure place until the Recyclery event. Check the schedule below for drop off dates and locations. Those renting tables must bring their items before 10:30 a.m. on sale day to setup on their assigned table.


All unsold items must be picked up at the end of the event between 4 p.m.-6.p.m. (if not, they will be donated to Howard Brown Health Center/Brown Elephant.) Please note, the CGWA is not liable for any missing or damaged goods.

Drop Off and Pick-up Locations


April 7th at 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Drop off location at Pollen/Nimblewell’s studio, 3717 N. Ravenswood Ave.


April 14th at 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Drop off location at Bucktown/Wicker Park Library, 1701 N Milwaukee


April 22nd at 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Drop off at Pure Kitchen Warehouse, 453 N Elizabeth


April 24th at 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Drop off at Pure Kitchen Warehouse, 453 N Elizabeth


April 28th at 4 p.m.-6 p.m.

Consigners will pick up at Loft on Lake


April 29th at 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Consigners will pick up at Loft on Lake


More About The Great Wedding Recyclery Event

The Great Wedding Recyclery is a collection of wedding items from recently-wed couples and wedding vendors. Slightly used and vintage wedding items—from Mason jars  to vases, dresses, jewelry and more—will be available for brides, grooms and vendors to peruse and buy. This is a great opportunity to save money, reuse stuff and save the world (or at least create a little less waste!)

For more information on the event, visit the Facebook page.


Sunday, April 28, 2013  |  11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.


Loft on Lake, 1366 W. Lake St, Chicago, IL 60607  |  (312) 738-2437


About Chicago Green Wedding Alliance

Chicago Green Wedding Alliance encourages mindful weddings, commitment ceremonies and social events by connecting a community of environmentally and socially responsible vendors with the conscious consumer. Members are united in their effort to continually grow and inform their responsible business practices through the support of their like-minded peers. To learn more about the alliance, read helpful wedding tips and see our list of green vendor, visit

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