The Glass Crusher Is On The Way!

Andela, the company in upstate New York that is making our glass crusher, let us know that the new system is ready to go, and will arrive in mid-August. Work has begun on the site, with…

Adopt-a-Road Program Launching

As a result of concerned Orcas residents about the increasing amounts of litter on our roadside, the Orcas Adopt-a-Road program is about to launch! This program is a great example of community voices joining forces with…

New Glass Crusher is on its Way

A brand-new glass crusher will soon be on the road to Orcas from the Andela factory in upstate New York. These pictures show our crusher being made to order. Site prep has begun at the Orcas…

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…

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,…