The Brotherhood of St Laurence relies on the generous clothing, furniture and whitegoods donations by the public to stock our 20 Community Stores across greater Melbourne.
What can you donate?
Donated items are sold at affordable prices. All funds raised from the sale of goods assist the Brotherhood to deliver many programs and services that make lasting change in the lives of disadvantaged Australians.
We accept donations of:
- men's, women's and children's clothing, shoes and accessories
- furniture, homewares and electrical items
- fridges – our fridges program recycles donated fridges by making them more energy and cost-efficient and reselling them in our stores.
How to donate
You can donate goods in resellable condition in a number of ways:
Our stores are happy to receive direct donations during trading hours. You can find a store closest to you, in the greater Melbourne area, on our Community Stores locations page »
Free collection service
Call our friendly team on 1300 DONATE (1300 366 283)
What we can't take
While we appreciate donations, there are some items for which there is little demand or which regulations prevent us from accepting. These things include:
- any items that are stained, torn or in need of repair
- bath and shower screens
- exercise equipment
- children’s bicycles
- baby furniture such as cots, prams and highchairs - please contact St Kilda Mums or Big Group Hug (Big Group Hug does not accept cots, and are based in Rosanna)
- non-digital televisions, and TV units for non-digital televisions
- carpets and underlay
- building materials and kitchens
- gas appliances
- computers – please refer to http://recyclingnearyou.com.au for computer donations and dishwashers
- stoves and ovens
- mattresses, bed ensembles, bunk beds, wire sprung bed bases, bed heads on their own or trundle beds
- outdoor playground equipment (for example swing sets, trampolines)
- desks over 1.2 metres wide
- any items over 2 metres in height
- curtain rods, tracks and awnings
- wall units
- office chairs and filing cabinets
- pianos and organs
- industrial sewing machines
- encyclopedias, text books, magazines, old library books
For more information on the Brotherhood's Community Stores please visit the stores website stores.bsl.org.au
The success of our social enterprises depends on the contribution of volunteers. If you're interested in finding out more, view a list of vacancies or email volunteer(at)bsl.org.au
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