A vibrant city known for its architectural heritage and diversity, Lancaster, Pennsylvania is one of those cities that demands to be walked so that you get the full scope of its home-town feel. An All-American city, Lancaster is also known for having a strong commitment to its community and citizens. It’s no wonder then that there are many excellent places where you can go to donate your used belongings and help others.
If you’re living in Lancaster and you’ve got a lot of things that you don’t use or simply don’t need anymore, below you’ll find a list of the best places to donate them. Of course, if you have things you’d like to keep but don’t have space in your home, apartment, or office, you can always rent a self-storage unit from MooveIn, an affordable, safe abs secure option to hold onto those cherished things for later.
With an amazing selection, excellent organization, and an impressive store size, you would be forgiven for thinking that Community Aid was a regular department store rather than a thrift store. You’d be wrong, however, as this faith-based, community-run store has been helping the citizens of Lancaster for several years. They take donations 6 days a week and offer long hours compared to most, 9 am to 9 pm Monday through Saturday.
One of the best reasons to donate to CommunityAid, though, is the true dedication they show to the people of Lancaster. Mondays are “Hero Day” and sees a 50% discount given to teachers, police, and fire personnel and military members. Wednesdays are ‘Family Day’, with the same 50% off given to families of all shapes and sizes. Friday? That’s ‘Senior and Student Day’ with 50% off for, you guessed it, seniors and students!
The mission at Community Aid is simple; provide good jobs, coaching, and training for the community, and improve the quality of life for everyone living in Lancaster. They provide clothing and cash grants to many people and organizations and truly deserve the support of the community that they support so well.
31 Rohrerstown Rd.
Lancaster, PA 17603
Hours- Mon to Sat 9 am to 9 pm
Phone- (717) 412-7706
The Salvation Army Family Store & Donation Center
Since 1865 the Salvation Army has been doing humanitarian work around the globe and, in Lancaster, they continue that great tradition. They accept donations of everything from books and clothing to furniture and much more, and use the money they make from selling everything to fund community and humanitarian projects of all kinds, helping millions of people every year.
Lancaster locals will tell you that if you’re looking for bargains, the Salvation Army Family Store & Donation Center is a great place to start. So if you’re not looking to donate but instead to find new-to-you things at super-low prices, it’s well worth your time to check them out. By the way, they also take vehicle donations, so if you have a car that you no longer want, give them a call.
The Salvation Army Family Store & Donation Center
1244 Manheim Pike
Lancaster, PA 17601
Hours- Mon to Sat 10 am to 7 pm
Phone- (800) 728-7825
Goodwill Store Outlet Center & Donation Center
Another organization that was created to help people in need, Goodwill was founded in 1902 in Boston, MA by the Honorable Reverent Edgar J Helms. Reverand Helms would collect household goods and clothing in wealthier areas of Boston. Then, though his church, he hired poor folks, trained them to mend and repair the goods, and sold them, using the profits to fund community outreach projects and services.
Today, 118 years later, Goodwill is still serving, helping, and empowering people in 8 countries including the U.S. and Canada. In Lancaster, their outlet and donation center has been helping local residence for many years through donations of everything from used appliances to gently used clothing, furniture, and household goods of all types.
Goodwill Store, Outlet Center & Donation Center
2353 Lincoln Hwy E
Lancaster, PA 17602
Hours- Mon to Sat 10 am to 6 pm Sun 12 am to 6 pm
Art of Recycle
Established in 2012, Art Of Recycle is a nonprofit community art center with a thrift store that sells arts and crafts items that have been donated. Even better, they provide free resources for local teachers and organization leaders, as well as a free crafting area. Opportunities for volunteerism and services for children and seniors can be found here also, making Art Of Recycle a favorite place for many people in Lancaster.
What we found most impressive about this wonderful, art-centered thrift store is that they help over 1000 different organizations and schools with free teaching materials and other resources! 1000 organizations! That’s truly amazing! Even better, everything that’s donated means less junk going into landfills in Lancaster, a plus for every resident living here.
Art Of Recycle
27 Cloister Ave
Ephrata, PA 17522 (20 minutes northeast of Lancaster)
Hours- Mon to Sat 9 am to 6 pm
Phone- (717) 466-6966
Self-Storage Options in Lancaster
We always encourage donating anything that you don’t want or need to local charities such as the ones we’ve just mentioned. Sometimes, however, you need time to sort, don’t have the room in a transition, etc.
Stuff like older furniture that you might want to save for your children once they move out on their own. Baby clothing, furniture, and other baby items that you want to keep for sentimental reasons. Off-road vehicles such as quads and motorcycles that you don’t use all the time. It’s at these times that you might consider renting a self-storage unit from MooveIn.
Clean, secure, and monitored 24/7 by video surveillance, a MooveIn self-storage unit is the perfect option for those things that you want to keep but just don’t have room to store anymore at home. You can chat with a move-in manager at your convenience and ask them any questions you might have. Then, when you’re ready, you can reserve a self-storage unit online! It’s so easy!
Donate Today, And Help Others Have a Better Tomorrow
The best thing about donating things to some of the wonderful charities we’ve mentioned is the feeling it gives you knowing that you’re helping your fellow man and woman. So, again, if you don’t want it or need it anymore, please donate. The things you donate today will help others have a better tomorrow.