Donate Your Gently Used Goods

We’ll pick up gently used goods at your home free in most Dane County locations.

You can schedule a free home pick-up two ways:

  1. Call 608-278-2920
  2. Schedule online (below).

For Madison, Middleton and Fitchburg ZIP codes, pick-ups are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Click here to schedule online.

For ZIP codes 53558, 53589, 53590, and 53597, pick-ups are available Wednesdays and Fridays. Click here to schedule online.

Pick-ups are available in other Dane County ZIP codes on a limited basis, please call 608-278-2920 to schedule one.

For store donation-hour links, click here.

For our drop-box locations, click here.

Thank you for considering donating goods to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. We are committed to helping our neighbors in need, and the goods donated by caring people help make possible the assistance we provide to local households struggling with poverty. Many of the gently used goods donated to us are given directly to people in need free of charge through a voucher system. Other donated items are sold in our seven Dane County stores. Sales of these goods produce revenue we use to provide the food, medicine, housing programs, utility assistance and other basic-needs assistance we offer local people in need. Last year, we provided over $2.6 million in assistance to Dane County households struggling to make ends meet. Thank you for helping us help our neighbors in need.

For Donation Pick-ups, Call 278-2920

We offer free, scheduled home pick-ups for donations in Madison and the surrounding areas. Please see the schedule below for the days and locations of pick-ups. The ZIP Codes are posted as a general guideline for our pick-up boundaries within Dane County. If you live in a ZIP Code outside of Madison, we may be able to schedule a home pick-up if you are within a short distance of one of the cities or villages listed below.

City Day(s) ZIP Code(s)
Madison, Monona & Middleton Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays 53703, 53704, 53705, 53706, 53711, 53713, 53714, 53715, 53716, 53717, 53718, 53719, 53726, 53562
Cottage Grove Fridays 53527
Cross Plains Every other Friday 53528
DeForest Fridays 53532
McFarland Wednesdays & Fridays 53558
Mt. Horeb Every other Friday 53572
Oregon Fridays 53575
Stoughton Wednesdays & Fridays 53589
Sun Prairie Wednesdays & Fridays 53590
Verona Wednesdays & Fridays 53593
Waunakee Wednesdays & Fridays 53597
Windsor Fridays 53598

To donate gently used items in good condition through a home pick-up, please call 608-278-2920 to make arrangements. Reception Office hours are:

Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Please leave a message on the answering system if you are calling outside regular business hours. We will return your call as soon as possible.

Scheduling a Pick-up

We are typically able to schedule a home pick-up with a two- to three-day advance notice. Pick-ups generally take place between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Please click here for online scheduling of free home pick-up of the goods you would like to donate.

Because we schedule an average 60 stops per day throughout Dane County, and because we do not charge for this service, please understand that we are unable to schedule a specific time for your pick-up. Each truck is assigned up to 25 stops per day, and each day’s routes are not fully planned until early morning. A computer program plots maps that most efficiently route our trucking crews, but we are unable to accurately predict how long each stop will take. We make every effort to maximize the value of contributions from our generous donors by keeping our fuel costs low, and we greatly appreciate our donors understanding the flexibility this requires. Before 10 a.m. on the scheduled day of your pick-up – after the day’s assigned routes are mapped – a member of one of our trucking crews will call you to provide you a one- to two-hour time window for when you can expect our truck to arrive.

If you are not available during the 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. time frame, you are welcome to leave your items outside (weather permitting). Your items for donation should be clearly marked for our trucking crew and left under a covered porch or in an open garage. If you would find it helpful, you are welcome to request that our trucking crew contact you by phone about 20 minutes prior to their arrival. Our trucking crews’ members are unable to enter a home or business if no one is present.

When preparing your items for pick-up, please make sure that all small, loose items are packed either in boxes with the flaps closed or in bags that are tied shut. This will help prevent damage during transport and will allow our crew to properly pack the truck. If items are not properly packed in this way, our trucking crew will be unable to pack them into the truck and your pick-up may have to be rescheduled. Please make sure that items left outside are protected from rain and snow; we are unable to take items that have been weather-damaged. In most cases, furniture items should remain fully assembled, with few exceptions. If you suspect you have an item that would require disassembly in order to be moved, please check with the receptionist when you schedule your pick-up.

St. Vincent de Paul is able to accept clothing, furniture and household items that are in clean, working condition and are suitable for resale in our stores. Due to safety regulations, disposal and handling costs, or resaleability, there are some items that we are unable to take. Before you schedule your pick-up, please review the listing below of what we can and cannot take*. Please also note that final acceptance of all items to be donated is up to the discretion of our truck’s driver.

Donation Drop-offs at SVdP Stores: For your convenience, you may also drop off any donations at our seven Dane County stores. Please click here for links to each of our stores’ locations and donation hours.

Donation Receipts: Our organization is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity; the value of your donated items may be tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Our trucking crew will bring a pre-printed donation receipt for your tax purposes. The donor determines the value for any donated items. Please click here to see a list of suggested potential-value ranges for commonly donated items. Note that under IRS regulations, an item of donated clothing must be in good condition at minimum in order to claim a tax deduction for it.

Large Sale Pick-ups: Please consider contacting us if your neighborhood, church or organization is having a garage or rummage sale, and you would like to donate leftover items from the sale. We can arrange for a driver to come for a post-sale pick-up . Please have any small items prepared for pick-up in boxes and bags, if possible. We are also able to pick up large items, such as furniture, if they are in good condition.

Clothing/Food Drives: If you are interested in having us pick up donations after a clothing or food drive, please contact us. Before the event, we can drop off barrels to hold the items. Afterwards, we can pick up both the barrels and the donations. For scheduling this type of pick-up, please follow the procedure explained above for home and business pick-ups of donated goods.

Drop Boxes: Around Madison and in surrounding communities, we have several St. Vincent de Paul donation drop boxes into which you may place limited amounts of bagged clothing, shoes and linen, or other small donated items. For a listing of these drop boxes, please click here. These drop boxes are only for items that cannot be damaged by being dropped into the box. Please do not leave any items outside these drop boxes.

*What We Can & Cannot Take

St. Vincent de Paul is able to accept:

  • Clothing, furniture and household items that are in clean, working condition and are suitable for resale in our stores
  • Working or non-working electronics for our “eCycle with St. Vinny’s” program (computers, printers, cell phones, home electronics, etc.)
  • Nonperishable food for our food pantry

Due to safety regulations, disposal and handling costs, or limited resale value, we are unable to accept the following items:

  • Mattresses & box springs
  • Televisions
  • Sofa sleepers, reclining sofas, entertainment centers and futons
  • Baby items, including car seats, cribs and walkers
  • Large appliances and exercise equipment
  • Hazardous or construction materials
  • Prohibitively large or heavy items that are difficult to handle safely (e.g., very large furniture pieces)
“Shop with your heart. Great place to start – on your budget and community. Reduce. Reuse. Recycle, too. We can do it all at St. Vinny's. Oh, let's go shop St. Vinny's. Yeah. Let's go shop St. Vinny's. Yeah. Let's go shop St. Vinny's. Yeah. Let's go shop St. Vinny's.”
- Our Store Jingle (by Trucking Manager Tod Schwenn)