19 places besides Goodwill to donate used clothing in Toronto
Goodwill in Toronto is no more but that doesn't give you a reason to start hoarding your old clothes. The city has more than a few donation centres, charities and second hand shops willing to take used threads off your hands. If your wardrobe is looking a little over-stuffed and/or you're feeling philanthropic, these places have got you covered.
Here are some places besides Goodwill to donate used clothing in Toronto.
The Salvation Army accepts donations to its drop bins and thrift stores which have several locations in the GTA. The money earned from donated clothes goes toward the charity's program, services and emergency relief efforts.
Oasis Clothing Bank
If you're looking for a quick and easy way to get rid of unwanted duds, Oasis Clothing Bank has dozens of drop-off locations peppered across the city. The charity gives the donated gear to participants in the Oasis Addiction Recovery programs or are sold in order to fund the charity's initiatives.
Canadian Diabetes Association Clothesline
The Canadian Diabetes Association collects garments right from your doorstep, so you don't even have to move a muscle to do your charity work (or, if you're feeling proactive, you can drop them off at the brick and mortar location). Profits from your resold goods support the CDA, diabetes research, education, programs and advocacy.
Pegasus accepts used clothing (and goods of all kinds) for its thrift shop during store hours. All profits made from the store work to further the work of Pegasus Community Project for Adults with Special Needs.
Yonge Street Mission Double Take
Like Pegasus, the Yonge Street Mission has adopted the thrift store model with Double Take. The shop will take all your gently used clothing, linens, housewares and furniture during its store hours. If you have a particularly large donation, it also offers home pick-up. As expected, all profits go to the Yonge Street Mission.
Jessie's Centre works to help pregnant teenagers smoothly transition into motherhood by providing them with resources and goods. The centre is always on the lookout for baby clothes, clothes for young women and maternity wear.
Fort York Food Bank
Though the name may lead you to think otherwise, the Fort York Food Bank accepts way more than just non-perishable food items. Drop off your old clothes and It'll distribute them at the Community Drop-In Centre.
Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre
Drop off your used clothing at the Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre and it'll go to members that are in need. They are always looking for coats, shoes and boots, but will accept most adult clothing.
Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy
The Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy will come to your house (free of charge) to collect everything from garments to bedding. The money earned from their resale helps fund the organization's programs and services, so give generously.
Help out low income families by donating your gently used clothing, shoes and accessories to New Circles. Though the shop will accept fashions for all ages and sizes, it often has shortages of clothing for boys sizes 4-16, clothing for young men and plus-sized womenswear.
The Clothing Mission
The Clothing Mission's efforts revolve around preloved fashions. Donated clothing is distributed to The Scott Mission, several GTA charities that support young mothers and their newborns, Canadian missions outside Toronto and missions abroad.
Covenant House will give your unwanted clothes to homeless youth. If you've got clothing to spare of any kind, they'll take it off your hands. Remember to call ahead as they have limited storage space.
Value Village will take your old clothes, resell them and put the profits toward the many local nonprofits it serves. Unsold items are recycled or sent to developing countries, so you don't have to worry about anything going to waste. You can drop your stuff off at any of the many Toronto locations.
Dress for Success
Got a power suit or two that you'll never put to use again? Dress for Success will happily take it off your hands. The charity provides women looking for jobs with professional attire (so consider what you yourself would wear to an interview before donating). They are always accepting for knits, blazers, suits, work-appropriate shoes and accessories.
Dress Your Best
Dress Your Best does a similar thing for guys. It provides economically disadvantaged men with interview-appropriate attire. If you've got suits, dress shirts, blazers, overcoats, belts or ties to spare, donate them here.
At H&M zero waste is the name of the game. In an effort to avoid filling landfills with goods that could be repurposed, H&M will take all your old clothes off your hands (they don't even have to be from the chain). If the garments are extremely worn down they're recycled and turned into raw materials and new products.
Really Really Free Market
The Really Really Free Market pops up every now and again, offering shoppers the chance to pick up some preloved goods without dropping any cash. If you want to get rid of some clothes (or anything else) keep your eye on its social media to find out its next date.
All Kind Exchange locations will accept clothing as a donation and give the funds to the various charities it supports. If you're looking to get more than just good karma for your donations, the store will also buy your clothing from you on the spot or let you trade.
If you're all about making a profit, Common Sort is another go-to. It has locations in both Leslieville and Parkdale where you can trade in your gently used clothing for cash or new threads. How does it work? They'll determine how much they can sell each item for, then offer you half that price in store credit or 25% cash.
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