When you walk into the Thrifty Hog, you feel like you are in an upscale boutique. The impeccable displays, the friendly staff, and the unique selections all make the shop dazzling. This shop is well-curated to give you the ultimate shopping experience. Make no mistake; this is not your average thrift store. With donations from high-profile models, designers, fashion influencers, and beauty experts, to name a few, there is no shortage of fabulous on any given day. But what makes the Thrifty Hog extraordinary is that The Thrifty Hog’s net proceeds directly fund programs that help homeless mothers and their children.
The Founder & CEO of the Thrifty Hog is Deborah Koenigsberger. She is also the Founder & CEO of the nonprofit charity Hearts of Gold. Hearts of Gold’s mission and its purpose is reimagining the future of homeless mothers and their children. Their programs work with these moms to become confident and self-sufficient as they prepare to transition from New York City shelter system into permanent homes. The Thrifty Hog’s (an acronym for Hearts of Gold) net proceeds directly fund Hearts of Gold’s programs and services. Deborah’s efforts on behalf of Hearts of Gold have been featured on NY1, CBS New York, and Fox News, to name a few. Here is a link that will give you an in-depth look at Deborah and Hearts of Gold. https://www.heartsofgold.org/whatwedo
The pictures do not do the Thrifty Hog justice; only a visit there will. The selections are unique and unlike any other thrift/consignment store that you go to. You will pay more for designer duds, but you are getting the designers we all crave at a significant discount on original pricing. And there is plenty of affordable merchandise for sale throughout the store, especially in the accessories section. The inventory has a high turnover rate because the shop is trendy and in a high foot traffic area. Please do yourself a favor and make it a point to go to the Thrifty Hog. Well worth a trip or two or three.
Whether the pandemic or other unforeseen circumstances, these great thrift shops have had to temporarily close or close permanently. This list contains some truly amazing thrift shops. I wish all their staff an abundance of gratitude for their work and good wishes for the future. I appreciate all the hard work and dedication of all thrift shops. Especially the charity shops which survive solely on the goodness and time of their volunteers.
It is not an easy business but thankfully, becoming more and more popular as time goes on.
Let’s all go out this weekend and support our favorite thrift shops in honor of these amazing shops that have brought us great joy not to mention some amazing finds.
And here is the list:
St Thomas Church Thrift Shop in Mamaroneck has temporarily closed.
Goodwill in New Rochelle in Westchester County has permanently closed.
New Rochelle Humane Society Thrift Shop has permanently closed.
Finders Keepers Thrift Shop in Mahopac is permanently closed.
The Thrift Shop in White Plains is temporarily closed.
I spoke to Janani U, @jananirose, (https://poshmark.com/closet/jananirose) a Poshmark seller who has 1200 sales in her 4 years and 345 active listings. Here are some of the things that we talked about:
Tell me about your process so people know what goes into being a Poshmark seller?
One of the great things about Poshmark is that it is a platform set up for anyone, from a seasoned seller to someone just wanting to clear out their own closet. The ease of listing combined with the simplicity of shipping means that you don’t have to be “a reseller” in order to sell on Poshmark. For me as a full-time reseller, I source inventory at thrift stores, estate sales, yard sales, etc. I write descriptions for each item and include details that would help a potential buyer get a good understanding of the item, such as the closure (button, zipper, etc.) and if the fabric has stretch. Because sizing varies greatly across brands, I also include measurements for every item. I then take photographs, again trying to capture any details such as embroidery or graphics.
What advice do you have for buyers and sellers on Poshmark?
For buyers, I would say the most helpful thing when buying online is to know your own measurements. Sizing varies and knowing your own numbers will help give you the best idea as to how an item will fit. You can also use a garment you already own, measure that piece, and then use those measurements to compare with an item that you’re interested in. Also, ask questions! Sellers are more than happy to answer questions about the item. For new sellers who are just starting out, there’s no need to buy inventory at stores or yard sales – start with your own closet! Pick a few pieces that you haven’t worn in a while and use those as your first listed items. For new & seasoned sellers, being honest about the condition of the item is important. Buyers understand that if they’re buying a used piece of clothing, it might not be in pristine condition. Just do your best to explain and photograph any and all flaws. Take clear pictures, ship packages promptly, and, if possible, share your closet once a day.
