Where in the Upper East and West Side Can You Donate Your Unwanted Items?

by | Feb 23, 2020

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There are a lot of good reasons to want to declutter your home and get rid of unwanted items. Doing so can help a home look cleaner and roomier. Plus, if you donate those items you can help those in need and help reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that would’ve come from putting those items in the trash.

If you’re looking to move to a new Manhattan property soon, then you may be wondering what to do with all of your unwanted items. While they can be cumbersome in a move and can make even a brand new apartment seem old and cluttered, those items could be valuable to a collector or person in need. Even if the items are old, if they’re in decent shape, it’s very likely that someone out there would appreciate them. However, if you’re busy thinking about a move it can be hard to find the right place to donate your items.

Thankfully, the Upper East Side and Upper West Side both have a number of locations that will accept donated items of all shapes and sizes, whether you’re looking to donate clothes, home goods, furniture, or electronics, we’ll give you a breakdown of some of the locations you can donate those items to, so you can find the right fit.

Salvation Army

Located on 268 W 96th St in the Upper West Side, the Salvation Army is famous for their bell-ringers who appear during the holiday season. However, they operate year-round and accept donated items to redistribute to those in need. They accept all manner of items, including clothes, books, and electronics, with a few exceptions. If you’re in doubt about whether or not they’ll accept an item you can call ahead to check.

Housing Works

With six locations in the Upper East Side and Upper West Side, you’re bound to find a Housing Works close to your location. This New York CIty based non-profit works to combat AIDS and homelessness. It supports these efforts with revenue from several bookstores and thrift shops which it operates. It accepts all manner of items, including furniture.


Goodwill is another organization that accepts a wide range of items. However, Goodwill doesn’t accept furniture. Other than that though, they will take clothes, books, electronics, and other items. Goodwill will also take vehicle donations. There is one Goodwill location in the Upper West Side at 157 W 72nd St. and one in the Upper East Side at 1704 2nd Avenue.

Unique Boutique Donation Center and Store

If you want to donate to a more local organization, Unique Boutique Donation Center and Store, located at 487 Columbus Avenue, is a great place to donate unwanted clothing. If you have other items to donate, they accept other categories of goods as well, including books and kitchenware.

Donating Electronics

Donating unwanted electronics items can be difficult because they become redundant quickly, so many donation places won’t necessarily have a use for them. So, unless you have a real collection piece getting rid of something old can be hard. This is especially true because it is illegal in New York City to put most electronic items out with the trash. If there is an item you aren’t able to donate and don’t want to keep, you can call the Department of Sanitation and make an appointment to pick them up.

These are just a few of the locations where you can donate your old belongings. If there’s a specialized item you’re looking to donate, donateNYC has a useful map you can use to find other donation locations across the five boroughs.

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