Resources and Donation Sites
The following resources and donation sites are simply suggestions and inclusion on this list does not represent an endorsement. There are many more great resources out there, and I welcome your suggestions of resources or donation sites to add to this list.
Half Price Books buys, sells, and trades textbooks, music, movies, mobile phones, tablets, games, gaming consoles, e-readers, and more.
Computers and Electronics
EGreen IT Solutions accepts computers and hardware (including secure data destruction), hard drives, laptops, notebooks, printers, copiers, calculators, telephones, scanners, audio and video equipment, and digital cameras. Most services are free.
Call it New, Call it Antique is a consignment and resale center in Mesa
My Sister’s…has three types of stores at various locations.
www.mysisterscloset.com – women’s resale apparel
www.mysistersattic.com – furniture, accessories, lighting, rugs, art,
www.wellsuited.com – men’s resale apparel
Turnstyle has locations throughout Arizona for consigning clothing (men, women, kids), home and furniture
Arizona Estate Sales From the Attic owned by Jody Rogers
EJ’s Auction and Consignment in Glendale
Fine Estates and Antiques operates out of Scottsdale and offers many services
Area Agency on Aging, Region One has hoarding education and support groups
Arizona Hoarding Task Force is currently not functioning. Info will be updated when the group is restored.
Institute for Challenging Disorganization has excellent resource materials on their website.
Arizona Crime Prevention Association has an Arizona Prescription Drug Disposal Locations list
Walgreens has Safe Medication Disposal Program with kiosks at the stores
Moving Supplies and Resources
Recycling and Hazardous Waste
Each city has its own rules and programs. It is recommended to go to the city’s website for details.
A few other ideas:
Recycle clean plastic bags in kiosks at large grocery and discount stores, including Fry’s, Safeway, Albertsons, Target, WalMart, Food City, etc.
Recycle corks (not plastic) at BevMo.
Recycle CFL lightbulbs at ACE hardware, Home Depot, IKEA, and Lowe’s stores.
Recycle auto batteries at Auto Zone and Checker Auto Parts.
Recycle used motor oil at Pep Boys, Auto Zone, O’Reilly Auto Parts, WalMart Tire & Lube.
Recycle batteries, electronics, appliances, scrap metal and more at American Metal Company: www.amcrecycling.com/sell-scrap-metal
Earth911 can assist in finding local recycling and safe disposal options for almost anything www.earth911.com
ASDD is a division of The Center for Habilitation (TCH) and ASCC is a social enterprise of TCH, providing jobs for people with physical and developmental disabilities.
TNT Services does document shredding, scanning, and storage.
Video Archive Services
The following is a list of nonprofits and other organizations accepting donations of household and office items. Please check with each individual site to confirm they are accepting the items you have to donate.
REVISED DECEMBER 10, 2018
Arizona Animal Welfare League (AAWL) is Arizona’s oldest and largest no-kill shelter located at 25 N. 40th St., Phoenix, 85034. They have a wish list on their website www.aawl.org which is updated frequently. Generally, they are in need of food, towels, collars, litter boxes and clay litter, scoops, and general supplies for the shelter such as trash bags, batteries, and office supplies. Main phone is 602-273-6852.
Arizona Humane Society accepts donations of pet food and pet items for their shelters as well as general items for their three thrift shops in Mesa, Cave Creek, and Sunnyslope. Free pick up of your car, boat, or thrift shop donations is available. For more info, go to www.azhumane.org or schedule a pick up at 602-997-7585 X 2035.
AZ StRUT (Arizona Students Recycling Used Technology) is a non-profit which accepts almost all electronic equipment at five collection sites throughout the valley. The equipment is then refurbished or recycled by high school students and donated to Arizona schools and nonprofits. StRUT secures hard drives with a drive wipe process. For donation information and drop-off sites, go to www.azstrut.org. The site also has additional info on other avenues for recycling electronic equipment. Company donations welcome, and pick-up’s available.
Big Brothers and Big Sisters collects clothing and household items which they sell to local Savers thrift stores. Donations are accepted at Savers, bins around town, or can be picked up. They also accept vehicle donations as well as electronics, both of which get sold to raise funds. Contact them at www.bbbsaz.org or 602-230-8900.
