Where to donate items in Boston

Before you start your spring cleaning project take a look at this list of local places to donate gently used goods.


It’s almost time for spring cleaning.

Springing the clocks forward and the warmer temps have us in the mood for a bit of spring cleaning.

Every year Massachusetts residents and businesses throw away ~230,000 tons of usable textiles, including clothing, footwear, belts, hats, handbags, throw rugs, drapes, towels, sheets, and other linens. Did you know that 95% of these materials can be reused as clothing, repurposed for wiping cloths, or recycled into new fiber-based products?

Before you start that weekend project, remember the old saying: “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” and consider giving those gently used clothes or books a second life. Review this list of places to donate items before tossing everything out.

More Than Words, 242 E. Berkeley St.
Accepts: Books, clothes, movies, music, and video games.

St. Francis House, 39 Boylston St.
Accepts: Clothing, work wear clothing, shoes, and reusable bags.

Cradles to Crayons, 38 drop-off locations
Accepts: Clothing, books, arts and crafts, unopened diapers, and new personal hygiene items.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 1580 VFW Pkwy, West Roxbury
Accepts: Furniture, hardware, home decor, lighting, and building materials.

Rosie’s Place, 889 Harrison Ave.
Accepts: Warm hats, glove + scarf sets, cozy throw blankets, winter socks, and beauty products — including lotions, scrubs, and facial masks

Bonus: the city of Boston’s Reuse and Donation Directory provides a comprehensive list of businesses and organizations that accept reusable items or offer repair services. Recycling is also noted in some cases.

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