Whether you’re in spring cleaning mode or feeling inspired after watching “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” on Netflix, giving your home a deep clean can often mean accumulating a pile of stuff to donate! Luckily, Whidbey Island has several donation opportunities that make parting with things you no longer need or use as easy as possible. And not only will you end up with a tidy home, but you’ll be able to help those in need along the way!
Below, you’ll find several excellent opportunities to donate your used items (organized by location, starting with organizations with multiple locations on the island):
MULTIPLE WHIDBEY ISLAND LOCATIONS
Located at 280 SE Pioneer Way Oak Harbor, WA 98277
Located at 1592 Main Street Freeland, WA 98277
Donations accepted: New & gently used furniture, mattresses, artwork, appliances, home accessories, building materials
Habitat for Humanity of Island County runs 2 stores, one in Oak Harbor and one in Freeland. Proceeds from the stores go to support the building of Habitat homes right here in Island County. Want to make a donation but don’t have a way to transport it? They offer free furniture pick-up! You can find contact information on their website and schedule a pickup based on your location.
WAIF has several different locations throughout Whidbey Island. Click here for address to their thrift stores, cat adoption center, main facility, etc.
Donations accepted: Clothing, children’s toys (puzzles, games, stuffed animals), children’s items (strollers, cribs, swings, baby monitors, booster, seats), tools, electrical equipment, camping supplies, sporting goods, dishes, glassware, furniture, small appliances, linens, jewelry, collectibles, office supplies, CDs, records, cassette tapes, VHS, and more.
WAIF is a local nonprofit that works “to protect companion animals, provide compassionate care, advocate for their welfare and positively promote the human-animal connection.” Their thrift shops help them raise money to operate their animal shelters.
Located at 600 SE Barrington Dr. Oak Harbor, WA 98277
Donations accepted: Gently used clothing, furniture, housewares, small appliances, books, music, toys, games, and more. (Click here to find a list of things that Island Thrift cannot accept.)
Island Thrift uses proceeds from their store to donate to a long list of organizations, projects, and programs in Island County. From one-time donations to ongoing grants, Island Thrift’s reach is far and wide! It’s no surprise that they’ve been voted the BEST thrift store on Whidbey Island for 17 years in a row.
Click here to see a list and brief description of all of the wonderful local organizations they work to support.
Located at 210 SE Pioneer Way, Oak Harbor WA
Donations accepted: Clean & undamaged clothing, shoes, jewelry, purses, ties, scarves, belts, books, artwork, tools, estate goods, collectables, luggage, lamps, small furniture, dishes, glassware, linens, and other household items. (Click here for a list of items that they do not accept.)
Upscale Resale is ran by Soroptimist International of Oak Harbor. This organization is all about improving the lives of women and girls throughout the entire world. They offer a wide variety of assistance, from academic scholarships to making sure women can get mammograms and heart screenings. Upscale Resale helps to support their endeavors!
Located at 260 SE Pioneer Way, Oak Harbor, WA 98278
Donations accepted: Clothing, uniforms, household foods
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society operates thrift stores in several cities throughout the country with the intent of helping people find gently used items. Great care is given to inspect all of the items sold at the thrift shop to ensure that vshopper have good quality items to choose from. You must have a military ID card to shop in their thrift stores. Follow the Whidbey Island branch on Facebook for special updates on thrift shop sales!
Located at 800 SE Barrington Drive, Oak Harbor, WA 98277
Donations accepted: Houseware, clothing, electronics, books, media, baby items, hardware, crafts, emergency food, and more. (They do not take furniture, but if you have a question about what might qualify, call ahead.) Don’t have a way to transport your donations? No problem! Click here to reach out and schedule a pick up.
Started in 2012 by Kristiina Miller, Garage of Blessings literally started in Kristiina’s garage. She started by setting up donating items in her garage at home and inviting people to take what they needed for free. The operation has grown several times, and it now in a 10,000-square-foot facility!
The system is the same as when it started: everything is free, no questions asked, no strings attached. The Garage of Blessings is staffed by volunteers, so they also appreciate monetary donations that they can use for gas money, in addition to paying for rent and utilities.
Located at Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association (CHWA) office located on Coveland, down the steps to the right of Balance Body Works at 6
Donations accepted: Scarves, gloves, hats, blankets, sleeping bags, toilet paper, toothbrushes + toothpaste, diaper wipes, gift cards to Red Apple or Safeway, fast food + coffee gift cards, gas gift cards, laundry soap, new socks (men’s crew & womens), paper towels, Kleenex, new underwear (mens & womens), cotton balls, qtips, shampoo, conditioner, bath towels, washcloths, quarters for laundry, sweatpants + tops, razors, plastic silverware + cups, flashlights + batteries, tens, ziplock bags, large garbage bags, dog/cat/bird food, adult Depends size large, feminine products, Clorox wipes, hand and feet warmers
Each year from November 1 through December 19, CHWA gathers items for Island County Human Services. County case managers and social workers distribute items to those who are in need.
Located at 5518 Woodard Avenue Freeland WA 98249
Donations accepted: Gently used clothing, furniture, household items, outdoor items, tools, books, crafts, jewelry, children’s items, Christmas decor
Operated by Island Senior Resources, Senior Thrift contributes to helping “ seniors and adults with disabilities, their families, and caregivers, throughout Island County, in person, in homes, and in our offices.” They are a nonprofit and provide several programs, including Meals on Wheels, medical transportation, family caregiver support programs, and much more. Supporting the thrift store helps support the services they provide!
Tip: If you sign up for their newsletter, you can hear about sales early!
Good Cheer Thrift Store located at 114 Anthes Ave, Langley, WA 98260
Good Cheer Two located at 11042 WA-525, Langley, WA 98260
Donations accepted: Furniture, clothing, accessories, home decor, tools, appliances, electronics, and more
Both of Good Cheer’s thrift shops operate to support the Good Cheer food bank. Their food bank offers healthy food options to 850+ families each month, and donations, volunteers, and other support from the community is essential to their success. You can also donate food to the food bank!
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