It’s easier to let go of things if you know they are going to a good cause. If you’ve decided to have a clear out – you’ll do a more thorough job if you know what to do with the unnecessary clutter. Start by making a pile, bucket or box for each prospective charity you think you’ll donate to. Below we’ve put together a list of places that could use your pre-loved items.
Red Cross Op Shop – They rely on donations of good quality clothing and household items to support the vulnerable people in our communities. They collect donations so check the website for an up to date contact number for a pickup or drop off to them. Located in Queen Street Richmond, Neale Ave Stoke, and Vanguard Street Nelson. https://www.redcross.org.nz/red-cross-shops
Salvation Army Family Store – They rely on donations of household goods, clothing, furniture and books to provide much-needed relief for those with tight household budgets. Located in Queen Street, Richmond and Vanguard Street, Nelson. http://www.salvationarmy.org.nz/centres/
SPCA Op Shop – They receive donations of goods to be sold in their stores of which the proceeds go to support their work with animals. They also love to receive animal-related items that they can use in their centres, such as old towels, bowls, pet toys, newspapers etc. They collect donations so check the website for pick up details. Located in Queen Street Richmond, and Vanguard Street Nelson. http://nelsonspca.org.nz/get-involved/opshop/
Saint Vincent de Paul Op Shop – These shops raise money for the Saint Vincent de Paul society to carry out their work in the community, helping those with a wide variety of needs. They rely on donations of household goods, bric-a-brac, good quality clothing and children toys. Located in McGlashen Ave, Richmond, Main Road, Stoke and Vanguard Street, Nelson. https://www.svdp.org.nz/shops
Hospice Shops – The Nelson Tasman Hospice provides free care to those with a life-limiting illness, whether it be in their own homes, an aged care facility or their Inpatient unit. The shops are always grateful to receive donated items such as clothing, furniture, bric-a-brac, books, general household items, and linen. In fact, anything that is in a good, clean saleable condition. Nelson has a general Hospice Shop and a Furniture Shop, both located on Bridge Street, and Richmond’s is on Queen Street. http://www.nelsonhospice.org.nz/
IHC Op Shop – All proceeds stay within the region and help the IHC support the needs of those with disabilities. They accept donations of household goods, clothing, books and other assorted goods. Located in McGlashen Ave Richmond. http://www.ihc.org.nz/
Women’s Refuge – Local refuges are always looking for furniture, clothing, bedding, household items and children’s books in good condition to make our safe houses comfortable and homely. Contact the local office in Nelson city to confirm if what you have would be useful and to arrange a drop-off. https://womensrefuge.org.nz/contact/find-your-local-refuge/
ReStore – Habitat for Humanity ReStores are second-hand stores that accept and resell new and gently used items. All sales generate funds to support Habitat’s building programmes while reducing the amount of used materials in overflowing landfills. Located in Quarantine Road Tahunanui, however they also pick up and deliver. http://www.habitat.org.nz/restore/nelson.html
UpLift Bras – The UpLift Project provides second-hand bras to women in the Pacific Islands who don’t have the luxury of being able to afford undergarments. Uplift collects second-hand bras nationwide and puts them to good use – check out the website for our local drop off point, or if you’d prefer, you can post. They also accept second-hand fabric nappies, pre-loved swimwear, and new underwear. http://www.upliftbras.org/
Spectacle Recycling – Some Lions Clubs collect spectacles to send to the Pacific Islands. We don’t have this service available in Nelson, but they can be posted. They have the equipment to test, recalibrate, and sterilise the lenses before packaging them up. Check the website for contact and postage details. http://www.lionsclubs.org.nz/Clubs/Activities/Eyeglass-Spectacle-Collections
Don’t forget, that most of these items are being donated to sell, so they are looking for good quality. They need to be ready for sale as the charities don’t have the manpower to clean, mend or fix things before they get sold. So please repair anything that needs it before donating, or find another way to dispose of it. Otherwise, they just end up having to pay for dumping fees that aren’t their responsibility.
About the Author: The above article on Re-home your Pre-loved Items was written and provided by Brent Palmer, a local leader in the field of Richmond and Nelson Real Estate sales, marketing, advanced technology for home selling, and social media.
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