If you keep piercing your foot on rogue LEGO bricks or you can’t shut your kid’s crammed dresser drawers, the time is nigh to dive in to spring cleaning. We’re giving you the deets on 10+ places where you can donate or consign gently used clothing, gear, toys and books. Read on for the key to a more streamlined home, a simpler life and maybe some cash in your pocket.


Photo: Jodi V. via Yelp 

Where to Donate

You’re familiar with the big donation spots (Goodwill, Amvets and Salvation Army) but there are many smaller organizations with a huge need for toys and goods to help out locals in need. Here are five that could use your support:

Father Joe’s Village
Father Joe’s Villages, San Diego’s largest charity caring for the homeless, provides meals, housing, healthcare and education to thousands each day. They accept gently used children’s items of all kinds including that double stroller that is taking up too much garage space. So spring clean away, then fill out this form to schedule a pick-up.


3350 E. Street
San Diego, Ca
Online: my.neighbor.org/donate

Women’s Resource Center Thrift Store
The WRC provides support, counseling, shelter and more to women, men and kids in North County who have fled domestic violence. The thrift store raises money for center operations, but most importantly gives clients a place to “shop” with designated vouchers as they try to rebuild their lives. Donations are accepted Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The store accepts gently used household and children’s goods.

3385 Mission Ave.
Oceanside, Ca
760-757-3500 x 149
Online: wrcsd.org/thrift-store


Photo: Public Affairs Office Fort Wainwright via flickr

San Diego Rescue Mission
Helping San Diego’s homeless and poor has been the goal of San Diego Rescue Mission for over 50 years. Donations go directly to those in need or are sold at one of their thrift stores. They especially need baby gear and gently used clothing and shoes for kids and adults. To donate, schedule a pickup with their online donation form or drop the items off at one of four locations.

Four locations: Point Loma, Mission, North Park and National City
Online: sdrescue.org

American Cancer Society Discovery Thrift Shops
Drop off small, gently used items at these shops and feel good that your donation is helping to fund cancer research. Come on in and take items toward the back of the store anytime they are open.

Two locations: Midway Dr. 619-224-4336, Rancho Bernardo 858-385-0479

Home Start Thrift Boutique
This cute Normal Heights thrift shop benefits Home Start, a non-profit dedicated to countywide child abuse prevention. Their programs focus on parenting education and strengthening family self-sufficiency. Drop off your donations of toys, books or clothing during business hours Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Due to limited space, they do not accept furniture or gear.

Online: yelp.com/biz/home-start-thrift-boutique-san-diego


Photo: La Costa Kids via Yelp

Where to Consign

Need an extra boost to help pay for spring clothes, baseball, or piano lessons? With a little effort, your gently loved items can be sold for a major payoff. Here’s the scoop:

La Costa Kids
La Costa Kids is known throughout North County as a fabulous place to find soccer cleats, dance shoes and adorable high end kids’ fashion at unbeatable prices. The store looks for upscale brands in excellent condition that are less than two years old. They buy toys and baby gear too, but call or check their Facebook page to make sure they have room to consider these items. Buying times are Tues.-Thurs. 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. If you can’t make it during those hours, stop by and drop off your items. They’ll call within 48 hours to give you cash or store credit and return unneeded items. How easy is that?

372 N. El Camino Real
Encinitas, Ca 92024
Online: lacostakids.net

Baby Go Round
Selling at this family owned store that values great customer service is easy-peasy. Just park and enter through the back for easy access to their buying counter anytime they are open from Tues.- Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. No appointment is necessary. They buy gear, toys, books and clothing (maternity too!) from any store as long as it is cute, clean, fashionable and gently used. Click here to see what items they are currently accepting.

6360 Riverdale St.
San Diego, CA 92120
Online: babygoroundresale.com

coryscloset1Photo: Jodi V. via Yelp

Cory’s Closet
A go-to spot for resale, this La Mesa gem carries toys, baby gear and high end clothing sizes newborn through 12. A nice play area provides distraction for the kiddos while you browse and bring in items to sell. To find out about their weekly walk-in buying schedule, like them on Facebook. They’d love to look at your baby equipment and give you a fair price. Drop in any day Mon.-Sat 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. with baby gear. This family owned business wants to accommodate your schedule. You can arrange an appointment or schedule a drop off by calling them.

3745 Avocado Blvd
La Mesa Ca 91941
Online: coryscloset.com/home

Conceptions Children’s Resale
Need a great bargain or fair price for your mid-ranged items? This newer East County resale shop has become a local favorite for families. They offer cash for brand name clothes, gear and toys. Sellers receive store credit for clothes sizes 2T and below and generic brands. Besides finding great prices every day, members of the military and teachers can receive additional discounts on purchases. Click here to get more information on how to sell.

9470 Cuyamaca Ste. 100
Santee, Ca 92071
Phone: 619-596-2229
Online: conceptionsresale.com

Consigning Tips: 

  • Check the website or call to learn about the store’s policies and what they are now accepting before you pack up your car.
  • Clothes that are stylish, cute, and very gently used sell best. Group them in outfits to sell.
  • Always place items in clean bins or laundry baskets, never bags.
  • Toys and gear are hot sellers. Be sure they are clean with all pieces included and that they have working batteries.

Where’s your favorite place to donate or consign clothing and toys? Let us know in the comments.

 — Cherie Gough