Spring cleaning in Austin: where to take your stuff

We all get antsy around in the spring to go through and purge things we don’t need or use anymore.  This year, make it a point to take your items to organizations in Austin that need and will really use them.  There are so many to choose from, with a wide variety of items they accept.  Take a look at our list below.

Schedule a pickup

If convenience is the most important factor for you, consider one of these organizations that offers pickup of your items.  Donate your items without even leaving your home!

  • ARC of Texas – The ARC of Texas protects the rights of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  They offer a pick-up service for clothing, shoes, and household items – take a look here for a full list.  They then sell these items to Thrift Town in order to raise money for their constituents.  You can schedule a pickup by calling your local chapter (on the donation list page).
  • Paralyzed Veterans of America – Paralyzed Veterans of America does exactly what the name implies.  Their main focus for paralyzed veterans are medical research, civil rights, and veterans service.  They offer a pick-up service for clothing, shoes, and some housewares – here’s a full list.  This service is provided by another organization called Charity clothing pickup, which partners with non-profits.  Schedule a pickup here.
  • St. Vincent de Paul – The St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store is a joint venture between the Ladies of Charity of Austin and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.  Profits from the store go to services for the poor provided by these two organizations.  They accept a variety of clothes, shoes, housewares, and furniture (full list here).   Note: they only offer pickup for large items, such as furniture.  You can schedule a pickup through Donation Town.
  • The Salvation Army – The Salvation Army doesn’t require an explanation for most of us.  For their donation program, they accept clothing, furniture, household items, and even appliances.  These goods are then sold to their family stores, and the proceeds go directly to their Adult Rehabilitation Centers, which focus specifically on helping those with addiction problems.  Schedule a pickup on their site, or through Donation Town.
  • The Settlement Home for Children – The Settlement Home for Children celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, and provides shelter to displaced and traumatized children, as well as adoption services.  They accept a wide variety of items, including clothing, housewares, furniture, appliances for their upcoming Garage Sale, toiletry items for residents, and clothes for their Clothes Closet boutique.  Find a list of links to the different items they accept here, and call or email to schedule a pickup.

Drop off your items

If you don’t mind dropping off your goods, there is wide array of organizations that take donations.  Make sure to check their site for drop-off locations and times.

Women & Children

  • Any Baby Can has a wish list of new and used baby items, craft supplies for preschoolers, office supplies, and toys.  View a detailed list here.
  • Austin Diaper Bank requests donations of diapers of all sizes, wipes, diaper cream, and bed pads. Review their wishlist for details.
  • Center for Child Protection accepts donations of clothing, toiletries, art supplies and toys.  Their Kids Closet needs are listed here.
  • Dress for Success  asks for women’s suits, blouses, dress pants, dresses, shoes, and handbags.  Check their detailed wishlist.
  • Helping Hand Home for Children is in need of baby items, school supplies, housewares, toys, electronics, and hygiene products.  Details on their needs are available here.
  • SAFE (includes Austin Children’s Shelter & Safeplace) requests various types of donations, including baby items, toys, sports equipment, electronics, gift cards, and hygiene products.  This page houses a list of wishlists for the various organizations.
  • Texas Baptist Children’s Home is looking for donations of women’s clothing, shoes, purses and accessories. They are accepting these donations through March 30th.
  • Trinity Center asks for women’s clothing and toiletries. More details on wishlist items are here.

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  • Inside Book Project sends books to prisoners all over Texas, and looks for specific types of books – view more details here.
  • Recycled Reads takes discarded materials from the Austin Public Library, along with public donations, and sells them to benefit the Austin Public Library.  They accept donations of books, ereaders, and tablets. Find more details on their FAQ page.

Electronics

Pets

Special Interest

  • Austin Creative Reuse accepts donations of various materials, including art & craft supplies, books & magazines, kitchen items, garage items, and office supplies to name a few.  Find an itemized list here.
  • Austin Fairy Godmother Boutique looks for donations of formal gowns, heels, jewelry, accessories, and new makeup.
  • Habitat for Humanity ReStore asks for donations of furniture, appliances, and various building materials.  Review a detailed list of acceptable items here.
  • Treasure City Thrift takes donations of various items that they then resell to benefit local charities.
  • Yellow Bike Project is in need of bicycles, bicycle parts, and bicycle accessories.

Do you have a favorite donation place that didn’t make it on our list?  Tell us in the comments.

Amy Hardison
About Amy Hardison 3 Articles
Amy Hardison moved to Austin in September of 2001. She was born and raised in Manassas, Virginia, home of the first and second battles of of Manassas during the American Civil War, and sadly, Lorena and John Bobbitt. After graduating from William & Mary in Virginia and a 15-year career working mainly for startups, Amy took a break from full-time work to focus her family. She and her husband Michael have 2 children - Ruby, 5 ½, and Max, almost 2. Amy enjoys traveling with and without her children, cooking new foods and trying new restaurants, competitive swing dancing, and learning new ways to keep her son Max from destroying her house.

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