Bulk clothing donation in NYC
October 11, 2017 3:36 PM   Subscribe

Where in NYC can I donate about eight garbage bags full of women's clothing in the next few days? It must be a place that will accept the whole donation as-is, rather than piecemeal.

Long story short, I hosted a clothing swap, my friend volunteered to drop the left-over clothes off, and then it turned out that my chosen donation place (Out Of The Closet) doesn't accept bulk donations. So now my friend has a car completely full of old clothes, and I need to find her a plan B!

Please let me know where she can take these clothes and drop them off with minimal time and effort on her part. She's in Astoria but can go wherever.
posted by showbiz_liz to Shopping (7 answers total)
posted by Waiting for Pierce Inverarity at 3:41 PM on October 11, 2017 [4 favorites]

housing works.....but if she wants to deduct them on her taxes they have to be tallied.
posted by brujita at 4:01 PM on October 11, 2017 [1 favorite]

All branches of Housingworks shops take whatever you have, no questions asked (they sort it and figure out what to sell, what to donate, etc).
posted by cushie at 4:02 PM on October 11, 2017 [1 favorite]

I regularly drop off garbage bags full of assorted clothing at the Bowery Mission homeless shelter.

I don't sort anything other than making sure that there's both shoes / gloves of a pair, and that there's no garbagey stuff (it's stuff that has accumulated in the bar's lost and found, both mens and womens clothing)

I like dropping it there because the clothing goes directly to those who need it and not through any type of middle man situation, and it's easy to donate since you can pull up in front and walk in the big red front door with your bags and just drop them right there at the front desk (or they will have someone help you get the bags from the car if there's a lot of them).
I think they accept donations 24/7.
posted by newpotato at 4:44 PM on October 11, 2017 [5 favorites]

There are goodwills all over and they generally have large bins and or large bins and helpful staff combined. Housing works is good too if there are any nearby. I have donated a lot of stuff (sorted, good quality, not needed) to both without bothering with tax write off etc because who cares. I sort everything before and trash what should be garbage because why waste other people's time?
posted by love2potato at 7:23 PM on October 11, 2017

you can just dump it all in a goodwill bin if you don't care about getting a tax receipt
posted by poffin boffin at 8:03 PM on October 11, 2017

Response by poster: Thanks guys! I sent her these options (Housing Works, Goodwill, Bowery Mission) and she said there's a Goodwill right near her apartment. Problem solved! Yay!
posted by showbiz_liz at 8:50 AM on October 12, 2017

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