How do you feel sales have been during the pandemic?
Poshmark, and online reselling in general, is one of those businesses where you get from it as much as you put in. For me, my sales ebbed and flowed with my own energy & time spent on the business. I did notice that formal wear, business/office wear, and high heels were not as popular. As people were working from home and not going to fancy functions, clothing became all about comfort.
Any advice you have for first-time shoppers on Poshmark?
Each selling platform has its own rules, so it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with Poshmark using their guide (found here: https://poshmark.com/posh_guide ) If you’re interested in an item, ask the seller questions if you have any, view all the photos and read through the description There is a “bundle” feature on Poshmark that is great to use – you add items from the same seller to your bundle and you can send one offer on all the items. As long as the bundle weighs less than 5 lbs., you only pay one shipping fee of $7.45; as a bonus, sellers are more likely to offer a higher discount and/or free shipping on bundle orders.
I thought it would be nice to see where our West Coast thrifters are shopping. Thanks to Zach at Thrift Store Communications of Beacon House Thrift Shop, we can visit Beacon House Thrift Shop in San Pedro, California.
Beacon House Thrift Shop is a social enterprise program of the Beacon House Association of San Pedro, a state-certified, residential substance abuse recovery program for men and a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Residents of the Beacon House are provided with food, shelter, counseling, peer group support, educational opportunities, and career training through our social enterprise programs, including working at the Beacon House Thrift Shop. This allows the men to develop the life, career, and social skills they need to build a foundation in recovery while preparing them for a vital reintegration into the job market and a bright future when they return to their family, home, and community.
Beacon House Thrift Store pricing is quite competitive with their East Coast counterparts. Jeans range from $7.99 to $19.99, and tops range from $4.99 to $14.99. Dresses are priced from $7.99 to $19.99 and suits from $9.99 – $24.99.
Depending on the quality and brand, the prices may be higher on a specific item. Red tags are considered higher quality items and tend to be the best bang for your buck. They have weekly color sales. For example, yellow 25%, blue 50%, and green 75%, while orange is full price. On Sundays, this rotates.
There are sales every weekend where when you buy a minimum of $50, you get 25% off your entire transaction. This is on top of all the color sales. That is pretty amazing and well worth visiting if you are in the area.
Beacon House Thrift carries a wide variety of electronics, household, hardware, tools, sports equipment, and memorabilia.
One of my favorite passions is thrifting as you all know. Here are some thrift shops I have come across recently. I will write in-depth about them soon but I just have to share these gems with you.
Please call first as some thrift shops change their hours or close during the holidays.
Deer Hill Thrift Shop in Danbury. It is part of the First Congregational Church of Danbury. Located at 164 Deer Hill Ave. What a great surprise. Maybe I was just lucky the day I shopped. I scored Calvin Klein kitten heels on sale for $5.00. A Talbot’s sweater for $8.00 and Chico’s cargo pants for $4.00. I have a feeling that this one stays well stocked. They are open Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The phone number is (203) 792-3110.
The Hillside Thrift Shop is located at Zion Episcopal Church, at 55 Cedar Street, Dobbs Ferry NY, right before the intersection with Main Street. Just go up the driveway, where you’ll find ample parking, and go through the little red door with the thrift-shop sign. Open on Thursdays and Saturdays from 12:00 to 4:00 and accept donations on Mondays from 10:00 to 12:00. The phone number is (914) 693-9320.
St. Bartholomew’s Thrift Shop reopened and just as great as ever. Lots of Eileen Fisher merchandise too. They are located at 82 Prospect Ave., White Plains, NY 10607. Open Saturdays 9-1 and Thursdays 3 pm – 6pm. The phone number is (914) 949-5611.
Ridgefield Thrift Shop. (Please read my blog about the RTS) Top rated. Top merchandise. Unbelievable prices. They are located at 21 Governor St, Ridgefield, CT 06877. They are open Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 12pm – 4pm. The phone number is (203) 438-3328.
All of these thrift shops help those in need and are a great reason to shop at one, two, or all.
Thrilled to be back to thrifting and lots more to come. Please send any thrift shops suggestions to email@example.com. I would love to hear what your favorite places are.
August 17th is National Thrift Shop Day. We all know that I think it should be a national holiday. I love my thrift shopping – both shopping and writing about it.
