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where to donate your used stuff now that Toronto area Goodwill stores are bankrupt

February 29

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Since the sudden closing of the Toronto, Eastern, Central and Northern Ontario Goodwill thrift stores back in January, I’ve heard many a friend and acquaintance wonder where now can we donate our previously loved but still-in-good-shape clothing, household goods, furniture and more. This afternoon’s announcement that informed, sadly, it has been deemed there is no viable option to allow this Goodwill organization to reemerge from bankruptcy, spurred me to write this list of my top places to donate used goods to (and shop at as well!) in the Greater Toronto Area and further afield along the shores of Lake Ontario and beyond, keeping the recycling cycle going and feeding us thrifters who have a love for the thrill of the hunt and find.

 


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Beyond the Blue Box

  • Cobourg, ON
  • One of Canada’s longest-standing and most successful community-based waste-reduction and reuse centres, has been accepting donations of reusable clothing, furniture, household goods and more from the community and diverting them from landfill sites for over two decades.
  • Read my blog post about this and other thrift shops in Cobourg.

 


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Bibles for Missions

  • Locations across Canada, but outside of the Greater Toronto Area, throughout Southern and South-Western, ON.
  • Convert donated used goods into cash so that BFM Foundation (Canada) may, through a Joint Ministry with Bible League Canada, transform peoples’ lives.
  • Read all about my lucky thrifty find of a vintage mid-century modern Finnish silver ring at the Hamilton, ON location.
  • (I personally hope that BFM moves into Toronto, maybe into the abandoned Goodwill stores!)

 


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Church Rummage Sales

  • A vast number of churches hold rummage sales as a large fundraiser for their organizations and in support of the community and other non-profit groups.
  • Read my blog post from last spring on a few of my favourite sales in Toronto’s west-end.

 


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Double Take

  • Toronto, ON
  • An employment initiative of Yonge Street Mission where gently used, high quality clothing, furniture and housewares can be purchased at very affordable prices.
  • Provides first-time employment and training for community members who have obstacles to regular employment.
  • Read my blog post about this thrift shop.

 


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Goodwill Industries

  • Guelph, London, ON regions.
  • Unrelated to the Goodwill organization in bankruptcy.
  • A non-profit social enterprise that provides work opportunities, skills development and employee and family strengthening for those who face barriers such as disability or social disadvantage.

 


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Goodwill, The Amity Group

  • Burlington, Oakville and Milton, ON.
  • Unrelated to the Goodwill organization in bankruptcy.
  • Sales fund their programs that help people find work.

 


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Habitat for Humanity ReStore

  • Across Canada with nine stores in the Greater Toronto Area.
  • Accepts donations of overstocked, seconds, used, discontinued items and salvageable building materials donated by manufacturers, stores, contractors and individuals.
  • Provides income tax receipts for donated goods.

 


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Great Finds – Stonegate Ministry

  • Etobicoke, ON
  • Offers high-quality, gently-used items for the entire family, reasonably-priced for all budgets.
  • Stonegate Ministry helps to meet the physical, social and spiritual needs evidenced in the community.

 


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MCC Thrift Shops

  • Southern, ON (and beyond).
  • A network of not-for-profit shops supporting local and global relief, development and peace projects of Mennonite Central Committee.
  • Read my blog post about the St. Catharines’, ON location. (Note: it appears their Etsy online shop is no longer in operation.)

 


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Salvation Army Thrift Store

  • Across Canada and throughout Toronto and Central, ON.
  • Began in the 19th century as a response to the need for jobs and affordable merchandise, coupled with the fear of disease and a desire to preserve the land, and led to the creation of the Household Salvage Brigade composed of a group of men and women, responsible for collecting unwanted household items.
  • Operating viable thrift stores as a vehicle and a means for refreshing and regenerating the marginalized and excluded of society by meeting their practical needs.

 


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St John’s Thrift Store

  • Toronto, ON
  • Supports the St. John the Compassionate Mission which, in co-operation with local neighbourhood groups and Social Services in Toronto, has been serving those in need in the community since 1986.
  • Also a place of community where local neighbours meet to exchange news or receive comfort.

 


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St Vincent de Paul Stores

  • Toronto, ON and across the province.
  • Donated used clothing, furniture and household items are both sold to the general public and provided to the poor at no cost.
  • Any profits also go to benefit those who are in need in the communities which they serve.

 


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Talize

  • Toronto, Southern and South-Western, ON.
  • Canadian owned and operated for profit chain that is a leader in the second-hand clothing industry.
  • Platinum Partner of the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada, through which it has contributed over $1.3 Million to date since its inception in 2005.

 


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Value Village

  • Across Canada with dozens of stores in the Greater Toronto Area.
  • A for-profit, global thrift retailer offering great quality, gently used clothing, accessories and household goods.
  • Helps 120 nonprofit organizations by paying them for donated goods, which supports their vital community programs and services.

 


 

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Furniture Bank

Or, drop your used furniture off at the Furniture Bank – not a shop for the masses, but rather for the disadvantaged who have little or no means to purchase furniture for themselves.

  • Across Canada and in Toronto, ON.
  • A socially responsible organization that provides comfort, dignity and stability that comes from a furnished home, creating opportunities through the transfer of furniture from donors to their clients.
  • Provides income tax receipts for donated goods.

 


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MaxSold

Alternatively, if you have enough goods to get rid of, you could also consider holding a MaxSold online auction – let people pay you to haul your stuff away!

If you’re doing some thrifty shopping, their online auctions are truly addictive, without even leaving the comfort of your couch. 🙂

 


 

Do you have  any others to recommend? Please do share in the comments below!

 

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