Where to donate estate "leftovers" in the Cleveland, OH area?
March 8, 2017 6:13 AM   Subscribe

My mother's substantial estate is going to be liquidated soon, and we're trying to decide on a good place in the greater Cleveland, OH area to donate anything that isn't sold. She didn't have cancer, so The Gathering Place isn't a slam dunk. Any suggestions?
posted by Dolley to Society & Culture (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Let me just add, for clarification, we aren't interested in any religious organizations.
posted by Dolley at 6:29 AM on March 8, 2017

Out of the Closet?
posted by nanook at 6:45 AM on March 8, 2017

The Magnolia Clubhouse in University Circle has a resale shop called Bloomin . They employ members of the Clubhouse, which is a nonprofit organization that helps people with mental illness live and work in society. The Clubhouse has a cafe, too, run by its members. You can contact them at 216.721.3030 to discuss a tour and donation. I met the director, Lori, she is wonderful.
posted by waving at 6:59 AM on March 8, 2017

The Cleveland Furniture Bank is a non-profit that provides home furnishings for people getting back on their feet. Obviously their main focus is furniture but they're willing to take other items along with furniture.

Otherwise Goodwill would be my suggestion.

If you wind up with any rare or out-of-print or leatherbound books, you could see if Zubal Books would be interested.
posted by soundguy99 at 7:03 AM on March 8, 2017

Locally, there are a couple orgs who provide support for the homeless, helping set up folks in apartments, etc. They accept new or gently used household items.

Might something like that exist there?
posted by mcbeth at 9:56 AM on March 8, 2017

The yellow Planet Aid boxes are supposed to sort the raggedy clothes and shoes from the good condition shoes and clothes. All you have to do is launder them, bag them and shove them in the hopper. They're supposed to turn the raggedy clothes into rags.

For stuff that you can't drive, Salvation Army, Purple Heart Vet and AmVets will pick up.
posted by dlwr300 at 10:26 AM on March 8, 2017

N.B. Planet Aid is a weird 'un... I was thinking about donating some clothes via one of their yellow boxes, but changed my mind after Googling them. You can do your own research and draw your own conclusions, but if you're not interested in religious organizations, you may not be interested in supporting Planet Aid either.
posted by mumkin at 2:44 PM on March 8, 2017 [2 favorites]

Habitat for Humanity ReStore accepts household goods in addition to building materials.
posted by dreaming in stereo at 3:11 PM on March 8, 2017 [3 favorites]

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