Hellooooo spring! Though that doesn’t necessarily mean good weather, the new season is technically here, which means it’s time for spring cleaning. Yep, it’s time to give into that urge to clear out your closet, kitchen, garage, basement or below-stoop-storage space of all the old stuff you haven’t used in the past year.
Here’s a handy list of where to do that in Philly, including which organizations accept what kinds of items, and bonus info about what causes or groups your donations will benefit.
What they’ll take: As the title implies, this place wants your clothing donations — preferably professional wear and uniforms — for both men and women. Also accepted: flash drives and gift cards that can be used for clothing or office supplies.
When: Monday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. (For high-end donations, you’re advised to call ahead)
Where: Drop donations at the store’s Philly location on Spring Garden near 18th Street. There are also stores in East Falls, the Main Line, Bucks County and Delaware County.
Why: This nonprofit provides professional clothing to people who are unemployed in an effort to help them secure jobs, and also offers educational sessions on finding employment
HOME Spun Retail Boutique
What they’ll take: Like-new men’s and women’s clothing and accessories
When: Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: HOME Spun Retail Boutique at 1523 Fairmount Ave.
Why: This shop, which operates under of Project HOME, employs people who recovering from chronic homelessness, and all income from donations is used to pay their wages
Military Order of the Purple Heart
What they’ll take: A bunch of different items, including clothes, shoes, books, CDs, toys and household items like appliances, kitchenware and electronics (generally, nothing heavier than 50 pounds)
When: 24/7 or by appointment
Why: Donations benefit Philly’s veterans and their families
Philly AIDS Thrift
What they’ll take: This place accepts basically everything you can imagine: appliances, books, electronics, clothes, accessories, even cars. Yup, cars.
When: 24/7, although they prefer you drop donations off during business hours
Where: At the thrift shop on Fifth Street near Bainbridge
Why: In 2017, the nonprofit donated $186,000 in grants to Philly HIV/AIDS service organizations
What they’ll take: Any clothes in good condition — ideally without stains, holes or tears
Why: This nonprofit aims to help the environment by recycling old textiles and donating them to impoverished communities around the world
Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission
What they’ll take: Clothing, toiletries, food, furniture, food and educational needs
When: At the mission: Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; at thrift stores: during business hours, which vary by location (see list here)
Where: Drop off donations at the Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission at 302 N. 13th St. or at thrift stores associated with the mission
Why: The 140-year-old organization provides food and shelter for Philadelphia’s homeless
Women Against Abuse
What they’ll take: This org publishes a long list of very specific needs. Most urgent right now are children’s and adults’ clothing, notebooks, toiletries, crayons and yoga mats. Less urgently, there is need for things like diapers, USB drives, stress balls and hijabs and niqabs for Muslim women.
When: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: The Women Against Abuse office at 100 S. Broad St., Suite 1341
Why: Donations are given to domestic violence and abuse survivors living in Philadelphia.