The Bra Recyclers accepts bras and other lingerie, as well as mastectomy bras and prostheses. Bra Recyclers is a for-profit textile recycling company that supports non-profits by providing them with these items. Fill out the donation form available on their website www.brarecycling.com and then mail or deliver them to 3317 S. Higley Road, Ste. 114-441, Gilbert, 85297.
The Cinderella Affair provides high school junior and seniors new and gently-used formal wear absolutely free, helping them to make prom an affordable and memorable event. They accept dresses, dress shoes, handbags, and costume jewelry during the annual drive in February. Donations may be taken to their boutique in Chandler or dropped off at sites posted on their website every January. www.cinderellaaffair.org.
Deseret Industries Thrift Shop has locations in Mesa, Glendale, and Tucson that provide jobs for many in need, and they are generous in what they accept. Like Goodwill, they take almost anything as their processing centers allow them to sell items by the pound or recycle them. www.deseretindustries.org
Dress for Success is a non-profit working to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Drop off locations for clothing, shoes, and accessories may be found at www.phoenixdressforsuccess.org or 602-489-7397.
Flo’s on 7th is located in the Melrose District of Phoenix and benefits Florence Crittenton’s services for young women in Arizona. They appreciate and have special sections for donations from designers. www.floson7th.com. They will pick up large items. 602-254-7861.
Friends of (Your City’s) Library is an option for book and magazine donations. Most cities have a non-profit organization associated with their library that accepts books and other reading material. These items either get sold to support the library, or are actually placed on the shelves. Look up the city of interest for further information.
Goodwill is on the nearest corner, and is one of the few stores who accepts mattresses and children’s car seats along with everything else. They do not balk at items that may need to go straight to recycling (or the trash). They also have Redesign by Goodwill stores for furniture and home decor. Pick-up’s available. www.goodwillaz.org.
Habitat for Humanity Re-Stores are non-profit home improvement stores and donations centers that sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials and more in support of the greater mission of Habitat for Humanity. They accept donations from individuals and companies, with stores varying in what they accept. Pick-up’s are available. www.habitat.org
HALO (Helping Animals Live On) Animal Rescue is a no-kill animal shelter in Phoenix at 3227 E. Bell Rd., 85032, accepting donations for their shelter including food, litter, beds, and more. They also accept vehicle donations and have a thrift shop boutique in Cave Creek with women clothing and home furnishings. For donation and adoption locations, go to www.halorescue.org or call 602-971-9222.
Homeward Bound serves the needs of families going through homelessness, including housing and in-depth programs to get them on their feet. Donations of the basics needed for a home are needed including kitchen items, cleaning supplies, clothing, food and more. Monthly drives are listed on their website at www.homewardbound.org. 602-374-8765.
Infinite Finds is an upscale resale shop in Cave Creek accepting donations of home furnishings and accessories. The proceeds benefit senior citizens needing financial resources between the tie they are discharged from a medical facility and their receiving state assistance. They are located at 6528 E. Cave Creek Rd., 85331 and may be found at www.infinitefinds.org or 480-221-3464.
Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC) accepts in-kind donations which go directly to the care of the animals in their shelters. Take donations such as towels, blankets, beds, food, litter, toys, and more to any location, found on www.maricopa.gov.
My Girlfriend’s Closet was inspired by the Cinderella Affair and is sponsored by the Peoria North Rotary Club with their collection site in Glendale. They collect and distribute prom clothing for both young women and men. For contact information, go to www.mygirlfriendscloset.co. (Note: the .com site is a different deal.)
Pet Food Pantries supply senior citizens, veterans, and families in need with pet food and supplies to help keep pets and their families together. They are best contacted through their websites as many are operated out of homes. Pet food may also be donated to food pantries for people as many distribute pet food to families. Four of the pet food pantries are listed:
- Arizona Pet Pantry at azpetpantry.org serves Southern Arizona and supplies pet food for seniors 62 and older.
