DONTATEOAKLAND.ORG strongly urges you to donate your unwanted clothes, books, furniture and other household goods to the organizations listed below. When you do so, you can be assured that your donations stay here in Oakland and are either distributed free or sold at low-cost to low-income residents with proceeds helping fund extremely valuable services.
Please click on each of the non-profits listed below to access their websites for more information.
Please click on each of the non-profits listed below to access their websites for more information.
THE BOOKMARK BOOKSTORE
The Bookmark Bookstore is operated under the auspices of the Friends of the Oakland Public Library and staffed largely by volunteers. Proceeds from book sales are distributed in the form of grants to the Oakland Public Library. For the fiscal 2014-2015 year, grants totaled $174,000.
They accept most books in very good or better condition but especially welcome hard cover books that are rare, vintage, brand new, author-signed, first editions, classics, popular titles or on esoteric subjects. DVDs and CDs are also accepted. For more detailed donation guidelines, please visit their website.
721 Washington St.
EAST BAY CHILDREN'S BOOK PROJECT
Since opening in 2005, the East Bay Children’s Book Project has worked to help provide free books to schools and other organizations which directly serve children. Working with an all volunteer staff, they have distributed more than 1.3 million books since opening in 2005. Teachers, social workers, health care professionals and others in related professions select books that may be used in their programs or given directly to children.
EBCBP accepts new and gently used children’s books . No textbooks, library discards or books more than 15 years old. Their website has a list of drop-off locations. For large donations, please phone in advance.
EBCBP is temporarily closed while moving to a new location at 2501 Harrison St. (across from Whole Foods). Tentative re-opening date is January 1. In the interim, book donations may still be made at the drop-off locations listed on the website or phone (510) 408-READ.
WARDROBE FOR OPPORTUNITY
Wardrobe for Opportunity (WFO) is an employment-focused non-profit located in Downtown Oakland with a secondary site in Concord. Celebrating our 20th Anniversary in 2015, WFO has assisted over 26,000 clients in their efforts to Find a Job, Keep a Job, and Build a Career. We strive to help low-income individuals increase their employability, learn career skills to excel at work, and build confidence to go after long-term career ambitions. WFO works to achieve these goals by providing clients with professional clothing for interviews and offering two career development programs. Our clothing program serves approximately 100 job seekers a month!
WFO requires that all clothing donations be interview ready. In other words, professional, clean and on hangers.
Donations of less than 30 items can be brought to a drop-off location listed on our website. Larger donations will need to be scheduled by phone.
570 14th Street, Suite 5
Goodwill Industries of the Greater East Bay provides disadvantaged and disabled people work experience, life skills and skill training to achieve self sufficiency in their lives through work. They do so by focusing on their training opportunities and by operating financially sound community based businesses that provide vital vocational services to the local community.
Goodwill welcomes a broad range of donations. Everything from books to clothes to household furnishings and is actively pursuing zero waste goals with 98% of donated goods either sold or recycled. Approximately 90% of the proceeds from their thrift shop sales are plowed back into programs.
2925 International, 3525 MacArthur Avenue, 1220 Broadway
The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center in Oakland is part of one of the largest networks of rehabilitation programs in the nation. The program here in Oakland helps men overcome serious life problems, such as drug and alcohol dependencies. ARC gives them opportunities to regain self-respect, develop a good work ethic and encourages spiritual growth within a residential rehabilitation facility. Housing, meals, clothing and rehabilitation services are provided without cost to participants.
Donations of lightly used clothing, furniture, appliances and household items for resale at their Salvation Army Family Store are welcomed as are vehicles, RVs, boats and motorcycles.
601 Webster Street
For pick-up: 1(800) SA-TRUCK.
URBAN FURNITURE & URBAN BOUTIQUE
Proceeds benefit Urban University's job training and life coaching program for single mothers transitioning from public assistance. Over the past sixteen years, they've successfully prepared more than 1,600 low-income individuals for successful entry into the workforce.
Their shop on Grand Avenue gladly accept donations of gently used furniture, household goods, and men & women's clothing between 11am-6pm daily. Their new warehouse (which will also double as a Learning Center) at 1960 Adeline is currently open for donations on Saturdays and Sundays only from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
A free pick-up service for larger furniture items may be scheduled by calling (510) 835-3165 in advance. Tax deductible donation receipts are available on request.
3241 Grand Avenue
American Cancer Society Discovery Shops help support the fight against cancer through the sale of high quality, gently used, donated merchandise. For over 40, the Society has owned and operated these specialty resale stores featuring clothing, accessories, jewelry, furniture, artwork, antiques, collectibles and other household items.
- Your gently used items can be dropped off at any Discovery Shop
- Items must be of high quality. No major appliances, mattresses or intimate apparel.
- We can arrange pick up of large furniture items, in good condition, on a store-by-store basis.
Store hours: Monday - Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Saturday - Sunday, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
127 41st Street
THE BAMBINO SHOP
The Bambino Shop is a non-profit staffed by volunteers that operates solely for the benefit of Children's Hospital and Research Center in Oakland.
