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Take It or Leave It (TIOLI) 

Staff and volunteers take great care of this cherished Lopez tradition.

Shopping Days: 

Fridays & Sundays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Masks are encouraged but not required. 

Donation Drop-Off Days: 

Saturdays & Mondays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Customers are invited to donate up to two grocery bags of items plus one large item (i.e. furniture) each donation day. All donations should be seasonally appropriate & in good condition: clean, gently used, fully functioning. 


Staff and volunteers inspect all donations before accepting, and may reject a donation for any reason. Disposal fees still apply to large items that may have to be thrown away — this includes upholstered furniture, mattresses, large appliances, and refrigerated appliances. ​​​

How Best to “Leave It” 

TIOLI is a legacy that Neil Hansen established for Lopez Island and a tradition that LSWDD intends to carry forward. The mission of TIOLI is to provide a community space for the free exchange of reusable items and to divert what cannot be reused into recycle streams and kept out of the landfill.

TIOLI receives a wide range of household donations, including clothing, shoes, and accessories; bedding and blankets; books, DVDs, CDs, and vinyl records; sports and recreation equipment; art and frames; craft and office supplies; toys, games, and puzzles; functioning electronics; hand tools and power tools; household fixtures and lights; small rugs; kitchen appliances and dishware. 

Important notes on acceptable items:

  • Only bring clothing, linens/bedding and shoes that is clean, seasonally appropriate, and in especially good condition. 

  • Bag up smaller items and collections of items. Labels help!

  • Make sure items have all their pieces and will be enjoyable for others.

  • All electronics, power tools, and small appliances must function. 

    • Some electronics are considered eWaste and can be recycled for free — learn more

    • Broken power tools and appliances that are 50% metal or more can often be recycled.

  • Wrap sharp items for the safety of our staff and volunteers.

  • Plastic storage containers (i.e. Tupperwares) need to have matching lids.


TIOLI will accept a limited amount of large items as space permits, including windows, doors, exercise equipment, sinks, bathtubs, and metal furniture. Lopez Rocks and Lopez Island Buy Nothing groups are also great ways to exchange large items for free.

TIOLI does NOT accept:
  • ​Pillows or foam mattress pads.
  • Out-dated magazines or books, including encyclopedias, dictionaries, and manuals — these can go in mixed paper recycling.
  • Inflatable boats or rafts.
  • Inflatable mattresses.
  • Pet food or pet bedding.
  • Cordless telephones or proprietary electronics from DirectTV, Comcast, etc.
  • Plastic/vinyl window blinds or ceiling fans.
  • Disposable plastic cups, plates, or utensils.
  • Kitchen cabinets or particle board furniture.
  • Television and stereo cabinets
  • Food (we suggest you donate to Lopez Fresh Food Bank)
  • Health / Beauty products like cosmetics, hair care, personal hygiene, liquids, gels, lotions, etc.
  • Chemicals, powders, liquids, vanishes, solvents, etc.
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