This list is just a sampling of available opportunities of places that can benefit from your used items — we can match your items to an appropriate source. Note that fair market value for all donated items should be discussed with your tax preparer.
To find recycling locations
Accepts: Household goods, clothing, sport/exercise equipment, furniture, books, medical equipment (full list available on website)
Pickup: Yes 8AM-6PM, items must be at door by 7:30AM labeled Amvets
Drop off Mon – Sat 8AM – 5PM, Sun 9AM-5PM various locations
Accepts: Kosher nonperishable food, in-dated Medication, Household items, furniture, clothing, appliances under ten years old
Benefits: Refugees of Eastern Europe
Pickup: Northern Suburbs only. Requires at least two large pieces of furniture to send truck.
Drop Off: Mon – Thurs 10AM – 6 PM, Fri 10AM – 4 PM Sun 10AM – 5 PM at 1302 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago
First Sunday of month donations accepted at 3100 Dundee Road, Suite 204, Northbrook
Accepts: Men & Women’s professional and business casual clothing, coats and accessories (especially plus size, tall, and men’s shoes) Clothing must be clean and in good condition and on hangers
Benefits: Low/no-income men, women, and youth job-seekers
Drop off: 1236 S. Halsted Street, Chicago
Phone: 773-549-5943 (Lakeview)
Phone: 773-271-9382 (Andersonville)
Phone: 708-445-0612 (Oak Park)
Accepts: Clothing, wedding gowns, party wear, furniture, housewares, books, electronics, crutches, wheelchairs and walkers
Benefits: Howard Brown Health Center raising money for families and individuals without healthcare
Daily 10:00AM–6:00PM Lakeview)
Daily 11:00AM–6:00PM (Andersonville and Oak Park)
Accepts: All clothing, accessories, furniture, kitchen items, housewares, electrical appliances smaller than a microwave, bedding, toys, bikes, sporting goods, books, music, movies, tools and hardware, yard tools
Benefits: American Cancer Society
Pick-up: 8AM-6PM, items must be at door by 7:30AM labeled CF
Accepts: Cell phones
Benefits: Troops stationed overseas
Drop Off: Through the mail (free shipping)
Accepts: Computers and related equipment, TV’s, VCR’s, DVD Players, Video Game Consoles, Cell Phones. Hard drives will go thru digital data destruction.
Benefits: Schools and other nonprofits, both city and suburbs
Pickup: Yes –contact for details
Drop Off: 4734 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago Mon – Fri, 8AM – 5:00PM
A nationwide directory of charities that will pick up items (clothing, household goods, books, cds, toys and more — see website for specifics) and distribute them to your desired charity.
website for tips on where/how to recycle
Accepts: Gently used men and women’s and children’s clothing, toys, jewelry, bric-a-brac, collectibles and small furniture.
Benefits: National Council for Jewish Women North Shore
Pickup: Yes, call for details
Drop Off: 1107 Central Street, Wilmette Mon – Sat 10AM -5PM
Its all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills
151 Hastings Drive, Buffalo Grove
Batteries, all obsolete or outdated Computers, Microwaves, Cameras and thousands of other devices commonly used in homes and offices.
6 large items, multiple small items for $95* including up to two console tvs , addtl tvs $15 each
*w/in a 15 mile radius of Buffalo Grove, if further, fuel surcharge of $1 per mile each way
No charge for drop off on electronic items other than tvs
M-F 6:30AM – 3:00PM
Accepts: Clothing, household items, furniture, computers.
Benefits: Training programs for the disabled
Drop Off: Various Locations 9AM-6PM An attendant will help you remove items from your car
All stores accept garments in any condition
Garments are sorted into re wear, reuse or recycle
Don’t let your fashion go to waste!
Drop off: Local H & M store
Accepts building materials, furniture, appliances.
Visit website for locations, www.habitat.org/restores
Phone: 815-271-5444 x41 for pick-up
Benefits: Homeless women and their children in McHenry County & Northern IL
Accepts gently used clothing, jewelry, books, furniture and household items.
