Great Places to Donate and Find Gently Used Items
It's that time of the year again when I go through my children's closets and prepare to donate clothing that they no longer fit or wear. We usually also take this time to sort through toys and accessories that are no longer in use. We have always made it fun for our children to donate their underused items and have explained to them very early on that there are many other children that can put their gifts to better use.
Our family also makes it a point to make donations to certain organizations in need or families in crisis situations. Our goal is to teach our children a valuable lesson in compassion and giving. Here in The Woodlands there are many places to donate items and if you are looking for a bargain on secondhand merchandise there are also many opportunities.
Here are a list of centers that we have personally used throughout the years that I would like to highlight and recommend:
· Hand Me Up Shop on Rayford Road in Spring - A nonprofit store that donates clothing to the community and has great prices on clothes as well as everyday items.
· Goodwill - Also has great prices and has often had a fair amount of used electronics, media and bikes during the times I had visited this location.
· Interfaith of The Woodlands - Accepts donations and gives back to the community in numerous ways. Please call to make arrangements with this organization.
· Freecycle.org - Allows you to gift items in your area and also receive items for free that you may be in need of.
· Woodlands Online - A great site for local giving, selling or purchasing used articles. This site allows you to list items for free.
· Kid to Kid - From what I have seen this seems to be the place to find the largest selection of maternity and baby items as well as clothing, toys and outdoor play equipment.
· Salvation Army - A great resource if you would like to donate large items such as furniture without having to transport the cargo. They will arrange for a truck to pick up your donation. They also partner with other organizations to help families in need. Years ago they helped us donate furniture to families that were in need after Hurricane Katrina and were great to work with.
It is important to remember that because these are donation-based resources, the type of merchandise they receive is always moving and changing so deals may vary. I would suggest to check back with these stores on a regular basis if you are looking for something in particular.
My hope is that I have given you enough resources to encourage you to start donating locally. There is such a rewarding feeling to both declutter and gift to our local community while looking for great deals. Have fun taking inventory at your home!