Car Wash:

If you must keep your gas guzzler clean, then please, use recycled water. (BTW: commercial car washers use less water than home jobs.)

Clean Machine Car Wash: (434) 971-9274, 101 Riverbend Dr, More information on their Eco Wash program here: http://www.cleanmachinetouchlesscarwash.com/eco.html

White Horse Auto Wash: (434) 978-1088, 995 Seminole Trail, http://www.whitehorseautowash.com/home

Cleaning Service :

Charlottesville’s Earthly Cleaning: 434-964-0269 This company is locally owned and operated by Lou Weakley & Ana Martinez. They are a dedicated and motivated leader in the green cleaning industry with a firm commitment to protecting the environment. All of their employees are trained to use products that are environmentally responsible. They have received our certifications for odor damage, carpet cleaning, and upholstery thru The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration. They also have over 20 years combined of experience in the cleaning industry. CEC offers commercial, residential, odor restoration, and carpet cleaning.  www.cvillesearthlycleaning.com

Nooks and Crannies (434) 244-4001 is a mother/daughter run eco-friendly cleaning service. They use aromatherapy and natural products. The mom’s name is Ms. Kimberly Armstrong and the daughter’s name is Ms. Lauren Davis. Both great people, and her daughter is very impressive for a 23 year old! www.cvillenooksandcrannies.com


Instead of running to the mall for your latest dose of retail therapy, hit the consignment shops! Charlottesville has a great selection of new and gently used clothing at several locations. The thrill is in the unique find – an embroidered belt for 10 bucks or a red-checkered 50’s top, Betty style!

Low Vintage: (434) 293-9082, 105 5th Street SE. Sena Floyd and Tyler McGill are the owners of this authentic vintage clothing shop conveniently located on the Downtown Mall. Stylish 20th century and bric-a-brac. Vinyl records and antiques.

Duo: (434) 979-1212, 101 Elliewood Ave. Greer Johnson recently opened this second-hand boutique on The Corner. She estimates 60% of her merchandise is “recycled.” Green divas, she has plenty of designer labels. (She will pay cash for your gently/new clothing.) www.shopatduo.com

Glad Rags: (434) 979-1816, 1923 Commonwealth Drive (in the little shopping center off Hydraulic Rd). Owner, Tamar Pozzi, has a great selection of contemporary and vintage clothing. Funky shoes. I’ve shopped here for all seasons and the occasional costume party! mygladrags.com/

Goodwill Industries: (434) 295-3967, 1242 Richmond Rd, Pantops. (434) 872-0171, 1720 Seminole Trail.

Green Olive Tree Thrift (434) 823-4523, Crozet Main Street.

Natalie Dressed: (434) 296-6886, 1051 Millmont Street. www.nataliedressed.com

Re-Threads: (434) 260-0335, 1716 Allied Street. Re-Threads accepts quality, secondhand clothing and accessories on consignment. Re-Threads offers and accepts an eclectic mix of styles and aims to offer everything from vintage to current; see the store’s Consignment Policy to see what they are currently accepting, and check out the store if you want to buy some new-to-you threads. www.rethreadscville.com

Salvation Army: (434) 295 – 4058 207 Ridge St. http://virginiasalvationarmy.org/charlottesvilleva/

Schoolhouse Thrift Shop: (434) 973-2271, 1147 E Rio Rd. Kids clothing and toys, too. http://www.schoolhousethriftshop.com/

The SPCA Rummage Shop: (434) 293-8475, 199 Zan Rd (Seminole Square Shopping Center). Nicely organized, big space, and a great cause. Check it out!  http://caspca.org/rummage/

Twice is Nice: (434) 293-8319, 923 Preston Ave. Sells and buys men’s, women’s and children’s clothes, shoes, belts and purses. All proceeds go to the Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA). twiceisnicestore.org

Online: Ebay.com This worldwide flea market definitely reuses and recycles, but be wise: remember that your green is going somewhere else and don’t forget to consider the carbon cost, depending from whence it comes.