- Cause 4 Paws Pet Food Pantry at cause4pawsaz.org provides pet food for seniors and veterans in Maricopa County. They can accept unopened, new, and not expired food.
- Chuck Waggin Pet Food Pantry at chuckwaggin.org has five drop off locations in Phoenix and Tempe and do accept open bags and food expired within a year.
- Phoenix Pet Food Pantry at phoenixpetfoodpantry.org helps financially struggling owners. They accept food and all pet supplies with locations in Central and North Phoenix.
Project C.U.R.E. accepts donations of medical supplies and equipment and delivers them to resource-limited communities in the U.S. and globally. From cotton balls to operating tables, this non-profit accepts donations and ships them where they are most needed. The local site is at 2100 W. 14th St. T3, Tempe, 85281. Contact them to donate at email@example.com or 480-792-3740. The website has a comprehensive list of items that are accepted: www.projectcure.org.
Senior centers and hospices often set up lending closets for wheelchairs, walkers, canes, crutches, shower chairs, and similar items. This is a great resource when someone is recovering from surgery or a relative is visiting and an item is needed for a short time. Contact the senior center or hospice nearest you for details on what they accept.
Soles 4 Souls is an international organization based in Tennessee which creates sustainable jobs and provides relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world. Information on where to donate shoes, based on the number of shoes, may be found at www.soles4souls.org.
St. Vincent de Paul is a general thrift shop with seven locations in the Valley and ten more in greater Arizona. www.stvincentdepaul.net. They are one of the best when pick-up’s are needed – no long wait. Calling 602-266-4673 for a pick up is quicker than registering on the website for a pick up.
Sunshine Acres Children’s Home in Mesa has both a general thrift shop and an upscale bazaar that support their 60 year-old home for children. All types of items are accepted including clothing, shoes, handbags, jewelry, furniture, books, home décor, and appliances. The “donation pick-up line” is 480-981-4114 or items are accepted at 3465 N. Higley Rd., 85215. Further info may be found at www.sunshineacres.org/thriftstore or www.sunshinebazaarboutique.org.
The First Tee of Phoenix welcomes donations of new and “good-as-new” golf equipment. Their mission is to positively impact the lives of Maricopa County young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values, and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. Donations are accepted at the Phoenix office or at one of 15 cooperating facilities. For more info, call 602-305-7655 or go to www.thefirstteephoenix.org.
Tina’s Treasures Cancer Care Boutique is a non-profit serving women with cancer. They accept donations of breast prostheses, mastectomy bras and bathing suits, wigs, scarves, and hats. Located on the first floor of the HonorHealth Scottsdale Shea Medical Center at 10460 N. 92nd St. Scottsdale, 85258, their phone is 480-323-1990. www.honorhealth.com/medical-services/cancer-care/support-services/tinas-treasures-cancer-care-boutique
Treasures 4 Teachers collects books and all types of resources for educators. Children’s books K-12 and teaching materials are accepted, as well as books teachers might enjoy for pleasure reading. Drop off items go to 3025 S. 48th St., Suite 101 in Tempe, 85282, or call 480-751-1122 for a pick up of 20 boxes or more. For more info on items wanted, go to www.treasures4teachers.org.
Treasures 4 Teachers Thrift Shop is T4T’s new boutique right next to the store for teachers. They accept a variety of items for their cute store and the benefits go to Treasures 4 Teachers. What they can not use, they send to Sunshine Acres. They are at 3025 S. 48th St., Suite 102, Tempe 85282 and can be reached at 480-773-6856.
VNSA (Volunteer-Nonprofit Service Association) collects books and magazines. Their annual sale is famous, with the proceeds benefiting the Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation and Literacy Volunteers of Maricopa County. For lists of what they accept, drop box locations, and home/office pick-up’s, go to www.VNSAbooksale.org. For pick-up’s call 602-265-6805.
White Dove Thrift Shoppe benefits Hospice of the Valley and has four locations in the Valley. They take medical equipment and nicer items but no children’s toys, strollers, car seats, or mattresses. www.whitedovethrift.org. Pick up only of furniture or large items. 602-274-3683.