What Do I Do With… Toys?

What Do I Do With… Toys?

If your child outgrows their toys quickly, don’t throw them away! You can make another child happy by donating them. You can donate used toys to traditional thrift stores and charities, however, due to the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), not all thrift stores and charities will be able to accept used toys donations.

Here are some local, alternative places that will accept used toys:

  • Toybrary provides a positive, clean, welcoming environment in which children, parents, and teachers can interact and learn. (7817 Rockwood, Ste 101, Austin, TX 78757)
  • Any Baby Can improves the lives of children by strengthening them and their families through education, therapy and family support services. (6207 Sheridan Avenue Austin, TX 78723)
  • Legacy of Hope is dedicated to serving families of children with special needs. You can call toll free 866-HOPEATX or email them at info@legacyofhopeaustin.org to set up a donation drop-off time.
  • The Stuffed Animal Rescue Foundation is dedicated to the well-being of abandoned, outgrown, or neglected stuffed animals by finding permanent and/or foster homes for rescued stuffed animals. Email them at info@thesnarf.org for more information.
  • Safe Place strives to end sexual and domestic violence. Be sure to check their wish list to see what they need. (1401 Grove Blvd. Austin, TX 78741)

Additionally, Austin Creative Reuse also accepts board games and puzzles!

Here are some helpful tips before donating toys:

  • Wipe toys down
  • Make sure toys are not broken
  • If you are donating toys with multiple pieces/parts, keep them together in plastic bags or tape boxes together so that they don’t get lost


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  • Andrew | Jun 25,2017

    Has anyone had success finding a place to donate used Legos?

  • Carole LeClair | Jun 29,2017

    Hey Andrew,
    You can always donate used Lego’s to Austin Creative Reuse. They are a wonderful creative material. In fact, we are currently seeking broken toys and Legos for an event we are sponsoring at the Doherty Arts Center called Monster Mash where kids and adults will get to build their own monsters, just in time for Halloween.
    Drop them off at our Center anytime we are open. Wed/Thurs 10-8 and Fr/Sat 10-6

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