Where to Donate Items

  1. Some of these resources are specific to the Philly area, but not all. If you want to share a resource, please contact me.
  2. DISCLAIMER: I am in the process of re-vetting these orgs in these covid times. If you learn info before I do, please let me know.
  3. Many cities have Green Drops. They are very seductive bc it’s easy to drop stuff off but the truth is that we don’t know what happens to the items after they are dropped off. Do they get to an end-user? Are they re-used? The listed charities get funds from these drop-offs. Does that mean the items are sold somewhere? If someone can tell me what actually happens to all the stuff that is dropped off, I would love to know.
  4. When in doubt, take things to a thrift shop. People shop at thrift shops (yours truly, included) for reasons related to the environment, cost and as way to mitigate a sweatshop and throw-away mentality.
  5. As always, if you are curious about virtual decluttering, sign up for a sample session. You got this.

HOT OFF THE PRESS!
Rabbit Recycling.
Wait til you see the list of things they will take! Here’s a link to their FAQs

PECO will pick up old refrigerators and recycle them in the Philly area and even pay you $75 to do it!. Click here to learn more!

The Baby Bureau has a wish list of items needed. This is a perfect place to donate your briefly used items or the extra gifts you may never use.

Freeman’s Auction House in Philadelphia will appraise your higher end items. You can contact Lisa DiCarlo the appraisals coordinator at ldicarlo@freemansauction.com

ANIMAL NEEDS

ART SUPPLIES

  • Spiral Q  will take art supplies and equipment you no longer use. Spiral Q is an approach and a community. They are teachers, makers, organizers, leaders, students, advocates, dancers, performers and everything in between. We combine creativity and know-how to fulfill the vision of creative civic leadership. From volunteers to staff to our board, the people of Spiral Q are the heart of our work. Fun video from Spiral Q tells it all.

BEST PLACES EVER 

  • The Resource Exchange – The Resource Exchange is a nonprofit reuse center dedicated to promoting creative reuse, recycling, and resource conservation by diverting valuable materials from the waste stream and redirecting them to artists, builders, educators, and the general public.
  • Mitzvah Circle – this is an unbelievably, well-organized warehouse that gets TONS of clothing, diapers, shoes and more to end-users who need it. I had the good fortune to make a drop off there and take a tour. WOW.

BOOKS

BRAS

  • Donate your used but usable bras to homeless women and girls. This is big news! I Support the Girls is the name of the organization! Each affiliate takes the bras that you are done with and gives them directly to homeless women. I spoke to Kate Vicente, the Phila Affiliate Volunteer Director and almost wept with joy and wonder!Not only does Kate receive usable bras from people like you, she also takes them to shelters in the Phila area and offers women “Pampering Days.” She and her volunteers bring and apply makeup, nail polish, handbags, scarves and BRAS! Each woman gets 3-4 new-to-them bras. Kate feels called to do this work and is looking for volunteers, so if you are in the Phila area contact her:

             I Support the Girls
            36 King Ave
            Folcroft, PA 19032
            Attn.: Kate Vicente

CHILDREN’S ITEMS

  • Cradles to Crayons – Donations of new and nearly new children’s items are what make this organization’s Giving Factory possible, and make it so efficient and effective. We accept donations of new and nearly new clothing, shoes, books, baby items, and school supplies for kids ages 0 to 12.
  • The Crayon Initiative – I am thrilled to share this info with you! This organization partners with hospitals to get crayons into the hands of sick kids. Brilliant. As they say, one free pack of crayons can draw a thousand smiles.

ELECTRONICS 

  • PAR-Recycle Works – Brilliant: They are a social enterprise offering environmentally responsible recycling services while providing life-changing workforce training to formerly incarcerated individuals. It is a prime example of how multiple social causes can be brought together to have a broader community impact.
  • Lower Merion Township, outside Philadelphia has a number of good options for you. 

FURNITURE.

  • Philadelphia Furniture Bank – A program of Pathways to Housing in Philadelphia who do this “Because a Home is More Than Four Walls.” This extraordinary organization is making change for so many people and you can do the same by scheduling a pickup of your unwanted furniture. 
  • Laurel House  – for victims of domestic abuse in Philadelphia will take kid books.
  • Restore – Habitat for Humanity –Do you have home goods or building supplies that you no longer need? Restore picks up donations for free!  The ReStore is Habitat’s discount home improvement store.  We sell new and gently-used furniture, appliances, building supplies, home goods and more.  Habitat uses 100% of ReStore profits to build and repair homes in Philadelphia.  The ReStore is open to the general public. Click this link for national information. 
  • Uhuru will pick up your things after you send a picture and talk to them ab what you are offering. Here is their email:ufcphilly@gmail.com

THRIFT SHOPS 

WOMEN’S & MEN’S CLOTHING

  • Nana’s Attic – this well-stocked thrift shop in Broomall, PA benefits the Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County.
  • Career Wardrobe – Imagine a place where every individual in transition can obtain the confidence they need in order to achieve the next level of gainful employment.
  • Our Closet – Philadelphia’s Jewish Family and Children’s Service has pop-up clothing distribution events throughout Philadelphia. Contact Jennifer to schedule a time to drop-off  your unwanted clothes. They will be given directly to people who need them. Contact Jennifer: Phone 267-314-0909 or email: jpedulla@jfcsphilly.org

HOW TO DISPOSE OF:

  • Unwanted Prescription Drugs – Many townships and cities offer places to drop off unwanted prescription drugs. It’s important that they not get into the sewer system and then streams via flushing them down toilet and equally (more) important that they not get into the opioid epidemic stream.  Here is information from Lower Merion Township as an example of what to do.

General Recycling Resources – PDF

PLEASE CONTACT ME WITH RESOURCES IN OTHER CITIES.

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