Thank you for considering a donation to St. Vincent de Paul. We rely on the kindness of people in King County to donate gently used clothing, household goods, and furniture to be sold in our five thrift stores, which are one of our largest fundraising programs. When you clean your closets and bring us your donations, you are helping the poor in a significant way.
We want to keep our donation contribution to programs high, which is currently 90 cents of every dollar donated going to programs. As a result, dropping off a few bags of donations at one of our Donation Drop Off Locations is convenient for you and saves us lots of money in gas and labor making a visit to pick up donations.
Drop Off Donations at Thrift Stores
We have suspended pick up operations until further notice.
Your donations to St. Vincent de Paul are tax-deductible.
St. Vincent de Paul of Seattle King|County Donation Centers
You can donate items at any of our six convenient drop-off locations:
Renton Thrift Store – 575 Rainier Ave. N.
9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Mon. – Fri.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Sat.
11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Sun.
Needy Neighbors Deserve the Best We Can Give!
Please remember that the old adage that “one person’s junk is not always another person’s treasure.” Periodically, goods and clothing donors inquire about what we accept as donations. We explain that our work isn’t about accepting items; it’s about whether or not we can sell the item to help people. Sometimes they say we’re “persnickety”—meaning picky or particular about details.
The truth is that if we can’t sell your donations, they become garbage. And garbage is an expense and doesn’t help us serve needy neighbors. So, we have to be “persnickety” to continue to be responsible and compassionate.
We Can’t Sell Your Garbage
It’s a fact that every dollar we spend on garbage takes money away from our programs to help people who are less fortunate than many of us. If you have an item that you aren’t certain will sell, call us and we will help you out. We can (1) tell you if it will sell, (2) explain where it might be recycled or (3) ascertain if it needs to go to the dump.
Thrift Store Sales Fuel Programs to Help People
One of our largest fund raising programs is our thrift stores. We rely heavily on the kindness of people all over King County to donate gently used clothing, household goods, and furniture to be sold in our five thrift stores. We use the sales proceeds to fund programs to help people avoid eviction, keep heat and lights on, get food for their family and other services. If donations are in bad condition, they don’t sell. If they don’t sell we can’t raise funds to help people.
If we can’t sell something for re-use, we’ll try to recycle it. We’re recycling almost 1,000 tons—2,000,000 pounds of material every year. And yet, our annual garbage bill is in the neighborhood of $60,000. When we’re left with things we can’t sell or recycle, we’re forced to pay for their removal and disposal. To get a list of what we do accept and can sell and cannot accept or sell, visit our Items We Can and Cannot Sell list. If you are not certain, call us at 206.767.3835 for assistance.