The Bambino sells gently used clothing for adults and children, toys, furniture, household goods, jewelry, books, artwork and seasonal items. Donations are accepted Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00 - 2:30 and Saturday, Noon - 3:30. Donation guidelines are HERE.
5920 College Avenue
OAKLAND MUSEUM WHITE ELEPHANT SALE
The White Elephant Sale, Northern California’s biggest and best rummage sale, takes place in a 96,000-square-foot warehouse site at 333 Lancaster Street, near the Oakland Estuary. The Sale features an extensive array of quality used men's, women’s and children’s clothing, jewelry, books, tools, furniture, household goods, sporting equipment and more. Organized and presented by the Oakland Museum Women’s Board, the White Elephant Sale is made possible by donations from the public. In 2015, the Sale grossed a record $2.15 million to benefit the Oakland Museum of California.
Donation Guidelines are HERE
(510) 510-536-6800 or for Pick-up Service, 510-839-5919
333 Lancaster Street (off Fruitvale)
HARBOR HOUSE MINISTRIES
Harbor House provides a safe place for opportunities, resources, and relationships to be shared so that all families in Oakland can flourish. Our programs serve children, adults and families in the San Antonio district of Oakland through our After-School enrichment program, emergency food and clothing pantry, ESL classes and Youth Leadership Program.
Olive's Closet, the Harbor House children's clothing thrift store, is open Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9 AM - 12 PM. Donations of high quality children's clothing can be arranged by contacting our office at (510) 534-0165. Additional needs for our programs can be found through our website or Amazon wishlist.
1811 11th Avenue, Oakland
UHURU FURNITURE AND COLLECTIBLES
Uhuru Furniture is an economic development institution of the African People's Education & Defense Fund which develops programs to defend the human and civil rights of the African community and to address the grave disparities in education, health and economic development. Projects include the TyRon Lewis Community Gym, Uhuru Jiko kitchens and Akwaaba Halls, providing sliding scale access to black community health and economic opportunities.
They accept gently used furniture, collectibles, art, some pianos, vehicles, some appliances plus lamps, stereos and sewing machines. Free donation pick up.
3742 Grand Avenue
EAST BAY DEPOT FOR CREATIVE REUSE
The East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse is a treasure trove of art & craft materials, educational supplies, vintage furniture, and much more. The Depot is a non-profit organization dedicated to solid waste diversion and resource conservation by redistributing discarded goods as low-cost supplies for art, education, and social services. Established in 1979 by two Oakland public school teachers and located in the heart of Temescal, The Depot aims to provide educators with creative low-cost resources while educating the public about the green benefits of reusing materials.
The East Bay Depot accepts art & craft supplies, office & educational materials, fabric & notions, paper goods, small furniture, home décor, household goods, artwork, books, and more. Donation guidelines are HERE. Donations accepted: Monday-Sunday 11am-5pm at rear door on Shattuck Avenue Pickup of some large items from individuals, businesses and manufacturers can be arranged. Call 510-547-6535.
Store hours: Monday-Sunday 11am-6pm
4695 Telegraph Avenue
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
St. Vincent de Paul provides tangible assistance to homeless and at-risk persons to help them meet basic needs, build self-sufficiency, and ultimately break the cycle of poverty. Their community center on San Pablo Avenue serves up to 700 hot meals daily; offers assistance with chemical dependency; provides job-training through their highly-rated, Champion Workforce Program as well as health clinics and men's and women's support services.
St. Vincent de Paul is seeking gently used clothing, household goods, furniture and electronics which may be dropped off at their thrift shop on San Leandro Blvd. or Redux, their creative reuse facility in Alameda. For more information, please call (510) 638-7600.
9235 San Leandro Boulevard
OUT OF THE CLOSET
The Out of the Closet Thrift Shop is operated by the Aids Healthcare Foundation. They provide HIV testing and counseling on site and medications offsite through the AHF Pharmacy on 30th St.
Donations of clothing, household goods, etc. can be dropped off at their thrift store. For furniture or other large items, phone (877) 2-PICK-IT-UP
238 East 18th Street
OAKLAND WOMEN'S CENTER
The Oakland Women's Center offers a safe, welcoming place where low-income women receive training and support to achieve healthier, more prosperous lives. Programs, in part, include:
- Cooking and Nutrition
- Housing Assistance
- Job Readiness Preparation
- Personal Financial and Business Management Skills
Donations are accepted at the WCI Center on weekdays from 9am-4pm or Saturday drop-offs and small donation pick-ups can be scheduled by phone.
2811 Adeline Street
ReCARES increases access to durable medical equipment and home health care supplies while decreasing needless environmental waste. We do this by collecting, redistributing and encouraging reuse of walkers, wheelchairs, canes, crutches, bath and respiratory equipment and any other type of medical equipment you would use in your home. We also accept supplies such as adult diapers, bed liners, cleansers and wound care supplies. No large items such as beds, power wheelchairs or scooters. All donated equipment must be clean, sanitized and in good working condition.
The Oakland site is open on Fridays from 12 -4 PM for donations and distributions and is also open on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month for donations only. We are located in the parking lot behind the First Presbyterian Church of Oakland, 2619 Broadway, Oakland.