4544 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL. | Call us: (773) 751-3398 | Chicago's non-profit Music Store | American Makers Sale July 1st-14th! 10% off with code USA24

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Chicago's non-profit Music Store needs your used instruments!

The Old Town School of Folk Music is a true non-profit community school of the arts, and 100% of every instrument donation at the Old Town School Music Store pays for our life-changing group and private lessons, community outreach, and Wiggleworms children's classes.

Donating your playable used instruments at the Old Town School Music Store is the most direct and simple way to turn your old gear into the future of the arts in Chicago, with all proceeds directly funding the Old Town School of Folk Music—exactly the same as a monetary donation, and just as genuinely appreciated.


How do I donate my instruments or gear? 

You can drop off your donation at our Lincoln Square Location anytime during store hours, 7 days a week!
We'll fill out a brief digital donation form, and email you a receipt—the whole process takes about 5 minutes.


Your instrument and/or gear definitely needs to be in functional condition. If you have questions about the condition of your stuff, you can stop into our 4544 N. Lincoln Ave. location and we can help you evaluate it. In some instances, usually based on an item's condition, we may not be able to take your donation in, but we'll do the best we can. 

What do we take as donations?

We are primarily a stringed instrument shop, but love all types of used & vintage instruments and gear from all over the world:
acoustic guitars and electric guitars and basses, banjos, mandolins, percussion, horns, pedals, dulcimers, flutes, harps, sitars, and more. 

What about my piano or organ?

We are not taking donations of pianos or organs at this time. If you have a large item (other than a piano or organ), or a number of items we ask that you first contact us by phone at (773) 751-3398.

Why and how do I value my own gear for tax purposes? 

If you want to use your in-kind donation as a deduction for your taxes, you will set the value of the donated item yourself. You can easily find ballpark fair market values on numerous used music gear websites online, like Reverb.

Thanks for your support!

The Old Town School of Folk Music is a registered 501c3