Where to donate your household items

Whether you are just starting on the path to getting organized, or you already have everything in its place, we all need to go through our things routinely and edit.  During this process of evaluating what we can let go of, it always helps to keep in mind who could make better use of the stuff we have sitting in our closets unused.

Maybe you already have a pile or bin of items set aside "to donate."  We've all been there - we've done the work, sorted through our things, and identified what we're ready to pass on to someone else who can use it.  But the next step is deciding on the best place to take it, and get it there.  Or even better, having a truck come and pick up your donations right from your street!

To make things a little easier, included below is a list of local organizations that accept donations of household items, a brief summary of their wish lists, and a direct link to their websites.  These organizations are mainly located in the Baltimore/DC corridor of Maryland - Anne Arundel County, Howard County, and Baltimore County, but several of them provide their services nationwide.
Please visit each organization’s website directly for more details & to verify information, as it is subject to change.

Also, if you know of a great place to donate common household goods that isn't listed, please feel free to email me the info and I will update this page.

Donation Pick-Up

Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake

Furniture, appliances, cabinets, building materials, housewares, hardware, lighting, electrical, plumbing, sporting goods, doors, windows, flooring, tools

https://www.habitatchesapeake.org/restore-donation/

Hope For All

Clothing, furniture, household items, hygiene & cleaning products

https://www.hopeforall.us/help

Lupus Foundation of America

Clothing, shoes, bedding, curtains, housewares, jewelry, toys, small appliances, tools,

https://www.lupus.org/ways-to-give/donate-household-goods

Purple Heart/Green Drop

Clothing, shoes, blankets and bedding, tools, collectibles, kitchenware, toys, small appliances, electronics, musical instruments and sporting goods.

www.purpleheartpickup.org

https://www.gogreendrop.com/what-we-accept

Salvation Army

Clothing, furniture, household goods, appliances

https://satruck.org/

Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA)/Pick Up Please

Clothing, accessories, shoes, baby items, house and glassware, books, toys, bikes, stereos, radios, portable TVs, bedding, draperies, curtains, kitchenware, small furniture & rugs, small appliances, tools, jewelry and cosmetics

https://vva.org/donate/

https://pickupplease.org/

Donation Drop-Off

A Wider Circle

Furniture, household goods, kitchen items, baby care items, televisions, fans, towels & bedding, non-perishable foods, personal care items, cleaning supplies

http://awidercircle.org/get-involved/

Animal Welfare Society of Howard County

Small animal food & bedding, dog & cat food, cat litter & litter boxes, cleaning products, paper towels, trash bags, paper & envelopes, Ziploc bags, batteries

https://www.awshc.org/wish-list.html

Anne Arundel County Animal Control

Cat & dog food, toys, bedding, blankets, towels, shower curtains

https://www.aacounty.org/departments/animal-control/donations/index.html

Anne Arundel County Humane Society

Pet food, cat litter, towels, blankets, grooming tools, cleaning products, toys & treats, office supplies

https://aacspca.org/wishlist/

BARCS (Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Center)

Cat & dog toys, blankets, towels, sheets, veterinary care items, plastic pet crates, food & treats, cleaning supplies, office supplies

https://barcs.org/donate/#our-wish-list

Be More Caring

Tents, sleeping Bags, blankets, pillows, non-perishable food, clothing & shoes, winter items (coats, hats, scarves, gloves, hand & feet warmers, toiletries, flashlights, batteries

http://bemorecaring.com/

Boys & Girls clubs

Games, electronics, arts & crafts supplies, office supplies

https://www.bgcaa.org/wish-list

Brick Recycler

Bulk legos

https://www.brickrecycler.com/

House of Ruth

School supplies, new/unused toys, craft supplies, office supplies, household & cleaning items, paper products

www.hruth.org

Maryland Food Bank

Canned foods, non-perishables, cereals, pasta, rice

www.mdfoodbank.org

Partners in Care

Clothing & shoes, accessories (purses, wallets, ties, backpacks), jewelry, linens, toys, games, puzzles, books, DVDs, kitchenware (pots, pans, utensils, china, vases), small electrics (stereos, appliances, irons, mixers), artwork, sporting goods & exercise equipment, crafts, baskets