When you shop The Ridgefield Thrift Shop, My Sister’s Place, Salvation Army, Habitat For Humanity, Cauz For Pawz, Housing Works, and countless others, you are supporting PHENOMENAL causes and helping change countless lives.
In honor of National Thrift Shop day, here are some quick tips for thrift shopping:
Be friendly and ask the staff when the most new merchandise is put out.
Be kind when thrift shopping, most of the people who work at charitable thrift shops are volunteers and they have already spent hours filling the racks. If you are putting items back, put them back on the right rack.
Know your labels and brands – know what to invest in for your basic wardrobe pieces and what to buy for fun.
Don’t buy something just because it is your favorite brand, make sure you love the piece and will wear it.
Remember if you buy an item and it needs alterations, the alterations can cost two to three times what you paid. Choose wisely when buying a piece that needs to be altered.
The smaller thrift shops sometimes have the best buys.
Sign up for for your favorite thrift shop’s email list so you know when the sales are.
ENJOY the hunt and know that you may not always find something. Just keep going back when you find a thrift shop you love.
Merchandise is also very geographical so go out of your own area and you will be surprised at how different (in a good way) the merchandise is.
I hope you find these tips helpful.
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Every once in a great while, you have an extraordinary thrifting experience. I am thrilled to share this one with you. I was completely blown away by the Ridgefield Thrift Shop. Not just by the shop itself, but also by the volunteers who devote their time there. Patricia Hellman, President of the Ridgefield Thrift Shop gave me a tour of the thrift shop. I also had the pleasure of meeting some of the amazing volunteers and see how passionate they are about their work.
Let’s talk about the shop. We are talking 5,000 square feet of retail space PLUS an additional 5,00 square feet of storage in the basement. The selection is abundant. Some of the designers I came across in the store were Tory Burch, Dooney & Burke, Trina Turk, Lilly Pulitzer, Kate Spade, Badgley Mischka, Ralph Lauren, Coach, and too many more to list. I saw Manolo Blahniks flats that were in very good condition and were priced at $20.00. There was an abundance of Vera Bradley totes – all sizes and colors and it was just in time for Mother’s Day. Everything I looked at throughout the store was in pristine condition. The displays throughout the store are stunning and show all the hard work and dedication of the volunteers. Even the dressing room is gorgeous!
The most remarkable thing about the Ridgefield Thrift Shop is the prices – absolutely ridiculous (in a great way) and I still can’t believe how affordable everything is. Inventory flies off the racks at these prices and they are constantly restocking.
They have an extraordinary book section that is looked after by a former librarian. All the housewares, giftware, decor – phenomenal. Getting your first apartment, having a dinner party, looking for a unique gift for friend or family, this could be one-stop shopping for you. There was a stunning Lenox china set on sale for $250.00. That is a fraction of what it would cost in any high end department store. The Ridgefield Thrift Shop also carries mens and kids clothes, and lots of toys and games.
I took a few pictures and I hope they tell the story better than I do!
Another reason why I love the RTS is for what they do for the community. In 2020 alone they gave out 90 grants to worthy charities and those grants totaled $750,000.
As they say, it takes a village. Pre-COVID, they had over 100 volunteers donating their time to keep this shop in such impeccable condition. They are now at twenty and climbing every week.
I am forever in love with the Ridgefield Thrift Shop and once you visit, I know that you will be too!
Right now the Ridgefield Thrift Shop is open two days a week. Wednesdays and Saturdays from 12 – 4. Fingers crossed that they add another day soon! Don’t be surprised if there is a line when you get there at 12, all the locals of very well aware of this gem. Top quality name brands with these prices is well worth the trip to Ridgefield, CT.
Thrifty Tips and Tricks for Home Decorating on a Budget
Buying decor for a house or even just a room can easily become an expensive endeavor. However, we’re here to tell you that decorating on a budget is totally possible. Regardless of whether you live in a spacious loft in Dallas, TX, or a two-story home in Atlanta, GA, you can create a one-of-a-kind space without breaking the bank.
The secret is to take a detour from the regular big-box stores and head to your local thrift or second-hand shop. With a little creativity and some patience, you can furnish and decorate a home that looks uniquely yours.
To help get you started, we reached out to some of the top bargain shopping and decorating experts. Keep reading for their best tips and tricks for home decorating on a budget.
