Material Donations

why to donate

Indigo Hippo’s goal is to encourage everyone in our community to create - the more materials we can make easily available for the community to work with, the better.  We can’t do it without you - neither can the artists who rely on reused items for their expression.  Creative reuse is the foundation of everything we do.

All materials taken in through our Over-the-Rhine location are cleaned, organized, sorted, merchandised and priced as low as possible with the goal of accessible creativity for all.  The proceeds from the sale of donated materials support Indigo Hippo’s storefront and programming.  


Materials are collected on an ongoing basis at 1301 Main St. during all open hours:
Monday - Saturday 11:00 am - 7:00 pm and Sunday 12:00 - 6:00 pm

Businesses and community organizations that would like to donate materials - email
or call store phone number (513) 918-4917

For information on monetary donations please visit our Financial Gifts page
*all donations are tax deductible



Art/Craft Supplies
pens, pencils, colored pencils, watercolor paints, oil paints, acrylic paints, gouache, paint brushes, canvas, charcoal, pastels, clay, ink, calligraphy tools, printmaking ink, printmaking tools, watercolor paper, mat board, stamps, stickers, easels palettes

scissors, hammers, screwdrivers, pliers, nails/screws, dremmels, drills

brown or white craft paper, patterned paper (origami, scrapbook, etc.), crepe streamers, drawing pads, cardstock, sketchbooks,
tissue paper, watercolor paper

hooks, doorknobs, screws, nails, wire, rope, gears, wheels (no tires), hemp string

Architecture and Design Supply
pink/blue foam, formica samples, fabric swatches, linoleum samples, rulers, drafting tools

Sewing and Yarn
leather, yarn skeins, lace, embroidery floss, sewing needles, knitting needles, sewing thread, elastic, fabric


Natural Materials
acorns, pretty rocks, tree slices, bamboo, moss, feathers, sea shells, pine cones, decorative grass

decorative tins, storage totes with lids, ­stackable drawers,
clementine crates, ­milk crates, ­baby food jars, ­mason jars

costume, broken, fancy, beads, wire, jewelry making tools

Office Supplies
paper clips, pens, notepads, memo books, file folders, glue, scotch tape

Packing Materials
boxes, packing paper, packing peanuts, bubble wrap, 
tape of any kind

plaques, trophies, ribbons

magazines, books, collage materials, art books/reference materials/how-to-books, zines

dowel rods, balsa wood, small craft wood, wood frames