Moving out is the best time to have a clean out. Donating your unwanted furniture, clothes or books can not only help those in need, but it can make moving cheaper and easier. Where can you donate in Brisbane? Furniture, clothes and more.
Moving is the ultimate time to assess your hoardings and get rid of a few items or have a full cull, if you are not selling it, you could be donating it and stop it going to landfill! You know there are too many novelty mugs in the china cupboard, you haven’t worn that coat in two years and the BBQ is just too big to bother moving, and that’s just the beginning. How much you have to transport can have a lot of impact on your moving cost, so doing the donation deed is going a long way to helping you being move thrifty and helping a community charity make a sale that will help someone in need.
Moving is a great time to get rid of things you no longer need.
Uniting Care is a large organisation that support Australians where they are and identify need. They are skilled at intervening to provide care and assistance to vulnerable people facing adversity and injustice. They are crisis response leaders and work across Queensland to provide positive change, growth, financial resilience, and family well being. Practically speaking they can assist with a range of services through a network of care providers that incorporate aged care, disability support, health care and crisis response with organisations such as BlueCare, Lifeline, The Wesley Hospital, St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital, Buderim Private Hospital and St Stephen’s Hospital.
Lifeline shops sell items across the state and help fund the 24-hour Lifeline Crisis Support Line, so there is a real chance you are helping to save someone’s life.
A few Lifeline stores are specialised vintage wares outlets in inner Brisbane suburbs.
With the adage “one person’s clutter is another’s must-have!”, Lifeline don’t really have many items that they will not accept. Of course, though, bear in mind that they are a charity and to save them money in dumping to a land fill, you should only donate items that you would be happy to sell or pass on to a friend or relative. They do have a little advice guide on how to decide what to give to them, all donations should be in clean, good condition and not require repair.
Furniture – donate quality furniture of all kinds, couches, cabinets, beds, and bedside tables.
Clothing – Lifeline accept wearable clothing that is in good quality, shoes, and accessories. Do not donate clothing that is ripped or stained or would be embarrassing to wear, low-income individuals deserve to be thought of with dignity, use the un-wearables as cleaning rags or just throw them out. If you are super organised and super helpful, they would love your donation to be sorted into bags of similar items (e.g., women’s, men’s, children’s) and shoes paired or with their laces tied together.
Bric-a-brac – That old knick-knack, that souvenir, that present from that ex-friend. Curious ornaments, crockery, etc. are favourites of op-shop bargain hunters and Lifeline LOVE them to be donated, but please DO NOT put breakable items in donation bins, deliver them safely to a donation collection point.
Books – Donate all your old books! Lifeline is famous in Queensland for their annual Lifeline Bookfest events that happen all over the state, and they are HUGE and are a lot of fun to visit. In Brisbane, the Convention Centre exhibition hall is packed with pallet after pallet of incredible books, vinyl records, CDs and DVDs. If you are a rare book hunter, this is a place of wonder! Get on the mailing list here.
Here is a cool time-lapse video of what goes into this incredible fund-raising event!
If your items are too large for you to arrange for a delivery to a local lifeline warehouse, you can request a pick-up if the items are in good, saleable condition, by completing the online form here.
Vinyl records are a great find for the retro music lover!
The mission of Rizeup is to raise awareness of the prevalence of domestic and family violence within society. They do this by generating life-changing support for people affected by DFV. They have a few different ways to deliver this service, but one of the mechanisms of support is to help people re-establish their life by setting up and furnishing homes that are sourced by specialist services. This is the part is where YOU come in!
Donations of quality furniture, household goods, or electrical items can make a huge positive impact on those who are recovering from a situation of vulnerability.
Please donate these quality furniture and household goods:
Please do not donate:
The only way you can donate to Rizeup is via their pick-up network. Last year they were able to complete over 400 donation collections.
