I know a lot of you are Konmari-ing right now and I just wanted to offer up a few alternatives to your normal thrift shops for donations. Nothing is wrong with the normal spots - I donate and shop to them frequently too - but I’m just saying. There are a lot of places in need and it’s a good idea to spread the wealth:
Threadcycle: Seattle Public Utilities has partnered with King County to create the Threadcycle program, which helps decrease your impact on the planet by reusing or recycling your unwanted clothes, shoes, and linens. Worn-out, ripped, and mismatched items are now collected and turned into new products such as carpet padding, insulation, and wiping rags. Learn more about what happens to these items through Threadcycle.
Dress for Success Seattle: Our purpose is to offer long-lasting solutions that enable women to break the cycle of poverty. Dress for Success is part of a global movement for change, empowering women to obtain safer and better futures. We provide each client with professional attire to secure employment, but we are about much more than simply a new outfit. Besides physically equipping the client with apparel and accessories, our programs furnish her with a confidence that she carries forever and the knowledge that she can actively define her life, the direction she takes and what success means to her. // Donation info
Mary’s Place: Mary’s Place provides safe, inclusive shelter and services that support women, children and families on their journey out of homelessness. // Donation info
Westside Baby: WestSide Baby is a nonprofit organization that collects new and used items for children and babies and distributes them free of charge to King County families in need. We work with local social service agencies assisting low-income families. Agencies request items from us and deliver them to families who are homeless, living in transitional housing, in need of a little help during a difficult transition. // Donation info
Northwest Center: Northwest Center was founded in 1965 by parents who refused to institutionalize their children with developmental disabilities or accept the prevailing notion that their children couldn't be taught. Banding together to form Northwest Center, they hired their own teachers to develop education programs targeted to special needs children. // Donation locations
Facing Homelessness: Facing Homelessness began its journey in 2010, with a belief that we can and will end homelessness when we invite community to be a part of the solution. // How to donate
Wellspring Family Services (recommended by Peri): Wellspring Family Services is a nonprofit, multi-service agency serving low-income and vulnerable individuals, children and families in Seattle and King County. For more than 125 years, Wellspring has been a source of opportunity for children and families to win their resilience, triumph over trauma, and reach their full potential. // Donation info
Humble Design (recommended by Bri): Humble Design serves individuals, families, and veterans emerging from homelessness by transforming their empty house into a warm, welcoming and uplifting home with donated furniture and household goods. Across the country, Humble Design warehouses are curated and stocked by design teams that personalize homes by providing a dignified, life changing experience for clients. // Donation info and cheat sheet
Donation suggestions from the City of Seattle
Valentina suggests donating used towels and sheets to your favorite animal shelter. Such a great idea!
If you have any organizations you want to add to the list, DM me on Instagram!