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Not Sure What to Do With All Your Extra Stuff? Where To Donate in Champaign-Urbana

 

If there’s one thing that’s certain about having a family — no matter the ages and stages — it’s that there is no shortage of “stuff” that accumulates over the years.

The following lists can help you figure out what to do with your excess when you live in or near Champaign-Urbana. Whether you’re looking to donate right now, don’t mind waiting a little bit longer, or have a very specific donation item, this information can hopefully point you in the right direction.

Extra Stuff_ Where To Donate in Champaign-Urbana

The following organizations accept clothes, toys, household items, and more. Clicking on the links will lead to more information about hours, drop-off locations, and individual store policies regarding what they will — and won’t — accept. Please note that some stores have waiting lists or limited availability for large item donations, or many bags of clothes, for example.

Basic Info

  1. Consider the condition of your items when donating. Most places are looking for gently used items, whether clothing or otherwise.
  2. We are big fans of Champaign’s Salt & Light, which recycles clothing (and fabrics of all types) and makes money by doing so. When you go to Salt & Light, they don’t require you to sort them; learn more about Salt & Light’s clothing recycling program here. You can also donate clothing/linen items in ANY condition, knowing that they really do want your donation even if it will just be recycled.
  3.  If you want an item to be re-used but aren’t sure where to donate or recycle it, check out the The I.D.E.A. Store, now located in Urbana. It accepts items that are safe to reuse in art projects, and the list of what they’ll take is fairly large. It includes scraps of fabric, mismatched game pieces — even pop tabs and bottle caps. All are welcome to shop their collection of art supplies.
  4. Have large items such as furniture? Some Champaign-Urbana area organizations will offer to pick them up. We list those below under furniture.

Benefits of donating your belongings

There are multiple benefits to donating our gently used goods (and some organizations can benefit from your not-so-gently-used-goods too).

By donating goods, a worthy non-profit organization benefits — and our list focuses on those that help people locally in the Champaign-Urbana community. By donating, those who can’t afford to purchase brand new items can find the goods they need at a price they can afford.

There are environmental benefits too; there is less waste floating around when donated items are purchased vs. discarded.

Making donations can result in a tax deduction (although newer tax rules may make this more difficult, so ask your tax professional). Be sure to get a receipt (but not all places will give them, so ask before you donate).

Editor’s Note: Please note that we do our best to keep up with each organization, but policies often change and we don’t always know about it. Please call ahead or visit websites if you have questions. Click on sites below for specific donation information. 

We also have an article that details where to recycle, and several devoted to consignment and where to sell your stuff, in general.  Happy purging!

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Toys | Stuffed Animals | Books | Baby Gear | Clothing | Small Household Items | Furniture | Miscellaneous

very many toys

Toys

Restoration Urban Ministries

1213 Parkland Ct., Champaign. Donations of toys and infant and child equipment are always needed.

Seek and Find Thrift Store

223 Gerard Ave., Rantoul. Accepts games, toys and sports equipment. Benefits Seek and Find Ministries.

Stuffed Animals

Find out Where to Donate Stuffed Animals in Champaign-Urbana. 

Books

Books 2 Prisoners

They have various drop-off locations around town.

Orphans Treasure Box

826 Pioneer St., Champaign. Books, CDs, DVDs, educational games and learning tools. Check here to see what they accept and guidelines. Benefits orphans and their caregivers.

Other ideas

Our readers recommend where to donate children’s books HERE. Consider benefiting local libraries including Champaign, Urbana, Mahomet, and Tolono. Each has its own rules on how, what, and when to donate. Depending on the library, your donation might end up in the general collection, but more likely it will end up in a book sale. Some libraries also accept media including DVDs, CDs, and video games.

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baby bouncer

Baby Gear

Crisis Nursery

1309 W. Hill St., Urbana. Baby/child clothing, baby/childcare items, office supplies, kids’ snacks, miscellaneous items. Be sure to check out the link if you’d like to donate to them, as their needs are very specific. They prefer new items or items in excellent condition.

Restoration Urban Ministries

1213 Parkland Ct., Champaign. Donations of toys and infant and child equipment are always needed.

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Pile of clothes

Clothing

Carle Auxiliary Resale Boutique

Corner of Lincoln and University in Urbana. Accepts clothing and shoes in good, clean condition. Funds the Carle Auxiliary Guest House, student scholarships, baby shirts for newborns, Professional Excellence Awards to Carle nurses and other philanthropic projects.

Empty Tomb

301 N. Fourth St., Champaign. Empty Tomb is currently taking up to three bags of men’s, women’s, children’s and youth in-season clothing.

Goodwill 

1201 Savoy Plaza Lane, Savoy and 912 W. Anthony Drive, Champaign. Clothing and accessories.

It Takes a Village

601 E Main St, Suite 107, Mahomet. Accepts gently used children clothing and miscellaneous items for children; some adult clothing.

Restoration Urban Ministries

1213 Parkland Ct., Champaign. In-season clothing. Clothing items may be donated during the Clothing Pantry’s open hours Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Salt & Light

1512 W. Anthony Dr., Champaign; 1819 S. Philo Road, Urbana. All conditions of clothes and shoes (anything that is unwearable is recycled, learn more about that here). They operate thrift stores, a full-service grocery, and a free technology center, all open to the public. Those who work at Salt & Light can earn credits to spend there. Benefits Salt & Light Ministries.

Seek and Find Thrift Store

223 Gerard Ave., Rantoul. Accepts gently used men’s, women’s and children’s clothing. Benefits Seek and Find Ministries.

Twice is Nice

607 W. Elm, Urbana. This is a program of the First Presbyterian Church in Urbana; the website has more information about who benefits when you donate/shop there.

