Where to Donate Gently Used Toys, Clothing, Household Items, and more

2019-01-11T14:49:31+00:00December 28, 2018|Motherhood & Parenting, Volunteer & Donate|

Are you feeling the post-Christmas urge to purge??
Trying to get your house cleaned out and organized for the new year ahead?
If so, we’ve got a list of places to take your gently used and brand new items where they will be reused or resold to support a specific cause.

Full details and drop off locations can be found at the bottom of this post or by clicking the name of any organization.

Donation Reminders

  • Charities can only use items that are new, unused, or nearly new. If you find something “gross” or unusable, chances are a charity will too.
  • Clothing should be washed and clean without stains or tears
  • Toys should be in working order and have all parts
  • Try and deliver items in a way that is easy to sort through, most organizations rely on volunteer time to sort items for reuse
  • If you aren’t sure if an item can be reused – CALL and ask first. Phone numbers are listed at the bottom.

Resell Kids Clothing, Toys, Books, Maternity Apparel, & More

Replay Lakeland: Upscale Kids Resale – Turn your new or gently loved items into cash or store credit. Replay Lakeland buys items on the spot, and is also a great place to stock up on kids apparel and baby gear at 50% off or more. Located at 4525 S Florida Ave, Suite 15, Lakeland, Florida 33813.

Furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances

Habitat for Humanity ReStore – Donate appliances, building materials, paint, furniture, cabinets, plumbing, lighting fixtures, windows, and more. Donated items are re-sold to the public at a fraction of the retail price and proceeds support Habitat for Humanity. Large item pick ups are available. You can also donate stained, ripped or worn-out clothing, towels, sheets and shoes to be recycled as insulation.

Stuffed Animals

SAFE Chapter (Stuffed Animals for Emergencies) – New and gently used stuffed animals are collected, cleaned if needed, and donated to local organizations that can use them.

Golf Clubs

The First Tee – Convert your old, unwanted golf equipment into a cash donation to The First Tee.  Clubs, golf balls, apparel, golf bags, range finders, etc. You will receive a free shipping label to send in your equipment, and in 3-4 weeks the First Tee will receive cash.

Eyeglasses

The Lions Club – accepts new, used, prescription, non-prescription, eyeglasses, safety glasses and sunglasses. Broken or incomplete glasses are not accepted. Deposit glasses in the eyeglass collection box at participating local Walmart Vision Centers and at locations around town. (There is not currently a donation box list however you can click here to find a club near you and inquire)

Books

The Lakeland Library – resells books, magazines, and DVDs. Drop off at the front counter in the Main Library. Many other local libraries also collect and resell donations to support library programs.

Bicycles

Pedal Power Bicycle Ministry at First Presbyterian Church – Collects used bicycles then restores and refurbishes to safe working order and gives away for FREE to Children and Adults in need. To donate a bicycle you can drop off at the Church main office Monday – Friday between the hours of 9 and 4.

Pet Supplies, Towels & Blankets

SPCA Florida – Used blankets and towels can be repurposed for animal crate beds. Wish list items include: Dog and cat beds,  Kitty supplies – litter, toys, food, treats; Dog supplies – dry puppy food, dog food, biscuits, Nyla Kongs, Peanut Butter for Kongs (regular, NOT sugar free), Dog Leashes, Collars & Easy Walk Harnesses.

Polk County Animal Shelter – Gratefully accepts all donations intended for the health and comfort of the animals housed in our shelter. Needed items include old towels and linens, dog and cat beds, pet toys, old dog and cat transport crates, bird and small animal cages, newspapers, etc. The veterinary staff is always in need of workable gently-loved medical equipment, bandages, and other medical supplies. You’d be surprised at what can be adapted to help the animals in our care.

Prom Dresses, Tuxedos & Fancy Accessories

Night To Shine – donate dresses and dress clothing for this special needs prom that happens each January at First Presbyterian Church. Drop off donations at the church, and click here to read more about this event.

Clothing & Accessories

Top Buttons – The Boutique proceeds help fund the Wearing Confidence Program to promote positive body image, healthy self-esteem and modesty among young women. Donations accepted include quality new or used clothing items and accessories for females including: Pre-teen, teen, adult, maternity and plus sizes, shoes, handbags, scarves, belts, and jewelry.

Answer the Call Polk – Answer the Call was created to meet the needs of children in Polk County through a partnership with local schools, teachers, and administrators. Collecting jackets, hoodies, jeans (plain/no decoration), or khakis. Can be new or gently used, elementary or middle school sizes.

