Where to Donate Clothes in NYC
As a newbie New Yorker, I came to the realization that I have way too many clothes for the space in my apartment that's available to store them. Since I ended up finding quite a few really great donation programs, I wanted to share six of the best places to donate clothing in NYC:
The Cure Thrift Store
At the top of my list is The Cure Thrift Store. They are a nonprofit thrift store that benefits juvenile diabetes research and advocacy. The founder Liz Wolff, was inspired to start Cure Thrift Store through her own personal struggle after being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was 11. She runs the store along with help from Ali Gilbertson, who is the creative director. If you like vintage like I do, you’ll find that walking through this store is a dream!
PickUpPleaseSecond on my list is PickUpPlease, which helps support Vietnam Veterans of America (a nonprofit organization). I really like the fact that they make your donation as easy as 1-2-3.
Salvation ArmyThird on my list is the Salvation Army. Their main goal as an organization is to provide men and women in need with a healthy living environment to help them rebuild their lives and their relationship with God.
Bottomless ClosetNext we have the Bottomless Closet. This organization helps women transition from public welfare into the workforce. They help prepare women for their interviews and assist them with appropriate clothes. If you want to directly impact women's empowerment by donating your clothes, this is the way to do it.
Another option is Goodwill. You can find different locations all over the five boroughs (and nationwide). It's important to note that if you want to donate via their donation bins, you need to make sure they’re actually Goodwill bins. The reason is there are a lot of for-profit thrift store bins around the city that look similar.
H&M ConsciousLast but not least, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that H&M has an initiative to rewear, reuse, and recycle clothes. They make it fairly easy with deposit bins at all of their stores. They don’t have a limit for donations, and they give you a discount voucher for your next purchase!
If you have a favorite place to donate clothes in NYC, let me know by leaving a comment!