If you’re looking to declutter your home and closet to get a fresh start for the year, consider paying it forward by donating your unwanted and gently used items; there are plenty of organizations that will happily take them.
It’s important to note that due to COVID-19, regulations and policies around donation differ per organization, so please check their website for further details.
Here’s a list of places to donate.
Big Brothers Vancouver support child and youth development through essential volunteer-led mentoring programs. The Big Brother pick-up service is working in a limited capacity and not servicing all areas on Lower Mainland yet. Check online to see if Big Brothers is picking up items in your neighbourhood.
DEWC provides food, clothing and a safe space for women and children affected by violence, homelessness, addictions and poverty.
The DEWC has a donation wish list of high-priority items. Donations can be accepted by mail or dropped off at specific times (see website).
Where: Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre, 302 Columbia Street, Vancouver
This funky thrift shop is another great option for donating clothing, books, homewares and more. The proceeds help contribute to a variety of BC charities, including Coast Mental Health and The Gathering Place, ensuring that your donation helps your local community. Currently, Wildlife Thrift is accommodating patrons during COVID-19 by offering the option to leave donations at the door at their Marpole location. Donations can be left at the front table at the Granville location. Wildlife accepts adult clothing and shoes but isn’t accepting blankets, bedsheets, towels or children’s clothes at the moment.
Where: 1295 Granville Street, Vancouver and Marpole 1510 W 70th Avenue
The VGH Thrift Shop Society was formed in 2003 and has since worked to support patients, clients and families in Vancouver. Currently, donations are only being accepted during store hours and clothing items should be washed. Housewares and other items would ideally be packed in cardboard boxes. Please read all guidelines before dropping off donations. More info around donation protocols is available on the VGH Thrift Store Facebook page.
Where: 2535 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
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. Turnabout is currently accepting drop-offs at their doors at all locations.
Where: Various locations. Check website for details
The Vancouver Zero Waste Centre is a convenient location for residents to drop off a wide variety of materials, including clothes and household items and furniture, that can be reused and recycled. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Zero Waste Centre is asking patrons to visit facilities only if absolutely necessary. Please read the facility’s COVID-19 protocols and guidelines before you drop off items.
Where: 8588 Yukon Street, Vancouver
Union Gospel Mission Thrift Store aims to transform communities by helping those struggling with poverty, housing, and addiction. They are accepting donations between 9:30 and 12:30 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and have incorporated pandemic safety measures to protect staff and clients. All donations are quarantined for a minimum of 72 hours.
Where: 671 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
Value Village has multiple locations across Vancouver and accepts donations of all kinds. During the pandemic, donators are asked to unload their items from their cars. Please check the website for specific details regarding the location you wish to visit.