Exchange Loses Outlet for Excess Clothing; Forced to Limit Intake

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 Exchange to Re-open June 18 – Will Alternate Intake and Sales Days

The Exchange on Orcas Island

The Exchange reuse store, located at the Orcas Island Transfer Station, will re-open on Thursday, June 18th, with normal days and hours of operation, Thursday – Monday, 10 a.m. to  4 p.m. However, due to Covid…

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…

Help Us Fix Recycling On Orcas

The political and ecological challenges we face today can be overwhelming.  The problems are vast, spanning the globe.  We all know that we need to act, but how can we make a difference when the challenges…

Replace Plastic Wrap with Beeswax Wrap!

Board Member, Asifa Pasin has ran multiple successful Beeswax Wrap classes. This Workshop focuses on making your own reusable items from Beeswax! Replace all those zipped plastic bags with beeswax wraps, and beeswax sandwich and snack…

New Exchange Sweatshirts Available

Grab a sweatshirt with the new logo! Drop by The Exchange and purchase a sweatshirt with the new logo designed by contest winner, Ginna Magee! Ginna created the design that best captures The Exchange name, the…

We're Open - with Some Changes!

Drop-off days: Friday & Sunday (closed to shoppers) - RESERVATION REQUIRED

Shopping days: Thursday, Saturday, & Monday - Facial coverings required; Foot traffic may be limited