Kids grow, styles change, and your need for things changes too.  Don’t throw away perfectly good furniture, housewares and clothes – donate them!  You get a deduction for your taxes, and you help out someone in need.  Depending on your tax bracket and the quality of the items you are donating you can often “make” more money by donating items than you can by selling them.

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At my house we always have a donation pile.  We like to live with as little “stuff” as possible (it can tend to own you after a while) and find it easiest to always be on the lookout for something we no longer use, like, or just doesn’t fit anyone!  I’ve tried consigning but found it a huge hassle and from a numbers standpoint we are better off donating.

Here is a list of places to donate your stuff, please help me make it a more complete list by adding additional organizations in the comment section.  Thanks!

Dress for Success
2730 Colony Park Dr. Suite 7
901-363-3100
Mission: to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.  

What they take: business suits (skirts or pants), jackets, blazers, skirt, slacks, simple blouses or shells, unopened pantyhose, new and nearly new shoes, scarves, purses, jewelry, unused cosmetics
All items should be current styles and in excellent condition (no tears, stains, missing buttons or broken zippers), dry-cleaned or laundered as appropriate, on hanger, we can not accept any bags or boxes.  Superior Cleaners will clean items for $2.00 each and deliver them (and give you a donation receipt). Their location is 1619 Madison Memphis, TN 38104 901-276-7993.

Goodwill
several area locations
Mission: Goodwill trains and employs workers on five continents, and more than 165 independent member organizations operate in North America alone.  Their mission is to lend “a hand UP, not a hand OUT.”

What they take: clothes, shoes, furniture, electronic items, books, toys, stuffed animals, purses and accessories

Junior League of Memphis Repeat Boutique
3586 Summer Avenue
901-327-4777
Mission: an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.  For a list of their projects visit this page.

What they take: clothing, shoes and accessories for all ages; small home furnishings; housewares; and children’s items.

Habitat ReStore
7130 Winchester Road
901-737-8673To schedule a donation pickup, contact Joe Davidson 901-870-5837 [email protected]
Mission: dedicated to eliminating substandard housing in the city of Memphis and surrounding areas, and to making decent housing for all people a matter of conscience and action. 

What they take: furniture, cabinets, plumbing, toilets, sinks, bathtubs, electrical, lamps and light fixtures, windows, lumber, doors, roofing, new carpeting, tools, flooring, millwork and trim, appliances, artwork, books, gardening equipment, kitchen goods, NO mattresses or clothing.

Mid-South Food Bank
239 South Dudley
901-527-0841

Mission: to fight hunger through the efficient collection and distribution of wholesome food, and through education and advocacy. Our Vision: A hunger-free Mid-South.

What they take: canned meats (including tuna, stews, chicken and dumplings, chili, Spam, soups), peanut butter, canned fruits, canned veggies, canned 100% fruit juice, baby formula, any non-perishable item, but no glass containers, please 
Check their website for any current food drives that may be closer to home. 

Paralyzed Veterans of the Mid-South
1030 Jefferson Ave Memphis, TN 38104
901-367-9888
Mission: to maximize the quality of life for its members and all people with spinal cord injury or dysfunction. 

What they take: clothing, accessories, shoes, bedding, cars, drapes, housewares, toys, tools, radios and other small appliances, furniture.
Call for a pick-up.

The Memphis Suit Project
901-537-0010
Mission: to help build a positive self image for underprivileged men and women.

What they take: business attire for men of all ages
Call or email them to arrange for a donation of items, check their website for a mailing address for cash donations

Salvation Army
several area locations
Mission: The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers provide spiritual, social and emotional assistance for men and women who have lost the ability to cope with their problems and provide for themselves.

What they take: cars, household items, clothing, appliances, books, computers, etc.
contact them for item pick-up or take your items to them