Savers is a chain of for-profit thrift stores accepting and reselling donated items from non-profit organizations. Among its partner charities are certain chapters of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the Epilepsy Foundation, and The Arc – all of which are prominent collectors of used clothing as well.
Non-profits sell donated items in bulk to Savers and affiliated shops (Unique and Value Village). Items that are not sold are turned over to the company’s recycling partners. Savers also works with waste management companies for responsible disposal of items that cannot be recycled.
Unsold textiles are repurposed into rags and insulation. Metals found in clothing and electronics are sold for their raw value. Savers claims to divert more than 700 million pounds of items from landfills each year, as part of its Rethink Reuse advocacy.
Common donations accepted at Savers thrift stores includes garments, accessories, shoes, sports equipment, textiles, appliances, toys, games, houseware, jewelry, media, small furniture, and more.