Charlotte and Mecklenburg County North Carolina free clothing closets and thrift stores.

Turn to a clothing closet or thrift store in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County North Carolina. Most of them are run by non-profit organizations, charities, or churches. Vouchers can be provided so low income families or children can obtain free goods. Or if you do not qualify for a voucher, then the general public can buy higher quality, but gently used items from a thrift store or clothing closet.

Donations are always appreciated, and many of the centers rely heavily on them. So if you can, please do contribute, and your donations will more than likely be tax deductible. Some of what may sold or given to Charlotte families include free clothing for work or school, hygiene items, shoes, diapers, or cleaning products. Gently used furniture may be sold by many of the thrift stores. Some of the non-profits also offer employment serves or career counseling, or agencies can refer people to places that offer these services.

The Crisis Assistance Ministry has an onsite free store
Address - 500 A Spratt St.
Charlotte, NC 28206
Telephone - (704) 371-3001
A clothing bank is also available. This is one of Mecklenburg’s leading non-profits, and the center provides free or low priced clothing, books, shoes, and other household items for free to individuals and families in need of assistance.

Dress for Success Charlotte
Location - 202 E. Woodlawn Rd., Ste 104
Charlotte, NC 28217
Telephone - (704) 525-7706
This agency can help people transition into the workforce by offering them free professional work attire. Career counseling is offered too. Services offered include one new suit for a job interview and a second suit when the client gets the job. Some of the other items offered include skirt suits, undergarments, pant suits; blouses; scarves; unworn pantyhose and purses/briefcases.  The organization and its case managers can direct clients to local employment services, education programs, or training in Mecklenburg County. If you donate to this organization you may really be helping a family obtain employment.





Jackson Park Ministries
Address - 5415 Airport Dr.
Charlotte, North Carolina 28208
Call (704) 392-4981
Services include a Children's Clothing Ministry. They are open on Monday's and Wednesday's from 9:45 to Noon.

C. U. P. Ministry
Address: 1201 E. 36th St.
Charlotte, NC 28205
Telephone - (704) 331-4806
The charity provides free food and clothing to the bound, the working poor, homeless, and those going through a crisis. Children and students may get a backpack or school supplies. Christmas and holiday assistance can be available as well, and can include toys, gifts, or even meals.

Mooresville/Lake Norman Christian Mission
266 North Broad St.
Mooresville, North Carolina 28115
Phone (704) 664-2357
Serves people regardless of religion. Offers Economic Self Sufficiency Programs, Clothing Banks, and even electric bill help.

GATE Pregnancy Resource Center
Main address is 3824 Hwy 49 South
Harrisburg, NC 28075
Telephone number - (704) 455-5200
Offers baby and maternity clothing, diapers, formula, and services such as pregnancy testing and counseling.




Harvest Center
1800 Brewton Dr.
Charlotte, NC 28206
(704) 335-1616

Lydia's Loft
Main address - 203 N. Old Statesville Rd.
Huntersville, NC 28078
Phone - (704) 896-0471
Runs a general clothing provision.

Goodwill Retail Store @ Weddington - Goodwill Industries
There are several locations in Mecklenburg County, as listed below. Buy items such as furniture, clothing, personal hygiene items, household goods and more. Appliances and home furnishings may be offered. The working poor, homeless, unemployed, and low income can receive help. Goodwill provides low cost clothing, furniture and other household goods as well. People over 55 years of age can receive a special discount on certain days of the week.

  • Address - 2515 Plantation Center Dr., Matthews, NC 28105, Call (704) 814-7477
  • 19710 Kunkleman Dr., Cornelius, North Carolina 28031, (704) 987-1920
  • 3710 W. W.T. Harris Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28269, telephone (704) 597-1776
  • 1909 Sardis Rd. N., call (704) 841-8600
  • 2901-A Freedom Dr., Charlotte, North Carolina 28208, telephone number is (704) 394-6017

Northeast Seventh-Day Adventist Church Food Pantry
Address: 827 Tom Hunter Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28215
(704) 921-6342

Community Service Center - Berean Seventh Day Adventist Church
1332 Oaklawn Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28206
Telephone number - (704) 377-4741
The center runs a clothing closet, food pantry, and can help with prescription medication refills and some limited bills. In addition, free toys/baskets for children at Christmas can be offered for those who are not receiving assistance at the Salvation Army.





Family Store – Mecklenburg Salvation Army
Address - 1011 Central Ave.
Charlotte, North Carolina 28204
Call (704) 332-1171
A clothing closet, case management, and other social services are administered. A general furniture and clothing resources are offered. Another corps center is at 11328 E. Independence Blvd., Matthews, NC 28105, call (704) 814-7031

Back Porch Treasures
Main address is 119 N. Ames St.
Matthews, North Carolina 28105
(704) 847-8383
Operates a thrift shop for the community.

By Jon McNamara

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