Closet Cleanout Central

March 22, 2024
Wardrobe closet full of clothes.

With spring getting started, spring cleaning has likely crossed your mind. If you find your closet overflowing or unwanted clothes piling up, consider donating these items. Metro Detroit has a vast number of businesses and organizations that accept gently used or new clothing for others to enjoy, each taking a distinct approach to helping individuals and families


90 Selden Street, Detroit 

“The Children’s Center is one of Michigan’s largest child well-being agencies providing evidence-based clinical therapy to young people who deal with mental, behavioral, emotional, intellectual, developmental health, and educational challenges or may have experienced trauma…We operate our Children’s Center Boutique and Food Pantry on our campus in Midtown. This is to meet an urgent need for families we serve, as they get to shop here free of charge. Our shelves are stocked solely by the generous support of people in our community,” shares the Manager of Consumer Engagement, Cindy Read. Gently used and new items are happily accepted at the Boutique on Mondays and Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., which is located on the lower level of Building 90. This space serves over 250 families a month, who can visit the boutique twice a month and shop for free for all of their immediate family members. 

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5361 McAuley Drive, Suite 1125, Ypsilanti

Dress for Success Michigan focuses on empowering women by providing them with professional attire for job interviews and employment, helping them make a positive first impression, and boosting their confidence in professional settings. Donations are accepted by appointment only, and this organization is looking for interview-appropriate apparel, costume jewelry, and handbags appropriate for work. As many clients go directly to interviews, Dress for Success Michigan asks that items being donated are freshly cleaned and ironed. Check your closet for some unwanted business ware!


17670 Mack Avenue, Grosse Pointe

The Neighborhood Club is a non-profit and has been serving the Grosse Pointe area since 1911. The organization started by organizing health, recreational, educational, and social services and projects for the community. The thrift shop was opened after the Neighborhood Club hosted Grosse Pointe’s first rummage sale in 1928 to raise funds and has since provided new and gently used clothing at low prices. The programs the club runs are subsidized by proceeds from the Neighborhood Club Thrift Shop. Additionally, there is a weekly sale with generous discounts on certain items. For those interested in donating here, the donation hours are Wednesdays and Saturdays 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., and since space is limited, they ask that people limit their donations to 3 bags or boxes.


Grace Centers of Hope is a faith-based organization on a mission to provide shelter and healing to those in need. Its thrift stores, located throughout Oak Park, Warren, Sterling Heights, and Waterford enable them to provide services like childcare, life-skills education, work programs, and more. Drop-off hours depend on the store location, so call a local one before donating items. For large donations, free pickups are available to be scheduled. 


44 Mill Street, Rochester

Neighborhood House was founded in 1968 to help local families undergoing financial problems and has since moved from providing one-time emergency help to creating programs focused on long-term self-sustainability. Previously, Neighborhood House distributed over 40,000 items to almost 300 households in need. Its Clothes Closet accepts donations during client and public shopping hours, which are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. This organization is currently accepting new and gently used bedding, towels, blankets, and more, with current needs for the closet listed here.

This article has been updated to include new information. The original article was published on March 8, 2023, and was authored by Briana Dixon.