It’s a new year and you have decided to move or you’ve made the decision to downsize. Congratulations! When you look around, however, you realize you have a lot of stuff! Your hall closet is packed with coats, boots and gloves. Your bedroom closet is stuffed with shirts, skirts and suits. Your tables are piled high with books and bric-a-brac. It is time to make the saying “Love It or Lose It” your new sorting mantra. Keep the things you love and donate your gently used goods to one of our local thrift shops. In the end, whether you’re moving, downsizing, or staying, you will love your now clutter-free home.

Thrift Shops

Best Friend Thrift Shop
1750 E. Second Street, Scotch Plains, NJ; 908-486-0230
Accepts: Household items, good-quality jewelry, collectibles, gift items, CDs, DVDs and small pieces of furniture. The proceeds from sales benefit homeless and abandoned pets of Union County, NJ — most from local area shelters. They are in need of volunteers!

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The Hope Chest Thrift Store
26 Prospect Street, Westfield, NJ; 908-233-9973
Accepts: Clean used clothing, books, and other small household items. Volunteers from the Center for Hope operate and manage the store. Proceeds help subsidize hospice care for those in need. Tax deductible donations can be dropped off on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

The Jumble Store: A Junior League Thrift Shop
110 Walnut Avenue, Cranford, NJ; 908-276-0222
Accepts: Gently used clothing, shoes, jewelry, accessories, toys and small housewares. Items may be dropped off during regular store hours. Proceeds are used to aid those in the community and for programs and projects of The Junior League of Elizabeth-Plainfield.

Scotch Plains Thrift Shop
1741 E. Second Street, Scotch Plains, NJ; 908-322-5420
Accepts: Call for items they are taking. This shop is run by The Fanwood-Scotch Plains Service League with proceeds from the shop going to organizations in the Fanwood-Scotch Plains area, with an emphasis on helping women and youth.

Westfield Service League Thrift Shop
114 Elmer Street, Westfield, NJ; 908-233-2530
Accepts: Clothing, bric-a-brac, books, costumes, shoes, boots, coats, jewelry, small household items and toys. Proceeds from the shop are donated to charities throughout the Union County area. The Westfield Service League is a non-profit volunteer organization.

Consignment Shops

Another option is to consign your stuff. Give these shops a call to ask about consignment rules and procedures, the percentage of profit returned to you upon sale, and hours of operation.

August Mae Boutique and Fine Consignment
35 Alden Street, Cranford, NJ; 908-370-7748
Accepts: Women’s and young adult clothing, gently worn boots and shoes, designer scarves and belts, household items, and more. Check their website for up-to-date consignor requirements.

Home Again Design Consignment
333 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ; 908-464-8800
Accepts: Many styles of furniture, home decor, and jewelry — all items must be in good condition. Here’s how you can consign with them.

Home Economics Consignment Shop
415 Rahway Avenue, Rear Building, Westfield, NJ; 908-451-6551
Accepts: Clothing, furniture, bric-a-brac, dolls and lots more. Clothing must be no more than two years old, clean, in pristine condition, and wrinkle free. Call for an appointment and other details.

Milk Money Children’s Consignment
18 North Avenue W., Cranford, NJ; 908-272-5437
Accepts: Children’s clothing and accessories. Call or stop by the shop for details on consigning.

Westfield Service League Consignment Shop
114 Elmer Street, Westfield, NJ; 908-233-2530
Accepts: Clothing, bric-a-brac, books, costumes, shoes, boots, coats, jewelry, small household items and toys. Proceeds from this non-profit volunteer organization go charities throughout the Union County area.

This information is subject to change, please call each thrift or consignment shop before you go to confirm what items they’re currently accepting and their store and donating hours.

If you need help with your stuff now or when moving, The Mavins Group can help. Give them a call today for a free one-hour consultation, 908-233-6200.