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!

Request a Pick-Up

We're hosting a donation drop-off day at our studio on Saturday, January 23rd from 10:00-2:00
Our studio is a 86 Joy St. Somerville, MA 02143.
Donations should be left outside the building near the yellow door. Please text us when you arrive to drop-off.  Donations will only be accepted contact-free so we cannot assist with unload.  Masks must be worn at all times.
If you have more than 4 bags or boxes, please let us know in advance.
Text or email us if you have any questions
(617) 294-9996 (no calls please)

You can also mail your donations to us at:

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

Items that we accept:
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Fine Art 
pens, pencils, colored pencils, markers, erasers, sharpeners, paints (oil, acrylic, watercolor but no house paints), paintbrushes, canvas, pastels, charcoal, clay (in small quantities), ink and ink pads, printmaking tools, calligraphy tools, stamps, stickers
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thread, bobbins, knitting needles, sewing needles, aida cloth, fabric (larger than 10" x 10"), elastic, zippers, leather, pins, lace, hemp, embroidery floss, rulers, rotary cutters, scissors, stencils, yarn, patterns (unused)
watercolor paper, craft paper, scrap booking paper, wallpaper (samples), sketchbooks, notebooks, stationery, envelopes, highlighters, paperclips, post-it notes, glue, tape, bubble wrap, packing paper, usable bubble mailers, memo books
art related books, coloring books, sewing books, collage materials, magazines (please no more than 10 at once) handmade books and zines


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 never accept:

    • Holiday decorations
    • 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
    • Electronics/Appliances
    • 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