Wilmington Thrift Center
How Catholic Charities Helps
Catholic Charities Wilmington Thrift Center, operating for over 40 years in the city’s lower east side, provides gently used clothing, furniture, appliances, household goods, mattresses, and much more at deeply discounted prices. The center is open to the general public.
The center also serves as a neighborhood gathering place. It provides a spot for customers to visit with neighbors. In addition, the center links residents in need to information about and referrals to other community programs.
The Wilmington Thrift Center provides:
— Quality pre-owned clothing, furniture, and other household items at below retail prices. The discounted goods help families stretch their income.
— Application services for the Delaware Energy Assistance Program each year from October through March.
— Information about and referrals to additional Catholic Charities programs and other community services.
— Access to mental health and substance abuse counseling. Catholic Charities counselors can schedule counseling appointments at the neighboring Kingswood Community Center.
— A discount food market for local residents. The Market is a partnership between Catholic Charities and the Food Bank of Delaware. The Market stocks milk, bread, eggs, butter, cereals, cosmetics, diapers, canned goods, cleaning supplies, and other household essentials. Food stamps are accepted. Please check with the Thrift Center for The Market’s operating hours.
How To Get Help
Visit our Thrift Center at
1320 E 23rd Street
Wilmington, DE 19802
Click here to send an email for more information.
Those with limited funds can make their money go further by shopping at the thrift center. No appointment is needed to shop at the center. For those in a crisis, we coordinate a voucher system with our Basic Needs Program. Vouchers give eligible clients clothing or furniture at a deep discount or at no cost. Shoppers can then use their income for other necessities. The Thrift Center works with other nonprofit voucher programs too.
A visit to the Thrift Center can also provide shoppers with information about other programs available through Catholic Charities or other organizations that may be beneficial to the household.
The Wilmington Thrift Center is open:
- Mondays from 9 am to 3 pm
- Tuesdays through Fridays from 9 am to 4 pm
- Saturdays from 9 am to 3 pm
The Thrift Center is closed on legal and church holidays.
How You Can Help
Click here to donate to the Thrift Center using a credit card. You may also send a check to Catholic Charities, 2601 W 4th Street, Wilmington, DE 19805, and designate Thrift Center on the check memo line.
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You can donate your gently used items to the Thrift Center. Clothing, household goods, appliances and furniture are always in demand.
You can also organize a clothing drive. Ask your family, neighbors, church, or civic group to donate their no-longer needed gently used clothing, household goods, appliances, or furniture.
The Thrift Center can arrange to pick up large donations, appliances, and furniture. Call 302-764-2717 for more information and to schedule a pickup.
Some donation suggestions
Unfortunately, not all items should be donated – store personnel cannot clean, mend, or repair items, and merchandise not fit for sale must be discarded at Catholic Charities expense.
Clothes should be in good condition and ready to wear. Please wash or dry-clean items before donating them.
Think about the essentials for setting up a household. Families need dishes, pots, pans, blankets, sheets, and towels.
Furniture must be clean, in usable condition, have no missing parts, and need no repairs.
Appliances must be clean, in good working order, have no missing parts, and need no repairs. We accept washers, dryers, freezers, refrigerators, televisions, and small kitchen appliances.
Catholic Charities accepts used mattresses, box springs, and pillows. We are licensed by the State of Delaware to sanitize these goods for resale or re-distribution.
The Thrift Center can also take lawnmowers, hand and power tools—again, they must be clean and in good working order.
The attendants on call will make a decision about the sale ability of the items, and may refuse to accept items that are not sellable.