Donate, Resell, & Buy Used

Additional Donate Information

Keep items out of the landfill by donating them to nonprofits, consigning or selling them to a local reuse store, giving them to neighbors or exchanging them at swaps.

Donate clothes, shoes, and linens

Woman sorting a pile of clothes
The average person throws away 70 pounds of clothing per year, according to EPA estimates. Most of these items could be reused or recycled.

Threadcycle partners will accept these items to resell and recycle. These partners accept:

  • ALL your clothes, shoes and linens - even the sadly torn and badly worn.
  • Single socks, shoes, gloves and other - orphan items that are normally paired.
  • Other items can be given in ANY condition, including stuffed animals, purses, belts, and other accessories. 

Important:

  • Don’t give items that are wet, mildewed or soiled with hazardous materials.
  • Don’t put clothes, shoes, linens, or other household fabrics in your recycling bin.

Donate Building Supplies

Visit the Construction & Demolition page

The following stores accept donations of salvaged, reused, reclaimed, vintage and antique building materials and architectural features. Some are in multiple locations. Check their hours and acceptance policies before visiting.

Donate reusable household items

North Transfer Station Recycling and Reuse Building

The following accept at thrift stores, drop boxes, collection trucks or offer scheduled curbside service.

Donate or recycle specialty items

  • E-Cycle Washington for recycling of computers, monitors and TVs
  • GreenDisk for recycling CDs and small electronic accessories like computer mice.
  • BikeWorks accepts used bikes in several locations, including the North Transfer Station
  • TreeHouse uses like-new children’s clothing, supplies and toys for to help foster children thrive
  • YouthCare takes gently used items to help youth with school and home supplies
  • Discover Books - conducts book drives to support literacy programs and encourage recycling.
  • Take it Back Network will recycle latex paint, water-based stains and clear finishes for a fee.
  • FreecycleSeattle fo for donating useful household items

The above list is not exhaustive and inclusion on this list does not imply endorsement by Seattle Public Utilities.

Borrow in your neighborhood

Join a tool library! These community-based organizations allow members to check out tools for home projects to craft-making to food production. Some also offer classes. 

Join a Buy Nothing Facebook group to ask neighbors for items you want to borrow or share.

Swap, Barter & Buy Second-Hand Goods

Woman shopping in thrift store
Finding bargains

Rethink where you'll find your next "purchase".

Swapping and bartering allow you to obtain items without needing to spend money. Instead, you exchange items or services you don’t need with clothes, gear, furniture or other goods you do need. Set up swaps and barter fairs with friends or neighbors or attend annual organized swaps across the city.

Many of the entities listed as donation locations above also re-sell what they receive. You can also find equipment through public agencies:

Repair & Maintain

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Repair or make items

Keep your stuff in use longer instead of buying more. Learn do-it-yourself repair:

  • iFixit, a wiki-based site with repair guides for all matter of devices, an Answers Forum and access to a parts and tools store.
  • Love Your Clothes tips to remove stains, replace a zipper, sew a hem and more.
  • Attend "repair cafes" where experienced fixers or sewers will work on your item or help you learn to repair it yourself. Check the Tool Libraries listed above for events or repair classes.
  • Look up bike shops for professional repair or classes to learn how to maintain yourself.
  • Learn how to fix oil leaks in your car.

Find Neighborhood Support

Find like-minded individuals to share, swap, repair and learn how to avoid waste.

Buy Goods that Last

Choosing products that outlast a single use and seasonal trends is a first step to preventing waste. Products that are made from long-lasting materials are typically easier to repair and reuse too.

Consider these questions before your next purchase*:

  • Is the product’s design timeless, outlasting current trends?
  • Is this product’s construction long-lasting and repairable?
  • Do independent and customer reviews support this product’s longevity?
  • Does this brand offer the best warranty and maintenance?

*Adapted from: https://buymeonce.com