Willow Tree Resale Shop

351 W. Monroe St., Monticello. Accepts gently used clothes. Check the list before you go. Funds the Willow Tree Mission Domestic Violence program.

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Wooden kitchen utensils

Small Household Items 

Carle Auxiliary Resale Boutique

Corner of Lincoln and University in Urbana. Accepts household items, home décor, books, DVDs and CDs, small working electrical items, jewelry, linens, holiday items, antiques, games and puzzles. Funds the Carle Auxiliary Guest House, student scholarships, baby shirts for newborns, Professional Excellence Awards to Carle nurses and other philanthropic projects.

Empty Tomb

301 N. Fourth St., Champaign. Empty Tomb takes household goods such as pots, pans, dishes, bedding, linens, up to room-size rugs and decorative items.

Goodwill 

1201 Savoy Plaza Lane, Savoy and 912 W. Anthony Drive, Champaign. Household items, books, CDs.

It Takes a Village

601 E Main St, Suite 107, Mahomet. Accepts small household items and linens.

ReStore

119 E. University, Champaign. Furniture, appliances, building materials, household items, books, some accessories. They take a wide variety of stuff  including things like doors, windows, furniture, toilets — even the kitchen sink. They offer pick-up services, call 355-6460. Benefits Habitat for Humanity.

Restoration Urban Ministries

1213 Parkland Ct., Champaign. Appliances and household goods. Small household items may be donated during the Clothing Pantry’s open hours Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Electric appliances, such as crockpots, are always needed.

Salt & Light

1512 W. Anthony Dr., Champaign; 1819 S. Philo Road, Urbana. They operate thrift stores, a full-service grocery, and a free technology center, all open to the public. Those who work at Salt & Light can earn credits to spend there. Benefits Salt & Light Ministries.

Seek and Find Thrift Store

223 Gerard Ave., Rantoul. Accepts small household goods and furnishings, along with some furniture. Benefits Seek and Find Ministries.

Twice is Nice

607 W. Elm, Urbana. Household items, small appliances, books, CDs, toys, accessories. This is a program of the First Presbyterian Church in Urbana; the website has more information about who benefits when you donate/shop there.

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Old furniture

Furniture

Empty Tomb

301 N. Fourth St., Champaign. If you live in Champaign, Urbana or Savoy, arrangements can be made to pick select items that are in good condition. Email info@emptytomb.org to arrange the pickup of items for which waiting lists are maintained.

Goodwill 

1201 Savoy Plaza Lane, Savoy and 912 W. Anthony Drive, Champaign. Some furniture, condition-dependent.

ReStore

119 E. University, Champaign. Furniture, appliances, building materials, household items, books, some accessories. They take a wide variety of stuff  including things like doors, windows, furniture, toilets — even the kitchen sink. They offer pick-up services, call 355-6460. Benefits Habitat for Humanity.

Restoration Urban Ministries

1213 Parkland Ct., Champaign. Furniture and larger household items are accepted on a case-by-case basis as storage space is extremely limited.

Salt & Light

1512 W. Anthony Dr., Champaign; 1819 S. Philo Road, Urbana. Offers contact-less furniture pick-up. Call the store at 355-5654. They operate thrift stores, a full-service grocery, and a free technology center, all open to the public. Those who work at Salt & Light can earn credits to spend there. Benefits Salt & Light Ministries.

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Fabric Scraps Heart

Miscellaneous 

If you have scraps of fabric, wine corks, mismatched game pieces and so much more, the The I.D.E.A. Store, now located in Lincoln Square, Urbana may be the right spot for you. A list of what they’ll take is fairly large, and it includes household items, arts and crafts supplies, office supplies and more. The I.D.E.A Store says “you support sustainability, social change, and the joy of creating” when you donate your items.

If you have an old bike, even if it needs some repair, consider donating it to The Bike Project of Champaign-Urbana. They sell restored bikes at reasonable prices, and advocate for a bike-friendly community.

Got a car or other vehicle that needs to go? Donate it to WILL Illinois Public Media; they will even tow it away for you. Find the details here.

If you need to unload some old eyeglasses, take them to one of the drop box locations provided by the Champaign Lions Club. They recycle used specs and donate them — along with a free exam — to people in need.

Have a prom dress to donate? We wrote about specific places to donate prom dresses here. There are sometimes seasonal sales that pop up around Champaign- Urbana in the late winter, but most thrift stores take them regardless.

Want to donate Halloween costumes for kids? Typically, the Champaign Park District holds a costume donation drive each October.

Have electronics, books, jewelry, sporting goods, DVD’s, CD’s, VHS, Records, 8-tracks, computer accessories and more? Take them over to Willow Tree Resale Shop in Monticello. And if you’re looking for where to take electronics BIG and small, specifically, mark your calendars for electronics recycling in Champaign County.

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Currently not accepting donations but still on our radar

Salvation ArmyClosed as of March 2020

2212 N. Market St., Champaign. Clothes, accessories, some furniture/household items, books, toys.

YMCA Dump and Run Sale

Drop-off of items occurs at the end of U of I’s spring semester, early May; sale is in August. The main concept behind this fundraiser is to collect items students would otherwise dispose of (read: abandon) during the spring move-out and sell it to the incoming crop of young academics in the fall. Genius. They even take toys and stuffed animals! They do not collect: televisions, paint, child/infant car seats, stoves, washers, dryers, non-working electronics & computer parts, sleeper sofas, mattresses, televisions, or large exercise equipment.





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