Drop off at any of the six “local” thrift stores M-F 10AM-7PM, Sat 1-AM-5PM
How to Donate:
In Person: Drop phones at any Verizon Wireless communications Store. To find a store visit the online store locator at: www.verizonwireless.com/storelocator
By Mail: Print a postage-paid label at www.verizonwireless.com/hopelineshippinglabel, adhere it to the box/envelope and mail. Review all shipping instructions carefully and include a return address on the label.
Benefits: Victims of domestic violence.
Accepts: Business appropriate Women’s clothing that is current or timeless, like new or gently used items, clean and on hangers.
Benefits: J.L. operations and community outreach.
Drop off: J.L. Thrift House, 920 Chicago Ave, Evanston M,T,W,F 11-5, Th 11-6, Sat 10-5
Pick up available: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepts: New and gently used clothing, toys, furniture, jewelry, home décor, books, housewares, electronics and shoes.
Benefits: Residents of Lambs Farm
Drop Off: Tues – Sat 10AM – 3PM 14245 W. Rockland Road, Libertyville, IL
Accepts: Eyeglasses, hearing Aides, Ink Cartridges, Cell Phones, Keys, Aluminum Cans/Tabs
Benefits: Visually and Hearing Impaired
Drop Off: Call for local sites, at some Walmart stores, or send by mail (300 W. 22nd Street, Oakbrook, IL 60523)
Accepting musical instruments in working order. Also able to coordinate a piano donation to a deserving student
Accepts online payment.
Accepts: Household goods, designer clothing, furs, small appliances, computers, cell phones and furniture. No mattresses/box springs
Benefits: Mt. Sinai Hospital
Pickup available for: mint condition furniture and other large items
Drop Off: 814 W. Diversey, Chicago, IL Mon, Weds, Thurs, Sat 10AM-5PM, Tues, Fri 10AM-7PM, Sun 11AM-4PM
Phone: HP 847-433-1697, Evanston 847-864-6099
Accepts: Quality housewares, clothing, accessories and furniture
Benefits: ORT students’ worldwide
Pickup available for furniture items only in the Evanston area
Drop Off: in Evanston Mon – Sat 11:30AM – 6PM & Highland Park Mon-Sat 10AM-4PM
Accepts: Women’s in-season or timeless design business appropriate attire on hangers, and accessories
Benefits: Women in the job market
Drop Off: Second Saturday of every month 10AM-1PM 312 S. Westmore/Meyers Rd. Lombard
Accepts: Household items, clothing and gently used shoes, No children’s car seats, high chairs, cribs or other items that are sold with safety instructions
Benefits: Veterans and their families
Accepts: Clothing, furniture and other resalable items including motorized vehicles
Benefits: Provides services to people in need in Greater Chicago, Northern IL and Northwestern IN
Pickup: call 1-800-728-7825
Drop Off: Call for location nearest you
Phone: 773-728-1014 x 314
Accepts: In kind donations of toiletries, books, art supplies.
Benefits: Women who are homeless or at risk
Drop Off: 4838 N. Sheridan Road
Call ahead and someone will help you carry your items
Visit website for full list of acceptable items to donate
Benefits: families that are struggling with poverty, fire, flood, job loss, domestic violence relocation, Veterans and more
Pickup: For Furniture only Mon – Thurs
Drop off: Mon – Fri 9AM-3PM, Sat 9AM – noon, closed Sun
5111Chase Ave, Downers Grove
One of the largest recyclers of used goods in the world
Accepting clothing, media, housewares, furniture
330 locations worldwide for drop off
Pick up also available
visit: www.savers.com, click donating or www.epilepsychicago.org
Benefits: Low-income families around the globe
Drop Off: Various Locations
Accepts: Gently used sporting equipment
Benefits: Sports programs for under-resourced areas
Drop off Locations in Libertyville, Mundelein and Vernon Hills
Consignment store with women’s, men’s baby’s and kid’s clothing and accessories
Learn about websites to swap books, DVDs, CDs, video games and more
Accepts: Pentium 4 Computers and hardware, working CRT large screen monitors (see website for specifics), webcams, digital cameras, USB thumb drives, modems, cell phones, printers
Benefits: Schools and institutions in 44 different developing countries
Pickup: Yes for 8 or more computers only
Drop Off: 1965 W. Pershing, Chicago
Connects people with items to donate with local charities that need them most.
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