Donate Materials

Make & Mend accepts donations of clean, reusable art and craft supplies. Almost everyone has a bin of unwanted art supplies gathering dust in their basement. Whether it be from a project you've finished, a ridiculous amount of expensive supplies from college or a sewing kit from a loved one, you're not alone. Free your burden of creativity past and donate them to us!

Please read our donation guidelines before donating, as the guidelines may change depending on our current inventory. Before you donate, please check that your items are clean and free of bugs, rodent droppings, mold, and mildew. If you are donating yarn, fabric or roving, please ensure that your fibers are free of moths and moth eggs. 

Items that we accept:
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Art + Craft
pencils, colored pencils, markers, drawing pens, erasers, sharpeners, acrylic paint, oil paint, watercolor paints, paintbrushes, clean canvases, pastels, charcoal, crafting clay, ink and ink pads, printmaking tools, calligraphy tools,  hand tools, scissors, cutting mats, beads + jewelry making supplies, art storage containers, cigar boxes
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thread, knitting + crochet tools, sewing needles, aida cloth, fabric (larger than 10" x 10", please no scraps!), elastic, zippers, leather, pins, lace, hemp, embroidery floss, rotary cutters, scissors, stencils, yarn, patterns, transfers, knitting + sewing baskets and cases, rulers, vintage and modern notions and tools
watercolor paper, craft paper, scrap booking paper, wallpaper (samples), sketchbooks, notebooks, stationery, envelopes, sticky notes, glue, tape, memo books, rulers, cards, stamps, stickers, ink pads
art- and craft- related books, coloring books, sewing books, vintage books + maps, collage materials, craft magazines, handmade books and zines

Other Items We Accept:

enamel pins, patches, maps, clean planters, small gardening supplies, bubble mailers and packing supplies (except styrofoam packing peanuts), shipping boxes, paper & reusable shopping bags

We also accept limited home + vintage items on a case-by-case basis.  If you’re interested in donating items of this nature, please send us an email.

Items that we cannot accept:
    • Fake flowers and plants
    • Sewing Machines in any condition
    • Holiday decorations, holiday-specific books, or anything Christmas-related
    • Home linens, towels, sheets, drapes or tablecloths
    • Anything toxic, combustible or hazardous (including spray paints and aerosols)
    • Clothing and clothing hangers of any kind
    • Electronics and appliances
    • Tile and fabric samples
    • House paint
    • Medical supplies
    • Scraps of fabric smaller than 10" x 10"
    • Anything broken or needing repair, especially sewing machines
    • Binders or large office supplies
    • Anything that requires more than one person to carry

If you are wondering if we accept something that is not on this list, please send us an email before you send it our way.


Small donations are permitted during business hours. If you have a donation that requires you to unload a vehicle or that you need help to carry, we ask that you make an appointment.

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Absolutely no dumping is allowed at our shop.


Donation pick-ups will be paused until the spring while our staff is on leave.

You can mail your donations via USPS to us at:

Make & Mend
P.O. Box 617
Somerville, MA 02143