As the year-end cleanups begin, one big question still arises: what to do with all that extra stuff? With the Greenpoint Ave Free Store gone (hopefully with a new location soon!), many North Brooklynites may be looking for something a little better than their stoops to pass down their once-loved treasures. Here’s where to donate your used (or new!) goods in North Brooklyn:
Updated on 06/20/2022:
While the free stores exemplify the generosity of self-help efforts in our neighborhood, some recent closures call into question the status of the project in North Brooklyn. The Newton Street location still appears to be active, however, a month ago The Free Store Project abruptly announced the closure of a location outside PS 18, having just completed renovations to the structure.
Here are some other options for donating clothes in North Brooklyn. Besides the free stores, the other donation options listed here should be up to date.
Wearable Collections offers a year-round depot of apparel and textiles at McCarren Park Green Market, Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., in partnership with GrowNYC. They accept clothing, shoes, sneakers, accessories, hats, belts and handbags. Do you have threadbare towels or grimy sheets you want to throw away? They will take them too.
Green Tree Textile Recycling
Do you live closer to McGolrick than to McCarren? You’re in luck – the Down to Earth Farmer’s Market also hosts a textile recycling depot! Although Green Tree Textiles Recycling does not operate year-round, they are happy to take your unwanted belongings April through November, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Green Tree says none of the donations go into the waste stream. They sort through what they can donate to charity partners, and lesser quality textiles ‘come from fiber and rag makers’
If you can’t come on Saturday, check out their 24/7 collection site at 180 W. 9th St Brooklyn, NY.
Although not in North Brooklyn proper, if you have access to a car, the Goodwill NYNJ Outlet Store & Donation Center is a stone’s throw from Long Island City.
NBK Free Stores
Although the Greenpoint store is currently on hiatus, there are still a handful of local stores Free Shop Locations in the neighborhood and beyond. Check out the 24/7 donation points at 101 Maujer St (Outside PS18) and at the corner of Graham Ave. & Newton St.
St. Marys Protestant Episcopal Church offers door-to-door pickup for clothing donations. Easily schedule a pickup online.
Pop-up Neighborhood Swaps provide a space to swap and donate all the items cluttering up your home and all those goodies you just don’t want. The Greencycle Exchange after the holidays will be from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at N. 15th St & Nassau Ave, near the end of McCarren Park. A Spring Cleaning edition will follow on Saturday April 2 at the same location.
North Brooklyn Community Fridge
The Greenpoint fridge outside The Lot Radio is a perfect place to donate your still-good perishable and non-perishable items. A similar refrigerator is also accessible in Cooper Park.