where to donate your things vancouver

It’s time for spring cleaning. Every so often, we all need a good purge to declutter our lives. Take a couple hours to go through your cupboards and closets to donate things that you don’t – and frankly won’t ever – need. That pile of books collecting dust in your storage room? Donate. Clothes that you haven’t touched in the past few seasons? Au Revoir. We’re embracing the joy-sparking Cult of Kondo and not looking back. Once you gather up all the things that you can comfortably part with, check out this list of local organizations that will gladly take them off your hands.

Where to donate what in Vancouver:

Clothing Donations

Big Brothers and Canadian Diabetes will take almost anything in good condition – clothing, accessories, shoes, toys, blankets, housewares, sleeping bags, small appliances and electronics. Book a free pickup online (you don’t even have to be home) and they will come grab your labelled bags (indicate by marking them ‘BB’ or ‘CD’).

Spring Cleaning Promos: Get on top of this now – Big Brothers is having their one-day-only Ikea Spring Cleaning Event on June 5th where you can get a coupon for $30 off your next purchase of $150 and Canadian Diabetes is giving away a $5,000 travel voucher for a lucky donor.

Ikea Big Brothers event

Big Brothers: IKEA Spring Cleaning Event. On June 5, 2016, donate two large bags of clothing and get an IKEA coupon for $30 off your next purchase of $150+ (Richmond & Coquitlam).

Canadian Diabetes: Win a Vacation! Schedule a free online pickup from May 9 -July 31, 2016 for a chance to win a $5k travel voucher or one of 10 $500 VISA gift cards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other local charities you can donate to:

Clothing/Household Items Donations
Book Donations

Vancouver Public Library will take your books, magazines, DVD’s and CD’s that are in good condition and are fairly current (ie. no one wants your cassette tapes). You can bring your materials to any VPL branch during regular hours or you if you have multiple boxes (10 max), you can drop them off to the Central Library’s shipping dock between 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Electronics Donations

Free Geek will take most computer-related equipment (new or old, working or not) for free. This includes computers, laptops, printers, scanners, keyboards, mice, faxes, cables, cell phones, gaming consoles, and more. Drop off at 1820 Pandora Street, Vancouver between 11am-5pm.

Makeup Donations

Beauty Night can make use of your unopened makeup, skincare, nail polish, small mirrors, makeup remover,  art supplies, magazines, soap, deodorant, toothbrushes, gloves, and more. They will even take herbal tea and organic fruits and veggies. To schedule a drop off, email carolinem@beautynight.org.

Formal Wear Donations

Cinderella Project will give your fancy items a second life. They will take graduation-appropriate formal wear, dress shoes and accessories for young ladies and men, as well as unused cosmetics and toiletries for their gift bags. They collect from January through April, just before high school graduation events.

Business Wear Donations

Dress for Success Vancouver wants your nearly new/gently used professional wear. They empower women into the workforce by providing them with professional attire, career services, and skills development programs.

Baby Donations

BabyGoRound will pass on your gently used baby/children items to families in need (anything from bottles to bouncers). Drop off: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am-2pm to 2939 Kingsway, Vancouver. Keep your eye on their events calendar as well – they have lots of fun collections events throughout the year.

Home Donations

Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver’s shop ReStore will take new and gently-used items from your home and garden including lights, tables, flooring, furniture and tools. Funds raised help Habitat build homes for families in need. Another great option is Helping Families in Need Society which does exactly what their name promises – dedicated volunteers will pickup and distribute used household items to women from transition houses, single moms on income assistance, new immigrant families and needy families in our community.

Not reusable? Check your recycling options.

Think green. Many items are banned from disposal as garbage. Read up before you toss things into the landfill.

Junk removal, if you must.

We get that there are some things are truly at the end of their life cycle. You can take your rubbish to the transfer station yourself, or hire a local company to take care of it for you. Some suggestions:

  • 1-800-Got-Junk  Known to be a good crew. Online booking, 24/7 customer service.
  • 505 Junk  Professional, efficient, patient (for those needing time to bid items farewell).
  • Bill’s Rubbish Removal  We personally don’t know Bill, but the man has secured a top spot on Yelp.

#OntheDLtip:

How to properly prepare to purge. Some people need to get inspired before they start. If you aren’t one of the several million people who have flipped through Marie Kondo’s bookThe Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, then just scan through these key takeaways. The Minimalists are pros at reminding us of what’s truly important in life while making room for more – more time, more experiences, more more freedom. To simplify your closet, follow Project 333 or read up on how to build a capsule wardrobe.

How to recoup some dollars. If you have items that you spent far too much on to just donate, you can try selling them yourself. There are lots of good avenues to do this. If you want quick and easy (with less monetary return), you can get a retail consignment business to sell it for you. If you are willing to put some work into it, then you can sell it yourself. Here are some options other than the usual suspects (CraigslistKijijiUsed Vancouver).

Vancouver consignment businesses:

Vancouver Facebook Buy & Sell Groups that are very active:

And lastly.

Stop the inflow and be mindful about your consumption. You could live with less. A lot less.

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