for donors and those seeking to rehome unwanted stuff
Thanks for popping by!
We are on a mission to help you keep things out of the landfill – and to keep great, usable stuff available within our community.
If you’ve got stuff you’d like to usher along to new homes, we’d be happy to help you make that happen. Please take a look at our Used Goods FAQs before heading over. It’ll take about 10 minutes to read (seriously, we like to talk…but we also do things differently than a lot of other places where you might be more familiar…). With luck, you’ll find our thoughts on the matter at least mildly entertaining.
With 10,000 people turning 65 every day in this country (a statistic that will continue until 2029), many, many of us are having to make difficult decisions about to do with the stuff we (or our loved ones) no longer want or need. This fabulous (and super short) video from MinnPost illustrator David Gillette is a great primer.
But, all hope is not lost. If you, like so many others, simply want to make sure that your treasures and unneeded things don’t wind up in the garbage (or unappreciated at a big-box donation center), there are ways to use your cast-offs for good — and to be a good steward in the process.
At Junket, we’ve built a business – and a brand – out of focusing on channeling the good stuff to people who can use it. It’s admittedly a boatload of work (but given the ecological impacts of not doing this, we believe the work is well worth it). And, as we’re doing the work to figure out who can use what, we’ve realized that Donating For Impact is powerful — but getting the right things to the right places takes a lot of know-how that isn’t always readily available (which is why we’ve focused on building the resource below).
Your upcoming purge/downsizing/estate project presents a significant opportunity to help others in our community — and all with your thoughtful distribution of hand-me-downs. If you want to feel good about your legacy (environmentally, socially, not burdening the kids or grandkids, etc.), donating for impact is a great way to foster positive social change and mitigate your environmental footprint as you pursue life with less stuff.
Sound good? Great! Read on.
Before you start throwing things away, please review this list in its entirety: you may be surprised at what area organizations (including us!) need and can use. With a little advance planning, you can convert those castoffs into sought-after goods that will be used and appreciated. If your socially beneficial organization (non-profit or social enterprise) could regularly make use of specific items that our audience might find in their homes, we’d love to add you to this list.
Wherever possible, the links below point directly to each organization’s wish-list or needed supplies. Organizations with an asterisk* after the name are non-profits. You can ask them for a donation slip, as contributions to these organizations may be tax-deductible.
When you’re ready to roll, label one box or bin for each of the destinations you have stuff to support, and have fun filling ‘em!
Need boxes for your effort? We recommend checking with local liquor stores (ask around in advance of your need so you can plan to visit after the distributors have visited)…
Is the list missing something? Tell us what you want to donate: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Art supplies: (follow link for specifics): Free Arts Minnesota*
Art supplies: (follow link for specifics): Art Start*
Art supplies: (old, vintage, partially used): Junket: Tossed & Found
Baby Items: Baby toys, digital infant scale Animal Humane Society*
Bags: Back packs/Athletic Bags, Grocery Bags (especially plastic) Listening House*
Bags: Ziplock bags (all sizes, especially gallon), plastic bags: Animal Humane Society*
Batteries: Batteries (AA, AAA, D, and 9-volt): Animal Humane Society*
Bed & Bath, good to nearly new condition: Towels, Wash Cloths, Sheet sets & Pillow Cases, Twin size flat sheets, Blankets & Pillows, Air Mattresses, Foam Sleeping Pads – Simpson Housing Services*
Bed & Bath: Heating pads (NOT auto-shut off), cloth towels, wash cloths, and white bath towels: Animal Humane Society*
Bed & Bath: towels and blankets in marginal condition: Safe Hands Rescue
Bicycles: working, needing repair, parts, locks, tools, accessories, helmets: Full Cycle Bike Shop*
Broken things: Musical instruments: Viva Musica*
Books, intact: (check the link for genres and specific needs): Women’s Prison Book Project*
Books, damaged: Junket: Tossed & Found (we will gladly accept books with broken bindings and missing pages, etc., for artistic and creative uses. Ideally, such books would be at least 50 years old in the interest of supporting visual/market interest…if you’re not sure, please use your best judgment).
Books, all other: A Greener Read
Cleaning supplies: Feather dusters, laundry detergent, bleach, any kind of cleaning solutions or disinfectant, disinfecting wipes, automatic dish soap, regular dish soap, Luron hand cleaner soap, spray bottles with triggers, sponges & scrub pads, lint rollers, odor neutralizer spray, dish cloths and dish towels Animal Humane Society*
Clothing, Women’s Career: Dress for Success*
Clothing, Vintage: Junket: Tossed & Found.
Clothing (in season only, please): Adult T-shirts (Med-3x), Adult Sweatshirts (Med-3x), Denims – All adult sizes, men & women, Casual slacks (Khaki, etc.), Men’s belts (all sizes), Underwear – Adult sizes, men & women, Lightweight jackets/Rain Ponchos, Winter jackets (beginning in October), Casual shirts/blouses/golf shirts, Athletic shoes of all sizes, Adult, white athletic socks Listening House*
Collectibles: Junket: Tossed & Found.
