Where to Donate Business Clothing and Accessories in Delaware County

Whether it’s a New Year’s clean out or right-sizing your business attire, if you are looking for a place to put your professional or other clothing and accessories to good use (as opposed to donating them to a thrift store), this article is for you! Some of these organizations are also looking for regular clothing for children, adults as well as other in-kind donations.

Many people I’ve worked with over the years prefer that their items go directly to someone who could use it as opposed to ending up in a resale shop. There are many organizations that provide gently used business attire and accessories to people entering the job market.  These organizations accept donations and give them to their clients FOR FREE.

Adult Clothing

Our Closet, Springfied, Pa.

Career Wardrobe.org

Project Home.org

Wings for Success

Clothes Mentor (Clothes Mentor pays you for saleable items, if accepted, and will donate unaccepted items to charity-you can decide whether to sell or donate)

Domestic Abuse ProjectDelaware County

City Team, Chester

Swarthmore Presbyterian Church

Williamson College of the Trades – Clothes Closet (men’s only– suits, ties, belts etc.)

Children’s Clothes

St. Agnes Day Room, West Chester, Pa.

Media Food and Clothing Bank, Media, Pa.

The longer you’ve lived in your home, it’s likely you have more items to go through than just clothes. You didn’t accumulate everything in a day and likely won’t get rid of it all in a day either.

Understandably, some people are not able to physically drive donations to the sites listed above. For that, Purple Heart and Salvation Army are still great options that go to good causes.

If you have a suggestion for additional organizations, please comment below or send me an email. Thank you!

 

Fall & Winter Activities in Chester and Delaware Counties

Quincy's in Media, Pa.
This window at Quincy’s on State Street in Media looks good enough to eat!

Out and about with family or out of town guests this fall and winter? Here’s a sampling of ideas to keep the crowd happy!

  • Whooa! West Chester Railroad’s ever popular Santa’s Express is already SOLD OUT! However, you can still jump on the fall Foliage Express. Being a Thornbury resident, I never tire of the train horn as it pulls into Glen Mills station on weekends. West Chester Railroad
  • The model Train display at the Brandywine River Museum has been dazzling children and adults alike for years. Check out their display and list of December events from yoga to read-aloud and pajama parties for the kiddos!
  • Downtown West Chester’s annual tradition: Christmas Parade is December 1st!
  • Have you taken tea at Thornton’s the Orchard Tea Room? I’ve fallen in love with the idea of afternoon tea thanks to this refined yet blissful spot with knowledgeable tea sommelier Karen Donnelly.  Finish up with shopping in the Rose Hip Barn. Check schedule for openings.
  • Now in it’s 3rd year, the Holiday Market at Grace Winery , was an instant hit from day one. Featuring our favorite vendors from the Thornton Farmers market and more. It’s a barn party where you can drink wine, mingle with friends and stock up on great gifts from local artisans! I
  • The scary Bates Motel transforms into a winter wonderland at Araspha Farms in Glen Mills. Cut your own tree or buy one from the lot–either way you can take a holiday hayride through the open fields of this beautiful working farm in Edgmont township. If you like caroling, then step on over to Linvilla Orchards in Media for a caroling hayride through their 300 acres!
  • Wanna get crafty? Check out upcoming events at the Media Arts Council!
  • If travelling with kids who may not have tolerance for the time commitment of Longwood Gardens, why not try out the Festival of Lights at Rose Tree Park in Media? It’s perfect, it’s free , it’s close and kids love it. I haven’t found the schedule for 2017, but will likely start the first weekend in December.

Here is the Media Calendar of Events. And don’t forget the Santa Parade and Fun Run in Media on November 26th!

 

Give and Take at Media’s Free Store

Media takes thrift store concept to a new level…FREE!

Yes, you heard it right. There’s a FREE STORE in Media (or FreeStore). Everything is free you say? Yes, it’s true, everything. And for anyone who walks through the door.

Sharing is caring. The concept of the Free Store.

The Media Free Store is a concept created from a vision of Transition Town Media, a group of neighborhood individuals and businesses that share a common goal.  According to their website, “efforts are designed to help our community become more self-sufficient, economically and socially vibrant, and enriched through personal connection.”

When cleaning out a home or moving, people often don’t want to toss perfectly functional items, but are at a loss with what to do with them. There are the obvious outlets: Salvation Army, Goodwill, Purple Heart etc. But there are a growing number of people who want their belongings to go directly into the hands of people who can use them, without cost, and without the “middleman,” so to speak.

What do you do with your old games, odds and ends of yarn, kitchen equipment and art supplies? The Free Store can help!

Free Store, Media Pa. It is difficult for me to donate to the Free Store without browsing. One day I dropped off some toys, and a box of recipe cards caught my eye that threw me into a time warp. Long before the internet, I used to love poring over this collection of recipes that were so beautifully photographed. When our family home was sold, I didn’t think to go back and get the cards and I didn’t think about them again it until I saw them on the shelf. What struck me funny was that whoever donated these cards used them about as often as my mother did, because they were in mint condition! I had a silent chuckle about my mother and the cards came home with me. After I’m finished reminiscing, I may even bring them back!

The Free Store is also an excellent place to find odds and ends for an art project. With the Community Art Center right around the corner, donated chipped or broken pottery, yarn and paper are happily scooped up by artists in the community.

Now, don’t you want to run over to see what the FREE STORE has for you? Or better yet, what do YOU have for the FREE STORE?

The Free Store is located at 305 W. State Street in Media.

FreeStore Free Store
Entrance to the Free Store in Media Pennsylvania.
Hours
  • Monday 12pm-4pm
  • Tuesday – CLOSED
  • Wednesday 4pm-8pm
  • Thursday – CLOSED
  • Friday 12pm-4pm
  • Saturday 10am-4pm
  • Sunday 12pm-4pm
Dos & Don’ts

Please note that the FREE STORE is operated entirely by volunteers to help the community, so if you are there donating or shopping, please help out by adhering to a few simple rules. Do bring in your household items, crafts, books, games, knick-knacks and useful items that are in good working order.
If it requires fixing or cleaning, please do not donate–the space is small and the whole point is to donate something people can use.
Absolutely NO DUMPING, a.k.a. leaving items at the door when store is closed.
Unfortunately, food, clothing, mattresses and pillows cannot be accepted.
Food and clothing can be donated at The Food Bank, which is located in the same building, in the basement.

Join in the community and check the Free Store out on Facebook for updates! In addition, the Free Store is hosting its 6th Annual Media Free Market on Sunday, September 17th. Bring something and take something! Being held at Friends Providence Meeting on 105 N. Providence Road in Media from 2pm-5pm!

Media Food Bank Free Store Media
Overflow food from the Food Bank comes to the Free Store.

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