If you’re anything like me, you’re probably feeling the anticipation of the new year and the escape of the over-cluttered playroom. But while we’re still trapped in our homes, how about getting a jump on a therapeutic new year spring cleaning session? I’ve heard so many fellow mamas feeling the need to just get rid of some STUFF like those outgrown baby items, adorable “one and done” dressy outfits and toys the kids haven’t given a second glance to in months. Of course, these things pile up and take up space, which begs the question—where can these used (and loved) baby and kids items find a new home? We’ve rounded up ten places around NJ where you can donate or bring baby and child clothes, toys, furniture, and gear, and listed them here. Read on to find out where you can go and who accepts what—now on to that spring cleaning!
This is one of our family’s favorite places to donate—they accept all almost everything, including baby items, toys, dolls, games, furniture, mattresses, books and more. Families who need help (about 20 each week) are referred by a social organization and come to the facility to choose what they need.
24 Commerce Street, Springfield, New Jersey 07081
Donation hours: Sundays, noon to 2:30PM
Moms Helping Moms:
Moms Helping Moms Foundation is an amazing organization started by a group of new mothers who shared the common idea that no baby should ever have to go without life’s basic necessities.:They are currently accepting the following new or gently used baby items: diapers (all sizes needed – open packs and loose diapers warmly accepted), wipes (unopened packs only), new baby toiletry items, new or gently used clothing and shoes (newborn – 5T), new socks or underwear, heavyweight baby blankets, strollers, Pack n Plays, high chairs, bath seats and nursing pillows.
1118 North Ave, Plainfield, NJ 07062
Donation Drop Off Hours: Monday & Wednesday, 10AM to 2PM
Madonna House is dedicated to serving babies, children and women by providing clothing, kids furniture, toys, infant formula, diapers, small household items and other life necessities to impoverished and needy families – free of charge. The organization accepts baby bedding, diapers of all sizes, formula, new and gently used clothing, new toys, furniture (no more than four years old), car seats (no more than five years old).
1401 Seventh Avenue, Neptune, New Jersey 07753
Hours: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 10AM to 2PM Wednesdays 10AM to 1PM
The Rescue Mission is a non-profit organization set up exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, dedicated to changing the lives of those less fortunate in the Trenton community. They will pick up the items from your house by appointment (a great service to busy mamas) and accept gently used furniture, clothing, and household items, including baby and kids’ items.
Second Chance Toys:
Second Chance Toys is helping us save our planet by rescuing and recycling plastic toys so that they don’t pile up in landfills. The toys MUST be plastic, clean, have functioning batteries (if needed) and no small or missing parts. There are drop-off locations around the state, but if you have or can collect 50 or more gently used plastic toys, they will arrange for a drop-off at a local organization (I smell a good service project for some older kiddos).
Register here for collection during April Earth Week
Summit Junior League:
The Junior League runs a Thrift Shop that’s the oldest retail business in downtown Summit. It offers new and gently used items at very low prices. They use the funds raised at the shop (over $3 million to date) to support and develop local interests in the form of grants, projects and scholarships. They accept baby gear like strollers and high chairs, toys and games, stuffed animals, clothing, shoes and more.
37 DeForest Ave., Summit, NJ
Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 9:30AM-2:30PM, Thursday 9:30AM-8:00PM, Saturday 9:30AM-5:00PM
This is a great option that benefits U.S. veterans and they will come to you: The organization will arrange to pick-up your donation from your home and accepts virtually all types of clothing, shoes, and accessories (including children’s and baby), as well as stuffed animals, board games, dolls, action figures, books and sports equipment. You can schedule a pickup right on the website here.
South Jersey Dream Center:
This organization in South Jersey passes along your items, free of cost, to local families who are struggling to make ends meet. South Jersey Dream Center only accepts quality items– clothes that are in good condition, baby equipment that is safe and sound, and toys that are complete. This includes new and gently used clothing (newborn to 14/16), coats (newborn to 14/16), books, baby crib and bassinette bedding (no bumpers), baby carriers, diaper bags, diapers, strollers, Pack n Plays, car seats (less than 5 years old), high chairs, swings, bouncy seats, bathtubs and more.
Donation hours: Wednesday between 11AM and 2PM, call 856-845-4500 for location and details
For bigger items like cribs, did you know the Salvation Army will coordinate a pickup for you? The organization also accepts clothing, furniture, household items and more.
Call 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825) to arrange.
If you’ve got a lot of high-quality stuff, like clothes, fancy wear, gear and shoes (you know the ones that were worn once and kicked off), then check out a children’s consignment stores where you can resell them and earn money back. Each one has its own consignment “agreement”, and many donate the items that do not sell so you don’t have to worry about them coming back. Popular shops around New Jersey include Once Upon a Child, Kid to Kid, Cottontails, and Milk Money, but also check online consignment spots like The Real Real or Thred UP too (both will send out mailers to collect the items).
Do you have suggestions we may not know about? Tag us using the #NJMOM and let us know!