Spring may bring ideas of fluffy bunnies and beautiful flowers, but it’s also that dreaded time of spring cleaning -- and if you are practicing safe social distancing, you likely have extra time on your hands to really clean out your home.
Many of the local consignment, donation and thrift stores are closed or operating on a limited basis out of caution over the COVID-19 spread, but you can keep them in mind as you sort through your home. Consider organizing your things and saving donations to drop off when stores reopen.
Here are several places where you can donate things you no longer need, from clothes and shoes to furniture and decor:
(Note: All Deseret Industries locations are currently temporarily closed for COVID-19 safety.)
The Deseret Industries is a nonprofit run by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that takes donations for thrift stores. There are three locations in Utah County.
Locations: 435 S. 500 East, American Fork; 1415 N. State St., Provo; 645 S. 1750 West, Springville
(The Orem Savers location is currently closed for COVID-19 safety.)
At the heart of Savers mission is a focus on reuse. When you donate your clothing and household goods to a local nonprofit organization at Savers, they pay the nonprofit for those goods. And, any items that aren’t sold may be repurposed by their reuse partners around the globe or recycled for materials. Plus, they have 99 cent T-shirts Thursday.
Location: 81 N. State St., Orem
Kid to Kid
(Note: The Orem Kid to Kid location is doing drop-offs for appraisal without the donator being in the store. They are also offering payment through Venmo. The American Fork Kid to Kid location is temporarily closed for COVID-19 safety.)
If you are wanting to get rid of kids items — and get paid for it — Kid to Kid is for you. Kid to Kid buys and sells name brand clothes, sports equipment and toys to save you a buck or two.
Location: 1438 E. Main St., Lehi
Plato’s Closet isn’t a traditional thrift or secondhand store. Patrons bring in gently used clothes, Plato’s Closet gives them money, and those clothes are then sold at an affordable price. On average, clothes are about 70 percent off mall retail price.
Location: 592 E. University Parkway, Orem
The Habitat for Humanity ReStore is a nonprofit home improvement store that sells used furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances. The proceeds from the store are used to build homes in the local community.
You can donate items including appliances, cabinets, countertops, doors, furniture, hardware, home decor, light fixtures, lumber, paint, sinks, toilets, unused flooring, windows, building materials, electrical items, plumbing items and tools.
Locations: 340 S. Orem Blvd., Orem; 253 W. Arrowhead Trail, Spanish Fork
(Note: ugly's Closet is currently closed through March 28 for COVID-19 safety.)
Located in Pleasant Grove, ugly’s Closet is a nonprofit, second-hand boutique that helps single mothers and families to receive clothing, household goods, education and even haircuts. It is run by the nonprofit Utah Girls Love You (UGLY).
Location: 10 W. Center St., Pleasant Grove
(Note: The buy counter at Uptown Cheapskate is currently closed for COVID-19 safety, but the store is still offering curbside pickup for shopping.)
At Uptown Cheapskate, you can sell stylish clothes, shoes and accessories, and hopefully make a little money while cleaning out your closet.
Location: 62 N. 600 West, American Fork
Get Thrifty in Provo is a thrift/consignment store with new and used merchandise including household goods, decor, kitchen items, dishes, clothes, hats, shoes, scrapbook items, DVDs and CDs.
The store also will buy items if you have collections you are looking to unload.
Location: 1700 N. State St., Provo