Where to Donate and Consign in the Iowa City Area

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 Iowa City area donation and consignment locations that will bring a spark of joy to your fellow community members.


Your Stuff Can Still Spark Joy: Where to Donate and Consign in the Iowa City area

Where to Donate and Consign in the Iowa City Area


Donate

The Iowa City area is home to many nonprofit groups and organizations that will happily accept items you and your family no longer need.

Buy Nothing Groups

Yep – you read that correctly. The online groups linked below look for new homes for items, at no charge. 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.

CommUnity Crisis Services and Food Bank

Website
Drop-off Address:
1045 Highway 6 East, Iowa City
Phone: 319-351-0128

CommUnity Crisis Services and Food Bank is a volunteer-driven organization that provides immediate and non-judgmental support for individuals facing emotional, food, or financial crisis. Please refer to their website to view needed donations; please note the CommUnity Food Pantry does not accept non-consumable items like clothing or furniture.

Crowded Closet

Website
Address: 851 Highway 6E, Iowa City
Phone: ​319-337-5924

Crowded Closet is a non-profit thrift store. All the profits support Mennonite Central Committee world relief, service, and development programs, as well as local community relief agencies. The thrift shop sells donated goods such as clothing for men, women, and children, housewares, furniture, toys, books, and antiques.

Domestic Violence Intervention Program

Website
Address:
1105 S. Gilbert Court, Suite 300, Iowa City
Phone: 800-373-1043

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. DVIP will receive a percentage of the sales for your consigned items at these local shops:

  • Iowa City Stuff Etc. consignor #22214
  • Coralville Stuff Etc. consignor #13287
  • Houseworks consignor #4024

You can also call 319-359-9353 to make an appointment to donate goods directly to DVIP.

Goodwill of the Heartland

Website
Iowa City Address:
445 Highway 6 East
Iowa City Phone: 319-248-4705
Coralville Address: 2551 Heartland Place
Coralville Phone: 319-248-4729

Goodwill of the Heartland’s mission is to help people reach their full potential through education, training, and the power of work. When you donate clothing, furniture, household goods, and more to Goodwill, you create jobs for people who might not otherwise be able to find work.

Habitat ReStore

Website
Address:
 2401 Scott Blvd SE, Iowa City
Phone: 319-338-5687

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. Pick-up is available.

Houses Into Homes

Website
Drop-off Address
: 401 6th Ave, Coralville
Phone: 319-435-1075

Houses into Homes provides gently-used beds, furniture, and household items for families and individuals in Johnson County who are exiting homelessness, domestic violence, and other crisis situations. Our mission is to help people feel the comfort of home and to do so in a way that honors their experience and engages them with unconditional positive regard.

Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center

Website
Address: 28 S. Linn St, Iowa City
Phone: 319-356-5220

The Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center is a division within the City of Iowa City. Since 1981, The Center has been offering a full array of classes, activities, volunteer opportunities, services, and special events for community members, in particular those age 50+, to stay active, curious, and connected. The Senior Center pantry accepts nonperishable food and personal care items.

North Liberty Community Pantry

Website
Address:
89 North Jones Boulevard, North Liberty
Phone: 319-626-2711

The North Liberty Community Pantry is an outreach ministry of First United Methodist Church of North Liberty. They collect and distribute food, detergent, and children’s clothing. Adult clothing is limited to winter wear.

Rummage in the Ramp

Rummage in the Ramp is an Iowa City-sponsored effort to keep tons of reusable items out of the landfill, and get those items to those who need them when the lease changeover occurs annually at the end of July. Pop-up Donation Drops served as an alternative when Rummage in the Ramp was canceled for 2021. Several temporary drop-off locations were available at different locations including Mercer Park, Happy Hollow Park, and Wetherby Park. Stay tuned for 2022 updates.

Shelter House

Website
Address:
429 Southgate Avenue, Iowa City
Phone: 319-351-0326

Since 1983, Shelter House has provided safe shelter and helped people improve the quality of their lives as they move beyond homelessness. Shelter House operates a 70-bed emergency shelter in addition to four homes and an apartment building through which we provide 47 permanent supportive housing units. We focus on programs and support services including housing, employment, and mental health recovery that help hundreds of men, women, and children each year to get back on their feet. Due to limited storage capacity, please call prior to bringing donated items to Shelter House.

