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Survey on REAL Deal Hours

The REAL Deal is expanding!! We're hiring a second manager, of Renovation Materials, and expanding our hours. BUT, we would really appreciate your help in determining what those hours should be. Simply click on this survey. It takes less than 1 minute to complete.


REAL is creating a new part-time Renovation Materials Manager position at its REAL Deal Reuse Store.

See job description.

Candidates must submit a resume with a cover letter by May 1 to Contact Sue Brandum with any questions about the position at 613-267-2257.

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Repurposing Craft Workshop
Saturday, April 25, 9:30 - 12:30 at the REAL Deal
with artist Carol Richardson of Heritage Mosaics, Perth

Sorry, the workshop is full but we are going to do another workshop in late May.

Learn how to make stained glass and broken dish mosaic windows and take home a mosaic flower pot you've made. Cost: $15. Space limited. Must preregister at store or call Barb 283-9966. See some photos.

Bring cotton garden gloves, an old bath towel and an old toothbrush. Contact Carol for questions.

Pitch In Smiths Falls
April 18 - May 2, 2015

Volunteer to clean up a site any time during that two weeks. REAL is supplying bags and coordinating locations.

Prizes for the most amusing and most unusual finds!

Contact Cathryn at 283-9819 or the store at 283-7999 for more. See the poster.

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REAL Deal Reuse Store
85 William St. W., Smiths Falls
Open Thurs, Fri and Sat. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

On now: Spring Renovation Sale
25% off windows and doors
50% off all other reno (bathroom vanities, sinks, flooring etc.)

We truly appreciate donations of gently used items, but please do not leave your donations when we are closed. Check out the REAL Deal Store Facebook page.

REAL Reuse Centre

REAL's 25th Anniversary Activities. Yep, we've been around since 1989!

  • Thanks to Roger and Liane Sands at Arranel Studios for producing our very first video. REAL's 25th Video.
  • A free screening of the documentary "Watermark" at the Station Theatre October 30.
  • Nine community groups received $250 REAL Action Grants to make a REAL difference in their neighbourhood. See a list of the winners.
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Volunteers Needed!

We could use your help at the REAL Deal Store or for other REAL activities.

Contact our new volunteer Volunteer Coordinator, Leann Merriman at 205-0818 to find out more.

Save a step and complete our volunteer application form so we can suggest a position that's right for you.

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Home Energy Audit Services

REAL offers energy audit services that will give you a better understanding of your home. A blower door test or thermography reading will help you determine energy-saving solutions that will genuinely benefit you.

For more details contact REAL (613) 283-9500 or Sue.

Read some other solutions to high home heating bills.

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Switch the Stat!

If you are switching to a newer, more energy-efficient programmable thermostat for your home, be careful how you dispose of the old one. Old thermostats contain mercury, a potent neurotoxin.

Bring your mercury-containing thermostat to the REAL Deal for collection. A recycling facility will dismantle it and prevent the mercury from contaminating the environment.




Electronics Recycling at the REAL Deal

The REAL Deal is an official Ontario Electronics Stewardship (OES) collection site for electronics waste.

We accept TVs, computers and peripherals, stereo equipment etc. Please consult the list carefully. We do not take other electric appliances (including microwave ovens), "white goods", or appliances containing freon. What is accepted.

Materials accepted during store hours only. Find out more.

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Have E-Waste, Can't Get to the REAL Deal?

Electronics are accepted for recycling at several authorized Ontario depots. Search by postal code at Various neighbouring municipalities also provide collection services, e.g. Tay, Rideau Lakes and Drummond North Elmsley, and may require proof of residency.

YAK in Perth also accepts e-waste.


Wondering what you can do about your high electricity bill? The Kill a Watt meter is a handy device to monitor the energy consumption of some of your electrical appliances.

Available for borrowing through the REAL Deal Store or these public libraries: Smiths Falls, Perth, Almonte, Carleton Place, Pakenham, South Elmsley and Elizabeth town Kitley (Spring Valley).

Each location has just one, so it is recommended you call ahead.

Are you on dialup? Tips from the Ontario Trillium Foundation on how to improve the dialup performance of your computer.


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