Start with a mood board. Fill it with decorating inspiration and ideas, then keep it in mind when you go thrifting. Once you’re in the midst of the mountains of used goods at a thrift store, it can be challenging to envision how that funky vase could possibly work in your home or where on earth you might put that giant vintage basket. But if you’ve done your research ahead of time, you’re more likely to have an open mind and a creative vision for the unique treasures you’ll find. – Vagabondary
Look for items that can be easily transformed. When I go thrifting I love looking for items like pottery/vases, baskets, and lamps that I can easily flip using spray paint, or plaster of Paris to give it that new but vintage vibe I often use when styling my spaces. These items are great to use as fillers, to add height, and to create dimension in the areas you want to quickly and easily style. – Kindred Homestead
Don’t be afraid of germs, stains, and used items. A lot of people worry about buying things second hand because they are unsure of where an item came from. This is a valid concern, and there are definitely some items you shouldn’t buy at thrift stores. However, for the most part, buying second hand isn’t any more “germy” than buying retail. That being said, especially in the time of Covid-19, I always wash or sanitize whatever comes into my home before using it. There are lots of eco-friendly ways to make sure your thrifting treasures don’t bring any unwanted critters or germs into your home — baking soda and vinegar are your best friend. – Reluctant Mother
Balance the old with the new. Mixing modern elements in with old, vintage finds keeps a room feeling fresh, interesting, and ultimately balanced. Tossing an old thrift store find on a more modern piece of furniture creates depth and adds an element of the unexpected. – Lemon Street Home
Put your own spin on it. Looking for trendy side tables or dressers? Buy a cheap but solid wood piece and don’t be afraid to spruce it up by painting it yourself! Bright colors are always fun. Try a hipster turquoise or red, or you could always go with a timeless black. Old pieces often have sturdy bones. – Destined For Grace Thrift Store
Transform an old dresser. Find an old wood dresser, a bit vintage and a bit damaged. Give that dresser a few coats of chalk paint to transform the piece into something beautiful. You can learn how to do this here. – Create With Cynthia
Be open-minded and don’t look for anything specific. One of the best pieces of advice we got about shopping at our stores was from a shopper who said, ‘I try not to look for anything specific because if you are looking for anything specific, you miss a lot of the unique items.’ Being open-minded and a little bit creative are really the first steps towards curating a beautifully decorated home without spending lots of money. It also helps to shop at multiple stores every week since the new inventory is donated daily. – Triad Goodwill
Look for decor items outside of your own style. Don’t be afraid to be bold and thrift outside of your own style. Designing a space to be subtly – or full-on – eclectic adds character and warmth. Not only does it make your space playfully unique, but it also makes shopping for your next vintage addition a lot easier if you’re not limiting yourself to one style. – Ruinous Revived
Envision an item in a different color. If you stumble across an item at a thrift store, say a basket, vase, or cutting board, and you love its shape or design, but you don’t like the color or decoration, try to envision it in a different color. Chances are it will make a vast improvement! Drive yourself to the hardware store, pick up some chalk paint, give the item one or two coats, and voila–you have a brand new home decor accessory to love. – Adirondack Girl @ Heart
Keep your eyes peeled for one-of-a-kind items. Check out the art on the walls–and their frames–for a thrifty way to restyle your home. Know that with a fresh coat of paint or new hardware, you can totally transform found furniture into a centerpiece. – Habitat for Humanity Tuscon
Decorate with items that make your home look like you’ve traveled the world. There’s nothing better than the look of a well finished, eclectic home. Even if your design style is soft contemporary or transitional modern, a mid-century bar cart or a French antique console can ground your space and give it a sense of warmth. While shopping for resale items, focus on vintage, architectural salvage, or rich wood antique pieces to give some interest to your home. Your home should look as though you’ve traveled the world even if you haven’t. – Lost and Found Resale
Find items that just need a fresh coat of paint. Many things only need a coat of paint or a few embellishments to look great in your home! Have a plan of what you are looking for when thrifting by keeping up with the latest trends on Pinterest. You would be surprised by the furniture and other home decor people get rid of that just needs a little time and love. – Flipz and Findz
