Spring Cleaning: Donation Tips

Have a couch, an old fan, and a bedroom door in great condition that you no longer need? No worries — there are many options for donating these items! 

Examples of items you can donate include, but are not limited to, working appliances such as microwaves and TVs, clothing, furniture such as beds, sofas, and chairs, household items such as cookware and dishware, bedding, and towels, and miscellaneous items such as sports equipment, books, roller blades, and luggage.

For in-person places to take your items, see below — some even offer pick-up options. Your donation can even be tax-deductible, so ask if you are able to get a donation receipt.

    • 3003 Cuesta College Road, San Luis Obispo, CA | (805) 543-9383
    • Business Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00am – 3:45pm, Saturdays 9am – 3:30pm
    • Map & Directions
    • Accepts clothing, books, small furniture, small hand tools and small appliances. No large appliances or mattresses.

    • 730 Morro Bay Boulevard, Morro Bay, CA | (805) 772-6744
    • Business Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm, Saturdays 9am – 4:30pm
    • Map & Directions
    • Accepts used home and office furniture. No mattresses or box springs.

  • California Cool Thrift Store
    • 737 Grand Avenue, Grover Beach, CA | (805) 481-3071
    • Business Hours: Monday – Saturday 9am – 6pm
    • Map & Directions
    • Accepts anything working and in good condition. No longer providing pickups.

  • Fabulous Finds Quality Thrifting
    • 480 Morro Bay Boulevard Morro Bay, CA | (805) 772-2840
    • Business Hours: Mondays 11am – 5pm, Wednesday – Saturday 11am – 5pm
    • Map & Directions
    • Accepts furniture, small appliances, clothing, books, tools, and home goods.

    • (805) 544-0542 or (800) 549-5920
    • There are 13 donation centers in Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Cambria, Los Osos, Morro Bay, Nipomo and San Luis Obispo. Call for the donation center nearest you. No longer providing pickups.

    • 187 Tank Farm Road, San Luis Obispo, CA | (805) 546-8699
    • Donation Hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm
    • Business Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 9am – 5pm
    • Map & Directions
    • 2959 Limestone Way, Paso Robles, CA | (805) 434-0486
    • Donation Hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm
    • Business Hours: Monday – Saturday 9am – 5pm
    • Map & Directions
    • Accepts surplus and gently used building materials. Call for large donations. Tax-deductable.
  • North County Christian Thrift Shop
    • 9330 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA | (805) 466-1679
    • Donation Hours: Monday – Saturday 10am – 4pm
    • Map & Directions
    • Accepts household items, small furniture, small appliances, clothing, and books.

    • 2640 Broad Street, San Luis Obispo, CA | (805) 544-0720
    • Donation Hours: Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm, Saturday 10am – 2pm
    • Business Hours: Monday – Saturday 10am – 5:30pm
    • Map & Directions
    • Accepts furniture, small appliances and clothing. Free pick-up available.

    • 114 Brisco Road, Arroyo Grande, CA | (805) 489-0199
    • Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10am – 4pm, Saturdays 12pm – 4pm
    • Map & Directions
    • Accepts small furniture and appliances, clothing, toys and computers.

  • United Voluntary Services Thrift Shop
    • 474 Marsh Street, San Luis Obispo, CA | (805) 543-1545
    • Business Hours: Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm, Saturdays 11am – 2pm
    • Map & Directions
    • Accepts small items.

Don’t live close to a physical donation center, or want to broaden your donation reach? Try listing it online!

  • Freecycle

Freecycle.org is a grassroots website where you can sign up based on where you live. To list items you want to donate and see what those in your community are giving away, sign up here.

  • Buy Nothing Project

Buy Nothing is an app that allows you to post items you’d like to give away, or even lend and share with your neighbors. The group is based on reducing consumerism and finding ways to give back to your local community. Find out more here.

  • NextDoor

NextDoor is a neighborhood app where you can sign up to keep updated on the happenings in your neighborhood and post items for neighbors and those in nearby neighborhoods. Sign up here.

  • Craigslist

Craigslist is another location-based website where you can list items based on category, such as bikes, furniture, or gardening supplies. Check it out here

With all these options available to you, you should be covered for whatever you wish to donate — and not only make someone else’s day, but give your item a second life!