The Salvation Army of Johnson County

Website
Address:
1725 Boyrum Street, Iowa City
Phone: 319-339-4984

The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Your donations to The Salvation Army Family Stores help fund our programs, change lives, and restore families. To schedule a pick-up of donated goods, please call 1-800-SA-TRUCK or visit satruck.org

University of Iowa Clothing Closet

Website
Address: Iowa Memorial Union, 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. Professional attire in good condition, including shoes and accessories, can be donated at the IMU House Hotel front desk any time during open hours.

Upscale Resale (formerly Drop Inn)

Website
Address:
Unit 28, 3305 Highway 1 SW, Iowa City
Phone: (319) 337-8332

Upscale Resale was birthed out of the desire to provide help and hope for those less fortunate in the Iowa City community. With that goal we established a non-profit, volunteer based, resale store, that is dependent on community involvement as expressed through donations, shopping, and volunteering.


Consignment

You can make a little extra money by selling items you no longer want or need to several consignment stores in the Iowa City area.

Kidworks

Address: 111 Stevens Dr., Iowa City

Houseworks

Website
Address
: 1800 Stevens Dr., Iowa City
Phone: 319-338-4357

Clear your overflowing closets with our help. It’s a socially responsible and environmentally friendly way to de-clutter. Kindly note we don’t take or sell clothes, large appliances, or computers.

Once Upon a Child

Website
Address
: 2008 8th Street, Coralville
Phone: 319-351-2491

Once Upon A Child® buys and sells gently used kids’ clothing, shoes, toys, and baby gear. We pay you cash on the spot and provide a convenient way to recycle the items your children have outgrown, giving those items a second life.

Plato’s Closet

Website
Address: 1801 Second Street, Coralville
Phone: 319-351-3554

At Plato’s Closet, we buy and sell gently used clothes, shoes, handbags, and accessories for guys and girls in their teens and twenties. Want to make some extra cash fast? Plato’s Closet pays cash on the spot for gently used items that are in current style and in great condition. We buy styles for all seasons, all day, every day, with no appointment necessary.

Revival

Website
Address
: 117 E. College St., Iowa City
Phone: 319-337-4511

Revival is a true midwestern staple located in Iowa City, IA. We bring together a vast yet curated collection of women’s new, used, and vintage clothing and accessories, as well as a variety of boutique clothing, apothecary, and lingerie lines. We are buying by appointment only.

The Second Act

Website
Address
: 538 Olympic Court Iowa City
Phone: (319) 338-8454

The Second Act is Iowa City’s “Go to” store for all Ethnic and Vintage clothes from the ’30s through the ’90s, including authentic hats, shoes, ties, polyester, wigs, etc. Features a year-round costume store with packaged and rental costumes for all ages. Hundreds of awesome accessories! It accepts new and gently used clothes with a 50/50 consignment policy.

The Savvy Boutique

Website
Address
: 320 E. Benton St. Iowa City
Phone: 319-354-2565

Savvy sells women’s clothing and accessories (including handbags, jewelry, shoes, scarves, belts & hats). It always accepts new consignors and there is no fee to start consigning. Call for a same-day appointment now to bring your items in! You will receive a 40 percent commission once your item sells. Unsold items may be picked up by you, or we will donate them to a nonprofit organization in our community.

Sharpless Auctions

Website
Address: 5049 Herbert Hoover Hwy, NE, Iowa City
Phone: 319-331-9030

Whether you have an entire estate, spare household items & primitives, commercial items, or industrial items; our twice-weekly online consignment auctions will generate you income by selling at online auction prices!

Stuff Etc.

Website
Iowa City Address:
851 Hwy 6 E. Unit 103
Iowa City Phone: 319-338-9909
Coralville Address: 2818 Commerce Drive
Coralville Phone: 319-545-8408

Consignment savvy people in Eastern Iowa make thousands of dollars, consigning their high-quality clothing, furnishings, and more with Stuff Etc. With eight locations, it is convenient for you to turn your “Stuff” into cash. To get started with consignment you can read the resources we have online, then find the Stuff Etc. store nearest you.


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Susie is a mom of two, student affairs professional, book-lover and frequent challah baker. Originally from Skokie, Illinois, Susie first came to Iowa City for college and grad school. The following decade was full of adventure and moving boxes as she and her husband followed jobs to New York, Illinois and Texas. They were thrilled to relocate “home” to Iowa City in 2016. In addition to working at the UI Pomerantz Career Center, Susie is a PTA volunteer and sorority advisor. She loves date nights in the Ped Mall, catching a show at Hancher or the Englert, and most of all, cuddling her kids and dog on the couch.

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