Construction Materials & Tools, Newer: Habitat ReStore*
Construction Materials and Tools, Vintage/non-plastic: Junket: Tossed & Found
Electronics (in working condition): Small Microwaves (10 years old or newer), TVs (no console TVs) & VCR/DVD Players, Telephones, Answering Machines, Clock Radios, Vacuums Simpson Housing Services*
Electronics (in working condition): Large wall fans, Digital kitchen scale, Digital Thermometer, Electric heating pads: Animal Humane Society*
Electronics (working and non-working, other – note, in some cases, there will be a charge…see website): Tech Dump*
Electronics (vintage/wood, older, prop-appropriate): Junket: Tossed & Found
Food: Nuts (unsalted, any kind), Non-sugared cereals (e.g., Cheerios), Fresh veggies, peanut butter, Cheese singles, Meat-based baby food, Canned tuna in water, Hot dogs, Distilled water: Animal Humane Society*
Furniture: Lamps, Dressers, Coat Trees, Chairs, see more via this link: Bridging*
Furniture: Vintage/Antique, intact or in need of repair, with prior shop approval: Junket: Tossed & Found
Hazardous Waste: please bring any toxic items to Hennepin County’s Household Hazardous Waste drop-off facility.
Home Maintenance, Tools: Northeast Mpls Tool Library
Home Maintenance, Other: Junket: Tossed & Found (we will gladly accept older/vintage/antique hardware, tools, and other non-plastic materials).
Hospitality items: Coffee, Tea, Sugar, Dry Creamer: Listening House*
Hygiene and self care: (Shampoo**, Conditioner**, Lotion**, Toothpaste, Tooth Brushes, Deodorant, Vaseline, Hair Gel**, Razors, Q-Tips, Old/New Bath towels, Face towels, Foot care: Foot Powder**, Epsom salt** Corn pads, Shoe liners, Adult shoe laces. Feminine Hygiene: Pads, Liners & Tampons (open boxes acceptable) Listening House* **open/partially used products accepted
Hygiene & self care: Unused disposable shaving razors, deodorant, travel size shampoos,
unopened toothbrushes for adults, nail clippers: Simpson Housing Services*
Kitchen goods: Ceramic Mugs, Dish cloths: Listening House*
Kitchen goods: Dishes, Silverware, Pots & Pans: Simpson Housing Services*
Kitchen goods: Antique/vintage/prop-appropriate: Junket: Tossed & Found
Medical Items: Tegaderm, micropore or paper tape, Gauze, Tongue depressors, Hand/feet pocket warmers: Animal Humane Society*
Medical Items: Quirky/old/questionable/strange/prop-appropriate: Junket: Tossed & Found
Miscellaneous: Heat bulbs (100 watt, red color), Hand/feet pocket warmers, long zip ties Animal Humane Society*
Musical instruments: working, not working, parts and pieces, accessories, stands, and sheet music: Viva Musica*
Office related: Reading Glasses, Popular Novels, Pens & Pencils Listening House*
Office supplies: older/vintage, functional/quirky, paper clips and reusables (preferably non-plastic): Junket: Tossed & Found
Paper goods: Kleenex**, Paper Napkins**: Listening House* **open product accepted
Paper goods: Paper bowls, Paper towels, : Safe Hands Rescue
Paper goods: Facial Tissue, Toilet paper, paper towels Animal Humane Society*
Papers: personal effects, old letters and records, photos & slides, ephemera (50 years+): Junket: Tossed & Found
Pet supplies: Small and Medium Collars and Leashes, Kong toys, Nylabones, Nutrisource puppy and dog food, Lysol disinfecting wipes, Large clean towels, Dog crates, Nature’s Miracle stain and odor remover, Puppy pee pads: Safe Hands Rescue
Pet supplies: Gentle leaders (medium and large), Aquariums with lids, cat scratching posts, Animal dishes (any size, preferably not plastic that can be ingested), Cat toys (without cat nip), Feliway spray, Dog shampoo, Soft dog treats (not pre-chewed), Waterless shampoo, Canned kitten food, Greenies Pill Pockets, Puppy training pads, Sunny Seat window mounted cat beds, Treat puzzle toys, vet wrap, timothy hay, lactated ringers solution, pet sympathy cards: Animal Humane Society*
Pianos: Keys 4/4 Kids
Plastic stuff: Most big-box donation centers successfully offer and sell plastic goods. They’re also equipped to recycle such materials when they go unsold. Our favorite big-box thrift store is Arc’s Value Village*.
Recyclables: Paper towel rolls, oatmeal containers, egg cartons, calendars (outdated, with photos), grocery bags, gift bags, coffee cans, baby food jars:ArtStart*
Recyclables: Newspaper, plastic bags: Animal Humane Society*
Recyclables: Pill bottles (with lids): Listening House*
Recyclables: Glass jars with lids, Altoid and other small tins with lids: Junket: Tossed & Found (we can use these for organizing and distributing product)
Seasonal: Artificial Christmas Trees: Arc’s Value Village*.
Sewing related: Fabric scissors, fleece (for cat bedding): Animal Humane Society*
Sewing related: current materials: upholstery sample books, velcro, ribbon, polar fleece, fake fur, canvas: ArtStart*
Sewing related: vintage and older, notions and tools, machines & fabric, preferably non-plastic/non-synthetic: Junket: Tossed & Found
Toys: Minneapolis Toy Library