Updated July 7, 2022. It always seems like the changing of seasons leads to the need to declutter the entire house. Whether you need to clean out the basement or get rid of last season’s closet finds, you’ll need a place to take all the items and clothing you don’t want anymore. Luckily, NoVA is home to several thrift stores, nonprofits, and donation centers that will happily take clothes and home items off your hands.
ACTS Thrift Store, located in Dumfries, takes donations of clothes, books, furniture, home goods, and more and sells them for a fraction of the cost. All proceeds from its thrift stores goes to ACTS client support, housing services, and trauma services to help the impoverished, homeless and victims of personal violence in Prince William County. Additionally, ACT distributes thrift store vouchers to its clients so they can shop for clothing and household items they need at no cost to them. Donation drop-off hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. 3661 Canal Rd., Dumfries
Inova’s hospitals across the region host thrift shops that accept clothing, household items, shoes, lamps, some furniture (call ahead to donate), and some electronics, depending on the shop. Locations include Alexandria, Leesburg, Fairfax, Springfield, and McLean. Proceeds from the stores directly benefit Inova’s medical programs. Locations and hours vary
Help feed and care for rescued animals by donating your unwanted items to the Humane Society of Fairfax County’s Second Chance Thrift and Gift Store. The proceeds from the thrift store help the organization cover medical costs for the animals. The store will not accept furniture, mattresses, gym equipment, large electronics, or other big items, but encourages donations like books, toys, clothing, and housewares. Drop off items Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. 4055 Chain Bridge Rd., Fairfax
The Unique Thrift Store in Falls Church supports Special Olympics Virginia. It encourages a multitude of donations like clothes for all genders and sizes, including winter gear, books, computer software, pots, pans, utensils, power tools, and more. The store is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays. 2956 Gallows Rd., Falls Church
Northern Virginia Family Service is dedicated to early childhood development, foster care and adoption, homelessness, youth initiatives, immigration legal services, mental health, workforce development, and health and well-being. All proceeds from the Clock Tower Thrift Stores support the organization’s efforts. The Falls Church locations accepts items from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays. 2860 Annandale Rd., Falls Church
Capital Caring is a local palliative care organization with multiple locations in NoVA. All proceeds from Capital Caring Health Thrift Store benefit Capital Caring’s mission to provide care for families, regardless of their ability to pay. It welcomes all donations and is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays. 6172 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church
In 2018, The Closet provided over $94,000 in clothing, shoes and essential household goods at no cost to those in need. The nonprofit thrift shop is located in downtown Herndon and provides low-cost clothing and household necessities for local families and individuals. Acceptable donations include clothing, housewares, kitchenware, linens, electronics, sporting goods, books, videos, CDs, record albums, artwork, toys, and more. Donate items Mondays through Wednesdays and Fridays through Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. 845 Station St., Herndon
Friends of Homeless Animal’s thrift store, The Treasure Hound, is operated solely to support the animal rescue nonprofit. Donations include small furniture, decorative household items, artwork, linens, clothing, shoes, accessories, books, CDs, DVDs, and more. Donation hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 14508-D Lee Rd., Chantilly
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