When you’ve got a whole lot to donate at once, I recommend giving to one charity that can take as much of what you’re giving away as possible. You’ve already done the work of sorting through everything to clear out your house. Don’t turn your garage into a warehouse for future giveaways.
Charities that Pick Up Donations
Go to Donation Town to find an organization that picks up donations in your area.
Paralyzed Veterans of America: Men’s, Women’s and Children’s Clothing and Shoes, Blankets, Sheets, Pillows, Purses, Household items (pots, pans, kitchenware). Family Thrift is not able to accept large items such as furniture, mattresses/box springs or console TVs. The store will take items small enough for one person to carry as long as it is not upholstered. To schedule a pick-up in your area, call 512-443-3336.
Salvation Army: Donate automobiles, clothing, furniture, appliances, household items and a host of other things. They’ll pick up large donations. To schedule a pick-up call 512-416-0607.
Donate to Individuals:
You can give things away to anybody by listing it for free. They will be coming to pick it up from you though, so you will want to consider safety and convenience.
Craigslist: Upload pictures and/or descriptions of what you want to give away in their free section.
Freecycle: Join Freecycle and list what you want to give away.
Nextdoor is a free private neighborhood listserve and one of its offerings is that you can offer items to neighbors.
For specific items, see charities or businesses that specialize below.
Babies, Children & Families:
Any Baby Can 1121 E. 7th, Austin, TX 78702, (512) 454-3743. You can donate new or gently used items for children and families, plus office items. They are unable to accept used car seats or stuffed animals See their wish list.
Caritas of Austin helps many single-parent households and legally documented refugees. These clients need essential personal hygiene items, household products, infant supplies, baby formula, furniture including beds, cribs, kitchen tables, chairs, linens, lamps, flatware, pots, pans, and dishware, but they do not take clothing. 512-479-4610 ext. 172.
SafePlace provides services for individuals and families affected by sexual and domestic violence. Donations can be dropped off at the Gil Crane Warehouse, 1515 Grove Blvd – Full donation list and donation hours.
Arts & Crafts Supplies:
Schools, hospitals, and senior living centers frequently need supplies. Call the ones nearest you to see if they’d like a donation.
Inside Books Project donates 35,000 free books to prisoners in Texas every year. They have a drop box to the left of the front door at Space 12 – 3121 East 12th Street, Austin TX 78702, at Bouldin Creek Cafe 1900 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704 or Monkeywrench Books – 110 N Loop Blvd E, Austin, TX 78751. If you have a large donation or require assistance, schedule your drop off. See their wish and do not take list.
Recycled Reads sells, recycles or repurposes donated books and media materials, and all their proceeds benefit the Austin Public Library. Donations accepted Thursdays noon-7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday noon-5:30 p.m at 5335 Burnet Rd., Austin, TX, 78756. If you have questions or a large donation (over 20 boxes) please call 512-974-7460.
Habitat for Humanity Re-Store: Re-Store accepts donations of home improvement supplies, furniture, clothing, yard/outdoor, and miscellaneous items. Donations are accepted Monday – Saturday from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 500 W Ben White Boulevard. They provide limited free pick up service for large donations in the Austin Area. Contact ReStore at 512-478-2165 x 215 or fill out their online request form.
Angel Wings accepts donations of wedding, communion, and bridesmaid dresses to provide burial gowns for families who have suffered the loss of a child before, during, or shortly after birth at no cost. When families have lost their child, sometimes the only available option of clothing is what is available in a donation bin at the hospital. Children born prematurely often only weigh a few pounds, infant clothing isn’t an option at all, and many times they are buried in a towel. Angel gowns are made from donated wedding dresses and are provided free of charge to grieving families. Donate dresses at locations in Austin, Bee Cave, and Lakeway. See the site for details.
Austin Fairy Godmother accepts gently used formal gowns, heels, jewelry, accessories, and NEW make-up year-round at locations in Austin, Georgetown, and Leander. Formal gowns and prom dresses can be very costly and out of reach for so many girls. Your dresses and accessories will clothe girls for their proms.
Brides Across America accepts wedding gowns less than 5 years old, veils, tiaras, and jewelry for military brides. You tell them about your gown and receive shipping instructions if they accept it. If you have a unique or vintage gown, please submit the Tell Us About Your Gown form along with a photo, and they will let you know if they can accept it.
Project Princess is an Austin based non-profit dedicated to giving local girls prom materials such as dresses, shoes, and accessories. They are owned and operated by Texas Lonestars, a spirit group at the University of Texas. See the site for donation locations.
