What happens when winter brings us both the polar vortex and the popular Netflix show, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo? Take a quick look in your dresser: if your clothes are neatly folded and filed upright, you already know the answer. For whatever reason you are decluttering, it’s helpful to know how your stuff can find new life (and stay out of the landfill) through donation or consignment. Read on for local options that will bring a spark of joy to your fellow community members.
Donate your stuff!
Buy Nothing Groups
The Buy Nothing Project is a series of Facebook groups encouraging neighbors to “give where you live.” You can only join the group for your local neighborhood. Post anything you’d like to give away, lend, or share in your community.
1213 Gilbert Court, Iowa City
The Crowded Closet is a non-profit thrift store and international gift shop. All the profits of the Crowded Closet go to support Mennonite Central Committee, a global relief and development agency, as well as local community relief and service organizations. The thrift shop sells donated goods: clothing for men, women and children, housewares, furniture, toys, books, and antiques.
1105 S Gilbert Court, Suite 300, Iowa City
The Mission of the Domestic Violence Intervention Program is to provide comprehensive support and advocacy services to victim/survivors, focusing on immediate and long-term safety, empowerment, dignity, and hope. Please call 319-359-9353 with any questions on donation needs and drop off times. You may also drop off items for consignment and DVIP will receive the sales for your consigned items at Stuff Etc. (Iowa City consignor #22214 and Coralville consignor #13287) and Houseworks (consignor #4024).
Unit 28, 3305 Highway 1 SW, Iowa City
Drop Inn Ministries is a charity that began in Richhill, Northern Ireland and now works to bring aid to over 20 countries around the world, with the help of its 35+ Charity Shops. 40% goes to Burkina Faso, Africa to help build a medical clinic through Drop Inn Ministries. 60% stays in the Iowa City community and is invested in local organizations that are helping people.
445 Highway 6 East, Iowa City
(319) 248-4705 (Iowa City)
2551 Heartland Place, Coralville
(319) 248-4729 (Coralville)
Goodwill of the Heartland’s mission is to advance the social and economic well being of people who experience barriers to independence. Goodwill’s retail operation provides 70 percent of the funding for its vital services and to create jobs for those with disabilities. When you donate to Goodwill, you create jobs for people who might not otherwise be able to find work.
2401 Scott Blvd SE, Iowa City
ReStore’s proceeds support Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity. The ReStore is a 10,000 square foot treasure chest filled with new and used building and housing materials. Anyone, regardless of income, can purchase materials (anything from paint and nails to cabinets, appliances and furniture) all at affordable prices. Pickup is available.
Houses Into Homes’ mission is to provide beds, furniture, and other household goods to families and individuals in need or transitioning out of homelessness in the Iowa City area. Pickup is available.
1121 S. Gilbert Ct., Iowa City
The Crisis Center of Johnson County is a volunteer-driven organization that provides immediate and non-judgmental support for individuals facing emotional, food, or financial crisis. The Crisis Center Food Bank accepts food donations, but does not accept or distribute clothing or household items.
28 S Linn St, Iowa City
The Johnson County Senior Center takes books/DVDs for their library! They also have a “Pantry Exchange” where you can give and/or take pantry items as needed.
89 North Jones Boulevard, North Liberty
The North Liberty Community Pantry is an outreach ministry of First United Methodist Church of North Liberty. They collect and distribute food and clothes, shoes, and outerwear for children of all ages. Adult clothing is limited to coats and other cold weather wear.
Rummage in the Ramp is a Iowa City’s annual mega-recycling event in which students and local residents are encouraged to donate, rather than throw away, items they no longer need or want. This event takes place annually at the end of July. The 12th annual Rummage in the Ramp event in 2018 diverted more than 24 tons of materials from curbs and dumpsters, as more than 600 residents donated their still-usable items.
429 Southgate Avenue, Iowa City
Shelter House runs a 70-bed shelter facility and three homes through which they provide permanent supportive housing. They focus on programs and support services including housing, employment, and mental health recovery. Due to limited storage capacity, please call prior to bringing donated items to Shelter House.
1725 Boyrum Street, Iowa City
The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Non-financial gifts can be made by dropping off items at your local Salvation Army drop box or by arranging a pick-up. To schedule a pick-up of donated goods, please call 1-800-SA-TRUCK or visit satruck.org
1700 S. 1st Avenue Suite #14, Iowa City
UAY’s Swaim Youth Center: 355 Iowa Avenue, Iowa City
United Action for Youth is a non-profit organization working with youth, parents, and the local community to provide services for all teenagers 12-18 years old. Intervention programming offers support, advocacy, counseling, and community referrals to youth and families facing adversity. For donation questions, contact Mickey Hampton at [email protected]
The University of Iowa Clothing Closet and Food Pantry
Iowa Memorial Union Rooms 212 and 213 (use Iowa House Hotel lobby entrance)
125 N Madison St, Iowa City
The mission of The University of Iowa Clothing Closet is to provide undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Iowa with access to quality, new or used, professional clothing at no cost. The mission of the Food Pantry is to provide nutritious food and basic necessities for University of Iowa students, faculty, and staff in need, and to fight food insecurity through education and advocacy.
Consign your stuff!
111 Stevens Dr. Iowa City
1800 Stevens Dr., Iowa City
Houseworks has been in the consignment business for almost 30 years, providing clean and functional household items.
2008 8th Street, Coralville
Once Upon a Child is the nation’s leading buyer and seller of name brand, gently used kids’ stuff, including clothing, shoes, play-yards, changing tables, strollers, highchairs, and toys. Payment on-the-spot for all items accepted.
612 Leonard Lane, West Branch
117 E. College St., Iowa City
Revival brings together a vast yet curated collection of women’s new, used, and vintage clothing and accessories. Three payment options are offered for clients selling their clothing: 25% cash up front, 40% store credit, or 40% consignment.
538 Olympic Court Iowa City
The Second Act accepts new and gently worn items under a 50/50 consignment policy. Items accepted for consignment include clothing for men, women, and children, as well as footwear, purses, hats, belts, sunglasses, jewelry, and scarves. It is recommended you call to find out what they are taking before you bring your items in.
320 E Benton St. Iowa City
Savvy sells women’s clothing and accessories, including jewelry, belts, scarves, hats, shoes, and purses. Clothing sizes range from petite, misses, and plus-sizes, as well as junior sizes. Consignors receive a 40% commission. Accepted items are those purchased in the last two years in top-notch condition.
851 Hwy 6 E Ste 103, Iowa City
319-338-9909 (Iowa City)
2818 Commerce Drive, Coralville
Stuff Etc. Quality Consignment Stores are currently Iowa’s largest department consignment store group. Each Stuff Etc store takes the last two years’ style of clothing and accessories. Items are accepted on a seasonal basis. Their website has a consigning calendar to see when items are accepted.