A new year brings transitions. For some of us, we attribute that to the age-old saying, “Out with the old, and in with the new!” And when we say that, we’re usually standing in front of our closets, or our kids’ closets, and wondering where we can haul off all those unused goods.

Before you bag it up and take it to your nearest donation drop-off, consider that there are ways to both donate your unused or gently used clothing, and still give back to the community. How, you ask?

All around San Diego, there are specialty thrift stores that directly benefit a local cause. Do you love animals? There’s a thrift shop that benefits a humane society. Want to help the American Cancer Society? There’s a shop for that too. Take a look at some thrift shops around San Diego that give back to the community, and you might even find one in your neighborhood that you never knew was there.

Dress for Success

This organization is focused on helping low-income women in San Diego acquire jobs and build careers. They accept clean, ready-to-wear, current style, conservative skirt suits, pant suits, blouses, new hosiery, costume jewelry and accessories. Sizes 12 and above are urgently needed.
Address: 1122 Broadway, Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92101
Website: www.dressforsuccess.org/sandiego

Rancho Coastal Humane Society Thrift Shop

The RCHS Thrift Shop accepts donations of clothing, tools, small appliances, furniture, household goods, books, electronics and jewelry. The money earned from the resale goes directly to help pay for food, shelter, medical and adoption expenses for homeless companion animals.
Address: 120 Aberdeen Drive, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA 92007
Website: www.rchumanesociety.org

Team AMVETS 

Team AMVETS Department of California Service Foundation is the fundraising arm for numerous programs that benefit veterans and their families. A major source of the revenues comes from the resale items in their thrift stores across California. There are two locations here in San Diego, and one in El Cajon.
See website for addresses: www.teamamvets.com/about-us/thrift-stores.html

American Cancer Society Discovery Shops – Rancho Bernardo

The sale of your donations directly benefits the efforts of the American Cancer Society to find cures and fight back against cancer. They will accept clothing, accessories, jewelry, furniture, antiques, artwork, and collectibles. They also have semi-annual storewide sales.
Address: 16787 Bernardo Center Drive, Suite A10B, Rancho Bernardo, CA 92128
Website: www.discoveryshop-ranchobernardo.org

Hospice of the North Coast Resale Shop

They accept donations of gently used clothing, jewelry, accessories, household items, and home furnishings. All proceeds support the services provided by Hospice of the North
Coast to their residents.
Address: 278-B North El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024
Website: www.hospicenorthcoast.org/resale_shop.php