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!


Small donations are permitted during business hours. One small bag or box or a handful of items.  If you have a donation that requires you to "unload" we ask that you make an appointment. 

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Absolutely no dumping is allowed at our shop.


If you'd like us to come pick-up your donation, please send an email to info@makeandmendshop.com to request contact-less pick-up within 10 miles of Boston.

Please be sure to include your addresscell phone numbera brief description of your donation (no need for an itemized list or photos), a few dates that work for you (we typically do pick-ups on Monday and Friday), and where you'll leave your items for contact-less pick-up (i.e. front porch, building's entryway etc).


You can mail your donations via USPS to us at:

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


Items that we accept:
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Art + Craft
pencils, colored pencils, markers, drawing pens (please no basic or branded 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
Fibers Fibers  
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 (modern + unused), vintage and modern notions and tools
watercolor paper, craft paper, scrap booking paper, wallpaper (samples), sketchbooks, notebooks, stationery, envelopes , post-it notes, glue, tape, memo books, rulers, cards, stamps, stickers, ink pads
art related books, coloring books, sewing books, vintage books + maps, collage materials, vintage magazines (please no modern craft magazines), handmade books and zines

Other Items We Accept:

enamel pins, patches, maps, clean planters, small gardening supplies

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.

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.

Items that we can not accept:

    • Faux Flowers/Plants
    • Holiday decorations, holiday specific books, or anything "Christmas" related
    • Home Linens, towels, sheets, drapes or tablecloths
    • Anything toxic, combustible or hazardous (including spray paints)
    • Anything with mold or mildew, especially pertaining to fabric and yarn
    • Books – except for art and craft-related
    • Clothing and clothing hangers of any kind
    • Electronics/Appliances/Sewing Machines
    • Fabric samples/tile samples
    • Furniture or House paint
    • Small pieces of fabric (anything under 10″ x 10″), Please no scraps!
    • Anything broken or needing repair, especially sewing machines
    • Binders or large office supplies
    • Anything that requires more than one person to carry