5 Days Per Week Sales Going Well

Hello Island Community… As you may have heard the Exchange has returned to 5 sales days per week as part of our Phase 3 Covid protocol.  We are currently open for SALES Thursday through Monday 10am-4pm…

No April Fools Joke: Exchange to Re-open 5 days/week

It’s no joke: as of April 1 The Exchange reuse store will be open for shopping Thursday through Monday for the first time since Covid hit, a year ago. Our intake policy will remain the same;…

Update: Plastic Bag Ban

Jan 1 Update: Governor Inslee has delayed the implementation of the plastic bag ban citing supply chain issues affecting retailers’ ability to procure the alternative bags due to the coronavirus pandemic. We’ll keep you updated as…

New Glass Crusher on The Way

Glass Crusher deposit

Thanks to your support over the last year, we have placed a $57,000 down payment on a new glass crushing system from Andela Products Company, of Richfield Springs, NY. Glass has little or no value as…

Exchange Loses Outlet for Excess Clothing

The Exchange has always received A LOT of clothes. A lot of bedding. Towels. Bags and shoes. Textiles. Way more than we could ever sell in the store. Ever since we opened the new Exchange in…

The Loft Gallery at The Exchange

We always get the occasional really special item at The Exchange. We also often get calls to assist when a family is leaving the island, or selling a home, and they have lots of stuff to…

New Exchange “Locals Only” Online Store!

Ever since we re-opened the The Exchange in 2017, we have been experimenting with online sales. We started out with a small online store on our website, but gradually it was replaced with a webstore on…

Exchange in The Seattle Times!

Art for Orcas Kids

Thanks to Orcas art teacher Brook Meinhardt and her “Art Kit” project for kids stuck at home (and parents running out of ideas) The Exchange got some press in the big city. Our thanks to Brook,…

ORS/The Exchange Announces New Board President

Jim Duffield

Orcas Recycling Services (ORS)/The Exchange has elected Jim “Duff” Duffield as its new president of the board of directors. Duff replaces Tim Blanchard, who has served the board and ORS since its inception. Tim remains on…

Earth Day Events Postponed; Celebrate Anyway!

Unfortunately due to Corona Virus concerns, ORS must postpone our many plans for celebrating Earth Day this April. That includes planning meetings, Trasion Fashion workshops, April 4th events with the Orcas School District, and the Earth…