When you’ve got a whole lot to donate at once, I recommend giving to one charity that can take as much of what you’re giving away as possible. You’ve already done the work of sorting through everything to clear out your house. Don’t turn your garage into a warehouse for future giveaways.
Charities that Pick Up Donations
Go to Donation Town to find an organization that picks up donations in your area.
The Arc of Texas accepts donations of clothing, household items including décor, kitchenware, linens, jewelry, and furniture. They’ll pick up small items! Arrange for pick up.
Paralyzed Veterans of America: Men’s, Women’s and Children’s Clothing and Shoes, Blankets, Sheets, Pillows, Purses, Household items (pots, pans, kitchenware). Family Thrift is not able to accept large items such as furniture, mattresses/box springs or console TV’s. The store will take items small enough for one person to carry as long as it is not upholstered. To schedule a pick-up in your area, call 512-443-3336.
Salvation Army: Donate automobiles, clothing, furniture, appliances, household items and a host of other things. They’ll pick up large donations. To schedule a pick up call 512-416-0607 or drop off items at a local store.
Though they don’t pick up, Goodwill takes just about everything including electronics whether they works or not. They also recycle clothes and shoes that aren’t in condition to be sold in their stores. They do not accept auto parts, large appliances, soiled or worn furniture, hazardous waste, building materials, or mattresses and box springs. Here’s a list of drop off locations.
Donate to Individuals:
You can give things away to anybody by listing it for free. They will be coming to pick it up from you though, so you will want to consider safety and convenience.
Craigslist: Upload pictures and/or descriptions of what you want to sell and receive emails to sell.
Freecycle: Join the Freecycle yahoo group and list what you want to give away.
Nextdoor: Free section where you can offer items to neighbors.
If you’re clearing very specific items, you may want to give (or sell to) charities or businesses that specialize. See below.
Babies, Children & Families:
Any Baby Can 1121 E. 7th, Austin, TX 78702, (512) 454-3743. You can donate new or gently used items for children and families, plus office items. They are unable to accept used car seats or stuffed animals See their wish list.
Caritas of Austin helps many single-parent households and legally documented refugees. These clients need essential personal hygiene items, household products, infant supplies, baby formula, furniture including beds, cribs, kitchen tables, chairs, linens, lamps, flatware, pots, pans and dishware, but they do not take clothing. 512-479-4610 ext. 172.
SafePlace provides services for individuals and families affected by sexual and domestic violence. Donations can be dropped off at the Gil Crane Warehouse, 1515 Grove Blvd – Full donation list and donation hours.
Arts & Crafts Supplies:
Schools, hospitals, and senior living centers frequently need supplies. Call the ones nearest you to see if they’d like a donation.
Book Exchange: Trade in paperbacks for credit to buy books at their store for a quarter of cover price, 5316 Manchaca Rd, Austin, TX 78745 (512) 441-6070.
Half Price Books will buy your books, movies, music, and games.
Inside Books Project donates 35,000 free books to prisoners in Texas every year. Check their page for drop off locations and types of books to donate.
Recycled Reads: Austin Public Library Bookstore Donations are accepted during open hours and by appointment (512) 323-5123.
Habitat for Humanity Re-Store: They are unable to do repairs or refurbish items, so everything must be fully functioning. See their website for guidelines about what they’ll accept. Please call if you are unsure about the acceptability of your donation, 512-478-2165 ext. 205.
Dell Reconnect: Accepts any brand of used computer equipment in any condition and just about anything that can be connected to a computer. These items can be dropped off at local Goodwill stores.
Z Tech Global 512-697-9604 accepts just about anything electronic you can imagine. See their site for a full list of items accepted for donation.
Dress for Success Austin accepts interview appropriate attire and accessories. Donations can be taken to any of the Westbank Dry Cleaning locations (www.westbankdrycleaning.com) or to Dress for Success Austin at 701 Tillery Street, Ste. A-5, Monday through Thursday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm or Saturday 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. , 512-389-3723
Wheels for Wishes: Accepts all vehicles in any condition and will pick up vehicle. Proceeds from donations go to Make-a-Wish and grant wishes for children. 855-772-9474.
Trash, Recycling, & Hazardous Waste:
City of Austin’s Recycle & Reuse Drop Off Center 2514 Business Center Drive, 78744. They currently accept styrofoam plastic, glass, aluminum, paper, cardboard, electronics, batteries, light bulbs & other items. Click on the link above for hours of operation & a complete list of accepted materials.
To dispose of hazardous waste items safely, you can drop them off at the City of Austin Household Hazardous Waste facility, also at 2514 Business Center Drive, 78744. They have a list of what they accept, how to dispose of other items, and what to do with things like lawn clippings or dead animals.
Donation Value Guide:
Trying to determine what tax deductions your donations entitle you to? Talk to your accountant, check out the publications regarding donating at from the IRS, or use a donation value guide like this one from Salvation Army.
So I can keep this list accurate and up-to-date, please contact me for additions or corrections to the above listings. Thanks!