Children’s Clothes Closet at First United Methodist Church – The Children’s Clothes Closet supplies nearly 2,000 homeless and at-risk infants, children and teens in our community with everyday clothing, school uniforms, personal care kits and more. Donations of new or clean, gently worn clothing in sizes from newborns through adults, new underwear (with unopened packaging) and travel-sized personal care items help serve more children.

Hidden Gem Consignment – This is a consignment store where you can sell clothing and household items, but they also accept your donations. When items are donated and resold 100% of that profit goes to Hands Across The Bay which assist victims of domestic violence. Items that can’t be resold are provided to Peace River Center. Items accepted include clothes, handbags and shoes for women, men and children.

Toys, Books, Children/Teen Clothing, Stuffed Animals, Household Items

Florida Baptist Children’s Homes and One More Child– Donations needed include children’s clothing, toys, books, bedding, women’s clothing, diapers, household items, kitchen supplies, food, and more. All donations are used for children and families in their services including foster care, family support, single moms programs, and more.

Peace River Center’s Thrift Shop – The Thrift Shoppe gratefully accepts donations from the community and is open to the public for shopping. Clients of Peace River Center can shop for necessities through a voucher program.

LoBo Ranch – LoBo Ranch serves sibling groups in foster care. Welcomed donations include cribs, twin beds, pack n plays, diapers, baby formula and children’s hygiene items.

Regenerations Resale Shop – Bargain prices for clothing, housewares, toys, and furniture! Donations of gently used clothing and current electronics, furniture, etc., appreciated. Supports the ministries of Resurrection Catholic Church and School.

ECHO Ministries – Helps families who are caring for children that aren’t their own including foster families, relative/non relative caregivers, and adopting families. Donations for children from infant through teen are welcome as well as twin and bunk beds, new socks and underwear, diapers, pullups, and wipes.

Children’s Home Society – Building bridges to success for children. Visit https://www.chsfl.org/wish-list/ to see a full list of donation items including clothing, household supplies, toiletries, bedding and linens, and more

New Life Center for Family Preservation – The focus of the NLC is to meet the needs of the homeless pregnant women and support them in their desire to keep and raise their child…. changing lives two at a time. Donate items to the ministry.

The Dream Center of Lakeland – The Dream Center of Lakeland operates a community co-op which provides non-perishable food, clothing, and home goods to those they serve, at no charge.

Lighthouse Ministries – Serves the community by providing needed products and clothing at reasonable prices at our stores. You can contribute by donating goods to be resold.

George Harris Jr. Runaway & Youth Crisis Center – This is a shelter for children who often need an emergency “Safe Place.” Those who are runaway or homeless, “locked out” or “kicked out” of their home by parents or guardians, need emergency shelter placement due to abuse and/or neglect. Donations needed include clothes, shoes, school supplies, toiletries, games, sports equipment, etc. for ages 10 – 17.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Lakeland & Mulberry – Donations needed include “teen things” – clothing, hygiene items, card games, etc. Small dollar store/kids meal type toys, hygiene items, school supplies, snacks, candy, and toys. Club members earn “club bucks” on a daily basis that are used to teach financial literacy. The kids decide whether to save or spend their “club bucks” and learn the value of both choices.

Mulberry Community Service Center – Visit the thrift store featuring seasonal decor, household items and more. All proceeds from the thrift store support the community center and the food bank. Accepting food and clothing donations. Clothing donations should be washed and food items should be in date.

Women’s Resource Center – Winter Haven – Helps women and their families during times of crisis and transition. Donations to help local women and their families: diapers and pull-ups, formula, baby wipes, baby shampoo, teething gel, soap, deodorant, bath products, feminine products, toiletries, toothbrush and toothpaste, non-perishable food.

Village of Hope Ministries – Bartow – Donations are needed for non-perishable food items, diapers, paper goods. Brand new school appropriate shoes (sneakers) in all sizes, and new or like new clothing for toddlers through teens. No bedding, furniture, or toys please.

Looking for a donation location close to you? Use our map of organizations accepting donations.

Below are the full listings for the organizations listed above including addresses and phone numbers.

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April Mucci Lakeland Mom
April Mucci Lakeland Mom

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April is the owner of LakelandMom.com. She has lived in Lakeland since age 2 and is passionate about our community and connecting people with local resources. She is a mom to 2 boys and a mini goldendoodle, wife to Matt. You can often find April at the baseball field where she cheers on her baseball loving 10 year old, or home building Legos with her 8 year old. She loves reading, saltwater fishing, and working on Lakeland Mom!

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