8 places to donate your unwanted Christmas gifts in Vancouver
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 is gone.
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’s 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.
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
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 W. Pender St., Vancouver
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 St., Vancouver
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 St., Vancouver
If fido got spoiled this year, but doesn’t seem to like his new blanket, treat or toy very much, the Vancouver SPCA can help. The animal charity are 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. Check their current wishlist here.
Address: 1205 East 7th Avenue
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.
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.
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: 1150 Raymur Avenue, Vancouver