Moving is a great opportunity to hit reset on your home. The more stuff you can get rid of by donating or selling, the easier your move will be and the more space you’ll have to play with.
When decluttering, consider donating your quality items to thrift stores or charities rather than selling them. Furniture is expensive, and there are many people in Auckland who will benefit from your good quality second-hand items.
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Make sure everything that you donate is in good condition. It doesn’t have to be near new or fashionable, but any furniture, clothing, or household goods you donate should be clean, unsoiled and structurally sound. If it smells, is stained or won’t survive someone using it for a few months, take it to the tip.
There are lots of charities and thrift stores in the city that accept clothing and household furniture. Here is our pick of places to donate your quality items in Auckland.
The good folks at Auckland City Mission help people affected by homelessness. Donations of good quality clothing and household goods help them work towards this cause.
They are not taking donations of large furniture items or electronic goods right now. However, most other types of household items are accepted. Donations of clothing, bedding, and other goods are distributed to needy people through their community services arm. Surplus items are sold through their op shops around Auckland.
Located in Birkenhead, Auckland, The Collective is a mental health charity that passes on 50% of its profits to The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand. If you’re looking for a great charity to support, consider donating your goods here. They offer free furniture pickup for large items.
As a boutique store, they are selective about what items they take on. However, high-quality, designer, brand-name pieces, vintage items or stylish decor are most likely accepted. They also accept furniture that needs to be upcycled as long as it’s in good structural condition.
Dress For Success helps women look smart for job interviews. They accept good quality, gently used clothing suitable for professional wear. If you have suits, jackets, work pants, blouses, suit skirts, pencil or A-line skirts, long-sleeve shirts, or dress shoes, consider donating them to this worthy cause.
Everlasting is a charity that accepts great quality women's and children's clothing, shoes and accessories to create a more sustainable world.
Do you have too many men’s shirts or suits that don’t fit in your wardrobe? Donate your surplus menswear to Fix Up, Look Sharp. This Auckland charity helps men get a head start towards employment by styling them in clothing relevant to their interview or purpose. As the clothing you donate is used to help men gain employment, they only accept suits and clothing that is in near-to-mint condition and is preferably dry-cleaned.
They accept long-sleeved shirts, suits, trousers, blazers, suit jackets, chinos, polo shirts, vests, waistcoats, belts, dress shoes, dress sneakers, socks, ties and cufflinks. They also accept unused men’s grooming kits.
Habitat’s ReStore accepts everything from clothing, furniture, books, appliances and even building materials which are then resold at an affordable price. While they accept most items, they don’t take children’s car seats, inflatable toys, bike and safety helmets, TVs older than five years, pianos or organs.
With five locations across Auckland and pickup and delivery available, Habitat for Humanity makes donating your quality used furniture easy. Check out their locations in the North Shore, Henderson, Panmure, Otara and Pukekohe, or give them a call to find out about their collection services.
Hospice Auckland has 46 shops and locations around greater Auckland, so there’s bound to be a Hospice Shop near you. Hospice helps provide palliative care to Aucklanders. The sales of donated items help pay for specialist nurses, doctors and support teams. About a third of their revenue is raised by selling items in Hospice shops, so you know your donation will go to a great cause.
Most shops accept clean, good-quality clothing, homeware and furniture items. They even have a free pick-up and delivery service, which makes getting rid of large items super easy.
Koha Apparel helps those experiencing homelessness and financial hardship by donating clothing to adults and children in need. They accept clean clothing that is in good condition. They also sell surplus items in their online store and use those profits to help needy people.
Hospice West Auckland is a network of shops in the West Auckland area. Six locations, including Glen Eden, Helensville, Henderson, New Lynn, Te Atatu Peninsula and Massey, operate under the West Auckland branch of Hospice Auckland. If you’re a local, why not drop off your homeware items, clothing or unwanted furniture at one of their locations? All profits go towards specialist palliative care in care homes around West Auckland.
Mercy Hospice has nine locations of retail stores across Auckland. All donations are sold in their shops, and the profits go towards providing free care for over 300 Aucklanders living with terminal diseases and supporting their family.
While all locations accept donations of clothing, household goods and other items, their Ellerslie store deals with the donations of larger furniture. They offer a free pick-up service for these donations and post most of their items on their Facebook page @Mercyhospiceshopnz.
If you have kids, you know how quickly babies grow out of their clothing. Mummy’s in Need accepts donations of all baby items and regifts them to mothers and families in need.
They accept bassinets, bottles and feeding equipment, blankets, wraps, sleep sacks, cots, mattresses, car seats, prams and strollers, high chairs, bouncers, baby baths and bath supports. They also accept clothing, socks, booties and mittens as long as they are clean and unstained.
Cleaning out your underwear draw? Project Uplift accepts donations of bras and gets them to women in need. Since 2005, they have donated over 2 million bras to women in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Cook Islands, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Philippines, Bali, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Botswana, Uganda, Pakistan, Australia and New Zealand.
Bras are expensive, and many women in developing countries don’t have access to purchasing underwear that fits well. With 13 drop-off points around Auckland, Project Uplift makes it easy to donate to such a worthy cause.
Auckland’s Red Cross network has twelve locations (including one on Waiheke Island!) No matter where you are located in Auckland, there’s somewhere to take your pre-loved clothing and furniture. Red Cross also has a partnership with Kathmandu which means you can donate any of your pre-loved clothing items at one of their outdoor stores.
While every Red Cross is slightly different, most accept donations of accessories, books, clothing, curtains, electronic appliances, footwear, homeware, kitchenware, manchester, and toys. Donation collection varies from store to store. It’s best to check out your local store online first to see what they accept and whether you can arrange a pick-up for larger items.
The Salvation Army’s Family Stores are a great place to donate your used goods. They accept quality household furniture, clothing, furniture and whiteware. They have 25 stores in the Greater Auckland area and can pick up larger items for you. Sales of donations go towards their work helping families affected by homelessness, natural disasters, alcohol and drug use, and supporting New Zealanders through other causes.
The SPCA has two boutique locations in Auckland. These boutiques accept designer and high-quality clothing and household items. If you are into sustainable shopping, consider donating the quality clothing you no longer wear to their Ponsonby Road or Browns Bay store.
They also accept good quality accessories, games, furniture, and household goods. For furniture and bulky items, call the SPCA first to arrange the pick-up or drop-off of your items.
Tipping Point helps divert household goods and furniture items from ending in landfills. They accept a wide range of items, including doors, windows and shelving, whiteware, building materials, bedding, art, functional electronics, mattresses (new or like new), power tools, sports equipment and furniture. Located in Henderson, they are open every day from 9 am. All donations are resold through their shop.
Woven Earth helps to get survivors of domestic violence into their own homes. Donations help victims set up their new lives without worrying about where their furniture or clothing will come from. Many people who escape family violence can’t take items with them as they flee.
Donating good quality furniture, clothing, and household goods helps mothers and their children integrate into new communities and transform their new living spaces into homes.
Donating to one of these stores or charities is a great way to support a good cause and declutter your home. Make your next move even easier by finding a trusted team of movers at Wise Move.
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