Due to current covid-19 conditions, donations are accepted in the following way:
Up to 3 items for donation - If they are big or small, they should be in amazing condition to help clients feel dignity in their new circumstances. You need to complete the online donation form and detail the particulars of your donation here.
More than 3 items - Use the link below to email the details of your donation, note that it may take a little while to get a response.
St Vincent de Paul, affectionately referred to in Australia as “St Vinnies”, was started in Paris by a 20-year-old student who had been inspired by St Vincent De Paul who was considered a patron saint of the poor. This legacy is world-wide and today you can contribute to this cause by simply culling the items you do not want to move and giving them to this very worthy organisation.
Items that are donated and sold through the St Vincent de Paul Society are either directly given to support people and families in need or sold in their op-shops located all over Brisbane and Queensland.
Op Shop in West End, Brisbane.
Here’s the deal on what you can and can’t donate to a Vinnies op-shop or donation point. Most things are accepted unless they are broken, need repair, are unusable or are unwearable.
Some stores will take electrical appliances if they do not require repair, contact them to check before dropping them off.
If you have something that you believe is a great contribution but is not listed above, contact your local store on 13 18 12 to give the details and ask if they are willing to accept it.
Please do not donate:
Be thoughtful about your donations and where you donate to, just because you have a local store does not necessarily mean they have the capacity to take everything you want to give away. Also, only mass donate items during business hours, don’t be one of the ones to create a bigger problem for a well-meaning organisation.
Although a wide variety of donations are graciously accepted, some stores are unable to receive donations of furniture directly, so you will need to either drop them at a donation location or, if they are in exceptional condition you can arrange for a furniture pick-up, however this service is limited by the resources available at the time.
If you are particularly that personality that has more concern for the animal kingdom, you can donate your unwanted items and give them a second life at the op-shop network of the Animal Welfare League of Queensland. Funds raised from furniture sales and the like in these stores, contributes to the care of thousands of stray and abandoned animals in need of shelter each year. This group are a much smaller and local charity, so you will find that they have not as many locations as the larger not-for-profit groups.
The organisation is always grateful for donations of quality, clean items that they can easily resell – they accept furniture, homewares, bric-a-brac and clothing.
If you have a large amount to donate, or there are bulky items, you may be able to arrange a collection subject to availability (Monday – Friday) by calling 07 5509 9056 for more information or contact them online here.
The Salvation Army, often referred to as the “Salvos”, has been helping the poor since it’s origin in nineteenth century London and now operates on a global mission to help those in need. Like St Vincent de Paul and Lifeline, there are a plethora of Salvos stores all over Brisbane, in many instances you may even find locations where outlets for all of these organisations exist side by side or very close by to each other in a particular suburb (like in Lawnton on Brisbane’s northside, there is an unofficial Op-Shop precinct).
Some stores are bigger than others and cater for bigger items, if you are planning to donate furniture, white goods or mattresses – call ahead first to make sure it will be accepted. Otherwise, you can find a bigger donation station here: www.salvosstores.com.au/donate-goods
Only donate furniture and items which you would be proud to admit you used to own:
They cannot accept:
Too many mugs in the cupboard Donate them to a worthy cause.
Only deliver items during business hours unless using the bins. Some stores are able to collect large items that you cannot deliver yourself (call 13 SALVOS or 13 72 58 / Find a Salvos Op-Shop).
If you can deliver the larger items yourself it will save the organisation money that could otherwise be channeled into their charitable programs.
Only donate items that you would be proud to sell yourself or give to a friend or relative.
Wherever you plan to donate your pre-loved belongings, donated goods should pass the “mates” test – do not donate if you would not proudly pass onto a friend or relative. Charities organisations are not for disposing of trash that would be better off dumped, if you would not pay money for it, then don’t donate it. If the organisation have to dump items it costs money, so any good you hoped to do is not valid. If your bestie won’t want it, neither would the op-shop.
If you find that you have items that are more in the category of "trash", check out our Rubbish Removal article.
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