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The Office of Sustainability is excited to operate the VCU Free Store, to serve as an inclusive, on-campus resource to address basic necessities of living for members of the VCU community.

The Free Store is an on-campus resource that promotes equitable access to everyday needs like school/art supplies, electronics, home goods and plenty more, while keeping usable goods out of our landfills. Current VCU students, faculty and staff can donate items and can take items for free! Help us maintain this effort by donating your unneeded goods today.

Help yourself and pay it forward!

Covid-19 Update

The Free Store will be closed due to Covid-19 until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to seeing you in the future.

Please continue to check this page for updates on our reopening plans.

How to Give

The Free Store is taking donations by appointment. Please email freestore@vcu.edu or call 804-628-1163 to let us know what and when you'd like to drop off.

The Free Store will accept the following items:

  • books and school supplies
  • art and art supplies
  • electronics and appliances
  • small furniture and decor
  • kitchenware and utensils
  • tools and gardening supplies
  • non-perishable or canned food
  • unopened hygiene products
  • holiday and event decorations
  • clean sports equipment
  • trash cans, hangers, lamps, etc.

 

The Free Store will NOT accept the following items:

  • clothing, fabric or shoes
  • pillows, bedding or upholstery
  • opened food or toiletries
  • broken and unusable goods
How to Take

Every item in the Free Store is assigned one of four tiers. The number of items you may take in one visit is dependent on the tier of the item(s). Per week, you may take items from one tier only. But don't worry, you can always come back next week.

Tier One:

Tier One items have an approximate value of $0-$10.
Per week, you may take up to five (5) Tier One items.
Tier One items include kitchen utensils, clothes hangers, notebooks, and more.

Tier Two:

Tier Two items have an approximate value of $11-$24.
Per week, you may take up to two (2) Tier Two items.
Tier Two items include pots and pans, books, decor, and more.

Tier Three:

Tier Three items have an approximate value of $25-$49.
Per week, you may take one (1) Tier Three item.
Tier Three items include small kitchen appliances, small furniture, and more.

Tier Four:

Tier Four items have an approximate value of $50 or more.
Per semester, you may take one (1) Tier Four item.
Tire Four items include minifridges, microwaves, televisions, and more.

If you have any questions about the Free Store, email freestore@vcu.edu for more information.

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