Free Store Wilkinsburg's mission is to redistribute new and lightly used goods at no cost to the east end community members, especially in times of financial stress and/or emergency. FSW relies on donations by corporate partners, community members, and volunteers.
Founded in 2015, FSW is independently operated and under the umbrella of of CIVICALLY.
WE WILL NOT BE OPEN this coming Saturday, March 28 as planned. Per Civically, Inc Founder/President, Marita Garrett, our store shopping re-opening has been pushed back to Thursday 4/2.
As a life-sustaining organization, FSW has continued operations with doors closed to the general public. We have been cleaning, disinfecting, & trying to figure out a better way to accommodate the many requests we've received.
DONATIONS: Starting 3/31, we will take donations upon request. Please call or email us prior to bringing your donation and we will collect it at the curb. All donations will be held to the strictest of the guidelines on FSW's website www.freestorewilkinsburg.org. *
SHOPPING: From On Thursday, 4/2 and Friday 4/3, we will be open from 10a-1p. Starting Saturday, 4/4, we will start normal shopping day & hours 10a-2p. Prior to entering, you will be given a mask and disposable gloves. There will be a 5 person limited.*
*Subject to change.
To ensure a fair and enjoyable experience for all visitors to FSW, we have established the following ground rules*:
No identification is required
For safety reasons, no more than 10 shoppers are permitted in the store at a time. If there is a line outside, there is a 15 minute shopping time limit inside
Regarding items such cribs, strollers, car seats, child should be present or verification of child
Shoppers are allowed up to 5 items per person, many items do not count towards total. Children 12 and under should take age related items.
NOTE: Some Items have higher values. i.e., clothing is 1 item, a complete comforter set or complete set of pots/pans may be the equivalent to 2 or more items. Many items do not count towards total, i.e. t-shirts, socks, toiletries, food, books, vintage clothing, etc.
* Exceptions to the ground rules are made on a case by case basis
We are very selective with what we accept. Please adhere to the guidelines.
All donations must be new or gently used, clean, in-season, and/or relatively current style. If clothing is in large trash bags, we ask that donors bring no more than 3 bags of clothing donations per visit.
We DO NOT accept:
No Clothing that is soiled, faded, smelly or holes
No used undergarments, socks, hosiery or tights
No Large Furniture, TVs, PCs, or electronics (without prior approval)
No Knives and Other Weapons
No specifically labeled work uniforms or gear , i.e., old police uniforms, utility company uniforms, etc.
Free Store Wilkinsburg does not accept specially labelled company apparel or gear. We have never nor will distribute anything that may allow someone to gain unlawful entry to a home, business or access to information.
We DO accept:
CLOTHING & SHOES (CLEAN):
In Season and In-Style (not more than 5 y/o)
Shoes and footwear
BABY & CHILDREN:
Diapers / Baby Wipes (unopened)
Strollers, carriers - not expired
Walkers, cribs, gates, etc
NO bathtubs or potty seats
HOUSEWARES: clean, gently used, no stains
Linen, Bedding & Decor, etc.
Curtains, curtain rods
Pots and Pans
SMALL APPLIANCES - clean, WORKING
Toasters, Irons, Microwaves, Blenders, lamps, etc
Furniture: (contact us prior to bring in your donation)
Small furniture items accepted
If you have items that are not listed but new or gently used condition, please let us know.
We cannot accept donations left at the door when the store is closed. Those donations will be discarded immediately ... no exceptions. If you cannot make the regular donation hours, send us a message.