We’ve all seen it – perfectly usable home goods put out on the curb, waiting to be carted off to the landfill. Seeing this waste can be hard to bear, so we are launching a grassroots initiative to build a repository of resources (and inspiration!) for finding a new home for unwanted household goods.
Resources are organized into four sections:
- Brick and mortar options in Brooklyn
- Local online options for gifting home goods
- Instagram accounts for posting items already out on curb
- Online options for selling used home goods
Have a resource we should add? Tell us about it at: firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Brick and Mortar Options in Brooklyn
461 Rogers Ave (between Lincoln and Maple).
Locally owned space that accepts home goods, clothes, and interesting objects(!) on Sundays 12-6pm, although no linens or kids toys.
Goodwill Donation Center
258 Livingston St (walking distance from Atlantic Terminal).
Accepts all sorts of home goods and clothing. Check their detailed donation guide here.
Accepts furniture, other home goods, appliances, clothing, and more. You may also be able to schedule a free pick-up!
St Marys Clothing Drive
230 Classon Ave
Offers convenient pick-up service! Accepts clothing, shoes, linens, towels, purses, and sheets.
GROWNYC Stop ‘N’ Swaps
Various locations throughout NYC
Free community events where you can bring clean, reusable, portable items, such as clothing, housewares, games, books, and toys.
Q Gardens Little Free Library
58 E. 18th St. (in Flatbush)
Look for the bright yellow sidewalk library – there’s a continuous movement of books in and out of the library, feel free to both give and take books.
2. Online Options for Gifting Home Goods
Buy Nothing Groups
Hyper-local groups where you can post anything you’d like to give away, lend, or share amongst neighbors. There are many active Buy Nothing Facebook groups across NYC (you can only join one based on where you live) – search for “Brooklyn” here to see the full list.
There is also now a “BuyNothing” app that you can download on your smart phone!
Grassroots, non-profit movement of people who are giving and getting stuff for free in the places where they live.
Crown Heights Share
Dedicated to open sharing of material gifts and gifts of self/service. Those living in Crown Heights and surrounding neighborhoods are welcome to join.