Donation Policy:

We can accept a single box of donations any day of the week between 11:30 AM-5:30 PM. Please be aware that we cannot accommodate walk-in donations of more than one box. Please do not leave donations outside our door.

If you have more than one box of donations you’ll need to make an appointment so we can prepare for your donation. The easiest way to make an appointment is to fill out the form listed below at step #3 or give us a call at 412.473.0100.

How to Make a Donation to Creative Reuse

  • Step two: Check out the items we are currently unable to accept due to space limitations:
  • binders
  • cassette tapes and their cases
  • CD cases (jewel cases)
  • enlargers and large machines- Please inquire
  • floor looms – Please inquire
  • hanging file folders
  • large plastic storage bins
  • paperboard boxes -jewelry, shirt boxes, etc
  • sewing machines (in cabinets)- Please inquire
  • trophy plaques 
  • VHS tapes 

This list changes over time as our inventory waxes and wanes. We kindly ask that you hold on to your items until space frees up in our shop and warehouse. You can always check back here for the most up-to-date version of this list.

  • Step three: Fill out our online donation form. We will email you back to let you know what we can and cannot take from your list, and we will offer you a few days you could come in with your donation. Please note that filling out the form does not automatically schedule a donation appointment – we will need to touch base with you first.

Do you have other stuff to donate that we don’t take? Check out our Donate Elsewhere page to see a list of other reuse shops around the Pittsburgh area.

Need to donate your items ASAP? Try our Premium Donation Service! We may be able to take emergency donations with only a few days’ notice. Fees for this service: $50 for up to 4 standard size bankers boxes(12″ x 10″ x 15″), and $100 for up to 8 standard size bankers boxes (12″ x 10″ x 15″). Depending on availability, we may be able to schedule your donation much faster than our standard donation service would allow. Please contact us at to discuss your donation.

Essential Shop and Program Donations

Items we could really use right now:

  1. Clean paper grocery bags with handles for our Bulk Section
  2. Paper towels for our bathrooms
  3. Natural liquid soap for our bathrooms
  4. Toilet paper for our bathrooms
  5. Have something else that we might be able to use in the shop or at our programs? Email us at to let us know!
  6. We always accept monetary donations! ; )

Please note that NONE of these essential items need a donation appointment. You can bring them any time we’re open. Thank you in advance! Your donations make this whole Creative Reuse world go ’round.