Wicked Good Organizing
Recycle and Re-Purpose
Great Places to Donate The Stuff You Don’t Need Anymore:
Please keep in mind items should be clean and in working order. Consider whether you would feel comfortable giving the item(s) to a friend or someone setting up a new apartment.
See websites below for complete lists of items they do and don’t accept.
Fresh Start Furniture Bank
508-485-2080, 66 Mechanic Street, Marlboro, MA
Donations go directly to clients in need whether they have lost their belongings due to homelessness or other situations.
New Life Home Furnishings
774-316-6395, 102 Elm Street, Building S, 4th Floor, Walpole, MA
New Life offers a meaningful way to donate your gently used furniture and household goods. Ease the burden of those in need due to fire, floods, homelessness, as well as veterans and recent refugees.
Household Goods Recycling Of Massachusetts
978-635-1710, 530 Main Street, Acton, MA
HGRM Provides gently used household furnishings free of charge to individuals and families in need.
*All three of these organizations do offer pick-up on a limited basis for large pieces of furniture. Please see their websites and call to make arrangements well in advance.
Cradles to Crayons
(617) 779-4700, 155 N Beacon St, Brighton, MA 02135
This wonderful organization provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need at home, at school and at play. They supply these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need.
Because they are in Brighton, they have partnered with a variety of suburban locations to be drop off centers. Check their website for a complete listing but here are some right in Metrowest.
Next Generation Children’s Centers
These locations will accept new and like new clothing, shoes and new school supplies only.
- 2 Wood Road, Hopkinton Drop off in the center Monday-Friday 7am-6pm
- 201 Cedar Hill Street, Marlborough Drop off in the center Monday-Friday, 7am-6pm
- 15 Strathmore Road, Natick Drop off in the center Monday-Friday 7am-6pm
- 307 Boston Post Road, Sudbury Drop off in the center, Monday-Friday 8am-7pm
AJ Rose Flooring Company-Cradles to Crayons Drop Off Site
Rte.9 West, Natick just up the hill from Party City and across from Mathworks . Drop off in 1-800-PackRat unit in the green fenced enclosure on the west side of the building. Drive around side of building.
Accessible for drop-offs 24/7. There is a lock. Use code “1984” and press it in to open. Accepting new and like-new clothing, books, toys, baby items, baby equipment, and new school supplies.
Children’s Books-Food For Thought
Please donate your gently used children’s books from infant to teen which will be distributed to families in need throughout Metrowest area food pantries and shelters. Collection bins are located in the lobbies of the Warren and Mindess Schools in Ashland or please contact Donna Ciccarelli directly to arrange drop off: 508-881-1231 or [email protected].
A Place To Turn
508-655-8868, 99 Hartford Street, Natick
A Place to Turn is a food pantry which also accepts in-season clothing for men, women and children.
Second Chances Store for Greyhound Friends
6 West Central Street, Natick Center (at the intersection of 135/27)
This is a great store where you can donate clothing, glassware, dishes, jewelry, books and small furniture items. The money goes to support the Greyhound Friends Dog Shelter in Hopkinton.
Paper Retriever Recycling Bins for Newspapers and Magazines
If you have any newspapers, magazines, junk mail, office paper, notebooks and folders please donate them to the green and yellow Paper Retriever bins. No cardboard or phone books though. They can be found in the parking lots of many schools and churches as they are a fundraising tool that helps the environment. Check http://paperretriever.com/binlocator/index.html for a bin near you.
Habitat for Humanity Restores
http://www.habitat.org/env/restores.aspxfor locations and info.
There are a number of these in Massachusetts including Worcester, West Roxbury and Leominster.
They accept donations of many items…see their websites…but especially building materials and home improvement supplies. If you have done any remodeling projects and have items that you replaced or have extra materials when the project is done, this is a great place to donate.
Vietnam Veterans of America
Schedule a pick up right from your driveway of clothing, shoes, housewares, toys, and small furniture. See their website for complete list of items they do and don’t take. Donations fund local, state and national programs for Veterans.
Big Brother/Big Sister Foundation
Schedule a pick up at your home of clothing, shoes, books, small household items and more. See their website for a complete list. Donations help support mentoring programs for thousands of children.
Dress for Success Boston and Worcester
www.dressforsuccess.org Accepts new or nearly new and clean, interview appropriate skirt and pant suits, blouses, blazers and jackets. They also accept professional style shoes and coats for all seasons.
www.salvationarmy.org collects clothing, furniture, electronics and household items. Proceeds help fund their adult rehabilitation centers which provide substance abusers and others struggling with various forms of life issues with the necessary tools to re-enter society and live productive lives.
Donate your old glasses to the Lions Club and change someone’s life: You could help a child read, an adult succeed in his job, or a senior maintain his or her independence.
Household batteries, plastic bags,cork and #5 plastics
Whole Foods Stores have recycling bins for these items which are not accepted by many communities.
More Than Words
376 Moody Street, Waltham, 781-788-0035
More than Words empowers youth to take charge of their lives by taking charge of business. It employs youth 16-21 who are in the foster care system, court involved, homeless or out of school. They work as a team to manage an online and retail bookstore and café while gaining skills and accountability while receiving support to map plans for their future.
They also have a drop off location at the Recycling/Transfer Station in Natick at 75 West Street.
Goodwill collects clothing and household goods to help people with barriers to self sufficiency. They will even take clothing that is not wearable which will be recycled. This way it will stay out of landfills. Look at www.goodwillmass.org for collection sites.
Check with your local school’s music department to see if they’ll take donations but there is Music Go Round on Rte.9 East in Natick just past Rte 27. They buy and sell used musical instruments and equipment.
Their motto is Reuse, Recycle, Rock.
Bikes not Bombs accepts all types of bikes, from children’s to adults, as well as parts, tools, accessories, helmets, pumps and locks. They use the bicycle as a vehicle for social change by shipping bicycles to more than a dozen countries around the world and sponsoring programs for youth such as “Earn-A-Bike.
Cell Phones for Soldiers provides no cost communication services to active duty military member and veterans. Donate cell phones, batteries and chargers. Check www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com for drop off locations.
Verizon stores collect used cell phones, batteries and accessories in any condition, from any provider. They refurbish them and donate to victims of domestic violence. They have a zero landfill policy trying to keep electronic waste and batteries out of landfills.
Ink and toner cartridges, rechargeable batteries, wires, cords and cables, plastic bags and even gift cards.
Kid to Kid
42 Worcester Street, Route 9 East, Natick.
See their website for a complete list of items they take which include children’s and baby clothing and shoes, school uniforms, baby gear, nursery furniture, toys, and maternity clothes.
Lemon Tree Goods
325 North Main Street/Rte.27, Natick
Consignment store for in-season women’s clothing, footwear and bags.
730 Boston Post Road, Rte. 20, Sudbury (next to Bullfinch’s Restaurant)
This store accepts a vast array of quality pre-owned furniture, accessories and jewelry….from antique to contemporary by appointment.
Renew Arts and Industry
19 South Main Street, Rte.27, Natick
This store consigns quality vintage furniture and décor, tableware, pottery, original art and jewelry. They specialize in mid-century modern design.