https://www.partnersincare.org/boutique/

Sarah’s House

Kitchen & food items such as paper products, household items including twin & full size sheets (can be used), school supplies, diapers & wipes, hygiene & hair products

https://www.catholiccharities-md.org/services/sarahs-house/wish-list/

Scrap Bmore

Artist supplies (paint, carving tools, stencils, clay), carpet samples, tiles, collage & scrapbooking, containers (jewelry boxes, cigar boxes), craft supplies, fabric & notions, gift wrap & party supplies, offices supplies

https://scrapb-more.org/donate/items-we-accept/

Second Chance

Building materials, kitchen appliances, bathroom fixtures, tubs, sinks, accessories, household goods, garden elements, collections, lighting or unique architectural items

https://www.secondchanceinc.org/donate-material/

Success in Style

Men & womens professional clothing, suits, shoes, accessories (cuff links, ties, wallets, briefcases, computer bags, scarves, jewelry, handbags)

http://www.successinstyle.org/clothing-donations/

Suited To Succeed

Professional clothing, jackets/blazers, skirts, dress pants, blouses, jewelry, shoes, new pantyhose, purses, scarves & belts

http://suitedtosucceed.org/ways-to-help/

Traveling Tutus

Dance costumes & attire

https://www.travelingtutus.org/

Sales & Auctions

Blind Industries

Pickup & auction of collectibles, valuables, vintage & antique items

Contact Liz or Rob for more information @ 410-737-2600

Clothes Mentor

Resale store for better brand name, gently-used women’s clothing and accessories

https://www.clothesmentor.com/columbia-md/

Game Stop

Video games, video game consoles & accessories, cell phones & tablets.

www.gamestop.com

Lynn Katzen Ebay seller

Jewelry, collectibles/figurines, designer pens/pencils, anything old!, collections, sterling silver, coins, apple products, designer bags, shoes & accessories

ebayladybaltimore@gmail.com

Music Go Round

Musical instruments & accessories

https://www.musicgoround.com/home/sell-us-your-gear

Once Upon A Child

Resale store for gently used baby & children's clothing, toys, gear, and furniture

https://www.onceuponachildellicottcity.com/

https://www.onceuponachildgambrills.com/

https://www.onceuponachildglenburnie.com/

Peenstra Appraisals

Fine art, antique, & jewelry appraisals, and resources on the best place to sell the items

http://www.peenstraappraisals.com/

Steve Dance auctions

Tools, auto parts, antiques, estates

http://www.stevedance.com/

Recycling & collection

Anne Arundel County Curbside Collections

https://www.aacounty.org/departments/public-works/waste-management/Materials_Accepted

Anne Arundel County Bulk Pickup

https://www.aacounty.org/departments/public-works/waste-management/curbside-collection/bulk-item-pickup/

Baltimore County Curbside Collections

https://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/publicworks/solid_waste/collectionconnection.html

Baltimore County Drop Off Locations

https://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/publicworks/solid_waste/trashandrecyclingfacilities.html

Howard County Curbside Collections

https://www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/Public-Works/Bureau-Of-Environmental-Services/Curbside-Collections

Howard County bulk pickup

https://www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/Public-Works/Bureau-Of-Environmental-Services/Curbside-Collections/Bulk-Items-Scrap-Metal

Best Buy

Electronics recycling

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/services/recycling/pcmcat149900050025.c?id=pcmcat149900050025

Mid-Atlantic Clothing Recycling

Recycles used clothing, shoes, purses, belts and stuffed animals

www.mac-recycling.com

Other resources & ideas

Donation Town directory

http://donationtown.org/

MDrecycles.org

MDrecycles.org

Schools & teachers

Reach out to a local school or PTA to see if they could use your extra items.  Ideas include: educational items, flash cards, play-doh, toys that could be used as math manipulatives/center activities

Wire hangers

Many dry cleaners will re-use your wire hangers, just bring them back to the location for reuse.

Plastic bags

Most grocery stores have a recycling bin at the front of the store for plastic shopping bags.  They’ll take bags from any stores as well.  Curbside recycling won’t take plastic shopping bags, if you need to dispose of them in your curbside collection, they’ll need to go in the trash bin.