If It Doesn't Sparks Joy, Let It Go

There are several charities and organizations in and around Calgary that will greatly appreciate donations of new and gently used items and connect them to people in need. Recycling is a great option when an item is no longer in usable condition as it helps reduce landfill waste, reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions and helps conserve resources by extracting fewer raw materials from the earth. 

Calgary Dream Centre Logo

Calgary dream centre

Calgary Dream Centre is a faith-based recovery organization working to change the lives of those most vulnerable in our city. They accept a wide range of clothing, appliances, furniture and non-perishable food. Please ensure appliances are in working order.

Calgary Drop-In Centre

Calgary drop-in Centre

Calgary Drop-In Centre accept clothes, furniture, computers, mobile phones, small appliances, recyclable beverage containers, books – any item that will help their clients succeed in day-to-day life. They ask that items are free of animal hair, odors, and are in generally good condition.


Calgary Inter-Faith Furniture Society

Calgary Inter-Faith Furniture Society accepts donations of gently used furniture (tables, chairs, dressers, beds, sofas, side tables), Kitchenware, small appliances, dishes, cookware, toys and games, clothing, books, music. Free scheduled pick up is available.

Calgary Public Library Logo

calgary public library

The Calgary Public Library Foundation accepts donations of children’s books, college textbooks (published in the past 10 years), foreign language books (in Western Script), hardcover fiction and nonfiction, mass market paperbacks, trade paperbacks, antiquarian, rare and collectible books, DVDs and Blue-ray discs*, music CDs, books on CD*, video games* (*complete disc sets with original case art only please)

Dress for Success Calgary

Dress for Success

Dress for Success accepts women's modern two-piece suits, blazers, dress pants, skirts, dresses, dress shirts and blouses, cardigans, purses (mid to large size and work appropriate), accessories (jewelry and belts), professional outerwear: coats, scarves and gloves, dress shoes & boots, unopened toiletries, hygiene & grooming products.


Goodwill Alberta

Goodwill accepts clothing,accessories,jewellery,shoes of all kinds, home décor and accessories, small countertop appliances, LED & LCD TVs, stereos and other small electronics, small tools, most sporting equipment, toys and games, books, movies and music, household goods, linens. 

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Habitat for humanity - restore

ReStore accepts appliances, furniture and building materials by dropping them off at the store or you can request a pickup. Donations valued at $150 or more will receive a charitable tax receipt.

Making Changes Association Logo

Making changes

Making Changes accepts women’s business, business casual, and casual clothing, shoes, accessories, outerwear, new and gently used bras, brand new undergarments, hosiery, unused cosmetics, skin care and personal care products for their "Walk-In Closet" program assisting women going into the work force. Jeans, pants leggings, skirts, athletic wear and other casual wear for their "My Best Friend's Closet"  youth empowerment program. 


MEOW Foundation

Meow Foundation accepts a large variety of household items: antiques, collectibles, vintage, art, bath & body, books, games, puzzles, toys, stuffies, home decor, hobbies, crafts, jewellery, accessories, kitchenware, small appliances, garden tools & decor, linens & beddings, luggage, purses, totes, seasonal decor, small electronics, flatscreen TVs, cameras, small furniture, sports equipment, camping, tools.


Women In need society

Women In Need Society accepts gently used Baby and Children’s Clothes and Toys, Women’s Clothes, Shoes and Accessories, Men’s Clothes, Suits and Shoes, Jewelry and Collectibles, Furniture, Household Items and Home Décor, Sporting Equipment and more. Free scheduled pick up is available.

If you have any suggestions or is an organization that would like to be added to this list, please contact me.

Best Buy Logo

Best Buy

Best Buy locations in Alberta accepts the following unusable electronics for recycling: batteries, TVs, monitors, computers, laptops, and printers for recycling. Free.


Canadian Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centre

An official Lions Clubs International Eyeglass Recycling Centre provides recycled eyewear free of charge to people in developing countries. Free.

City of Calgary Logo

City of calgary

The City of Calgary accepts the following unusable electronics for recycling: TVs, remote controls, HDMI cables, laptops, computers, printers, scanners and fax machines, computer monitors, tablets, computer accessories, charging cables and plugs. You can recycle clothes, shoes, linen, rags and other textiles for free at City of Calgary landfills. Clothing and textiles can be in any condition, including stained, ripped, torn, and damaged. Free.


clothing for a cause

Clothing for a Cause is accepting clothing, footwear, household linen and cloth curtains in their bins in several locations around Calgary and surrounding cities in Alberta. Free.

IKEA logo

ikea canada

All IKEA Canada locations accept the following for recycling: Compact Florescent Lights and batteries. Free

London Drugs logo

London drugs

All London Drugs locations accept the following for recycling: Electrical and Electronic goods, Small Appliances, Styrofoam, Cell phones, PDA and rechargeable batteries, Alkaline Batteries and more. Free.



Minimize your impact on the environment by bringing your paint, batteries, and lightbulbs to one of Lowe's Recycling Centres for safe disposal. Check your local store for availability. Free.

Recycle Logic Logo

recycle logic

Recycle Logic accepts accepts the following unusable electronics for recycling: TV's, computers, monitors, servers, computer accessories, laptops, tablets,  printers, scanners, fax machines and photocopiers. Free.



Terracycle offers a wide range of free recycling programs by partnering with various corporations and retailers for items such as food packaging, toys, cosmetics and pens. In addition, they also have a Zero Waste Box program for items that cannot be recycled through one of their free programs or regular municipal recycling.

If you aren't sure how to recycle or dispose of an item, check City of Calgary's residential recycling and disposal search tool.

If you have any suggestions or is an organization that would like to be added to this list, please contact me.

Clothing Bar Boutique

clothing bar boutique

Clothing Bar Boutique accepts casual, comfy, street style inspired clothing, shoes and accessories for women of all sizes. Please ensure all items are in perfect condition and cleaned. You can drop off your items at their retail location during store hours.

Danielle’s Consignment Boutique


Danielle’s accepts in-season items that are less than two years old, in perfect condition and freshly laundered. You can book an appointment online for drop off.

Fresh Kids Baby Maternity Kids Consignment

fresh kids

Fresh Kids accepts maternity, baby, kids clothing and gear in new or like new condition. You can drop off your items at their retail location during store hours.

The Upside Logo

the upside

The Upside accepts designer items from the past 5 years in new or gently loved condition. You can pack and ship You can pack & ship your items your items for free or drop off at Calgary warehouse.

Velour Clothing Exchange

velour clothing exchange

Velour Clothing Exchange is a buy/sell/trade store that buys clothing directly from the public. At Velour you can buy clothing in the store, sell your gently used clothing for cash or trade your items for store credit. They will only select items that are in season, on-trend and/or 60s-90s vintage.

If you have any suggestions or is an organization that would like to be added to this list, please contact me.