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21 Places for Marie Kondo Fans to Donate Old Clothes in Nashville (That Aren’t Goodwill)

Have you been binging on Tidying Up? Have you removed piles of clothing from your closet, your partner’s closet, your kid’s closets — that just don’t spark joy? We’ve got a list of places — beyond Goodwill — for those in the Greater Nashville Area to take all those clothes that need to move on (out of your home!) and bring joy to others. Read on, mamas — we’ve done the research for you.

12th Avenue Thrift 

As you shop at 12th Avenue Thrift, you help a Veteran find employment, find sustainable housing, and transition from successful military service to a productive civilian life.
We’d love to take your gently used, top quality clothes, small appliances, and furniture.  You can drop off goods Monday – Saturday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the 12th Avenue Thrift. For furniture or large item pickups, call  (615) 248-1981 extension 208 to schedule a pick-up. Our pickup area includes Davidson County, Brentwood and Franklin.

Christian Community Outreach, Inc.

They have a thrift store that accepts donations of clean and in good condition clothing, accessories, linens, small household items, and books. Call: (615) 847-4996 or email: [email protected]

Communities In Schools of Tennessee

I need of winter coats in the following sizes: Boys & Girls Small (6), Girls Medium (8/10), Boys XL (14-16), Adult Men’s Small & Medium, & Adult Women’s Medium. Boys and Girls sizes 4 & 5: underwear, pants (khaki, navy, or black) and shorts (khaki, navy, or black). Khaki pants Juniors size 16 & 18. Women’s all black shoes, girls’ converse or converse look-alike shoes size 3.5. They’re always in need of winter clothing (all sizes). Call: (615) 727-1511 or email: [email protected]

Community Achieves 

They need socks, belts, and gloves. Call: 615-259-8694 or email: [email protected]

Community Kids

Needs include winter gloves and hats, backpacks, and books. Call: 615-587-6722 or email: [email protected]

Dismas House of Nashville 

Needs: gently used jeans and work/hiking boots. For a full list of needed items, click here. Call: (615) 297-4511 or email: [email protected]

Dress for Success

What would you wear to a job interview? That is exactly the type of clothing they look for to distribute to their clients. Your fabulous suits and other professional apparel could furnish another woman with the confidence to enter or return to the workplace, make a great first impression and land a job that could change her life.

Clothing should be in current styles – something a modern woman would wear to work.  Gently-used clothing should be freshly cleaned and in excellent shape.  All clothing must be brought in on hangers – we’re unable to accept bags or boxes of clothing.  We appreciate clothing in all sizes but have a great need for clothing in sizes 16 & up, and shoes in sizes 9 & up.

IMPORTANT:  Clothing donation drop-off program operates on the first & third Tuesdays of each month. Clothing donation drop-offs will not be accepted without an appointment.  Please call 615-269-9922 to schedule an appointment.

Fannie Battle Day Home for Children

Clothing needs include school uniforms, coats, shoes, etc. For a full list of needed items, click here. Call: (615) 228-6745 or email: [email protected]

Glencliff High School

Looking for backpacks, boys belts/underwear, sports equipment (all sports), maternity pants, umbrellas, and more. Call: (615) 333-5070

Martha O’Bryan Center

Needs: toddlers’ and newborns’ socks, and underwear (boys and girls). Call: (615) 254-1791

Nashville General Hospital​

Needs fleece blankets, adult socks, hats, and gloves; children’s socks, hats, and gloves; NEW baby clothes: 0-3 months, diapers and wipes; NEW baby blankets and burp cloths. For a full list of needed items, click here. Call: (615) 341-4235

Nashville International Center for Empowerment

Needs seasonal clothing for children and babies. Email: [email protected]

Park Center

Needs: knit caps, gloves, scarves, thick socks, new underwear, t-shirts, and hand warmers. Call: (615) 242-3576

Play Like A Girl!

Needs: sporting equipment and athletic apparel. Call: (615) 601-1864

Room In the Inn 

Room in the Inn seeks to provide programs that emphasize human development and recovery through education, self-help and work, centered in community and long term support for those who call the streets of Nashville home. Specific needs include men’s gloves, hats, socks, T-shirts, and hooded sweatshirts.

Safe Haven Family Shelter

For a full list of needed items, click here. Call: (615) 256-8195 or email: [email protected]

Tennessee Valley Healthcare System Voluntary Service

Needs comfort items, clothing, and shoes. For a full list of needed items, click here. Call (615) 873-7477

The Arc

Donations of gently used clothing help support their mission. Contact The Arc Pickup Service to schedule a pickup, or to find a convenient dropbox location near you.

This ‘n That Thrift Shop

This shop has the mission of providing a source of affordable goods for local residents, a steady income for the Child Development Program at St. Luke’s Community House, and an opportunity for volunteer work. Needs include: clean usable clothing of all types for men, women, and children. (Please make sure there are no rips, tears, etc.)

ThriftSmart

Needs gently-used clothing, shoes, housewares (including linens and appliances). Donations can be dropped off at 4890 Nolensville Pike in Nashville. For FREE donation pickup of larger items, call (615) 833-8200 ext 21 or submit a pickup request online.

Did we miss a great place for donations? Let us know!

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5 Responses to 21 Places for Marie Kondo Fans to Donate Old Clothes in Nashville (That Aren’t Goodwill)

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    Desirée Dyer January 22, 2019 at 10:42 pm #

    Turnip Green Creative Reuse!
    http://www.turnipgreencreativereuse.org
    Thank the Komono (miscellaneous) category.

    McCays for books, cds, albums, electronics, musical instruments and you make a little cash in the process.

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    B January 25, 2019 at 10:28 am #

    Hi
    I know the first two and the last two have shops.
    Are there any others on this list I can help out by shopping at as well?
    Thanks

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    Rebecca January 28, 2019 at 7:45 pm #

    I think it’s great you are encouraging individuals to donate to so many worthy organizations in our city. I’m a little disappointed that you are discouraging donations to Goodwill, or so it seems. Goodwill uses revenue from their stores to fund excellent workforce development programming that helps program participants enter meaningful employment. Many of the organizations you named partner with Goodwills workforce program and those same organizations take excess donations to Goodwill… in return Goodwill gives them shopping vouchers for their clients.

    • Meg Wicks
      Meg Wicks January 31, 2019 at 11:41 am #

      Not our intention to discourage Goodwill at all — simply to bring attention to the many other valuable organizations in our city who can use our donations!

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    Jessica Nolan May 31, 2019 at 6:50 am #

    The Hope Clinic for Women is a great place to donate used baby (up to 24 month/2T) and maternity clothes and items. All donations are tax deductible, and these items will go directly to their pregnant clients and new parents who participate in their Bridge Program (which includes education classes, counseling, and mentoring in exchange for points to use shop in their Clothing Room). Women and men will earn and receive these much needed items as they are preparing to be the best parents possible.

    Donations may be delivered on Thursdays from 4 PM – 7 PM and on Fridays from 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM. 1810 Hayes Street Nashville, TN 37203

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