Getting rid of old or unused items can feel pretty good, especially if you have more time at home while social distancing.
Although many places have temporarily stopped accepting used donations during the COVID-19 pandemic, there are still some local stores and organizations taking items.
Area thrift shops are running on limited hours and at fewer locations but there are still various drop-off and pick-up options around the region.
Blue Ridge Hospice, which normally operates eight thrift shop locations along with its operations center warehouse, has reopened all but its two Loudoun County locations for shopping and to accept donations. The Leesburg Thrift Shop, at 57 Catoctin Circle NE, is closed to shoppers but is accepting “no-touch” donations.
The organization is discouraging people from leaving items at closed locations during the pandemic because no one is there to collect donations.
People dump items outside, said Angie Fishel, manager of thrift operations. Then when it rains, she said, “those items just get wasted.”
Items they’re accepting:
Household items: lamps, furniture, kitchen supplies and appliances, art and other decor
Clothing, shoes and accessories for all ages
Books, DVDs and toys
Tools and exercise equipment, such as bicycles
Electronics such as laptops and servers, cellphones and other devices, stereos, speakers, DVD players, projectors and LED TVs.
Hospice cannot accept bedding, torn furniture or old CRT television sets.
All donated items must be either new or gently used and sellable. Hospice can also arrange to pick up items such as furniture.
Pickups at homes and businesses can be arranged Monday through Friday, and drop-off locations are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
All proceeds go to the Hospice patient care fund. Their thrift shops support Hospice’s Blue Ridge Hospice Mission.
For more information, call 540-313-9200 or visit brhospice.org. To schedule a pickup, call 540-327-0402.
Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity is also accepting home improvement supplies at the Winchester ReStore, 400 Battaile Drive, Winchester. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Call the ReStore at 540-662-9704 or visit winchesterrestore.com.
Many independent shops have been closed or are temporarily not accepting supplies, but Furry Friends Antiques in Woodstock is taking a wide variety of items for the store at 486 N. Main St. and for the Furry Friends Rescue.
“We need cat food,” Robin Bradfield, president of Furry Friends, said recently. The organization can also use cat and dog supplies.
She said the thrift shop takes pretty much anything but mattresses, box springs and exercise equipment.
Proceeds from sales go to paying vet bills for the rescue animals.
Area animal shelters like the Warren Humane Society are also accepting pet food as well as pet toys, pet supplies and cleaning supplies. Call ahead to your shelter to ask how and when they are accepting supplies.
The Warren location is not accepting used bedding at this time. For a complete list of suggested donations, visit humanesocietywarrencounty.com/donate. Call the shelter at 540-635-4734.
The Shenandoah County Animal Shelter has a list of requested items at shenandoahcountyva.us/animal-shelter/items-needed. For more information, call the shelter at 540-984-8955.
If you have an abundance of art supplies, The Laurel Center in Winchester might be interested.
Though normally accepting new items such as clothing and toiletries, the organization, which offers intervention for victims of domestic and sexual violence, can accept certain gently used items.
Over the holidays, they received plenty of books and toys, said Development Director Cindy Marzullo.
Other items they can use are cleaning supplies.
To donate to The Laurel Center, call 540-667-6160.
Though not accepting clothing donations at the moment, CCAP in Winchester is collecting nonperishable food items to distribute to the community.
“We’ve still been very actively working behind the scenes,” said Robin Russell, vice president and acting president of CCAP, the Congregational Community Action Project.
CCAP offers food, clothing and financial assistance to homeless, low-income and food-insecure people around the community. They work with the Blue Ridge Food Bank and multiple area churches, organizations and agencies to meet needs that have only become greater during the pandemic.
Financial support helps residents pay water bills, electric bills, rent and medical prescriptions.
Normally to receive CCAP services, families would need to be registered as CCAP clients, Russell said.
However, she said, “seeing how great the need is for food in our community, several of our food distributions have been opened to the general public.”
Russell said support from area organizations and community members has been a huge help during the pandemic, in addition to help from volunteers.
“We are very appreciative for the volunteers who continue to come,” she said.
To donate food to CCAP, call 540-662-4318.
This story has been updated to reflect some thrift stores that recently reopened, to correct the address of the Leesburg Thrift Shop, and to correct the Winchester ReStore's affiliation with Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity.