We are a charity and we are hugely grateful for every donation of clothes, books and bric-a-brac given to us.
Every item that can be sold in our charity shops enables us to provide support and services to older people in our community. Without the money brought in by our shops and we would not be able to make such a difference to thousands of lives in Northamptonshire every year.
We love items that are in a safe, useable condition: clothes, toys, books, bric-a-brac, jewelry, vinyls and other vintage and retro items.
All clothing can be re-used or recycled
We welcome good quality designer clothes but we can also accept clothing that is no longer suitable for wearing. Age UKs are one of the largest recyclers of clothing in the UK. If you are having a clear-out and would like the unwanted clothing to go to a good home, please take it to one of our charity shops. We can accept all kinds of clothing: trousers, pullovers, blazers and shirts, plain or with badges and logos.
We can also accept books of all kinds. If we cannot sell a book we can still raise money from it without sending it to landfill.
Mobile phones and foreign currency
We welcome all your unwanted mobile phones, no matter how unfashionable. Foreign coins and notes of any age are also valuable to us. We can't accept them as payment, of course, but we can put them to good use.
Commodes and medical equipment
For health and safety reasons we cannot accept commodes, toilet frames and other equipment that could pose a hazard to our customers.
Helmets and car seats
We regret we are unable to accept any type of safety helmet (cycle, motorcycle, riding) even when brand new. We cannot sell child car seats or booster seats.
Disposing of broken equipment costs money
Landfill legislation means we are not allowed to dispose of unsaleable equipment locally. Paying huge disposal costs for items that do not pass our stringent electronic testing means we cannot risk taking goods that do not work. Please ensure your donated items are in a safe, saleable condition. Some things just have to go to the tip - there are nine household waste recycling centres in Northamptonshire.
Supporting the local community
All the money we raise is spent on services and support provided within the county of Northamptonshire. Our shops are businesses that pay tax, rent and other costs that support the local economy. If you no longer need an item but think someone else could make use of it, the chances are we can sell it. At the moment we are not able to collect items of furniture.
Donating to Age UK Northamptonshire is a great way to help the environment by re-using and recycling goods instead of taking them to the tip. Charity shops are a fabulous way to de-clutter your home without feeling guilty about creating waste. If you no longer need an item or have changed your lifestyle, or perhaps your teenager no longer needs all that pink flowery stuff, we will put your unwanted items to good use.
The income from our shops is vital to us; without it we would not be able to provide many of our services. We are a charity and constantly need to raise money. If you donate your unwanted items to us you are helping to make a difference to the lives of local older people.
Thank you for your support.