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April 29, 2019

Where to Donate Used Items in the South Sound

In the midst of spring cleaning or feeling inspired by Tidying Up with Marie Kondo? Once you’ve cleaned out every nook and cranny in your home, figuring out how to get rid of everything you don’t need anymore can be half the battle!

“Someone’s trash may be someone else’s treasure,” says Terri Reade, and it’s totally true! “I am the type that does my best to keep anything of value out of the landfill. It sometimes takes more time and energy but for me, it’s worth it.”

The Federal Way and South Sound area have several opportunities for donating your used items, and you can help members of the community who may be in need at the same time. Here are a few options:

“I love first donating to the Tacoma Rescue Mission for the homeless with regards to clothing,” shares Terri Reade. “They will go through your donation and whatever they can’t use then is donated again to Value Village. If you're feeling truly philanthropic, you could even ask friends/coworkers/neighbors if they have any clothing items they would like to donate as well. You might even want to volunteer. They are always looking for good people to help sort donations.”

“This is the best known secret of the area,” shares Terri Reade. “We take all our gently used sporting items to PlayBack Sports and sell them on consignment. By the time we come back for the next sports season there is a credit waiting to spend for whatever we need. You have to be OK with buying used items but the owner does a great job or scrutinizing items to make sure they are of good quality. There is a location in Puyallup and in the Proctor neighborhood of Tacoma. I suggest to call ahead to confirm what items they are accepting.”

JDog Junk Removal

“For items that don't 'spark joy' anymore I recommend JDog Junk Removal, a veteran-owned business,” advises Linda Letney.

“They provide free estimates of items you need removed. Any items than can be re-sold or recycled will be. 60% to 80% of items they pick up are kept out of landfills. They will remove most anything with the exception of hazardous waste. They provide service to most of King and Pierce Counties”

Fusion Decor Boutique

Jennifer Dovey recommends Fusion Decor Boutique in Federal Way: “[They] will take estate-worthy furniture, artwork, collectibles, etc.” This nonprofit helps families in need furnish their homes as they transition from homelessness to housing. Maureen Donhauser is also a big fan of Fusion. "It's a point of pride for Federal Way. I've been a volunteer at the boutique for a few years and their mission to aide in homelessness in our community continues to impress me. I strongly encourage friends, relatives, and clients to donate to Fusion for a truly great cause."

Multi-Service Center in Federal Way

“We like to donate our clothing and linens to the Multi-Service Center at 1200 S 336th St in Federal Way,” says Laurel Butler. “I prefer this over other organizations because people who are in need don't have to pay for the items.”

Donations are accepted Monday thru Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM.

Their most needed items are: men’s and women’s clothing in larger sizes, sleeping bags, mittens/gloves, shoes, hats, socks, and underwear.

Heaven Sent in Federal Way

Heaven Sent is a children's consignment shop next to Scoreboard Pub. Give those gently used clothing, strollers, books, toys, etc. a second life,” recommends Jennifer Dovey. The original owners founded the store over 30 years ago. It began with the 2 mothers' love of buying toys and clothing for their daughters, but not loving the full-retail prices.

Some items will be consigned (meaning you get paid when they sell) while they will purchase some items outright. I'm sure any of us with children are familiar with having adorable clothes that they grow out of too fast! Or having too many toys that get paid no attention. It's always a great idea to get more use out of them by offering them up to someone who doesn't want to or can't pay full-price.

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