Places to donate your unwanted Christmas gifts in Vancouver

Jan 2 2020, 12:39 pm

This article was written for Daily Hive by Julie Bruns. You can follow Julie on Twitter at @Bruns_Julie or on Instagram at @julie.bruns.


The season of giving isn’t gone yet.

Now all of the gifts have been opened and the wrapping paper has settled, it’s the perfect time to think about giving back and getting organized. Whether there are a few things that you’ve received that are just not “you,” or you need to clear some space to make room for your new presents, here are eight places in Vancouver you can donate or sell your unwanted stuff.

Turnabout

This luxury resale store lets you consign or outright sell designer pieces, making it a great place for those high-end items that you never wear. You can also bring in items to receive store credit, and see if you can find something new and exciting to bring home.

Address: Various locations. Check website for details
Phone: 604-734-5313

Hunter and Hare

This consignment shop in Gastown lets you earn money back from your unwanted items, plus, their sales help contribute to Women Working With Women and A Better Life Foundation, so your clothing can help empower your community.

Address: 

  • 334 West Pender Street Vancouver, BC
  • 227 Union Street Vancouver, BC
  • 225 Lonsdale North Vancouver, BC

Phone: Pender, 604-559-4273; Union, 604-559-0282;  North Vancouver, 778-340-0535

My Sister’s Closet

This shop downtown takes donations of both women’s and men’s clothing, and proceeds help fund the Battered Women’s Support Services as they work to end violence against women, making it a great cause to donate to as you clean out your closet.

Address:

  • 1092 Seymour Street, Vancouver
  • 1830 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Phone: Seymour, 604-687- 0770; Commercial Drive: 604-251-7229

The Wildlife Thrift Store

This funky thrift shop is another great option for donating clothing, books, homewares and more. The proceed help contribute to a variety of BC charities, including Coast Mental Heath and The Gathering Place, ensuring that your donation helps your local community.

Address: 

  • 1295 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • 1510 W. 70th Avenue, Vancouver

Phone: Granville, 604-682-0381; Marpole, 604 267-1102

Vancouver BC SPCA branch

If Fido got spoiled this year but doesn’t seem to like his new blanket, treat, or toy very much, the Vancouver BC SPCA branch can help. The animal welfare agency is seeking donations of pet food, toys, blankets and cushions to help keep their critters comfy. They’re also looking for a digital camera for taking photos of pets up for adoption. They will also take donations of used towels, to dry off those doggos coming in from the rain.

Address: 1205 East 7th Avenue
Phone: 604-879-7721

Vancouver Public Library 

Someone gave you that best-selling thriller … that you already have? Your friend didn’t realize you’re not that into romance novels? Not to worry, as the Vancouver Public Library takes donations of books in good condition, ensuring that someone will enjoy that unwanted tome even if you don’t.

Address: Multiple locations

Phone: 604-331-3603

Big Brothers 

If your little one is not so enthusiastic about some of the gifts under the tree this year, Big Brothers is always looking for toys, clothing, video games, DVDs, and more. You and your child can work on choosing things to donate together, so you both can get in the spirit of giving. Big Brothers also accepts donations of houseware items.

Book a donation pickup online.

Greater Vancouver Food Bank

If your cabinets are groaning under the weight of uneaten festive food why not contribute to the local food bank? Check expiry dates and pick out non-perishable items such as canned goods and crackers to give to help make someone’s season a little merrier. You can check their most wanted items here.

Address: 8345 Winston Street, Burnaby
Phone: 604-876-3601