Shop for eclectic glassware. Finding essential glassware for a home bar or rec room area has never been easier. Thrift stores are known for their assortment of drinkware. So stock up on mix-and-match pilsner, tumbler, cocktail, highball, and shot glasses as well as wine goblets and pitchers. You can find everything you need to host the next neighborhood gathering. Bonus points for scoring beer glasses from breweries around the world. – Goodwill NCW
Think outside the (planter) box. Houseplants are an essential decor element and they can even purify the air in your home. Look beyond the usual pots and make a statement by creating unique DIY planters out of upcycled objects from the thrift store. Try antique teacups for small succulents, vintage ceramics for hearty spider plants, or create a mini-garden in hollowed-out retro electronics. – Community Thrift Store
Use your imagination to create something unique. If you love DIY home projects, old windows can become picture frames or old fireplace covers/screens can be wall art. Use your imagination and you will have endless possibilities. For more traditional decor, you can find vases, lamps, wall art, lighting, pillows and so much more – just be patient – it may take a few trips, but it will be worth it, and your wallet will love you. – ToniOn Thrifting
Take advantage of spray paint. Don’t let the wear and tear of a well-loved piece scare you away. Spray paint can elevate table legs, picture frames, planters, even hardware, and give new life to a vintage favorite. It’s an affordable and effective way to create your cohesive space on a budget. – Stories by Mackenzie
Incorporate vintage books. A great, simple way to add some personality, color, and a touch of real nostalgia to your home is to use a few carefully chosen vintage books. There is a warmth and dimension to classic hard-cover and leather-bound books. If you’re looking for a little fun and a conversation starter, nothing beats vintage versions of the childhood classics (even comic books!) that we all read growing up. – Allora Vintage
Take your time and search for items you may have overlooked. The secret is to walk slowly, look carefully, and take three laps around the store as you may not see everything on the first or the second lap. Shopping at Hilton House is a treasure hunt. Visit frequently, as new items could arrive at any moment. The secret is to mix the old with the new and find high quality for a fraction of the price. – Hilton House
When shopping, go all-in for some r&r (repurpose and reinventing). I’m constantly on the hunt for quality, well-priced furniture and decor that I can repurpose and reinvent into some fabulous ‘new’, one-of-a-kind statement piece. A dresser becomes a bathroom vanity, a buffet transforms into a media console. An old armoire becomes a bar cabinet. The possibilities for creating truly unique, stylish, and really affordable home furnishings are endless. – Alchemy Eclectic
Repurpose thrifted goods into functional and artistic lighting. I shop for just about anything that a cord can run through, like vintage colanders, cute teapots, or even simple glassware, to turn into lights. Repurposing thrifted items is rewarding not just for the affordability, but the sustainability of making use of goods that already exist in the universe. – UnicornitureCo
Don’t underestimate the importance of the finishing touches. The old globe, the mid-century photo frame, or the hip 80’s ceramic vase are easily found at your local thrift store. These items can help put your own vibe and signature on your space. – Casa Victoria
Layer things to create a high-end, lived-in look. I like to stack a couple of coffee table books and top them with a nice chinoiserie lamp or potted green plant, and a collection of little brass photo frames, all corralled onto and anchored by a woven basket tray. That just feels like home to me. – The Tiny White House
Look for the potential in an item. When looking at thrift store furniture, consider what it could be, not just what it is. – Furniture Works
Know that not all “thrift stores” are equal. There are good, better, and best choices when it comes to shopping second hand. Look for a consignment shop with recognizable brand names like Ethan Allen, Stickley, or Arhaus to be sure you’re buying well-made furniture and accessories that add style and longevity. Find a store with design associates who can help you make choices based on photos of your space and an understanding of your individual preferences. – Sequels Consignment
Collect items in a specific category or group. When thrift store shopping to decorate your home, collect items in a category for visual impact and appraised value. Whether your category of choice is based on an artist or maker, character or subject, color, time period, or material, thrifting will present many options while sticking to a budget. Remember, a few unrelated objects are fun to assemble but to avoid clutter it’s the category that makes a collection. – Dr. Lori Verderame Originally published by Redfin
I hope that this finds everyone safe and well during this unprecedented time in our lives.
I think there is a pot of gold (or two or three or more) waiting for us thrifters when the thrift shops start opening up again. But caution and patience will be the key.
