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Reuse Store and Environment Centre

85 William St. W, Smiths Falls (across from the Railway Museum)

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Volunteers Needed! The REAL Deal Reuse Store is welcoming new volunteers. If you have a half day or a full day that you would like to contribute please contact Tracy, the Store Manager, at (613) 283-7999.

REAL Deal SignWhat is it?

The REAL DEAL Store is a household goods, furniture, building supply and home improvement store that accepts and sells quality reusable materials and keeps them out of landfill. Funds raised through the sale of these materials support REAL's many other environmental projects in our community.

Please be patient - we need to weigh items going in and out, and record the municipality customers so we can track how we are doing.

Prices are non-negotiable, and all sales are final. Cash only.


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Store Wide Sale
50% off everything in the store, ends May 23rd

Silent Auction Close:
Saturday, May 30
at 1:30 p.m.

Make a Deal Day:
Friday, May 29


Repurposing Craft Workshop
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Sat. May 30, 2015, 9:30 - 12:30

with Carol Richardson of Heritage Mosaics, Perth

Learn how to make a broken dish mosaic mosaic flower pot to take home.

Cost $15. Must pre register with Barb as space limited. Questions about the workshop itself, contact Carol.

Electronics Recycling

The REAL Deal is an official OES depot. Items are accepted only during store hours. We need to record its weight and your municipality.

If an electronic item is in good working order, you may sign a waiver permitting us to resell it.

What is accepted.
Some questions answered


Wish Book

Can't find something you're looking for? Record what you'd like to find, along with your contact information in our Wish Book. If it comes in, we'll give you a call. Ask at the cash.

Call us!

See our REAL Deal Store Facebook page

Interested in repurposing or have some project photos to share? Contact us!


We also have some binders of ideas for you to peruse.

See Repurposing Photos


Replacing your thermostat?

Older thermostats contain mercury, a potent neurotoxin. Bring thermostats to the REAL Deal for collection. They will be go to a recycling facility to be processed so that the mercury will not contaminate the environment.

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Sorry, we aren't set up for debit or credit cards.

Holds Policy

We understand sometimes customers do not have sufficient cash or need to arrange transportation.

With 20% payment down, we will hold an item for 24 hrs.

For an item paid in full, we will hold it for 48 hrs. or to the following Thursday if arranged on Saturday.




We have drop boxes for:

and also collect

  • scrap metal
  • electrical cord and wire

Sorry, we cannot accept:

  • clothing, draperies and bedding
  • large appliances: washers, driers etc.
  • encyclopedias and hard cover text books
  • paint - see
  • any hazardous waste or materials - see
  • toys no longer accepted
  • mattresses no longer accepted or sold

For alternatives, please see:
Ontario Orange Make the Drop Program
your municipality's website


Special Features

Inside Store 2012"Make a Deal Days" are the last Friday of every month. Those days you are free to negotiate prices with the Store Manager.

We also feature a free table, outside the customer entrance in good weather. Help yourself to anything on the table you could use.

Wish Book. If you are looking for something we don't have, leave your name, number and the item in our Wish Book, located at the cash. New items arrive daily, and if it comes in, we'd like to let you know.

Exterior Doors and Windows, kitchen sinks, bricks, scrap lumber, exterior doors, plant pots etc. that can stand the weather are located immediately behind the store. Enter through the receiving gate.

Make a bid on a item in our Silent Auction. Write in your name and number and a price just higher than the bid before you on the list. At the end of the specified time period, the highest bidder may purchase the item for that price. (See photos of this month's selection on our Facebook page.) Auction close date is usually the last Saturday of the month. The highest bidder will be called and given two weeks to come in to purchase and pick up the item.

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85 William St. W., Smiths Falls

(opposite the Railway Museum)

Note: Many refer to this stretch of William as Abbott Street! We are between Garden Market and Home Hardware. Look for our yellow sign.

Phone: (613) 283-7999


  • Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


  • we need to assess everything that comes in for suitability
  • we need to know what municipality it comes from
  • it looks untidy to passers by
  • someone may help themselves to it
  • items can be ruined outside and we lose twice: we don't make any money from it and we have to pay to dispose of it

Some Frequently Asked Questions

Where do the goods come from?

Goods for sale in our store are donated by private individuals, building supply stores, contractors, and demolition crews. Retailers and manufacturers can donate end-of-line, scratch-and-dent, discontinued inventory and customer returns and avoid the cost of returning them to the manufacturers.


REAL gratefully accepts donations subject to approval. Items must be clean, in good repair and in sellable condition. This is not a waste disposal service; we cannot accept items that we will have to pay to dispose of. If you are unsure, please call or consult the list. Other items may be accepted or sold at REAL’s discretion. All prices and sales are final.

For items not on this list, please call (613) 283-7999 or e-mail the store manager.

Sorry, we are unable to provide pickup or delivery service, but may be able to provide you the names/numbers of others willing to do so for a small fee.

Why are we doing this?

We know from our experience with the Reuse Centre and from our research that there are many times when it’s impossible to find a good home for a perfectly usable product – those tiles left over from a renovation, old kitchen cabinets replaced by new, doors and windows exchanged; or when someone is relocated quickly and just has to get rid of their furniture; or is downsizing. We know too that 25% of landfill is construction waste and we’d like to put a dent in the good lumber, wallboard, insulation, electrical wiring, and other construction materials that unnecessarily go to landfill.

Is REAL making money from this?

Funds raised through the sale of these materials will support the REAL Deal and REAL’s other environmental projects in our community, and create jobs and volunteer opportunities.

The Environment Centre

85 William Street is also the base for REAL's other environmental programs, such as home energy assessments and Well Aware. We currently have printed information, rain barrels for sale, a native garden, a community garden, a demonstration rain water garden, a mural and some junk art on our outside wall, and Park 'n Pedal. A demonstration solar wall will be in place by March 2015. We will be adding other features as we are able. Workshops are offered periodically - check the home page or our Facebook page for notices.

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