Dell Reconnect: Accepts any brand of used computer equipment in any condition and just about anything that can be connected to a computer. These items can be dropped off at local Goodwill stores. Items will be sold, recycled, or refurbished. Dell and Goodwill Industries do not accept liability for lost or confidential data or software. You are responsible for backing up any valuable information and erasing sensitive data from the hard drive before dropping it off. (If you want to completely erase the hard drive, you can find a number of free services available online.)
Z Tech Global 512-697-9604 accepts just about anything electronic you can imagine. See their site for a full list of items accepted for donation. Drop off at 8812 Shoal Creek Blvd
Austin, TX 78757 Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Lions Club To donate used glasses (including sunglasses and reading glasses; sorry no contact lenses), place them in the specially marked Lions Recycle for Sight collection boxes found at various community locations.
Household Items, Clothes, & Miscellaneous
The Arc of Texas accepts donations of gently used clothing, household items including décor, kitchenware, linens, jewelry, and furniture. Drop off box at 5700 Manchaca Rd or drop off at their partner Thrift Town at 5726 Manchaca Rd.
Austin Pets Alive! Thrift Stores are boutique-style, selling high quality new and gently used items for very low prices. ALL net proceeds directly support the innovative life-saving programs of Austin Pet’s Alive! See the list of accepted donations and donations hours. As small volunteer-run stores with limited storage space, they are unable to accept all items for donation. Unsellable donations must be disposed of at a high cost to the store, taking time and money away from the shelter. As such, they request donations are clean, in good condition (free of stains and holes), from a smoke-free environment, and are included on the list of acceptable donations. Donations can be dropped off at 5801 Burnet Road or our newest store at 1409 W. Oltorf St.
Goodwill takes just about everything including electronics whether they work or not. They also recycle clothes and shoes that aren’t in a condition to be sold in their stores. They do not accept auto parts, large appliances, soiled or worn furniture, hazardous waste, building materials, or mattresses and box springs. Here’s a list of drop off locations. They now pick up at residential locations. For guidelines and to schedule pick up.
Savers accepts donations of clothing & shoes, housewares, books & media, kitchenware, and other items. The donations help fund nonprofits. See a full list of accepted items here. Locations at 4001 S Lamar Blvd, 5222 Burnet Rd #600, and 11101 Pecan Park Blvd.
Don’t throw unused or expired prescription or over-the-counter medicines down the drain or flush them. Bring them to a drop-off bin for safe disposal. No questions asked. Accepted items vary based on location. For questions, call 3-1-1 or visit the site for details.
Forty Acres Pharmacy, accepts Prescription medications (both controlled and uncontrolled); non-prescription medications (OTC); vitamins, supplements, and herbals; medications for pets, and nebulizer solutions. They do not accept IV Fluid bags, oxygen tanks, nebulizer or glucometer machines, or syringes, needles, or other sharps. Drop off in lobby disposal box at 100 W. Dean Keeton St, Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Travis County Constable Precinct 5: 1003 Guadalupe St, Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Walgreens at specific locations in Austin: 9801 Manchaca Rd, 4501 Guadalupe St., 11724 Research Blvd., and in Cedar Park at 710N. Bell Blvd. Accepts prescription and over the counter medications, but does not accept vitamins, ointments or lotions, sharps, inhalers, aerosol cans, thermometers, or hydrogen peroxide.
Dress for Success Austin accepts interview-appropriate attire and accessories, not more than five years old. Many of their clients go directly to an interview, so please ensure that all items donated are freshly dry-cleaned/laundered and ironed, and on hangers. They do not accept clothing donations in garbage bags, boxes or other bags. Donations can be taken to any of the Westbank Dry Cleaning locations or to Dress for Success Austin at 701 Tillery Street, Ste. A-5, Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm or Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. , 512-389-3723.
You can also donate professional attire to Goodwill, SafePlace, Savers, or anyone else who accepts donations of clothing.
Trash, Recycling, & Hazardous Waste:
City of Austin’s Recycle & Reuse Drop Off Center accepts so many things you’ll want to look at the full list. If you want to keep it out of the landfill, this is a great place for styrofoam plastic, glass, aluminum, paper, cardboard, electronics, batteries, light bulbs, tires, large and appliances, brush & yard trimmings, overflow recyclables like cardboard and hard plastic. To dispose of hazardous waste items safely, you can drop them off at the City of Austin Household Hazardous Waste facility, also at 2514 Business Center Drive, 78744. They have a list of what they accept, how to dispose of other items, and what to do with things like lawn clippings or dead animals. Drop off Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 2514 Business Center Drive, 78744.
Wheels for Wishes: Accepts all vehicles in any condition and will pick up the vehicle. Proceeds from donations go to Make-a-Wish and grant wishes for children. 855-772-9474.
For Additions or Corrections:
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