8 Organizations That Pick Up Your Donations for Free
Don’t know what to do with the items you won’t take with you? Many organizations offer furniture donation pick-up services, where they’ll take things off your hands, such as tables, clothes, and other household goods.
As you can imagine, this becomes a time-saver, especially when you consider the myriad of things you have to do when you move.
Where to Donate: Organizations That Have Free Donation Pick-Up
Here’s a list of organizations that will pick up your donations, free of charge:
- Salvation Army
- Habitat for Humanity
- Pick Up Please
- Furniture Bank
- The Arc
GreenDrop is a program serving the east coast, selected by the American Red Cross, Military Order of the Purple Heart, the National Federation of the Blind, and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Philadelphia to raise funds through donations. The organization sends donations to area thrift stores. In some cases, heavily worn clothing or outdated electronics are recycled to make new products.
In addition to the free donation pick-up, GreenDrop offers Home Clean-Out, a free service that helps you sort and donate large volumes of clothing and household items — ideal for pre-move organization. A professional concierge identifies which items can be donated, and helps you prepare for the drivers who will pack and remove your donation.
Currently, this service is only available in the Philadelphia metro area, New Jersey, Delaware, Baltimore metro area, DC, and Northern Virginia. Visit GreenDrop to learn more.
Items that GreenDrop accepts: GreenDrop accepts a variety of items such as clothing, household goods, electronics, tools, toys, and more.
By the way, if you need a little nudge to part with your stuff, check out these tips first.
2. Salvation Army
The Salvation Army assists 25 million people each year. Online services for scheduling aren’t available for all ZIP codes, but their website provides a local phone number you can use to arrange a furniture donation pick-up. There’s also an online form to schedule a pick-up for a future date.
Due to recalls or government rules on re-selling, there are certain things The Salvation Army won’t accept, such as particleboard furniture, metal desks, TV armoires, and baby items (such as high chairs and car seats). Don’t sweat it, though. You can use an app to sell those things.
Items that Salvation Army accepts: They will take your furniture donations (other than those listed above), clothing, appliances, kitchen items, automobiles, and more.
3. Habitat for Humanity
Furniture donations are sold at their ReStores, Habitat for Humanity’s improvement/furniture resale locations that sell gently used furniture, appliances, and building materials to the public. Proceeds from sales go towards building homes, as well as the repair of homes by the organization.
Habitat for Humanity offers free donation pick-up once a week. Call the Habitat for Humanity location closest to you to schedule a pick-up.
Items that Habitat for Humanity accepts: Habitat for Humanity will accept furniture , appliances, and building materials. They also accept most vehicles, including cars, trucks, motorcycles, recreational vehicles, boats, snowmobiles, farm equipment, construction equipment, and even airplanes.
Most Goodwill locations offer donated furniture pick-ups for free. Visit the website to find out whether or not pick-up service is available in your community. Goodwill sells your furniture donation in Goodwill stores and on Goodwill’s online auction site to raise money for employment training and job placement services for people in your community.
Items that Goodwill accepts: Goodwill takes furniture donations, clothing donations, accessories, dishes and glassware, collectibles, and electronics. They also accept most cars, trucks, SUVs, boats, RVs, campers, riding lawn mowers, and more (they don’t even have to be in working condition!). If you have a junker car or a rusty mower that you don’t want to transport to the new house, arrange for a free pick-up.
5. Pick Up Please
Pick Up Please is a program of the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA). Pick Up Please handles scheduling through an easy-to-use online calendar, and your furniture donation can often be picked up within 24 hours — you don’t even have to be home when the truck arrives. Just box up the items and label them “VVA Donation Pickup,” and the driver will load the boxes and leave a tax deduction receipt.
Currently, the service is available in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. You can visit its website to see where to donate.
Items that Pick Up Please accepts: They will accept your gently-used household goods, clothing, toys, electronics, and smaller furniture, such as nightstands and office chairs.
6. Furniture Bank
Everyone deserves to have basic furniture in good condition. Your furniture donation to the Furniture Bank help battered women and children in retreat, immigrants, the unemployed, the working poor, and the previously homeless set up their home with the furnishings others probably take for granted.
Items that Furniture Bank accepts: In addition to furniture, they also accept cars and recreational vehicles in any condition, and they offer free pick up and towing.
7. The Arc
With over 600 local chapters and over 1,000 national and community programs, the Arc helps those who have intellectual or developmental disabilities. One of their key initiatives is free donation pick-ups.
You can see if your local chapter accepts free donation pick-ups by visiting The Arc’s website.
Items that The Arc Accepts: The Arc will take your furniture, clothing donations, and more.
Amvets supports local veterans through service programs and by providing them with donated home furnishings. To see where to donate in your area, you can visit its website to fill out the donation pick-up form. If they offer pick-up services, you’ll pack everything into boxes, mark them for Amvets, and leave them outside of your door by 7:30 a.m. the day of pick-up.
For larger items such as couches, you’ll want to contact the local chapter to see how they handle these services.
Items that AMVETS accepts: AMVETS needs clothing donations (for men, women, and children), electronics, small appliances, kitchenware, lamps, curtains and drapes, books, bicycles, beddings, and more. They also take flat-screen TVs, computers, and exercise equipment if they are less than 5 years old. If you have an item not on this list, they may still be able to take it! Just call and ask.
Frequently Asked Questions
Which charities will pick up my donation for free?
All of the charities listed above offer free furniture donation pick-up services, though some local chapters might have specific requirements regarding what kind of furniture or home goods they take. You can visit the charity’s website to find out more about their pick-up services.
Where can I donate furniture?
Many local charities like Goodwill, Salvation Army, or Habitat for Humanity will take gently used furniture. You can also use the app NextDoor Neighbor to see if anyone is in need or wants free furniture. Lastly, you could check with local civic or church groups, as some have furniture banks.
Does Goodwill pick up donations?
In many cases, Goodwill will pick up your donations. Visit Goodwill’s website to see if they offer these services in your area.
Are my donations tax-deductible?
Yes, your items can be tax-deductible. If you plan to itemize your tax deductions, you’ll need a receipt from the charity you donated the items to. Additionally, many charities such as Goodwill offer prices on commonly donated items like clothing and furniture. And it’s always a good idea to follow the IRS’s rules on charitable contributions.
What condition do my items need to be in for donation?
Generally, charities accept gently-used items, especially in the instances of furniture and other household goods, since they’ll be used for resale.