The value of donating

“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure!” Or, if you’re a bit younger, “I wear your grandpa’s clothes…” might be more familiar.

Thrift shopping is gaining popularity as an avenue for not just affordable, but more importantly, sustainable fashion. Thrift shopping, however, is only half the story. The flip side of thrift shopping is donating to thrift stores like Value Village.

There is value in donating beyond just clearing out the closets! Donating has community and environmental benefits and is another step that everyone can take towards being a conscious consumer.

Maybe you’re not sure what to donate or how? Keep reading to learn all you need to know about donating to Value Village.

What you can donate

Clean clothing in good condition makes a great donation. 

We all grow in and out of clothes so why let clothing that doesn’t fit take up valuable closet space? Every piece in your closet should fit well and reflect your individual style, so donate anything that doesn’t. 


You can donate any clothing from sleepwear to formal wear and don’t forget the shoes and accessories (belts, bags, jewelery, etc).

Pretty party dresses can cost a pretty penny for your special girl, and she’ll probably grow out of it before it wears out. Donate them and let another princess enjoy them. While you’re cleaning out their closets, go through the toy bins and donate any toys your kids are done with.


Value Village has an incredible variety of housewares including office supplies, picture frames, vases, cookware, outdoor decor and more.  Part of living meaningfully is finding value in the things in and around your home. If it doesn’t have value to you, donate it.

You can also donate:

  • Furniture
  • sports / camping equipment
  • small appliances
  • kitchen linens
  • scrapbooking & craft supplies
  • books / magazines / comics
  • and more

How to Donate

Once you’ve got your donations, find your nearest Value Village.  Most have a donation receiving area both inside and outside the store, and they’ll even help you unload. 

Donating at Value Village

Be sure to go during store hours and collect a sticker card at participating stores. A sticker card will earn you up to 30% off your next purchase just in case you happen to pop in for a little thrift-shop-stop.


Donating to Value Village has a positive impact on your closet, your home and your community.  What can YOU donate today?


Value Village is more than your favourite thrift store- they also support nonprofit organizations like Canadian Diabetes Association and Developmental Disabilities Association, among others, in your community. Remember to donate your reusable items to local nonprofits at Value Village! In addition to supporting the nonprofit, you’ll also be helping planet Earth. Value Village, Good n’ Thrifty! Learn more

Disclosure: This post was brought to you by Value Village. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Value Village.

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