Get Rid of Your Stuff
There are many ways of giving your unwanted stuff a second opportunity to serve someone.
Before you haul your unwanted items to the curb, see if any of the following organizations might take them away happily and giving you a tax write-off to boot!
Donate Your Stuff!
Here is a list of local organizations/locations where you can recycle, donate, or discard goods, clothing, furniture, or materials that you no longer need. Usually, the more local the charity or organization, the further your donation will go.
- The Cherry Door, Main Street, Tarrytown. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 11-4. (Takes household goods, including furniture in good repair and electronics, and toys. No clothing or bedding. No pick-up service unless pre-arranged with staff). Affiliated with Phelps Hospital.
- The Nearly New Shop, Rte. 9 Broadway, Tarrytown. Operated by the Junior League of Westchester. Takes women's clothing, shoes, handbags, and jewelry only. Funds raised are used by the Junior League for their philanthropic work in Westchester.
- Zion Church Thrift Shop, Dobbs Ferry. Open Thursday 12-4 and Saturday 12-4 from September-June. Closed during February. The Zion Church Thrift Shop takes household goods, including electronics, clothing, and books. Profits benefit Zion Church. No pick-up service.
- Midnight Run, Main Street, Dobbs Ferry. Open 10-5 M-S. Midnight Run accepts men's clothing, shoes, and toiletries that are used to clothe homeless men in NYC. Tax deduction receipts available.
- American Cancer Society Discovery Shop, Chappaqua. 914-238-4900. Will pick-up. Women's, men's and children's clothing, jewelry, furniture and household items all in good to excellent condition.
- Westchester Freecycle. Join this group through Yahoo to offer almost anything. You list your item through the group's moderators, and a fellow “freecycler” will respond if they would like to take the item. You arrange the transfer yourself. Great for getting rid of household items that might otherwise go into a landfill. Westchester Freecyle now has over 15,000 members. groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/WestchesterNYFreecycle/info.
- Westchester Freeshare. An offshoot of Westchester Freecycle, this group separated itself from WF because WF entered into a contractual arrangement with Waste Management, Inc. .
- Westchester County Treasure Hunt. List household goods, appliances or equipment in good condition for one week online. environment.westchestergov.com/treasure-hunt.
- Craigslist. You can post items for sale on Craigslist, but it also has a “For Free” section. Newyork.craigslist.org
- Goodwill of NY/NJ. Rte. 9A Elmsford. Open Monday-Sunday, 10-8. (Takes household goods, including some small furniture items in good repair, clothing, electronics and books.) Pick -up service? Goodwill is its own non-profit, which provides services for developmental and physically disabled individuals, helping them to find employment. Charity Navigator gives Goodwill of NY/NJ a rating of 52 out of 70. Nearly 8% of its revenue is used for administrative expenses
- Pick Up Please. Vietnam Veterans of America. Accepts clothing, shoes, accessories, household items, small electronics, toys, books. Pick-Up can be scheduled. www.pickupplease.org
- Salvation Army of Greater New York. The Salvation Army will pick up large amounts of clothing, furniture (must be in good condition) or household items. Call 1-800-728-7825 or 914-664-1800. Pick-ups must be scheduled 7-14 days before. Or you can donate items to their stores or drop-off boxes. Drop-off box locations include 115 Wildey St. Tarrytown. You can also donate a car through the Salvation Army. satruck.org/donate-goods
- Green Eileen. Bridge Street, Irvington. Open Tuesday-Sunday 11-5. Donate your gently used Eileen Fisher clothing to benefit Eileen Fisher's charitable organization. For every item donated, you receive $5 good for purchasing a new item, and a tax deduction.
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Westchester. Pick-Up Available. Call 1-877-399-2570. Will accept clothing, some household items, some small electronics. Consult website for list: www.bbbsdonate.org.
- The Lupus Foundation. Pick-up available. Schedule online at lupuspickup.org or telephone 1-888-445-8787. Will accept clothing, household items, vehicles, household items, and toys. No furniture or books.
- Furniture Sharehouse. Accepts furniture in good repair for families in Westchester County who have need. Will accept sofas (no more than 80” long), armchairs, mattresses (no stains), kitchen/dining room tables, dressers, bookshelves, lamps, small electric appliances, mirrors, televisions (no more than 5 years old), clean area rugs. Furniture pick-up available for 3 large items and a suggested $50 donation. Drop-off locations include the Warehouse at Westchester County Airport. Call for hours: 914-834-1294, email the Furniture Sharehouse, or visit the Furniture Sharehouse website.
- New Beginnings. Provides basic household essentials to Westchester homeless families. 165 Main St. Ossining Open Door. 914-923-4889 (voicemail). Donation hours Mondays 9:30-12:00. Items accepted: kitchen items, small household goods, household linens, baby linens, children's clothing up to size 10, children's books.
- United Way of Westchester/Putnam Gifts in Kind Program. Sends an email blast listing items for donation to over 200 Hudson Valley non-profits. Call 914-997-6700x755. uwwp.org/give-stuff-nonprofits.html. If your item is accepted by a local non-profit, they will contact you and pick up your item.
- The Sharing Shelf, 47 Purdy Avenue, Port Chester. Run by Family Services of Westchester. Distributes children's clothing to needy children in Westchester. Email The Sharing Shelf for more information.
- The PIVOT Project, 145 Palisade Street, Dobbs Ferry. A local non-profit that accepts used furniture in good condition and works with the homeless to redesign them. Call 914-400-7539 and take a photo of your piece to see if they can accept it.
- National Cristina Foundation. Donate your unwanted but usable computer to local non-profits and public agencies through a database maintained by the Cristina Foundation. Donation requirements: Pentium III & Higher. If your hardware needs repair, contact the charity to see if they will accept. Partial systems (no mouse, hard drive, monitor, keyboard accepted on a case by case basis). Local charities who are looking for computers include, Transfiguration School, Tarrytown, The Mental Health Association of Westchester, Haverstraw Head Start. Tax deductible receipt available.
- Westhab. Will accept computer donations and can pick up. Computers must be Pentium IV or higher. Will accept monitors, printers, software (resume, educational) but consult website for specifications. Www.westhab.org
- Best Buy. Check for local store locations. Accepts three household items per day. Accepts nearly everything electronic, including tube TVs and monitors up to 23”, flat-panel TVS and monitors up to 60”, DVD players, home and car audio, cell phones, MP3 players, and cables, desktop or laptop computers, small electrics, fans and vacuums. They do not accept console TV's of any size or tube TV's or monitors larger than 32”. No electronics containing refrigerants, such as mini refrigerators or air conditioners. No appliances unless you purchase a replacement from Best Buy and use Best Buy Home delivery. Every Best Buy store also has free kiosks just inside the door to recycle ink and toner cartridges, rechargeable batteries (including computer batteries) and cables.
- 1-800-RECYCLING or www.1800recycling.com to find alternate local locations to recycle products.
- Green Demolitions. Greenwich, Ct. Remodeling your kitchen? You might be able to donate your cabinets and appliances to the charity Green Demolitions, which resells kitchens and donates the profits to charity. Contact Green Demolitions by calling, (888)-887-5211. They will inspect your kitchen (cabinets, countertops, appliances, fixtures and building materials) and will arrange to have it removed by a licensed contractor if the kitchen is suitable. They provide you with a tax-deductible form. Proceeds from the sale of kitchens goes to programs and projects that help recovering addicts and their families. www.greendemolitions.org. If you are planning a remodel, check the website for kitchen and bath sales.
- Help Kenya Project. Masters School (Dobbs Ferry) former teacher Jude Ndambuki began a computer drive and sent working computers back to his native Kenya. Students continue to collect, refurbish and ship computers to educational institutions in Kenya. Contact the Masters School for information: (914) 479-6400.
- Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for Humanity operates two local re-stores. Donate working house parts to locations in New Rochelle or Mount Vernon. Pick-up service can sometimes be arranged. Fax a photograph of your items with your contact information to (914) 636-8592 in New Rochelle (telephone number (914) 636-8335). Store is located 524 Main St. New Rochelle. Mount Vernon store is at 2 Cortlandt St. Telephone: (914) 699-2791. Email a photograph of your item to Restore Westchester to see if you can arrange a pick-up. Used household items are also for sale at these two locations. You can also donate your car to Habitat for Humanity. Call (800) 237-4344 to arrange a pick up. HFH works with a third party to sell cars; proceeds are used by the charity. A tax deduction receipt will be available based on the sale price for the car.
- Operation Prom. Have an old prom dress still hanging in your closet? Donate it, or jewelry or bags (no shoes) to a local teen. Drop-off locations are listed in the fall/winter. Www.operationprom.org
- OneSight: Lenscrafters. Donate your used eyeglasses to a Lenscrafters store at the Galleria Mall in White Plains, (914) 422-0161, the Palisades Center (845) 358-7186, or at the Eastchester Shopping Center in Scarsdale (914) 725-3525.
- Household Materials Recovery Facility (H-MRF) on 15 Woods Road on the Grasslands Campus (near Westchester Medical Center). E-Waste and hazardous waste can be left at this county-operated facility. Make an appointment online http://environment.westchestergov.com/facilities/h-mrf/reservation-system or by telephone to the Recycling Hotline: (914) 813-5425. You must have proof of residency. Many hazardous wastes are accepted, including kerosene and other flammable liquids, metal, jewelry or furniture polish, propane tanks, wood preservatives, air conditioners, refrigerators, and dehumidifiers, florescent lighting, re-chargeable batteries, pesticides, photo and swimming pool chemicals, car tires (with or without rims), fire extinguishers, televisions, computers, cell phones, and papers to be shredded (up to four file boxes of personal documents, not businesses). Expired or unused pharmaceuticals can be taken once a month. Consult schedule. You cannot bring construction and demolition debris, medical waste (except pharmaceuticals), motor oil, asbestos, paint, smoke and fire detectors, non-rechargeable alkaline batteries (put in trash) or any curbside recycling.
- Irvington School District has a wish-list of items. Call Elaine Cardea, District Clerk. (914) 591-8501. The Irvington PTSA runs an annual coat drive for children. Coats can be dropped off at any of the four Irvington schools, beginning late October/early November. Contact the Irvington PTSA website for more details. Www.irvingtonnyptsa.org.
Many local libraries hold book sales annually. Check with Greenburgh, Tarrytown, Irvington, Dobbs Ferry, and Hastings libraries to learn their donation rules and schedules. The Cherry Door and the Zion Thrift Shop both accept book donations.
The Irvington PTSA holds a used book sale every spring. Donation locations include all four schools, and the sale is held at Dows Lane.
Annual Church Sales
Several local churches hold annual thrift sales and clothing sales, including St. Barnabas, Irvington Presbyterian Church, South Presbyterian Church in Dobbs Ferry (May). You can donate men's, children's, and women's clothing and shoes, furniture, electronics, household goods, bedding, books, sports and baby equipment, CDs and DVDs, jewelry, and antiques. Tax deductions available. Pick-up service generally is not. St. Barnabas holds their Outreach Clothing Sale every November for men, women, and children's clothing, shoes, and accessories. Donations accepted by the Church during the month of October. Clothing must be “better quality.”