Freecycle.org is an excellent way to give stuff away and get free stuff locally!

Plato’s Closet: (434) 977-4722, 1836 Rio Hill Center. Buys and sells gently used clothing for teens and twenty-something guys and girls.

Here Wee Grow Again: Bi-annual consignment sale. www.hereweegrowagain.com

Kid to Kid Charlottesville: (434)529-8988, 1885 Seminole Square. Kid to Kid buys and sells new and gently used children’s clothes, shoes, toys, baby gear, maternity wear and more. http://kidtokid.com/charlottesville/

Lollipop Shop: Bi-annual consignment sale. www.lollipopshopsale.com


Cville Coffee: (434) 817-2633, 1031 Harris St, owner Toan Nguyen. This place is an institution in the lives of new moms! Kid-friendly, healthy, and the informative archway is full of local info. Toan keeps customers’ trash to a minimum by using dishes and not disposables. www.cvillecoffee.com/

Java Java: (434) 245-0020, 421 E. Main St. Downtown Mall specializing in fair-trade, shade-grown, organic coffee, they also offer free wi-fi. javajavacafe.com/

Mudhouse: (434) 984-6833. 213 W. Main St. It doesn’t get much more local than this. They began pushing a coffee cart in ’93 up and down the Downtown Mall. Their coffee beans come from the Lexington Coffee Roasting Company. www.mudhouse.com


Black Bear Composting: (888) 666-4172, Crozet, VA. Provides organics recycling services to local residences, businesses and organizations, particularly those with food scraps. BBC has a turn-key commercial collection program that includes recycling bins, compostable bags, signage and staff training. BBC recently launched a residential compost collection program. www.blackbearcomposting.com

Timbercreek Organics: (434) 202-8052, 2245 Garth Rd, Charlottesville. tcorganics.com

Consignment Shops:

Ike’s Underground: (434) 295-6111 cell: 242-2656, 414 E. Main St., located on the Downtown Mall, under the Tea House/across from the Nook.  Quality vintage clothing dating from the 40s thru the early 80s. Haggling welcome, but sometimes the answer is “no, that’s already a fair price”. Within the world of Strange Cargo you’ll find vintage pulp books and magazines, old school pull-down maps, coconut heads for your tiki bar fetish, and some really neat furnishings and gifts. Love this place. Just got a fabulous belt and daisy-studded clutch. www.facebook.com/pages/Ikes-Underground-Vintage-Clothing-and-Strange-Cargo/79119065942

Leftover Luxuries Leftover Luxuries bridges the wide gap between auction houses and tag sales. Check out www.leftoverluxuries.com for dates/times.


Household, Furniture and Antiques:

Canterbury Estate Sales: (434) 242-0798 Canterbury Estate Sales is an estate tag-sale company in Charlottesville. They hold 3-day sales in people’s homes to try to divert as much as possible from landfills. What they do not sell gets donated to Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity, and other charities. When people are downsizing, moving to a retirement home, etc., they offer a solution to the question of “How do I get rid of all this stuff?” www.canterburyestatesales.com.

Circa, Inc.: (434) 295-5760, 1700 Allied St.. This shop, owned by Jackie Binder, has an eclectic selection of a whole BUNCH of stuff (from cork lamps to kitschy cabinets) and the turnover is high, so you must check it out. If you are looking for something in particular, you can leave your name. They buy and sell. www.circainc.com

The Consignment House: (434) 977-5527, 121 West Main Street, Downtown Mall (across from Christian’s). consignmenthouse.net/

Eternal Attic (434) 977-2667, 2125 Ivy Rd. Heavy on the crystal, china and flatware. You can still find interesting pieces (I found a beautiful trunk here). www.facebook.com/pages/The-Eternal-Attic/414427588644960

Ebay www.ebay.com

Contractors (remodeling and building):

See Home Needs under H.