Everyone has been home for weeks now and most of us have been cleaning out our drawers, closets, attics, storage and more. The trunk of my car has at least eight shopping bags waiting to be dropped off plus lots of home decor. I think the abundance of donations is going to be amazing and there will some outstanding scores for all of us thrifters. But you must exercise caution and patience when you do start thrift shopping again.
Depending on your level of comfort will decide when you start visiting thrift shops after they reopen your area to businesses. I personally will wait a couple of weeks before I start shopping. But I will arm myself with large plastic bags to put the clothes in before they go in my car. It would also be a good idea to spray with disinfectant before you put the items in your car (depending on the fabrics of course). You must also make sure that everything is washed as soon as possible. Better to be safe than sorry.
Let’s be positive, there will be deals to be had so make sure you have your comfortable thrift shopping clothes on! It will be the best thrifting that we have seen in years. Depending on the amounts of donations, this windfall could last a few months.
I think that thrifting is going to surge as the economy may be rough for a while. People have lost their jobs and have to clothes themselves, their partners and children. I believe that people will be more open to thrifting than in the past. And we all know, once you step in the thrift shop, it can be love at first sight —- and you just keep going back. The thrill of the exceptional find.
People are also more earth conscious as well and I hope that that makes a difference. As it stands, 84 percent of all unwanted clothes end up in landfills, according to Newsweek.
Pricing may be different when the stores open depending on the thrift store or charity and the amount of donations they have in stock.
I am finding that some thrift stores use comparable pricing to EBay while other shops price to empty the shelves/racks. Either way; you are helping some GREAT charities and small business owners not to mention helping the planet by not having clothes end up in landfills. It is a win-win.
I wish you happy and exciting thrift shop adventures when the stores reopen. Stay well and healthy and make sure you practice social distancing.
Look for the rainbows and the pots of gold, I promise, they will be there waiting for you.
Toni from TonionThrifting
P.S. Thanks Alice for the great pictures of the double rainbow! xoxo
Sometimes you just walk through the door of a thrift shop and you know it is just going to a wonderful and memorable visit. The Nothing Be Lost Thrift and Antique store is just that and one not to be missed. It is magical just browsing around. Located in one of the oldest buildings (built in 1916) on the grounds of Graymoor in Garrison, New York. It across from St. Christopher’s Inn which is a temporary homeless shelter dedicated to the rehabilitation of men in crisis. The proceeds from the store are used to help support St. Christopher’s Inn and its residents. The residents also work at the thrift shop in many different capacities and are clearly a big part of the success of the thrift shop. Exceptionally helpful and polite, it was a joy to be there.
The shop is just fascinating with its wood beams, stone walls and hanging lights all over. You can spend a couple of hours browsing the merchandise on all four floors. They have an eclectic mix of new and antique merchandise. Clothing, shoes, furniture, household, you name it, they have it and plenty of it. I found a beautiful sundress for $8.00 and a few other pieces of summer clothing that were in pristine condition and worth every penny. The prices were more than reasonable and I was quite thrilled with my haul.
And even though I went in warm weather, I
couldn’t help but be mesmerized by the Christmas shop in the basement. It just
transported you to December (which isn’t such a bad thing given this rather hot
It is very hard to describe my visit there –
I had an instant connection . It is more than the merchandise – it is the vibe you
get while shopping. This shop is a place where pheneomenal things are being
done to help others and you get to help by shopping or donating. A lot of this
has to do with Dorothy Killen, the coordinator. I spoke to Dorothy briefly and she is as
humble as she is sweet. She told me that she absolutely loves getting up every
morning to come to the shop. It is quite obvious that she loves what she does
and it shows throughout the shop and how she treats everyone she comes in
contact with, myself included. She is
one special lady. And this is one thrift
shop that catapulted to the top of my list of favorite thrift shopping adventures.
The shop is open Tuesday through Sunday
10:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Donations for the Thrift
& Antique Shop are accepted Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 until
3:00 PM ONLY. To make your donation process go smoothly, here are some tips for
checking the items you plan to donate:
Check your items before donating to make sure all are items you want to give to the Thrift Shop.
Check pockets of clothing for jewelry, money and any other items, and remove them before donating.
Separate clothing into separate bags/boxes from the household items.
Check to ensure that items you are donating are not soiled, stained or ripped.
Test electrical equipment and battery-operated items to make sure they work.
Include all pieces and parts to games, toys and household appliances.